Waste silicon gets new life in lithiumion batteries at Rice University

center_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/08/Nanowires-closeup-Web.jpgSilicon nanowires poke through a gold mask on their way to becoming part of a lithium-ion battery developed at Rice University. The process developed at Rice and at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, recycles waste silicon into functioning battery components. (Credit: Alexandru Vlad/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf. AddThislast_img

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