An assistant professor in the department of chemistry at the University of Chicago, John Anderson, BS/MS '08, has patented a material that can store and produce energy more efficiently and sustainably than current methods.
The patented iron sulfide-based material is fabricated in either a bulk powder or as a thin film deposited on a substrate material.
The researchers were interested in discovering new materials that offer either enhanced performance or lower costs for energy storage schemes, said Anderson. This includes electrodes used in supercapacitor devices, such as electric vehicles, among others. The electrodes could also be used in lithium and sodium batteries for electronic devices and have applications in grid energy storage.
"What's exciting about our discovery is that we can take a material that has been investigated, iron sulfide, and structure it into nanosheets. These nanosheets should enable faster and more reversible charging in battery applications," Anderson explained.
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