RMIT researchers print wash-and-wear graphene supercapacitors

A Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology team has demonstrated a process for “cost-effective and scaleable” laser printing of stretchable, washable textiles able to store energy.   A 10 centimetre by 10 centimetre patch of graphene-based smart textiles could be printed in three minutes using the technique, according to work published in the journal Scientific Reports. …

Lithium Australia recovers lithium from spent li-ion batteries

Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has successfully refined lithium phosphate from spent lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), and is proceeding to manufacture cathode powders. The company, announced it was producing lithium-ferro-phosphate (LPT) coin cells to test the performance of its re-birthed cathodes, effectively proving its novel battery recycling technologies. The Perth company has also recovered nickle and cobalt…

Plasma power: the Australian project aiming to do better than wet coating for textiles

An Innovative Manufacturing CRC-backed project announced last month is aiming to move research on material coating methods out of the lab and into factories. Brent Balinski asked project lead Dr Weiwei Lei a few questions about how his process works and what the project hopes to achieve.