Lithium-ion batteries: Chemical engineer available to discuss battery science in wake of federal warnings

Lynden Archer, is director of Cornell University’s Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and an expert on lithium batteries. He was named one of the “most influential scientific minds” this year by Thompson Reuters and is available to discuss battery science in the wake of new safety concerns and warnings from several federal agencies examining how they’re transported.

2014 study identifies dangers, proposes solution
The danger of lithium-ion batteries originates with their electrolytes, the substance that allows ions to flow between the electrodes of the battery, according to a 2014 study by Archer and his colleagues: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja502133j

The study details a new family of electrolytes that is both good at conducting lithium ions at room temperature and minimizing the risk of fire. Not only are these materials safer than their liquid counterparts in batteries, but they could also be used in high-energy lithium-metal batteries, such as promising lithium-sulfur and lithium-air batteries.

2015 study details breakthrough in lithium battery safety
A 2015 study detailed a breakthrough in making lithium-metal batteries – with energy storage capabilities far superior to today’s lithium-ion technology – safer and more feasible as a replacement to lithium-ion:
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/02/room-temperature-lithium-metal-battery-closer-reality

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