Summary #1266

Researchers develop molecule to store solar energy
  • Storing solar energy is a big challenge, so researchers have come up with a new molecular photoswitch, a molecule that changes with light energy.
  • First, they designed the molecule and used supercomputers to calculate if it would lead to the right chemical reaction.
  • Another team built the molecule, and performed experiments that confirmed the initial calculations.
  • In most chemical reactions, a molecule passes from high energy to low energy - here, the opposite happens, and the molecule absorbs energy extremely fast.
  • The next step is to figure out how to release the energy from the molecule in the best way.


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