Researchers use piezoelectric effect to split water molecules

03/22/2010 | Nanowerk

Nanopiezotronic research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has demonstrated a new way to directly convert wasted environmental energy to split water molecules. Assistant professor Huifang Xu's team pulsed ultrasonic vibrations through zinc oxide and barium titanate nanocrystals placed in water, causing the nanofibers to flex and split molecules into hydrogen and oxygen.

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