Super Battery Created by UCI Chemist Holds Powerful Commercial Potential

Making Waves
August 16, 2016 By Applied Innovation

Nanowires have long been sought for use in batteries, but their durability has been a major obstacle.

A UCI team, led by Chemistry Ph.D. candidate Mya Le Thai, had an incredible breakthrough, overcoming this obstacle through a combination of hard work and serendipity while experimenting with nanowire coating. The discovery, which has garnered international attention in both scientific circles and popular culture, moves us closer to a day when batteries might not need replacement. In particular, the breakthrough holds promise for commercial batteries used in computers, smartphones, appliances, cars, and spacecraft.