By applying another coat of carbon around the cluster, the team created a stable and more efficient highway for electrical currents
The researchers used a microemulsion technique commonly seen in oil, paint and cosmetic industries which saw the researchers gather the yolk shells into clusters
The "pomegranate" design reduces the surface area of the cluster to one tenth of the sum of the individual particles inside, improving overall performance
Though the use of silicon in lithium-ion batteries promises a whole new world of energy storage, it also poses several problems to a battery's durability and overall performance. A new electrode design inspired by clusters of pomegranate seeds and developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Stanford University, overcomes some of these obstacles, bringing lighter and more powerful batteries closer to reality.
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