The University of Kentucky (UK) last week said that its researchers will work with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study redox flow battery (RFB) technology under a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

UK chemistry professors synthesized new organic compounds as donors and acceptors to use in the development and investigation of a prototype RFB for use in large-scale energy storage applications.

The grant was awarded under the NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Translation project, which focuses on incorporating high concentration organic electrolytes for RFBs into functional, high-voltage, stationary batteries.

According to NSF, the project investigates nonaqueous RFBs containing organic electro-active species. This proposed type of RFB, NSF said, has the

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