Advanced Light Source at sunset facing the San Francisco Bay. The Joint Genome Institute building at twilight. Molecular Foundry surrounded by morning fog. Shyh Wang Hall at sunset. Shyh Wang Hall entrance in the evening. KIA NIRO electric car is charging on street parking lot of Lindholmen, Gothenburg. Nitash Balsara, a person with short gray hair wearing a blue collared shirt, photographed outdoors next to a building.

A new study led by Berkeley Lab reveals surprising clues into the causes behind the rare event of a lithium-ion battery catching fire after fast charging. The researchers used an imaging technique called “operando X-ray microtomography” at the Advanced Light Source to probe lithium-graphite battery materials at high resolution.

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