A new type of battery that is safe, efficient, and non-toxic could soon be available, thanks to a joint research project by Australian and Chinese scientists. Dr. Kai Zhang of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University and Associate Professor Zhongfan Jia at Flinders University have developed the world’s first aqueous aluminum radical battery, which is safe, sustainable and non-polluting. Aluminum-ion batteries have great potential as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries, which are widely used in consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and renewable energy storage systems. Their research solved one of the major challenges for current AIBs by using stable radicals as cathodes, which can achieve a high voltage output and a high capacity with excellent cycling stability.

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