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August 2016

Scientists See Electron Bottleneck in Simulated Battery

Scientific Achievement

An international team of scientists working at the Molecular Foundry has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the performance of electrodes made with the compound vanadium pentoxide.

Significance and Impact

Vanadium pentoxide’s layered atomic structure results in a vast surface area that may lead to batteries that pack more punch, last longer and charge or discharge more quickly.

Research Details

L. R. De Jesus, G. A. Horrocks, Y. Liang, A. Parija, C. Jaye, L. Wangoh, J. Wang, D. A. Fischer, L. F. J. Piper, D. Prendergast & S. Banerjee. Nat Commun. 2016 7:12022.