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Images of particles made from a promising battery cathode material called NMC

Polymer Gels for High-Performance Batteries

Precourt Institute for Energy

Zhenan Bao, chemical engineering; Yi Cui, materials science and engineering (Stanford)/photon science (SLAC)

This project explores the use of polymer gels to make high-energy, low-cost, flexible and stretchable batteries. With support from a 2010 PIE seed grant, the researchers recently invented an electrically conductive hydrogel with self-healing properties. Their goal is to apply that technology to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries and eventually to develop novel all-polymer batteries at scale.