Novel Battery Design (IMAGE) Stanford University Caption Left (a): A conventional zinc (Zn) battery short circuits when dendrites growing on the zinc anode make contact with the metal cathode. Right (b): Stanford scientists redesigned the battery using plastic and carbon insulators to prevent zinc dendrites from reaching the cathode. Credit Shougo Higashi Usage Restrictions Photographs, videos and other images provided by the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University are to be used - with appropriate credit - for editorial purposes only. Flopping, editing, altering or otherwise embellishing these images in any way that changes the images' editorial content is prohibited. Photographs and images provided for web use must be resized to low resolution. Permission is for one-time use only. License Licensed content 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.