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A mysterious process called oxygen oxidation strips electrons from oxygen atoms in lithium-rich battery cathodes and degrades their performance. Better understanding this property and controlling its effects could lead to better performing electric vehicles. (Credit: Gregory Stewart/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

First complete picture of lithium-ion battery performance

The problem with today's commercial batteries is they release about half of the lithium ions they contain. One solution on this is to cram cathodes with...