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Analysis of the Behavior inside Rechargeable Batteries at Atomic Level Successfully Achieved
-Neutron Diffraction Enables Non-Destructive Real-Time Observation-

July 1, 2016
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Through a NEDO project called the Research and Development Initiative for Scientific Innovation of New Generation Batteries (RISING), a group of researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), and Kyoto University developed a system to conduct real-time, non-destructive observations for automated analysis of the behavior inside rechargeable batteries using neutron diffraction. Using this system, the team successfully analyzed the internal behavior of rechargeable batteries during the charging and discharging processes at the atomic level. As this system makes it possible to easily obtain detailed information about the durability and safety of batteries, further efforts to enhance the performance of the system are expected to advance the development of rechargeable batteries.

Scientific Reports, a British science magazine, published the research results on June 30 (local time).

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