Building a better battery (IMAGE) DOE/Sandia National Laboratories Caption Postdoctoral researcher Martha Gross works in an argon glove box with a test battery cell illustrating a lab-scale sodium iodide battery. The Sandia National Laboratories research team developed a new sodium iodide catholyte solution (purple liquid) and a special ceramic separator to allow the molten sodium battery to operate at 230 degrees Fahrenheit (110 degrees Celsius). Credit Photo by Randy Montoya/Sandia National Laboratories Usage Restrictions With credit to Randy Montoya/Sandia National Laboratories License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.