• New 3D microbatteries stand as much as {industry} commonplace thin-film counterparts

    Credit score: CC0 Public Area The skinny-film lithium-ion batteries utilized in microdevices resembling moveable and medical electronics could provide quantity of energy relative to their mass, however don’t present sufficient energy for a lot of units attributable to their restricted measurement. Researchers have launched a fabrication course of that builds microbatteries with thick, 3D electrodes utilizing lithography and electrodeposition—and seals every unit in a gel electrolyte-filled bundle. The brand new prototype exhibits the very best peak energy density of any reported microbatteries, the researchers stated. The brand new examine, led by College of Illinois Urbana-Champaign postdoctoral researcher Pengcheng Solar and supplies science and engineering professor Paul Braun, is revealed within…