In the fifth of Michael McDonagh's series we learn how creating the active material can lead to some of the very best and very worst battery performances.
This article critically examines the materials and methods used to make the active material which provide the electron reservoir required for the battery function. It is this stage in the production process where the element of individualism becomes more pronounced. It is where companies with their own unique experience and personal histories, seek to avert previous disasters or to differentiate themselves from the competition with better performance, lower cost . . .