Liquid-based Batteries Could Run On Fluorescent Dye

A glow-in-the-dark dye be the next advancement in energy storage technology, say scientists at the University at Buffalo. They have fingered a fluorescent dye called boron-dipyrromethene as an ideal material for stockpiling energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power cars and homes. Boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY) shines brightly in the dark under a black light, but the features that facilitate energy storage are less visible. According to new research, the dye has unusual chemical properties that enable it to excel at two key tasks: storing electrons and participating in electron transfer. [Read More]

MXene Nanoscale Liquid Environment Analysis A First

Fusing theoretical calculations with advanced in-situ microscopy, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found important clues to the properties of a promising next-generation energy storage material for supercapacitors and batteries. Nina Balke, one of a team of researchers working with Drexel University’s Yury Gogotsi in the FIRST Center, a DOE Office of Science Energy Frontier Research Center, said: The energy storage properties have been characterized on a microscopic scale, but no one knows what happens in the active material on the nanoscale in terms of ion insertion and how this affects stresses and strains in the material. [Read More]

Asymmetric Scattering in Superconductor Dopants

Recently scientists have uncovered materials that can be converted from magnetic insulators or metals into Superconductors, capable of carrying electrical current with no energy loss. It is an extremely promising concept for zero-resistance electronics, energy-storage and transmission systems. Currently, in addition to keeping the materials very cold, a major step to achieving superconductivity is to substitute a different kind of atom into some positions of the “parent” material’s crystal framework. [Read More]