Batteries

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A battery is a device that stores energy in chemical form and can convert it into electric energy through electrochemical reactions.

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    The presence of polysulfides in Li–S batteries significantly affects battery operation, but their presence and reaction mechanisms are not well understood. Now, an operando X-ray diffraction approach is used to directly observe these polysulfides, offering insights on their formation and evolution.

    • Patrik Johansson
    Nature Energy 2, 17076
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    The deployment of Li–air batteries is hindered by severe parasitic reactions during battery cycling. Now, the reactive singlet oxygen intermediate is shown to substantially contribute to electrode and electrolyte degradation.

    • Alan C. Luntz
    •  & Bryan D. McCloskey
    Nature Energy 2, 17056
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    Deployment of lithium metal batteries requires fast charging capability and long-term cycling stability. Now, a small amount of LiPF6 in a dual salt electrolyte is shown to enable stable cycling of lithium metal batteries at fast charging rates.

    • Guangyuan Wesley Zheng
    •  & Tang Wei
    Nature Energy 2, 17029
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    By making use of a semiconducting metal–organic graphene analogue, researchers propose a new generation of supercapacitors with potential as tunable molecular materials for energy.

    • Alexandru Vlad
    •  & Andrea Balducci
    Nature Materials 16, 161–162