A research team has developed a new anode technology that could boost the lifespan of lithium-ion batteries charge by as much as 30 percent.
The synthesis method called "soft chemistry", creates a titanium oxide that is significantly more efficient than the lithium titanate it would replace. Batteries could generate approximately 225 mAh of power for each gram versus 175 mAh nowadays.
The technique can run at a relatively low temperature, making it easier to implement, and could also reduce the cost of the batteries themselves.
Titanium oxide doesn't require relatively costly lithium to make. Switching also doesn't affect the ability to maintain capacity over repeated charges.
Researchers didn't say how soon they expected the new developments to be finalized and used on electronic products, though the development is relatively conventional and might become practical sooner than later.