Energy Storage at the Plate
The study of these zinc oxide plates and how the plates nucleate and grow as secondary structures on zinc oxide surfaces contributes toward America’s goal of a clean, abundant and secure energy future. Researchers are enhancing fundamental understanding of nucleation sites and growth characteristics. This is a vital step in making zinc oxide a more effective material for use in the development of high-energy storage systems, such as lithium-air and zinc-air batteries. The research is being conducted in facilities at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and at EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national scientific user facility located at PNNL. Funding is provided by DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences.
Research team members: Bruce Arey and Jun Liu of PNNL’s Energy and Environment Directorate, and Yongsoon Shin and James De Yoreo of PNNL’s Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate.
The image was captured with a Helios 600 dual-beam focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope at EMSL and was colorized by Nathan Johnson of PNNL’s Communications and Information Technology Directorate.