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Silly Putty Batteries Last Longer Than Industry Standard

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:37am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a group of researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering have developed a new way to make lithium-ion batteries that will last three times longer between charges compared to the current industry standard by using a material found in Silly Putty and surgical tubing.

The team created silicon dioxide nanotube anodes for lithium-ion batteries and found they had over three times as much energy storage capacity as the carbon-based anodes currently being used. This has significant implications for industries including electronics and electric vehicles, which are always trying to squeeze longer discharges out of batteries.

For more information visit www.memoryprotectiondevices.com and http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/22558.

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