Lithium Ion Batteries Show Improved Performance With Hydrogen Treatment

Thanks to Peter Gluck for sharing a link to this report from the Science Daily website, that may turn out to have some connection to LENR.

Summary: Scientists have found that lithium ion batteries operate longer and faster when their electrodes are treated with hydrogen

Researchers at the DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have found that lithium-ion batteries that are treated with hydrogen have significantly increased performance in terms of capacity and speed. The specific treatment in these batteries was to include hydrogen-treated graphene nanofoam electrodes into the batteries.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Their experiments and multiscale calculations reveal that deliberate low-temperature treatment of defect-rich graphene with hydrogen can actually improve rate capacity. Hydrogen interacts with the defects in the graphene and opens small gaps to facilitate easier lithium penetration, which improves the transport. Additional reversible capacity is provided by enhanced lithium binding near edges, where hydrogen is most likely to bind.

“The performance improvement we’ve seen in the electrodes is a breakthrough that has real world applications,” said Jianchao Ye, who is a postdoc staff scientist at the Lab’s Materials Science Division, and the leading author of the paper.

I can’t judge for sure, but I wonder if unexpectedly improved performance might have some relationship to the Rossi effect; Andrea Rossi’s recently approved patent describes lithium and hydrogen as the reactants in the E-Cat, and nickel as the catalyst.

  • Obvious

    Hydrogen interacts with the defects to open gaps big enough for Li to fit.
    This is the best part of the story, IMO.

  • Zack Iszard

    After having some experience researching and preparing nanoscopic materials, my initial assessment is that the hydrogen treatment is a successful means to increase porosity without compromising conductivity. However, an irregular layered graphene electrode is a far cry from the highly ordered nickel or palladium metallic crystals. In addition, heavier metal elements with near-zero nuclear potential are much more fitting LENR catalysts than super-light carbon. It is most likely that LENR is not occurring in any meaningful frequency with this material during battery operation or during fabrication.

  • Gerard McEk

    You may hope that no LENR effect takes place. That would be disastrous for the battery, surely. I remember the problems with the Li-ion batteries in the Airbus planes and that several of us suggested that there might have been a LENR effect issue with those as well.

    • bachcole

      I would think that it might also be a disaster for the patents.

    • Hi all

      In reply to Gerard McEk

      I think you meant to say Boeing planes

      Kind Regards walker

    • Alain Samoun

      I did make some tests, destructing Li-ion batteries by heating them: There is a lot of heat and smoke generated at between 200-300C, depending of the battery type and make, but I did not detect any type of radiation gamma, beta or alpha – It seems then that the heat/smoke is from chemistry reactions.

      • Gerard McEk

        I expect that these LENR reactions are electrical current related. High short current pulses during discharge and recharging, not soley due to heating up. That will only cause burning and chemical oxidation. Heating may enhance a LENR reaction though, once it is started.

  • BillH

    Seeing the Rossi Effect everywhere! You may have bypassed the obvious component though, Graphene. With the claimed energy density of LENR confining it in a small battery might not be the best idea.

  • GordonDocherty

    The question is, have these improved “batteries” been heat/pressure tested, and what happens when they are also subject to high frequency harmonic vibrations?