Newly Discovered Sodium-Ion Electrolyte Can be used in Solid-State Batteries
Researchers discovered sodium-ion electrolyte that can be used in solid-state batteries, according to a study conducted on April 10, 2018.
A team of researchers discovered structure of a material that is sodium-based and which allows the materials to be used as an electrolyte in solid-state batteries. By using an iterative design approach, they are trying to fine-tune the material. The charged ions in a solid-state battery is transferred by electrolyte, which is one of the three main parts of a battery. An electrical current is created when the other two parts of the battery, the anode and cathode, are connected in a circuit. Lithium-based electrolyte is being used in most of the rechargeable batteries in smart-phones, computers, and other consumer electronics.
The safety issues associated with liquid electrolytes was the reason that led to the discovery of this new material, which is composed of sodium, phosphorus, tin and sulfur and has a tetragonal crystal shape. It has defects or spaces where certain sodium, tin and sulfur atoms would be and this space allows transfer of ions. The production of a sodium-ion battery would be cheaper than a lithium-ion battery, as sodium is available abundantly when compared to lithium.
Zhaoxin Yu, postdoctoral researcher in mechanical and nuclear engineering, Penn State said, “When you heat liquid electrolytes up to 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit), they will catch fire or release a lot of heat that could damage other battery or electronic components. Our material performs well up to 400 degrees Celsius (752 degrees Fahrenheit).” The specific configuration of defects within the crystal structure was one of the major discoveries made by the researchers. A new battery using sodium-ion electrolyte was created by the researchers and was tested in Wang’s laboratory, which is part of Penn State’s Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center.
You may be interested
Plastisols Market Applications, Types and Market Analysis to 2026Alex Mathew - August 14, 2018
Plastisols Market report 2018-2026 focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the key players. These research report also provides granular analysis of the market share, segmentation,…
Phytonutrients Market Revenue Growth Predicted by 2025Mohit Joshi - August 14, 2018
Phytonutrients Market report provides the statistical analysis of “Phytonutrients Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Outlook and Forecasts” present in the industry space. The report helps…
Citric Acid Market Headed for Growth and Global Expansion by 2026Mohit Joshi - August 14, 2018
Citric Acid Market report provides the statistical analysis of “Citric Acid Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Outlook and Forecasts” present in the industry space. The…