Scientists Convert Packing Peanuts Into Better Battery Parts
\"Although packaged peanuts are used worldwide as the perfect solution for transportation, it is well known that they are difficult to break down and only about 10% of peanuts are recycled,\" Dr.
Veras Pohl, associate professor of chemistry and materials engineering at Purdue University, said in a written statement.
But Pol and his research team came up with a clever idea: to make key components of rechargeable lithium with sticky peanutsion batteries.
When scientists received a new batch of laboratory equipment, they thought of the idea and wondered if they could do anything \"useful\" to the remaining packaging materials.
The researchers heated the packaged peanuts between 500 and 900 degrees Celsius, look!
Two kinds of peanuts ---
Some are made of polystyrene, others are made of starch-
It is converted into carbon nanoparticles and thin carbon sheets.
The team was then able to use these materials to make battery parts known as the anode, and the ions were stored when the battery was charged.
In addition, Pol and his colleagues found that the new anode is actually charging faster than the traditional graphite anode.
Talk about a win-win situationwin! (
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This schematic describes the process of converting packaged peanuts into high peanuts
Performance Anode of rechargeable lithiumion batteries.
The experimental anode is better than the conventional graphite anode.
Most importantly, according to the researchers, the process of recycling peanuts is both cheap and scalable and eco-friendly.
They predict that in the next five years we will be able to recycle about 50% of peanuts.
These original Labs
The battery based on the coin battery has powered the LEDs (LEDs)
Pol told Huffington Post in an email.
\"After expanding carbon emissions --
In the production process, we will be able to make larger-
Battery size that can power a larger device.
According to the Pacific Standard, the researchers also envisioned carbon materials used in filters, tires, printer ink, etc.
The new findings are scheduled to be announced at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver on March 22. 26.