We’ve all seen the scary photographs of laptops and even cars that have burst into flames due to failures in lithium-ion batteries. On a larger (and more costly) scale, battery fires grounded Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jets for several months in 2013 while the company implemented new features to reduce the risk of overheating and combustion. [...]

The molecular organization and functioning of supercapacitors have for the first time been explored by researchers from France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Université d’Orléans. The French scientists devised a technique which provides a new tool for optimizing and improving tomorrow’s supercapacitors. Despite the daunting their name, supercapacitors are not science fiction, [...]

Asymmetric Scattering in Superconductor Dopants

Recently scientists have uncovered materials that can be converted from magnetic insulators or metals into Superconductors, capable of carrying electrical current with no energy loss. It is an extremely promising concept for zero-resistance electronics, energy-storage and transmission systems. Currently, in addition to keeping the materials very cold, a major step to achieving superconductivity is to [...]