Silver materials may unlock golden opportunities, new research suggests—4 May 2017

Curtin University research, led by an ARC Future Fellow, Dr Mark Pankevicius, has uncovered a series of new silver materials that possess a dynamic range of properties, which could potentially open up new avenues in solid-state batteries, anti-bacterial agents for medical use, and flexible touchscreens in smart phones.

The research was carried out by synthesising a new class of silver boranes and testing their properties using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Dr Paskevicius explained that the use of the materials as photocatalysts—compounds to accelerate chemical reactions by light—could have potential applications in waste-water treatment or in catalytic hydrogen production from water with sunlight.

“The materials were shown to be stable in water, which could lead to new options for photocatalytic water splitting. My future research in solid-state electrolytes for battery applications will focus on lighter and cheaper elements including lithium, sodium, magnesium and zinc,” Dr Paskevicius said.

Media issued by Curtin University.

Image: Dr Mark Paskevicius.
Image courtesy: Curtin University.

Original Published Date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017