A Swelling Electrode (video) DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Loading video... Caption The silicon (light-colored edge) on this silicon-coated carbon nanofiber electrode (dark middle section) swells up as it is being charged with lithium ions under high magnification. A little more than 200 nanometers wide, the electrode's outer edge of silicon and lithium ions crystallize and appear wavy and shiny as the crystalline material changes the reflection of light. Credit Chongmin Wang Usage Restrictions Credit required Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.