Monday, February 1, 2010
Engineer developing better batteries for energy alternatives
Get Steve Martin going on the science and technology of batteries and he’ll reach for a sheet of graph paper.
Martin, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering in Iowa State University’s department of materials science and engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, will fill that sheet with the chemical formulas of various lithium compounds and materials. He’ll add a few sketches of carbon atoms forming layers of hexagons. He’ll even jot down some lithium-silicon formulas. (Go to article)