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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Caption: Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developed an entirely new type of nanomaterial that could enable the next generation of high-power rechargeable lithium (Li)-ion batteries for electric automobiles, laptop computers, mobile phones and other devices. The material, called a "nanoscoop" because it resembles a cone with a scoop of ice cream on top, is shown in the above scanning electron microscope image. Nanoscoops can withstand extremely high rates of charge and discharge that would cause today's Li-ion batteries to rapidly deteriorate and fail.

Credit: Rensselaer/Koratkar

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