A new material for high-performance solid-state batteries was discovered by a group of researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. This material could be used in the batteries of the future to make energy storage more efficient as well as charging and discharging.
The thought goes above all to the levels of safety considered not sufficient by many in regards to lithium-ion batteries. These are batteries in which there are liquid organic electrolytes, something that causes the same battery to be subject to fire as these liquids are flammable. The only solution planned to date is the use of a solid electrolyte, however no material is still considered to be up to date in relation to the efficiency that can be had with a lithium-ion battery.
The latter, in fact, in solids are much less mobile and this makes the performance of the battery less efficient especially when it has to be charged or discharged.
Scientists from the Belgian Institute have discovered a new material that could be a new candidate. We talk about LiTi2 (PS4) 3 or LTPS, a material that shows a higher diffusion coefficient than those already tested for solid-state batteries.
The study, published in Chem, describes this material and its unique crystalline structure that could open up new perspectives in the entire sector relating to lithium-ion conductors and, in general, solid-state batteries.