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Researchers achieve the ‘holy grail’ of battery design

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | July 28, 2014

Researchers achieve the ‘holy grail’ of battery design

A pure lithium anode would allow for longer-lasting cell phones and electric cars.

Stanford University researchers have designed a pure lithium anode, the so-called “holy grail” of battery design.

“Of all the materials that one might use in an anode, lithium has the greatest potential. Some call it the Holy Grail,” explained study leader Yi Cui, a professor of Material Science and Engineering. “It is very lightweight and it has the highest energy density. You get more power per volume and weight, leading to lighter, smaller batteries with more power.”

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