Electron transfer discovery is a step toward viable grid-scale batteries

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Sumary of Electron transfer discovery is a step toward viable grid-scale batteries:

  • This study, published in Cell Reports Physical Science, is one of the first to explore it.
  • Researchers had believed that the negatively charged molecular groups from the acids provided more spots for electron transfer to take place on the battery negative electrode.
  • This discovery is not only relevant to power storage but also fields of corrosion and electrodeposition. The study shows that the reaction rate in flow batteries can be tuned by controlling how well the acid in the fluid electrolyte binds with the active metal.
  • In a flow battery, the power is stored in a pair of electrolyte fluids which are kept in tanks and flow through the working part of the battery to store or release power.

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