Microsoft, in collaboration with PNNL, uses AI to find a novel material for rechargeable batteries.
Traditional lithium-ion batteries rely on rare earth metals, posing environmental concerns and recycling challenges.
AI and Azure Quantum Elements platform accelerate research on materials not found in nature.
Microsoft's AI algorithms predict material characteristics 1,500 times faster than traditional methods.
Initial screening starts with 32.6 million candidates, leading to 500,000 predicted stable materials.
AI-accelerated simulations further narrow down the selection to 150 materials, focusing on dynamic properties.
Resulting candidate is an electrolyte material using 70% less lithium than current li-ion batteries, replacing some with sodium.
The material is synthesized by PNNL, with planned tests to verify stability and efficiency.
Microsoft claims AI will revolutionize scientific discovery, condensing 250 years of innovation into the next 25.
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