What makes lithium ion batteries dangerous? Part 2 2

What makes lithium ion batteries dangerous? Part 2

What are the hazards associated with lithium-ion batteries, and how can these turn into safety risks? Last week Risk Bites looked at the bottom-line risk challenges of lithium-ion batteries. This week we take a closer look at the technology behind the batteries used in cell phones, laptops and the latest high-tech airplanes like Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

This week’s Risk Bites team:
Mike Capracotta (Technical advice)
David Faulkner (Post-production)
Andrew Maynard (all the other stuff)

Useful resources:
Lithium-ion batteries and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner: http://allthatmatters.heber.org/2013/01/19/lithium-ion-batteries-and-the-boeing-787-dreamliner/
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery
Battery technology information from Panasonic: http://industrial.panasonic.com/www-data/pdf/ACA4000/ACA4000PE3.pdf
The Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery: A Perspective. John Goodenough and Kyu-Sung Park, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (4), pp 1167–1176 DOI: 10.1021/ja3091438 [Paywall] http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja3091438
Lithium Ion battery research (Steve Harris): http://lithiumbatteryresearch.com/

Risk Bites is supported by:
University of Michigan School of Public Health. http://www.sph.umich.edu/
University of Michigan Risk Science Center. http://umriskcenter.org

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