Lithium-ion battery technology is one of the most used power source the world today. No matter what your device does or what it’s power capacity it, chances are, it runs on this battery format.
It’s no use recounting the benefits of this technology, as they are well known and extensively covered. But what is interesting to note is that the technology still hasn’t reached full potential.
While it may have become more advanced over the years, the lithium-ion technology still has an upper cap on it, which is often attributed to the capacity of the materials used in it.
In order to push past this limit, a lot of researchers have been looking at a lot of materials, and now it seems that they have hit paydirt.
The material in question is called Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2), and it has made a lot of people curious about it’s potential in electronic applications.
But while this two-dimensional material didn’t prove useful for a lot of things, it still gives a lot of promise, if used on the electrodes of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.
The research backing these claims is being conducted by researchers from Nanyang Technological University in collaboration with Hanyang University in South Korea.
Under this research, it has been indicated that this material could have at-least three times the theoretical capacity of graphite, which makes it a great component to be used for creating high density batteries.
In order to help the material achieve it’s true potential, the researchers are using tubular structures of MoS2, wired together by carbon nano-tubes.
In addition to this, they are also trying to systematically change the characteristics of the tubular structures, in order to change the electro-chemical performance of the electrode.
This ability to adapt and adjust, along with it’s enhanced conductivity is what makes this material so perfect for the development of high-performance Li-ion battery electrodes.
With this research moving forward, we are sure that we will soon see a new generation of batteries that might finally fulfill our dreams of multiple day battery backup.