Today’s Video of the Day from the National Science Foundation (NSF) describes the potential for batteries made from sodium, which would be cheaper and more powerful than lithium batteries.
Materials scientist Shirley Meng of the University of California San Diego is leading a research team that has a vision of making sodium batteries a reality.
The study is supported by the Ceramics Program within the Division of Materials Research at NSF.
“The use of batteries is ubiquitous in many applications, yet they have not reached their full potential. Rechargeable sodium-ion batteries may be the key to large-scale energy storage systems,” explained Lynnette D. Madsen, the director of the NSF Ceramics Program.
“By taking a systematic approach that uses a suite of powerful analytical tools paired with first principles computational modeling, it will be possible for Professor Meng’s team to identify the fundamental mechanisms in new ceramic materials for energy storage and conversion.”
Video Credit: National Science Foundation