Maria Zuber on climate change: “Breakthroughs will happen”

MIT’s vice president for research identifies three areas that show particular promise for climate action.

MIT Resource Department • mit
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change global-warming research renewable-energy batteries faculty materials-science-and-engineering mitnano plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion photovoltaics the-engine

Neural networks facilitate optimization in the search for new materials

Sorting through millions of possibilities, a search for battery materials delivered results in five weeks instead of 50 years.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence research metals batteries school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering chemical-engineering department-of-energy-doe defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa

Safe electric car battery lasts for 1 million miles

A new lithium-ion battery for electric cars offers both safety and high performance—and can last for 1 million miles.

Walt Mills-Penn State • futurity
March 5, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: sustainability electric-vehicles batteries lithium-ion science-and-technology

A.I. speeds up battery testing for electric vehicles

Artificial intelligence has brought the dream of recharging electric vehicles in the time it takes to stop at a gas station closer to reality.

Mark Golden-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence electric-vehicles batteries featured science-and-technology

8 tips to make your gadget’s battery last longer

These tips can make lithium-ion batteries last longer. That's good news for you and the environment, researchers say.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Feb. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electric-vehicles batteries mobile-devices science-and-technology

New electrode design may lead to more powerful batteries

An MIT team has devised a lithium metal anode that could improve the longevity and energy density of future batteries.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: energy research batteries school-of-engineering research-laboratory-of-electronics national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse nuclear-science-and-engineering energy-storage

Grades could give old electric car batteries a ‘second life’

Researchers have figured out how to give electric car batteries that have reached the end of their life new potential, which is better for the environment.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: electric-vehicles batteries science-and-technology earth-and-environment

Defects can boost battery cathodes but only to a point

Too much stress in widely used lithium iron phosphate battery cathodes can open cracks and quickly degrade batteries.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Jan. 15, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: materials-science batteries science-and-technology

‘Detours’ might lead to better batteries

Defects could actually make batteries better, which could affect transportation, electronics, and solar power energy storage, researchers report.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Dec. 31, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: electronics batteries featured science-and-technology solar-energy

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