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In the next five years, we will be able to capture CO2 more efficiently and transform it into something useful. IBM researchers are working on a sustainable materials development platform for harnessing CO2 as a raw material for monomers and polymers such as plastic. The instrument pictured here is used to synthesize new CO2-based materials designed with a focus towards recyclability that allows for recovery and reuse.
In the next five years, we will discover new materials for safer and more environmentally-preferable batteries capable of supporting a renewable-based energy grid and more sustainable transportation. Many renewable energy sources are intermittent and require storage. The use of AI and quantum computing will result in batteries built with safer and more efficient materials for improved performance.
A battery evaluation board in the IBM Research-Almaden Battery Lab used to measure the performance of a cobalt- and nickel-free battery developed by IBM researchers. The researchers showed that the battery could have higher power density, lower flammability and much faster charging times than conventional Li-ion batteries.
A battery tester and cycler in the IBM Research-Almaden Battery Lab, where IBM researchers developed a cobalt- and nickel-free battery that relies on an iodine-based cathode. The researchers showed that the battery could have higher power density, lower flammability and much faster charging times than conventional Li-ion batteries.
In the next five years, we will advance materials manufacturing, enabling semiconductor manufacturers to improve the sustainability of their coveted products. Scientists will embrace a new approach to materials design that enables the tech industry to more quickly produce sustainable materials for the production of semiconductors and electronic devices.