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Scientists Discover How Oxygen Loss Saps a Lithium-Ion Battery’s Voltage

A multi-institutional research team co-led by Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source has measured at unprecedented detail how leaking oxygen atoms change an electrode’s structure and chemistry, and eventually reduce how much energy a lithium-ion battery can store.

Scientists Uncover a Different Facet of Fuel Cell Chemistry

X-ray beams at the Advanced Light Source allowed researchers to “see” oxygen gas molecules adhere to a specially prepared electrode surface, an important step in the electrochemical reaction taking place in fuel cells.

Designing Selective Membranes for Batteries Using a Drug Discovery Toolbox

A research team led by Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry has developed a lithium-selective polymer membrane that could allow high-voltage battery cells to operate at higher power and more efficiently, important factors for both electric vehicles and aircraft.

X-Ray Experiments, Machine Learning Could Trim Years Off Battery R&D

An X-ray instrument at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source contributed to a battery study that used an innovative approach to machine learning to speed up the learning curve about a process that shortens the life of fast-charging lithium batteries.

Toward an Ultrahigh Energy Density Capacitor

Researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have demonstrated that a common material can be processed into a top-performing energy storage material. Their discovery could improve the efficiency, reliability, and robustness of personal electronics, wearable technologies, and car audio systems.

Battery Breakthrough Gives Boost to Electric Flight and Long-Range Electric Cars

Researchers at Berkeley Lab, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, have developed a new battery material that could enable long-range electric vehicles that can drive for hundreds of miles on a single charge, and eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft.

Seeing ‘Under the Hood’ in Batteries

A high-sensitivity X-ray technique at Berkeley Lab is attracting a growing group of scientists because it provides a deep, precise dive into battery chemistry.

A Peek into the Battery Technology Pipeline

With its deep expertise in materials research, materials design, and energy storage technologies, Berkeley Lab is working on better battery alternatives. Gerbrand Ceder, a battery researcher in the Materials Science Division, details four battery technologies being studied by Berkeley Lab scientists that could make a big difference in the future.

Go With the Flow: Scientists Design Better Batteries for a Renewable Energy Grid

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have designed an affordable ‘flow battery’ membrane that could accelerate renewable energy for the electrical grid.

Plumbing the Depths of Interfaces and Finding Buried Treasure

Berkeley Lab scientists have uncovered an unexpected phenomenon in material interface chemistry that could help to control how metals corrode.