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Abu Dhabi scientists seek US patent for fireproof batteries |

Masdar team uses cellulose found in plants to make flammable lithium-ion batteries safer and cheaper
By Jay B. Hilotin, Chief Reporter
October 9, 2013

Image Credit: Gulf News Archives
Abu Dhabi: Battery fires could be a thing of the past if Abu Dhabi scientists have their way.
Dr Raed Hashaikeh, Associate Professor, Water and Environment Engineering Programme at Masdar Institute and head of a four-member team that recently applied for the US patent, said they had found a way to make fire-prone lithium-ion batteries safer and cheaper using plant material.
And if all things go together, cellulose, a substance found in plants, could make its way into batteries used in most electronic devices, mobile medical equipment, electric cars and aircraft.
“Electrolytes currently used in commercial lithium-ion batteries (LIB) are flammable and volatile, making them both unsafe and unstable,” Dr Hashaikeh told XPRESS.


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