Researchers Make Lithium-Ion Batteries Last Longer with Material Found in Silly Putty

Researchers from the University of California’s Riverside Bourns College of Engineering developed a way to make lithium-ion batteries last three times longer between charges. They found silicon dioxide (SiO2) nanotubes are very stable when used in batteries.

Through testing, the researchers were able to cycle the SiO2 nanotube anodes 100 times without a loss in energy storage capacity. These lithium-ion batteries would have a substantial impact on the electronic and electric vehicle markets as these markets want to have longer discharges out of batteries.

Read more how the team is developing ways to scale up the production of these nanotubes.