When batteries breathe without air

Bio-inspired by cellular respiration, the richness of oxygen redox chemistry is a cutting-edge field for building lithium batteries. While the Li–air battery uses external oxygen, a new lithium battery offers a high energy-density and long-term cycling stability just by confining oxygen and lithium between graphene oxides.

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Fig. 1: Richness of oxygen redox chemistry to store energy.


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Zhu, Y., Fontaine, O. When batteries breathe without air. Nat Catal 2, 953–954 (2019).

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