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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Smarter Electrolytes May Prevent a Dimmer Future

Alex Papandrew, Research Assistant ProfessorCollege of Engineering - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Electrochemical energy storage is woven into the fabric of modern life. Each of us carries one or more electronic devices that store energy as electrical charge and dispense it on command. The safe and reliable operation of these devices is predicated on electrolytes—substances that allow charge to flow via the motion of charged atomic species (ions). New electrolytes are an essential requirement for developing energy systems capable of shifting our reliance on the burning of fossil fuels towards the use of more sustainable resources. Developing these smarter electrolytes and devices based around them is no small challenge, bringing together materials scientists, electrochemists, and chemical engineers in efforts to keep the lights we take for granted from growing dim.​

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