In The News
Designing Selective Membranes for Batteries Using a Drug Discovery Toolbox
By binding specific ions in specially designed cages within its pores, a new membrane could enable more efficient flows in energy storage devices (an article featuring LiRRICs Brett Helms and his team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
Also read Nature’s article, Diversity-oriented synthesis of polymer membranes with ion solvation cages.
The Battle of Thacker Pass
Electric cars require a lot of lithium. A showdown in Nevada shows that getting it won’t be easy.
There’s no way around the fact that the U.S. needs lots of lithium to decarbonize its economy. Thus, according to Michael Whittaker, a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Lithium Resource Research and Innovation Center, it’s vitally important that we address the environmental issues posed by lithium mining.
EESA Scientists Contribute to DOE GTO Research on Critical Minerals
Scientists in the Energy Geosciences Division are contributing to research sponsored by the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) investigating the potential extraction of lithium, rare earth elements, and other critical minerals that are dissolved constituents of hot geothermal brines that are used to produce electricity.
Will California’s desert be transformed into Lithium Valley?
On the edge of the Salton Sea, state officials and investors are seeking to turn brine into ‘white gold’ that can power electric cars. But will this help solve the Imperial Valley’s troubles — or add to them?
New Research Technique Sheds Light on Least Understood Part of Lithium Batteries
One of the aspects of lithium-ion batteries least understood by scientists has now been elucidated by a new research approach, opening the door to major improvements in battery performance, according to a new study by Berkeley Lab scientists.
Their study, recently published in the journal Joule, used a technique developed by Berkeley Lab battery scientists in the Energy Technologies Area to illustrate the structures of large organic molecules generated during battery operation.
Department of Energy Selects 15 Projects to Advance Critical Material Innovations
Congratulations to LiRRICs Will and Hanna, who were part of the BHER-led team that submitted the proposal entitled, “Electrolytic Production of Battery-Grade LiOH•H2O from Geothermal Brine.”
View the full list of project selections