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06/30/09
Technology Development Areas. Batteries and Market influence
Filed under: Position Searching, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 9:21 am

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a place
to look for areas
where chemical
technology current status and near

term directions were pointed out?

That is one object of a series of blog
entries.  This one
highlights battery
research. 
J. Kho wrote a nice article
about several “hot” lithium battery couples. 

SOME PROBLEMS OVERLOOKED.  It
does not
mention the significant
challenges in this field including
conductive organic electrolytes that
can withstand
higher temperatures,
membranes
and design / materials.

Another feature to bring up now is
the concept of 
“sustainability.”  1  
Reuse, reclamation and ‘life cycle

analysis” should be considered in the
invention and
design of advanced systems. 
Certainly a place for
chemists to have
an influence.


BEWARE OF MARKET INFLUENCE. 
Forty
years ago, before lithium batteries
were in common
use (only some military
applications), there was a
significant
uptick in battery research.  Those who

experienced that period will share that
only a
select few technical elements
survive into
production and profits. 
“Hot”, yes, but beware
of the market
influence.

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