Washington: While there are concerns regarding the safety of lithium ion batteries used from computers to airplanes, a chewing gum-like battery material holds promise for the future.
Researchers at Washington State University have developed a gum-like lithium battery electrolyte that works as liquid electrolytes at conducting electricity but doesn’t create a fire hazard.
“The biggest potential risk in high-performance lithium batteries comes from the electrolyte in the battery which is made of either a liquid or gel,” explained Katie Zhong, Westinghouse distinguished professor in University’s school of mechanical and materials engineering.
Electrolytes are the part of the battery that allow for the movement of ions between the anode and the cathode to create electricity.
The liquid acid solutions can leak and even create a fire or chemical burn hazard.
The researchers looked for a material that would work as well as liquid and could stay attached to the anode and cathode.
They designed the electrolyte model specifically with gum in mind.