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In the everlasting race to create a better battery, scientist looked at silicon for its ability to hold a copious energy, but when the silicon would absorb said charge it would expand, causing it to eventually crack rendering it useless. However, the boys down in Stanford’s SLAC laboratory have developed silicon electrodes that repair themselves, the inspiration for all of this “believe it or not” comes from the latest research for robot skin. Crazy, right? The material works through light chemical bonds which attract when the material cracks, allowing it to regain its shape in just a few hours. The scientist’s have ran it through a 100 discharge cycles which is a promising start but they hope to hit 3000 cycles for an electric vehicle.

How the chemical bonds work .

How the chemical bonds work .

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