New Tool for Longer-Lasting, Faster-Charging Batteries
A new tool developed at Berkeley Lab has given scientists the ability to image nanoscale changes inside lithium-ion battery particles as they charge and discharge. The real-time images provide a new way to learn how batteries work, and how to improve them. The method was developed by a team of researchers from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Berkeley Lab, Stanford University, and other institutions. Insights obtained from the imaging technique could help researchers improve batteries for electric vehicles as well as smart phones, laptops, and other devices.