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Batteries: Polymers switch for safety

Ensuring safety during operation is a major issue in the development of lithium-ion batteries. Coating the electrode current collector with thermoresponsive polymer composites is now shown to rapidly shut the battery down when it overheats, and to quickly resume its function when normal operating conditions return.

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  1. Khalil Amine is at Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439-4837, USA.

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