Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Yes is the resounding answer if one were to follow the work of Chinese scientists in the past few months.
A recent research and development project for greener batteries has led to the use of Montroseite, a mineral discovered half a decade ago in Montrose County, Colorado.
At the Chinese Hefei University of Science and Technology, Anhui, in November 2010 a group of scientists, led by Yi Xie, synthetically prepared Montroseite. This mineral is very similar in structure to the sea urchin yet demonstrates higher electrochemical properties in comparison to nanorod electrodes. The characteristics of the Montroseite make it ideal for anodes in batteries using aqueous lithium ions.