Battery Materials

Countless applications are driving the need to improve rechargeable battery performance on many levels. EVs require faster charging and higher energy density to give them the range and "quick fill-up" of gas-powered vehicles. Portable electronics and computing devices need the energy density to power brighter displays and higher performance processing architectures. All devices need to be safe under a myriad of conditions. Regardless of the application, battery technology is going to be under pressure to improve for years to come.

Carbon-based materials have long played a role in battery construction and performance. Countless initiatives have sought to leverage materials from graphite to graphene to carbon nanotubes to drive existing lithium-ion battery performance higher. Others have used advanced carbon materials as a key component of new technologies like lithium sulphur to create more robust cathode structures.

Regardless of the particular battery technology, carbon nanotubes have the potential to improve performance. 

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Their high aspect ratio and inherent material strength improve the structural properties of most electrode materials. Their conductivity enables improved electron flow, and their high surface area facilitates greater ion capture.