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The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public research university in Chicago, Illinois. Its campus is in the Near West Side community area, adjacent to the Chicago Loop. The second campus established under the University of Illinois system, UIC is also the largest university in the Chicago area, having more than 33,000 students enrolled in 16 colleges.

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Manipulating atoms to make better superconductors

“Scientists have been interested in superconductors – materials that transmit electricity without losing energy – for a long time because of their potential for advancing sustainable energy production. However, major advances have been limited because most materials that conduct electricity have to …

First fully rechargeable carbon dioxide battery with carbon neutrality

“Lithium-carbon dioxide batteries are attractive energy storage systems because they have a specific energy density that is more than seven times greater than commonly used lithium-ion batteries. However, until now, scientists have not been able to develop a fully rechargeable …

Clearing up the ‘dark side’ of artificial leaves

“While artificial leaves hold promise as a way to take carbon dioxide — a potent greenhouse gas — out of the atmosphere, there is a “dark side to artificial leaves that has gone overlooked for more than a decade,” according to Meenesh …

Graphene coating could help prevent lithium battery fires

“Lithium batteries are what allow electric vehicles to travel several hundred miles on one charge. Their capacity for energy storage is well known, but so is their tendency to occasionally catch on fire – an occurrence known to battery researchers as …

2D materials may enable electric vehicles to get 500 miles on a single charge

“Lithium-air batteries are poised to become the next revolutionary replacement for currently used lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles, cell phones and computers. Lithium-air batteries, which currently are still in the experimental stages of development, can store 10 times more …

First-ever 3D-printed electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries

“For the first time, researchers have successfully printed a complete, albeit experimental, lithium-ion battery including a solid-state electrolyte. While electrodes have been produced using 3D-printing technology before, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering have printed …

Researchers put a new spin on cooling electronic hotspots

“The longevity of electronic devices is tested in many ways as they endure the rigors of daily usage. Even when they are treated with the utmost care, they still have a major challenge to overcome — the removal of heat. To …

Liquid microscopy technique reveals new problem with lithium-oxygen batteries

“Using an advanced, new microscopy technique that can visualize chemical reactions occurring in liquid environments, researchers have discovered a new reason lithium-oxygen batteries — which promise up to five times more energy than the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles and …

Seeing How Next-Generation Batteries Power-Up

“Scientists directly see how the atoms in a magnesium-based battery fit into the structure of electrodes. The Science Next-generation batteries based on magnesium rather than lithium ions hold promise to be more efficient, safer, and cheaper. One electrode is metallic …

Graphene oxide nanosheets could help bring lithium-metal batteries to market

“Lithium-metal batteries — which can hold up to 10 times more charge than the lithium-ion batteries that currently power our phones, laptops and cars — haven’t been commercialized because of a fatal flaw: as these batteries charge and discharge, lithium is …

Mapping nanoscale chemical reactions inside batteries in 3-D

“Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new technique that lets them pinpoint the location of chemical reactions happening inside lithium-ion batteries in three dimensions at the nanoscale level. Their results …

New chemical method could revolutionize graphene

“University of Illinois at Chicago scientists have discovered a new chemical method that enables graphene to be incorporated into a wide range of applications while maintaining its ultra-fast electronics. Graphene, a lightweight, thin, flexible material, can be used to enhance …