Powering the vehicles of the future
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University of Waterloo chemistry researcher Linda Nazar is developing cheaper lithium-sulphur rechargeable batteries that may one day take electric cars three times further. An ultra-thin nanomaterial was at the heart of Nazar’s major research breakthrough. Nazar and her research team have discovered that a nanosheet of manganese dioxide can be used in a lithium-sulphur (Li-S) battery to dramatically boost its performance. The low-cost Li-S battery can theoretically power an electric car three times further than current lithium-ion batteries for the same weight.

 

“Very few researchers study or even teach sulphur chemistry anymore. It’s ironic we had to look so far back in the literature to understand something that may so radically change our future.”
Linda Nazar
University of Waterloo researcher
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