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        Search for the Super Battery | Inside a Lithium Metal Cell

        Examine the subatomic properties that explain why lithium is so commonly found in batteries that power a range of devices, and understand the conditions inside a lithium battery that may warrant safety concerns, in this media gallery from NOVA: Search for the Super Battery. We can tell a lot about lithium from its position on the periodic table—especially relating to its weight and reactivity. Being light and highly reactive makes lithium an ideal battery component. But a tendency to release a battery’s energy all at once when lithium metal is used as an electrode material can cause fire and explosions. This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.

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        Lithium's Properties and Power Potential

        Lithium’s subatomic properties make it well suited to deliver electrical power in a small, lightweight package.

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        The Pros and Cons of Lithium Metal Electrodes

        The flow of electrons and ions back and forth between a lithium battery’s positive and negative electrodes can produce conditions that lead to fire and explosions.

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