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Building a Better Battery - Faster

“Machine learning helps researchers and developers design lithium-metal batteries Battery experts at PNNL and elsewhere focus on developing rechargeable lithium-metal batteries because of their high energy density. Lithium-metal batteries have the potential to double the energy of lithium-ion batteries commonly …

A Leap in Using Silicon for Battery Anodes

“The same material you’ll find at the tip of a pencil—graphite—has long been a key component in today’s lithium-ion batteries. As our reliance on these batteries increases, however, graphite-based electrodes are due for an upgrade. For …

Taking the Quantum Leap!

“What’s in store for the future of computing? Steven Ashby, director at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, tackles the tale of its advancement in the latest issue of CIO Review. Beginning in 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy will …

From Brrrr to Vroom: New Additives Promise Better Performance for Electric Cars in Cold Weather

“Electrolyte additives can boost lithium-ion battery temperature range New additives can help lithium-ion batteries perform over a wider range of temperatures, a potential boon for electric cars, a new study finds. Electric cars struggle with extreme temperatures, which can degrade …

Precision Control of Complex Electrochemical Interfaces for Separations

“Researchers working within PNNL’s Separations Science program succeeded in coupling a highly controlled way of modifying surfaces, called ion soft landing, with a PNNL-designed and built electrochemical cell to achieve precise control over the chemical composition of complex …

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

“Confirming a century-old prediction could help scientists construct new classes of materials A new collaborative study led by a research team at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles could provide engineers …

New approaches to chemical and electrical energy conversions

“PNNL receives additional funding for electrocatalyst research to store and release energy For the second time, the U.S. Department of Energy renewed funding for a center designed to explore fundamental scientific principles that underpin technologies such as solar energy …

Research hints at double the driving range for electric vehicles

“When it comes to the special sauce of batteries, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered it’s all about the salt concentration. By getting the right amount of salt, right where they want …

Predicting the future of lightweight vehicle composites

“Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, along with experts from industry and academia, have developed predictive engineering tools for designing new, economical, and lightweight automotive composites. This approach should speed the development of more economical …

Changing the game

“When Shuaiwen Leon Song boots up Doom 3 and Half-life 2, he does so in the name of science. Song studies high performance computing at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with the goal of making computers smaller, faster and more energy …

Unexpected discovery leads to a better battery

“An unexpected discovery has led to a rechargeable battery that’s as inexpensive as conventional car batteries, but has a much higher energy density. The new battery could become a cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative for storing renewable energy and supporting …