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Biomass could produce better batteries


April 7, 2015
By Andrew Macklin


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April 7, 2015 – A research team at the University of Houston has discovered an organic polymer that could produce better batteries, and the polymer could be created with synthesized biomass.

The conductive electron-transporting polymer involves a conjugated redox polymer design with a naphthalene-bithiophene polymer.

Yan Yao, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, said in an article on the University of Houston’s website that “researchers have long recognized the promise of functional organic polymers, but until now have not been successful in developing an efficient electron-transport conducting polymer to pair with the established hole-transporting polymers. The lithium-doped naphthalene-bithiophene polymer proved both to exhibit significant electronic conductivity and to be stable through 3,000 cycles of charging and discharging energy.”

The organic polymer involved could potentially be synthesized from biomass, providing a possible infinite supply of material.

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