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Good riddance, dendrites

Understanding dendrite formation is key to advancing high-energy-density and safe metallic lithium batteries. With the help of cryogenic electron microscopy, heat is now suggested to play a crucial role in stabilizing lithium metal electrodes by suppressing dendrite growth.

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Fig. 1: Schematics of dendrite growth.


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Babu, G., Ajayan, P.M. Good riddance, dendrites. Nat Energy 4, 631–632 (2019).

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