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Safe solid-state lithium batteries herald ‘paradigm shift’ in energy storage

Jul. 19, 2018—Kelsey Hatzell studied the performance of a promising electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries under real-world conditions.

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“These could revolutionize the world” — Pint cracks code to cheap, small carbon nanotubes

May. 23, 2018—Imagine a box you plug into the wall that cleans your toxic air and pays you cash. That's essentially what Vanderbilt University researchers produced after discovering the blueprint for turning carbon dioxide into the most valuable material ever sold – carbon nanotubes with small diameters.

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Battery-switching device promises more road time for Tesla, Leaf drivers

Nov. 20, 2017—A device out Vanderbilt's engineering school reconfigures modules in electric car battery packs to be online or offline – depending on whether they’re going to pull down the other modules.

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Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul. 21, 2017—A new energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University can generate electrical current from the full range of human motions and is thin enough to embed in clothing.

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New AAU energy research webpage features VU research

Feb. 7, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers who “MacGyvered” high-performance batteries from junkyard scraps are featured in a new webpage on energy research created by the Association of American Universities.

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Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt warns about danger of button batteries

Dec. 19, 2016—Button batteries are small round batteries found in items such as toys, greeting cards, watches, hearing aids, games and flashing jewelry—all products in the average American household during the holiday season. Toxicologists at the Tennessee Poison Center (TPC), housed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, say that adults need to be aware that all too often...

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Making high-performance batteries from junkyard scraps

Nov. 2, 2016—Vanderbilt researchers have discovered how to make high-performance batteries using scraps of metal from the junkyard and household chemicals.

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Quantum dots made from fool’s gold boost battery performance

Nov. 11, 2015—Vanderbilt engineers have discovered that adding quantum dots made from fool's gold to the electrodes of standard lithium batteries can substantially boost their performance.

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Stamping out low cost nanodevices

May. 31, 2011—A team of Vanderbilt engineers have developed a rapid and low-cost imprinting process that can stamp out a variety of devices that have unique optical, electrical, chemical and mechanical properties.

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