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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