By Mike SchmittAssociated PressPublished Nov. 21, 2018 11:54:10While most people think of lithium ions as the main ingredient in cell phones, a number of materials in the world are also capable of producing the material.
In a recent article in the journal Nature Materials, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describe the lithium ion, a relatively new material that combines elements like silicon and magnesium to form the ion.
The material is an excellent candidate for using in the electronics of smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices, the authors said.
“We’ve seen lithium in the form of metal electrodes and it has been used as a conductor in the manufacturing of electronics,” said Dr. David J. Pfeffer, a professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at the UI and the lead author of the article.
“This paper describes an exciting new material for this use.”
The article describes lithium as a metal that can be formed from carbon, sulfur, oxygen and nitrogen.
Its basic composition is a mixture of carbon, silicon and a sulfur atom, Pfefer said.
When a metal is excited by a magnetic field, it produces a very small amount of electric charge, which can be transferred to a conductor by a current passing through the metal, PFEffer said.
The metal electrode can also be formed in the laboratory, by using a thin layer of carbon and the sulfur atom.
A second layer of the same metal is used as an electrode material.
The result is a thin sheet of carbon that can absorb an electric field.
“There’s a large amount of research being done into lithium ion materials, but the amount of this work is a bit low,” Pfeffer said.
“We’re working to increase that amount.
There’s a lot of interest in this material, and we’re excited to get it out into the world.”
The researchers created lithium ion by combining the carbon and sulfur atoms of the metal with a sulfur compound called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
The PAHs are a class of chemicals that have been used to make many chemicals, including some in the pharmaceutical industry, including those that are used in plastics.
They are also used in a number, including in the electrodes in lithium ion cells.
“It’s a very simple process to make,” PFEffer told ABC News.
“You just need to find one that has one of these PAH molecules in it and combine it with the other two.”
Pfeffers team was able to synthesize the material using a method called polymerization that relies on the presence of a single catalyst.
A catalyst that is added to the mixture produces a polymer that bonds to the metal.
The polymer is formed by adding a catalyst to the polymer mixture, which then reacts with the PAH.
The researchers were able to produce the metal-to-metal bond in a variety of different metals, including platinum and palladium.
The researchers also were able the material can be made with carbon or silicon.
The materials were also able to absorb electric field, the researchers said.
In one experiment, they were able get a metal with an electric charge to absorb the electric field from a lithium ion.
In another experiment, the material absorbed a very large electric field with a very low electric field at a wavelength of 4.2 nanometers, and it also produced an electric current.
Pfeffer said that the material could also be used to create high-frequency electrical contacts.
“In the near future, you could put these electrodes in a computer chip and then wire it to a cell phone, and they would be very useful,” Pheffer said, noting that they can also serve as a battery for the phone.PFEffers co-authors are Daniel Koczela, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, and Jihan Zhang, a postdoctoral researcher.