Lithium Ion Batteries Show Improved Performance With Hydrogen Treatment

Thanks to Peter Gluck for sharing a link to this report from the Science Daily website, that may turn out to have some connection to LENR.

Summary: Scientists have found that lithium ion batteries operate longer and faster when their electrodes are treated with hydrogen

Researchers at the DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have found that lithium-ion batteries that are treated with hydrogen have significantly increased performance in terms of capacity and speed. The specific treatment in these batteries was to include hydrogen-treated graphene nanofoam electrodes into the batteries.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Their experiments and multiscale calculations reveal that deliberate low-temperature treatment of defect-rich graphene with hydrogen can actually improve rate capacity. Hydrogen interacts with the defects in the graphene and opens small gaps to facilitate easier lithium penetration, which improves the transport. Additional reversible capacity is provided by enhanced lithium binding near edges, where hydrogen is most likely to bind.

“The performance improvement we’ve seen in the electrodes is a breakthrough that has real world applications,” said Jianchao Ye, who is a postdoc staff scientist at the Lab’s Materials Science Division, and the leading author of the paper.

I can’t judge for sure, but I wonder if unexpectedly improved performance might have some relationship to the Rossi effect; Andrea Rossi’s recently approved patent describes lithium and hydrogen as the reactants in the E-Cat, and nickel as the catalyst.