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Michigan Technological University

I Spy ... Ions in a Nanobattery

Caption: Michigan Tech scientist Reza Shahbazian-Yassar has developed a method for watching lithium ions in action within a nanobattery, a breakthrough that could lead to better batteries. Above, (a), the nanobattery setup inside the aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscope. Below, (b), atomic resolution imaging of the front line of lithium ions entering a tin oxide nanowire. The atomic resolution images show the parallel lithium-ion channels and the formation of dislocations at the tip of the channels.

Credit: Reza Shahbazian-Yassar

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