May 23: "Green" Batteries for Renewable Energy: How About Rhubarb?

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
Tuesday, Mat 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont MA
battery photo credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR

<img class="alignleft size-thumbnail" title="Aspuru-Guzik_125.jpg" src="/images/lecture/Lectures_Presenters/Aspuru-Guzik_125.jpg/> Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University.
Aspuru-Guzik Research Group

Renewable energy from resources such as solar and wind will require massive battery storage. There is an all-out effort to develop "green" batteries that are environmentally friendly. The search is on to produce power from organic molecules, and so plants are natural candidates. Who would have guessed that rhubarb offers real possibilities? Dr. Aspuru-Guzik, a member of the Harvard team that has been working on "organic megaflow batteries" and in this case, the “rhubarb battery.”

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