The experimental lithium-air battery. (Photo: Amin Salehi-Khojin)

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have designed a new lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment and still functioned after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles.

The battery works by combining anode, cathode, and electrolyte - the three main components of any battery - to prevent anode oxidation and buildup of battery-killing byproducts on the cathode, and allowing the battery to operate in a natural-air environment.