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Singapore : A*STAR researchers develop breakthrough to significantly enhance lithium-ion batteries delivered power.

Through an experiment with algae, researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore (AStar) have able to develop what they call as a breakthrough that significantly improves the power delivered by lithium-ion batteries like those in mobile phones.

The researchers have used diatoms, a type of unicellular algae, as a raw material to develop "hierarchical porous carbon spheres". These spheres can be utilized as anodes, which are electrodes through which current flows.

The algae-inspired research was fuelled by the researchers' quest for a way to enhance the poor performance of ordinary lithium-ion batteries. Single-celled marine algae regenerate at enormously fast rates.

The Singaporean researchers found that diatoms can self-assemble biominerals into complex three-dimensional architectures with great structural control over great scales.

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Date:Sep 18, 2015
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