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Cathodes with multiple lives demonstrated in lithium-air batteries

In a Small: Methods paper, scientists propose a method for creating recyclable, binder-free air electrodes for lithium-air batteries.

Scientific Achievement

A cost-effective method has been developed to produce recyclable air electrodes for lithium-air batteries. Free-standing and binder-free cathodes are made from multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCT). Their second-life capability was demonstrated in fresh batteries.

Significance and Impact

Recyclable air electrodes would alleviate concerns about (i) the future supply of critically important cathode elements like Ni and Co and (ii) the lifespan of Li-ion batteries currently being limited to 8-10 years. The results suggest that Li-air batteries are an environmentally friendly and low-cost alternative of energy storage.

Research Details

  • The Center for Nanoscale Materials assisted in the electrode design.

DOI: 10.1002/smtd.202300452

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