Lithium-ion batteries can be found in almost every electrical item we use daily – from our phones to our wireless headphones, toys, tools, and electric vehicles. However, serious questions have been raised regarding its safety induced by electrolytes.
At the Battery Research and Innovation Hub, our experts aim to design safer, reliable battery technology and enable the delivery of safer next-generation solid-state lithium-ion cells.
In our unique facility, which includes a dedicated research innovation laboratory for new battery design and development, prototyping, and cell and systems test facility for multiple battery types and sizes, we are investigating how safer electrolyte materials can be incorporated into lithium systems without any reduction in battery performance.
Our focus is on the advanced ionic liquids and solid/polymer electrolytes interface and the incorporation of ionic liquids. These liquids are thermally and electrochemically stable with a negligible vapour pressure and are very promising as potential electrolytes for the next generation of lithium batteries.
With the delivery of next-generation batteries in our sights, we hope our facilities will solidify Australia’s role in the global supply chain for advanced batteries, as well as meet the bespoke and specialised battery needs of industry partners.
Lithium-ion batteries are the most widely used batteries in the world. New electrolyte and battery materials are being investigated in the development of the next generation of this battery type.
Benefits: Charging is safe and fast, long-lasting, large energy density, rechargeable.
Applications: Small electrical items such as phones, toys, wireless headphones to larger items such as electric vehicles, e-scooters and solar power batteries.