A team of researchers at the Australian National University has concluded 5 years of investigation to arrive at a surprising discovery: titanium dioxide, a chemical compound used abundantly in everything from plastics to sunscreens, may be the ideal material for capacitors used in energy storage devices.
While most materials involve a trade-off of some combinations, titanium dioxide ticks all the three requirements necessary for an energy storage medium: high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and operational stability over a wide range of temperatures. Associate Professor Yun Liu, was decidedly excited in announcing the breakthrough, exclaiming that “it’s like a dream come true”, before adding that the material “has huge potential. Australia is a dominant player in the titanium dioxide market, will this discovery blaze new paths for Australia’s energy market and the energy storage industry in particular? Leave your comments below!
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