Super-high pressures used to create super “battery”

Using pressures similar to those found deep in the Earth, researchers from Washington State University have created a compact, never-before-seen material that lead researcher Choong-Shik Yoo (pictured center) says is the most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear energy.

The researchers created the material in a diamond anvil cell, a small, two-inch by three-inch-diameter device capable of producing extremely high pressures in a small space. The cell contained xenon difluoride (XeF2), a white crystal used to etch silicon conductors, squeezed between two small diamond anvils.

At normal atmospheric pressure, the material’s molecules stay relatively far apart from each other. But as the pressure inside the chamber is increased, the material becomes a two-dimensional graphite-like semiconductor.

Yoo eventually increased the pressure to more than a million atmospheres, comparable to what would be found halfway to the center of the Earth. The squeezing forced the molecules to make tightly bound three-dimensional metallic network structures. In the process, the huge amount of mechanical energy of compression was stored as chemical energy in the molecules’ bonds.

The research, published in Nature Chemistry, shows that strong chemical bonds can store vast amounts of mechanical energy. Possible future applications include creating a new class of energetic materials or fuels, energy storage devices, super-oxidizing materials for destroying chemical and biological agents, and high-temperature superconductors.

Related:
Battery built from GM viruses
“Spin battery” provides novel electrical storage
Atom Wrangling Gets Serious

Source: Washington State University

, ,

Comments are closed.

Rare Java Monster Coffee + Energy Store Counter Display Rack Wood & Metal 21” picture

Rare Java Monster Coffee + Energy Store Counter Display Rack Wood & Metal 21”

$175.00



Prime Hydration Energy Dream Pop Giant Banner Poster Retail Store Display Promo picture

Prime Hydration Energy Dream Pop Giant Banner Poster Retail Store Display Promo

$34.99



5 Hour Energy  Store Display Metal Rack Dispenser 4 Shelves New W/POS picture

5 Hour Energy Store Display Metal Rack Dispenser 4 Shelves New W/POS

$49.99



Mega Man Classic Energy Tank Coin Bank Storage Tin | Toynk Exclusive picture

Mega Man Classic Energy Tank Coin Bank Storage Tin | Toynk Exclusive

$18.99



🔥NIB Ghost Energy Drink Liquor Store Led Sign Bar Light Not Neon Mancave White picture

🔥NIB Ghost Energy Drink Liquor Store Led Sign Bar Light Not Neon Mancave White

$269.00



🔥 Rockstar Energy Drink Inflatable Can Hanging Store Display 27.75

🔥 Rockstar Energy Drink Inflatable Can Hanging Store Display 27.75" Blow Up

$59.99



Red Bull Store Display Stand Advertisement Holographic Sugarfree Energy Drink picture

Red Bull Store Display Stand Advertisement Holographic Sugarfree Energy Drink

$19.99



5 Hour Energy Vintage Original Store Display Metal Rack Dispenser Holder 2 Pack picture

5 Hour Energy Vintage Original Store Display Metal Rack Dispenser Holder 2 Pack

$39.99



5 Hour Energy 3-Tier Drink Store Display Metal Rack Dispenser Holder picture

5 Hour Energy 3-Tier Drink Store Display Metal Rack Dispenser Holder

$79.99



1973 BEAT THE ENERGY CRISIS SIGN Store Advertisement Gas Advertising VERY RARE picture

1973 BEAT THE ENERGY CRISIS SIGN Store Advertisement Gas Advertising VERY RARE

$84.99



Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes