Scientific American posted an article featuring Evgenia Barannikova ’11, biochemistry and molecular biology. In it, she discusses her recent work using specialized peptides to improve lithium ion batteries, a breakthrough inspired in part by the structure of snail shells.
In the quest to make a better battery Evgenia Barannikova, a graduate student at UMBC in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, has isolated a peptide, a small sequence of amino acids, which binds to lithium manganese nickel oxide (LMNO), a material that can be used to make high performance batteries.
“Biology provides several tools for us to solve important problems,” said Evgenia Barannikova, a graduate student at UMBC. Barannikova works in the lab of Mark Allen and studies how biological molecules in general can improve the properties of inorganic materials in batteries. “By mimicking biological processes we can find the better solution,” she told phys.org
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