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- Jul 10, 2018 -

With the growth of usage in consumer electronics and electric cars, the usage of lithium-ion batteries as energy storage is mainly due to their high energy density. Lithium-ions batteries are not so affordable because of the high price of the materials used to build them.

Researchers are trying to develop a new method to build a new generation of lithium-ion batteries based on better materials. The current hope is based on lithium titanate to build the anode-cathode plus the material is countered by lithium iron phosphate. The recycling of these new materials is very easy and unlike lithium-ion materials, they have a significantly longer life cycle. But there is still one issue with this novel material, which is their low electric conductivity.

Following some researches, scientists noted they could solve the electric conductivity issue by producing high surface nanosized crystalline materials or just modifying the composition of the novel material with highly conductive dopants. The results were successful in applying the theory to the lithium titanate and shows promise for developing future high performance lithium batteries. What remains to study now is the proper application of that type of new material battery in consumer electronics and on hybrid and electric vehicles.