A method of making an intermetallic negative electrode for an electrochemical cell. One or more metal salts is dissolved in an organic solvent forming a solution to which is added a metal reducing agent to form an intermetallic compound. Thereafter, the intermetallic compound precipitates and is separated and formed into an electrode. The electrodes are useful in electrochemical cells and batteries.
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION
 The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and The University of Chicago representing Argonne National Laboratory.