Researchers Build a Nonflammable Lithium Ion Battery

February 2014

The following press release was published on the University of North Carolina's news website today, and a paper reporting the results has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Read the full text at the link below. Nitash Balsara, faculty senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and his team are working with the UNC team team to study the new electrolyte described in this story.

In studying a material that prevents marine life from sticking to the bottom of ships, researchers led by chemist Joseph DeSimone at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a surprising replacement for the only inherently flammable component of today’s lithium-ion batteries: the electrolyte.

The work, to be published in the Feb. 10 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, not only paves the way for developing a new generation lithium-ion battery that doesn’t spontaneously combust at high temperatures, but also has the potential to renew consumer confidence in a technology that has attracted significant concern—namely, after recent lithium battery fires in Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Tesla Model S vehicles.

Read the rest at the link below.