In their quest to discover new ways to improve lithium ion battery efficiency, researchers may have found a solution in the growth of a cubic crystal layer. The scientists have created a thin and dense connecting layer between the electrodes of the battery. The team grew a specific crystal compound, which allowed them to have control of the thickness and connection area within the layer that acts as a ceramic separator.
It is also believed that the newly grown crystal layer could be an ideal ceramic separator when stacking the electrolyte layer on the electrode layer. Prototype cells for electric vehicle use, as well as for wearable devices, are expected to be formulated by the research team by 2022.
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