EMSL scientists members of R&D 100 Award team
Graphene nanostructures improve lithium batteries
R&D Magazine announced June 20 EMSL senior research scientists Laxmikant Saraf and Chongmin Wang were part of a team earning a prestigious R&D 100 Award in 2012 for developing new materials used to build fast-charging batteries for vehicles and electronics.
The EMSL scientists partnered with researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Vorbeck Materials Corp. and Princeton University to develop new methods for applying graphene – ultra-thin sheets of carbon atoms – to lithium batteries to improve on current lithium ion battery technology. Using Vorbeck’s proprietary graphene material, the new graphene-based battery electrodes offer significant advantages over current lithium battery technologies. Graphene delivers increased battery capacity, longer cycle life, and twice as much power at high charge and discharge rates. Saraf and Wang helped conduct the structural analysis studies of the graphene material using transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy instruments at EMSL.
R&D Magazine sponsors the prestigious R&D 100 annual awards program widely recognized as the Oscars of invention. The annual R&D 100 Awards ceremony will be in Orlando Nov.1.
Read the full PNNL news release.
Released: June 21, 2012