Northwestern researchers have developed a metal film (with a bit of rust) that generates power when interacting with water

By Sheryl Cash

September 03, 2019

EVANSTON, Ill.Northwestern Chemistry Professor Franz Geiger and his lab have developed a metal film—1,000 times thinner than a plastic bag (and including a few nanometers of rust) that generates power when ocean or freshwater flows over it.  The research was recently highlighted in a BBC radio interview (the interview begins at 18:17) and in the magazine, Smithsonian.

The International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University is an umbrella organization that represents and unites more than $1 billion in nanotechnology research, education and supporting infrastructure.