High-Speed Materials Discovery
A new way to identify battery materials suitable for mass production could revolutionize energy storage.
- May/June 2012
- By David H. Freedman
1/ Wildcat starts with a wide range of precursor materials that may have potential for energy storage and other applications. Credit: Frank Rogozienski
Electric cars could travel farther, and smart phones could have more powerful processors and better, brighter screens, thanks to batteries based on new materials being developed by San Diego–based Wildcat Discovery Technologies.
The company is accelerating the identification of valuable energy storage materials by testing thousands of substances at a time. In March of last year, it announced a lithium cobalt phosphate cathode that boosts energy density by nearly a third over current cathodes in popular lithium-ion phosphate batteries. The company also unveiled an electrolyte additive that allows batteries to work more reliably at higher voltages.
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