A team of Berkeley Lab Environmental Energy Technologies Division researchers led by Gao Liu has won a 2013 R&D 100 Award for developing a technology to boost the power storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries. Liu's team included Wanli Yang, Lin-Wang Wang, and Vincent Battaglia and postdoctoral fellows Sang-Jae Park, Mingyan Wu, and Shidi Xun.
The new material, for use in rechargeable batteries, can boost power storage capacity by 30 percent, a dramatic improvement in a field marked by little progress for more than a decade. It is called Conducting Polymer Binder, literally a kind of flexible plastic glue that holds electrode materials together while facilitating the shuttling of electrons and positively charged lithium ions.
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