Prof. Yang Shao-Horn and colleagues have found that using carbon nanotubes for a battery electrode produced a significant increase, up to tenfold, in the amount of power it could deliver from a given weight of material, compared to a conventional lithium-ion battery. Their research is published in the June 20, 2010, issue of Nature Nanotechnology. Learn more from the MIT News Office.
Findings of high oxygen activity in thin-film materials might someday lead to greatly increased power production from future fuel cells. Learn more about this research from Prof. Yang Shao-Horn and her colleagues (MIT News Office).
Research from Prof. Yang Shao-Horn and her collaborators has great potential to improve the efficiency of lithium-air batteries, perhaps making them practical for use in electric cars. Learn more from Technology Review.
A team of researchers at MIT has made significant progress on a technology that could lead to batteries with up to three times the energy density of any battery that currently exists. In a paper published this week in the journal Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Prof.
In October 2009, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) announced its fourth round of seed grants supporting innovative, early-stage research projects across the Institute. Total funding of $1.7 million was awarded to 12 projects, each lasting between one and two years.
Recipients from DMSE included Yoel Fink, Silvija Gradecak, Jeffrey Grossman, Yang Shao-Horn, Ned Thomas, Carl Thompson, and Harry Tuller.
An overview of the projects is available at the MITEI site.
Prof. Yang Shao-Horn and other MIT researchers have discovered that creating tiny steps to electrode surfaces can double the efficiency of the emissions-free electricity sources. For the full story, see the MIT News Office.
Prof. Yang Shao-Horn and her colleague, Prof. Paula Hammond of ChemE, have made pure, dense, thin films of carbon nanotubes that show may have potential use as electrodes for higher-capacity batteries. See Technology Review for further details.
In a step toward developing better fuel cells for electric cars and more, Prof. Yang Shao-Horn and her collaborators at MIT and two other institutions have taken the first images of individual atoms on and near the surface of nanoparticles key to the eco-friendly energy storage devices.
The Magliozzi brothers, hosts of NPR's Car Talk, visited MIT to meet with researchers pursuing advances in automotive energy issues. Among those they met were Prof. Gerd Ceder and Prof. Yang Shao-Horn. For the full story, see the MIT News Office.