The use of graphene seems to be emerging as one of the ways forward for new lithium-ion battery designs. If you remember, SiNode Systems is working with anodes that use graphene to build a high-capacity, high-performance lithium-ion battery. It turns out Rice University researchers also are experimenting with graphene--in the form of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs)--to achieve a similar effect.
A Rice research team--including chemistry, engineering, and computer science professor James Tour and postdoctoral research Jian Lin--has successfully created proof-of-concept anodes that are capable of more capacity than typical battery anodes by creating them out of GNRs and tin oxide. Typical lithium-ion battery anodes, or the part of the battery that stores lithium ions, are made primarily of tin oxide and graphite.
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