By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk
A really interesting materials database in the US is leading to faster discoveries of new ways of building more efficient batteries with higher energy densities. Researchers use supercomputers to simulate new materials based on their intrinsic properties.
The database at the Materials Project is open to everyone and has just released its latest trove of data and two new web apps to help battery developers. The next update won't be for a couple of years though, but there are over 30,000 compounds to be going on with in the meantime. The story is at