Posted October 05, 2018 05:23:20A new type of phosphorus particle, an electron, is being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its Argon Materials Group, according to the agency.
Phosphorus, a mineral found in rocks and soils, is a powerful greenhouse gas that traps heat.
When the atmosphere warms, the gas is released into the atmosphere and becomes an ion.
The Argon-based element, named for the ancient Greek name for the Argon Borealis, has been used in electronic devices since the late 1980s, and it has the potential to be used to create an array of different materials that can be used in electronics and solar cells, DOE officials said in a statement.
Pharma company Roche Applied Materials recently developed a catalyst that binds with the phosphorus ion to produce a phosphate-phosphorus oxide, the agency said.
This catalyst is based on a combination of phosphorus and a nitrogen atom.
It will be used for the development of a catalyst for an advanced phase change polymer that is a key element in the development and commercialization of photovoltaic cells.
The process is called phosphorescence.
A new catalyst in the Argon Materials group will be a key component in developing a catalytic catalyst that can bind with phosphorus ions to produce an advanced polymer that can convert sunlight into electricity, according a DOE news release.
The new catalyst will also be used as a catalyst to convert organic materials to an electrically conductive polymer that could be used by solar cells.
The research is funded by DOE and the National Science Foundation.