Electron Switch Between Molecules Points Way to New High-Powered Organic Batteries

The development of new organic batteries — lightweight energy storage devices that work without the need for toxic heavy metals — has a brighter future now that chemists have discovered a new way to pass electrons back and forth between two molecules.

The research is also a necessary step toward creating artificial photosynthesis, where fuel could be generated directly from the sun, much as plants do.

University of Texas at Austin chemists Christopher Bielawski and Jonathan Sessler led the research, which was published in Science.


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