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Unlocking the Hidden Potential of Crabs, Lobsters, and Zinc: A Battery Breakthrough?


I came across an interesting post on MSN.com that you might find intriguing. It discusses the potential of crabs and lobsters beyond being mere food sources.


A team of scientists from the University of Maryland has made a fascinating discovery. They discovered that combining chitin, a long-chain polymer of N-acetylglucosamine found in the shells of crustaceans, with Zinc achieved an impressive 99.7% efficiency after conducting over 400 hours of testing. This discovery has the potential to revolutionize EV batteries. You can read more about it in the article “Scientists discover lithium replacement that may revolutionize EV batteries: ‘99.7% efficient after over 400 hours of use’ (msn.com).”


What are Chitin and Zinc? Now, let's look at the characteristics of chitin and Zinc. Chitin is an amide derivative of glucose and forms a long-chain polymer “chitin - Search (bing.com).” On the other hand, Zinc is a chemical element represented by the symbol Zn on the periodic table. It has an atomic number of 30 and exhibits properties similar to Magnesium, such as its shiny solid metal nature and slight brittleness at room temperature. Its color is silver-gray, and it has a density of 7.14 g/cm3 and a melting point and boiling point of 692.68 K and 1180 K, respectively. You can find more information about Zinc's physical properties on the “Periodic Table of the Elements - Zinc (coolperiodictable.com) and Zinc - Wikipedia.”


Another intriguing aspect is the biodegradability of crustacean shells. These shells naturally break down within five months and contain significant amounts of chitin. Unfortunately, we often discard them without realizing their potential. However, if the technology utilizing chitin and Zinc is perfected, it could have a profound impact. By replacing lithium batteries extracted from the Earth, this innovation could address the environmental concerns associated with lithium mining. For more insights, you can refer to the article " In pictures: South America's 'lithium fields' reveal the dark side of our electric future | Euronews" featured on Euronews.


Moreover, Zinc's significance goes beyond its essential role as a nutrient for our bodies. It might also play a crucial part in clean energy production. Considering this, it raises the question: Could Zinc potentially become a precious metal? Chemistry teachers should ensure that their students are well-versed in the properties of metals on the Periodic table. If they decide to invest in Zinc or other metals now or in the future, at the least, they would be well informed!


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Authored by Dr. Ayo Olufade, Ph.D. in collaboration with ChatGTB and Microsoft Image Creator


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