Scientists are exploring some of the most unlikely sources of energy generation, some of which are motivated by academic goals and research goals, and in part create a new framework for energy production and production.
Although some raise eyebrows for likely feasibility challenges Such as China's artificial solar ambitions or the device designed to convert exhaust into renewable energy, the sheer number of examples of creative energy generation are truly inspiring.
Now researchers have produced an iron molecule with photocatalytic promise, and it could offer great benefits both in terms of power generation in solar cells (1) and (2) fuel production. As iron is a richer and cheaper source of metal, it will also affect the industry.
Advanced Molecule Design Leading to Progress
Growing research over the past decade has demonstrated the strong potential that other metals can have in photocatalysis, with scientists increasingly focusing on iridium and ruthenium " provide access to new synthesis spaces through new reaction mechanisms ". The challenge, however, is how rare they are both.
The team produced its results through an altered approach to molecular coordination that enabled them to generate an iron molecule that led to ferrous light that could be observed in space, a premiere in science, though their work is on previous studies in the same area.
"The good result depends on the fact that we have optimized the molecular structure around the iron atom," explains colleague Petter Persson from Lund University, who was also involved in the study.
Next Steps in Research
According to researchers, a revised or expanded solar energy roadmap could be in the works. This could also mean developments in other areas based on iron molecules.
"Our results now show that by using advanced molecular constructions, the rare metals can be replaced by iron, which is common in the earth's crust and therefore cheap," says Professor Kenneth Wärnmark of Lund University in Sweden. 1
However, one wonders if, given the speed with which we consume material, one day a similar team will announce a more favorable alternative to the very rare iron .
This research is good news in the sense that while we know the powerful and undeniable benefits of solar energy, we also need to ensure that the materials behind the technology also support a realistic and sustainable vision. As the impetus behind solar energy is not in sight, this breakthrough is an important step.
Details of the study appear in an article entitled "Luminescence and Reactivity of a Charge-Excited Iron Complex with a Nanosecond Life-Span," published November 29, in the journal Science .