Battery Application of Silver Molybdate Structures

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Paul Smith


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Summer 7-29-2019


Rapid and substantial advancements in technology have dramatically increased the demand for faster rechargeable energy sources, like lithium, sodium, or zinc-based batteries. The inexpensive and nonflammable characteristics of zinc have made it popular in the field of electrochemical research, but the effectiveness of its battery is especially dependent on the material it is paired to react with during operation. The high conductivity of silver and large oxidation number of molybdenum make varying structural conformations of silver molybdates (Ag2MoxOy) strong candidates for battery application. Their inspiration is derived from the implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD), which uses a silver vanadate compound to last for several years at a time. In theory, the greater oxidation number of molybdenum can improve on the current ICD design. To determine the best possible silver molybdate battery, several compounds were analyzed, each with varying structures and silver to molybdenum ratios.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Allen Huff is a junior chemistry major at Valparaiso University. His future plans include pursing a PhD in chemistry to become a professor.

Julie Pohlman-Zordan is a junior chemistry major at Valparaiso University. Her future plans include going to industry directly after graduation.

Brendan Godsel is a senior chemistry major at Valparaiso University. His future plans include obtaining a PhD in materials science and eventually entering industry.

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