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The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for research in lithium ion battery technology.

Professor Stan Whittingham about Li-ion Industry and Supply Chain

Science Headlines

Scientists Pinpoint Cause of Harmful Dendrites and Whiskers in Lithium Batteries
Team modifies electrolyte chemistry to prevent the piercing structures.
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UEC Profile: Aerosol Hunter
A veteran scientist investigates how to better explain, detect, and measure the carbonaceous aerosols that influence atmospheric processes.
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Shaping Nanoparticles for Improved Quantum Information Technology
Breaking of rotational symmetry in ring-shaped nanoparticle leads to surprising quantum property when illuminated with laser.
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New Princeton Supercomputer Advances Fusion Research at PPPL
Princeton’s new supercomputer, Traverse, will enhance research to develop the science to bring to Earth the fusion that powers the sun & stars.
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Nobel Winners’ Ongoing Research Benefits from ORNL Neutron Science
Goodenough and Whittingham made even more discoveries using neutron scattering at the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Spallation Neutron Source.
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New Electrolyte Stops Rapid Performance Decline of Next-generation Lithium Battery
Researchers have developed a new electrolyte mixture and a simple additive that could have a place in the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.
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Catching a Battery in the Act
Lithium-ion battery operation revealed in real time by scientists at the NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage.
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Researchers Get Most Comprehensive View Yet of Lithium-ion Battery Electrode Damage
What they learned could help manufacturers design more reliable and longer-lasting batteries for smartphones and cars.
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What is a Molecular Movie?
Molecular movie-making is both an art and a science; the results let us watch how nature works on the smallest scales.
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Fusion—Heating the Core
A new method uses microwaves to raise the plasma’s temperature closer to the extreme values reached in a fusion energy reactor’s exhaust system.
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University Research News

Paramagnetic Spins Take Electrons for a Ride, Produce Electricity from Heat
A team of researchers have observed that local thermal perturbations of spins in a solid can convert heat to energy even in a paramagnetic material.
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University of Oregon Microscope Points to More Efficient Solar Fuels Devices
A fundamental discovery is pointing toward a new design strategy for devices that can produce hydrogen from sunlight.
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Princeton Researchers Explore How a Carbon-fixing Organelle Forms Via Phase Separation
A new study lead by Princeton researchers enhances our understanding of an essential component of the global carbon cycle.
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Researchers Seek to Revolutionize Catalyst Design with Machine Learning
Researchers have received a $1.2 million grant from DOE to use machine learning to design more effective catalysts for chemical processing.
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Stanford Physicists Funded to Pursue ‘Tabletop’ Physics Experiments
Stanford theorists are exploring the use of smaller, more precise “tabletop” experiments to investigate fundamental questions in physics.
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Finding (Microbial) Pillars of the Bioenergy Community
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center scientists at MSU are studying the phyllosphere, the plant regions above the soil where microbes live.
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Binghamton University Professor Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
M. Stanley Whittingham won the prize for pioneering research leading to the development of the lithium-ion battery.
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Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to John Goodenough of The University of Texas at Austin
John B. Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize.
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Chemists Clarify a Chiral Conundrum
Rice scientists disentangle protein-nanoparticle interactions, suggest path to drug-sensing tool.
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Betting on Waste
Engineering professor Michelle O'Malley receives DOE award to image microbial processes that could lead to advanced biofuels.
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