Metal corrosion insights may impact green technology
UC Davis researchers suggest that new ways of thinking about metal oxidation could help with the development of green technologies. The finding sheds light on the corrosion process and how toxic materials leach from rocks and soil. Previously, research had focused on individual metal oxide atoms to determine their reactivity, which often produced nonsensical results. The team at UC Davis discovered that when interacting with water, metal oxides change into varying metastable states. An interesting aspect of the research found that an atom on the surface of a metal oxide cluster can be influenced by another atom that is some distance away from it. The research staff believes this discovery could help in the development of batteries that have less of an impact on the environment and new methods for hydrogen fuel production.