Researchers Fangfang Chen and Dr. Xiaoen Wang of Deakin University in Australia report that they use industrial polymers to create solid-state electrolytes that are expected to double the density of lithium-ion batteries without overheating or fire. The new technology uses a solid polymer material that binds weakly to lithium-ion batteries, replacing the volatile liquid solvent used by the current battery as an electrolyte.
Liquid electrolytes are one of the reasons why batteries are prone to fire. Dr. Chen says that if the battery industry can make their discovery, future battery-using electronic devices can be safely placed in the trunk.
The study was published in the journal Trends in Chemistry.