Researchers Build Fuel Cells From Glass

André D. Taylor, an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering at Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science, said that using bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) instead of silicon, a brittle and poor conductor, as well as stainless steel, a material that is prone to corrosion, could be the foundation for a "long-lasting, low-cost, and eco-friendly power source for portable electronic devices". According to the scientist, BMGs can be strong as steel, "yet malleable and good at conducting electricity, and thus superior to silicon and steel for micro fuel cells."

The working fuel cell prototype developed at Yale has been made using zirconium and platinum compounds and has a volume of just 3 cm3, but there was no information how much power it provides. Details have been published in the article Bulk Metallic Glass Micro Fuel Cell in the November 26 issue of the journal Small. The researchers said they are now working to increase the capacity of their fuel cell.

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  • "Researchers Build Fuel Cells From Glass"

    "The idea of powering gadgets with fuel cells instead of glass"

  • kingnoobe
    I'm not much for correcting people.. But damn.. Come on guys lol.
  • bucknutty
    Wait... So I can power my phone with glass? Sweet!
  • CrArC
    kingnoobeI'm not much for correcting people.. But damn.. Come on guys lol.This article is a minefield of written-language screw-ups. Spelling mistakes, missing words, grammatical errors, half-written phrases that seem to have been changed partway through...

    Must be some kind of new record!
  • paladiin
    I don't expect the most polished articles in the world on this site but my god this article was bad. I am still not sure wtf he was talking about. Can we get a translator and at least someone pretending to edit these articles? This is the first comment I have left in months and it is sad that my motivation was how poorly written the article was.
  • ojas phone is powered by glass? So THAT'S what batteries are made of! Glass! Who would have thought.
  • kyuuketsuki
    WTF proofreading?! Holy crap, that first paragraph is nearly incomprehensible.
  • ". . . said that using bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) instead of silicon as brittle and poor conductor. . ."

    Really guys?

  • Littlun
    Mr. Douglas Perry needs to go back to school and learn to write. I could write better than this when I was 12, and to see an editor of a major online tech site post slop like this just embarrasses me.
  • fimbulvinter
    This article made my head hurt.