Silicon-based anodes suffer from immense volume change and cracks during battery operations, limiting cycling stability. Now, a hierarchically-ordered conductive binder network — formed in situ upon thermal treatment of anodes containing conducting polymer precursors — can improve charge-transport and mechanical properties, and thus cyclability.
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Zhao, Y., Coskun, A. Heating up the binder. Nat Energy 8, 113–114 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-022-01190-8