Researchers at the University of California Irvine have developed a nanowire-based battery material that can recharged several hundred thousand times without breakdown or loss of energy.
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Nanotechnology ("nanotech") is manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale.The earliest, widespread description of nanotechnology referred to the particular technological goal of precisely manipulating atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale products, also now referred to as molecular nanotechnology.The field may result in many new materials that can be used in such new areas as nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, as well as energy production, and consumer products. Some analysts worry about the toxicity of new nanomaterials and their possible effects on the environment. A nanometer is a metric measure, one billionth of a meter.
"Mya was playing around, and she coated this whole thing with a very thin gel layer and started to cycle it, She discovered that just by using this gel, she could cycle it hundreds of thousands of times without losing any capacity."Penner noted that usually the devices fail after 5 to 7 thousand cycles at most. The researchers think that the gel gives the metal oxide in the battery more flexibility. Thai said:
"The coated electrode holds its shape much better, making it a more reliable option. This research proves that a nanowire-based battery electrode can have a long lifetime and that we can make these kinds of batteries a reality."Much work is being done to improve lithium ion batteries. Using silicon-based rather than a carbon base can double or even triple the storage capacity of the batteries.