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#3 – Prussian Blue | Project Chemistree

Have you seen Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”? Then you’ve seen Prussian Blue. It’s an old dye commonly used in paints but did you know it’s an ingredient in batteries?

PhD student Florian Gebert is making better batteries. Over the road from Science Space is the Australian Institute for Innovative Matterials (AIIM). Right on the top floor, Florian and a team of chemists, engineers and physicists work together to develop cheaper and more efficient forms of energy storage. They’re called the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials. Sounds cool right?

Prussian Blue, or “potassium ferrocyanide” is a component of these batteries. Watch the video below to listen to Florian talk about his research. If you watch closely, you can even see him make it in the lab!