Researchers Create Magnesium-Ion Batteries That Don’t Explode

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What’s that
one thing about Li-ion batteries that threatens many people?
These batteries, used in a variety of electronic devices and EVs,
can explode because they house liquid electrolyte which helps the
charge travel between cathode and anode, making them flammable.

Thankfully, all of that might change in the future, and we may
not see iPhones and Galaxies burst into pieces. One answer to
safer batteries that could also hold more charge is to use
solid-state batteries which is still in their early stages of
development. And, these implementations are mostly Li-ion
based.

A team of Department Of Energy (DOE) researchers at the Joint
Center for Energy Storage has discovered a fast magnesium-ion
solid-state conductor. Initially, researchers at DOE’s Berkely
Lab were working on a liquid electrolyte-based magnesium
battery.

Later, they went for a material called magnesium scandium
spinel having magnesium mobility comparable to solid-state
electrolytes for Li-ion batteries.

The development also included researchers from MIT and Argonne
National Laboratory who facilitated computational resources and
experimental confirmation of the solid-state magnesium
electrolyte.

This battery technology is currently only up for demonstration
“with really good magnesium mobility” through the solid-state
electrolyte. Still, there is work to be done which includes
eliminating the small amount of electron leakage.

To know more, you can read Berkely Lab’s blog post using this link.
The findings of the research titled “High magnesium mobility in
ternary spinel chalcogenides” have been published in Nature
Communications.

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