WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue researchers believe analytical theory could improve the life of lithium-ion batteries like those found in cell phones.
Formations called dendrites grow in the batteries and can cause an internal short circuit, resulting in battery failure and a possible fire.
Researchers now theoretically know how to control or eliminate the dendrite formation.
Purdue Associate Professor of Materials and Engineering Edwin Garcia says people need to recharge lithium-ion batteries at very low currents because it reduces battery failure.
"Those embryos or those nuclei will start to form. This is important because if we understand how they form, then we can suppress information, if we can suppress information then we can make better batteries and instead of taking 10 hours to perform, to recharge, it will take us four or five hours," Garcia said.
Garcia says they have been working on the project for about two years.
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