The future of environmentally friendly rechargeable batteries is looking promising thanks to a new perspective organic material invented by scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS). The new invention developed by a team led by Professor Loh Kian Ping has superior electrical conductivity and energy retention capabilities and can be used in battery applications.
Currently, rechargeable batteries are the most widespread method for energy storage used not only in small applications, but also in large-scale systems like smart renewable energy grids. As energy storage plays a key role in facilitating the integration of renewable energy, researchers are constantly trying to find more eco-friendly ways of producing them. Using organic materials as an electrode in the rechargeable battery is one way of doing that. Although the production and disposal of organic electrodes is more sustainable than using inorganic electrodes, and they could support high energy storage capabilities, they are not without limitations of their own. Areas in which they currently lack are electrical conductivity and stability.
The new organic compound developed by the researchers from NUS in an effort to overcome the challenges faced by organic electrodes is called 3Q. It has up to six charge storage sites per molecule which raise its conductivity and energy retention. This is a promising research for the development of environmentally friendly and high capacity rechargeable batteries with long life cycles.
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