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<p>Research studying how gold ions move in liquid could improve battery efficiency.</p>
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Research studying how gold ions move in liquid could improve battery efficiency.

Gold-standard batteries

Japanese researchers studying gold ions may have the answer to more energy-efficient batteries.

For the first time ever, researchers from the University of Tokyo have been studying how gold ions move in liquid. This allows the scientists to better understand behaviours of liquids at the atomic level, which should result in a thorough analysis covering what components are needed to design less volatile, more energy-efficient batteries.

With this improved understanding, as well as an ever-increasing demand for battery power, a more reliable future for the devices that have become essential in daily life is looking positive.