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Title: Unique battery with a multi-functional, physicochemically active membrane separator/electrolyte-electrode monolith and a method making the same

The invention relates to a unique battery having a physicochemically active membrane separator/electrolyte-electrode monolith and method of making the same. The Applicant's invented battery employs a physicochemically active membrane separator/electrolyte-electrode that acts as a separator, electrolyte, and electrode, within the same monolithic structure. The chemical composition, physical arrangement of molecules, and physical geometry of the pores play a role in the sequestration and conduction of ions. In one preferred embodiment, ions are transported via the ion-hoping mechanism where the oxygens of the Al.sub.2O.sub.3 wall are available for positive ion coordination (i.e. Li.sup.+). This active membrane-electrode composite can be adjusted to a desired level of ion conductivity by manipulating the chemical composition and structure of the pore wall to either increase or decrease ion conduction.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1109101
Report Number(s):
8,592,075
13/556,288
DOE Contract Number:
W-31-109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
ANL (Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
25 ENERGY STORAGE