Researchers Look to Sodium to Make Better Batteries


21 January, 2019

Scientists have long attempted to find materials to make batteries that are more powerful, but cost less to build.

In the United States, researchers are experimenting with sodium to see whether it can power much-improved batteries in the future.

Sodium is a soft, silvery metal. It is plentiful and found in seawater.

The most common battery used today is made of lithium ion. These batteries power everything from smartphones to computers to electric vehicles.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego are attempting to build a new generation of batteries powered by sodium instead of lithium. The U.S. National Science