Preventing Laptop Fires and “Thermal Runaway”


A current problem with Lithium ion (Li-ion) laptop batteries us that they have the tendency to burst spontaneously into flames. Although, this only happens to a small fraction of batteries. Manufacturers are still trying to improve the batteries to prevent this. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), a team led by Scott R. White, has spent almost two decades developing "self-healing" materials to combat the overheating of laptop batteries and improve lithium battery safety.

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