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Rice Uni publishes hot new battery research

A toothpaste-like composite with hexagonal boron nitride developed at Rice University is an effective electrolyte and separator in lithium-ion batteries intended for high-temperature applications. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

Researchers at Texas’ Rice University have engineered a new electrolyte and separator for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, allowing the cells to work across a far greater temperature range. Central to their innovation is the use of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), an atom-thin compound often referred to as “white graphene.” The resulting …

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Pollens Could be Used as Anodes in Li-Ion Batteries (Science Daily)

Pollens, the bane of allergy sufferers, could represent a boon for battery makers: Recent research has suggested their potential use as anodes in lithium-ion batteries. “Our findings have demonstrated that renewable pollens could produce carbon architectures for anode applications in energy storage devices,” said Vilas Pol, an associate professor in …

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