Scientists have discovered that by crushing the normally mundane white power of the chemical xenon difluoride an amazing transformation takes place within the molecular structure of the compound.
After applying 1,000,000 atmospheres to the xenon difluoride the result is a small metallic brick, a two-dimensional graphite-like semiconductor. That is currently the most powerful non-nuclear energy storage device know to man. The energy used to crush the powered form of the chemical is now stored within the cube.
The new energy battery has been discovered by scientists in Washington State’s chemistry laboratory but has a long way to go before we will be able to purchase these from our corner store.
Lead author Choong-Shik Yoo, a WSU chemistry professor, said: “If you think about it, it is the most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear energy.”
New uses for the newly discovered energy cell include: creating a new class of energetic materials or fuels, an energy storage device, super-oxidizing materials for destroying chemical and biological agents, and high-temperature superconductors.