Faculty Sponsor

Paul Smith

Streaming Media


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Summer 7-24-2020


Rapid advancements in energy storage have caused lithium-based batteries to become a dominant product, however, there is a demand for non-flammable alternatives. Zinc-based batteries are cost-efficient and nonflammable. This research focuses on replacing lithium in the implantable cardiac defibrillator battery with a zinc anode source. The high conductivity of silver and large oxidation numbers of molybdenum make silver molybdate materials strong candidates for zinc ion hosts. Silver molybdate cathode and zinc anode batteries were examined through discharge, cyclic voltammetry, recharge, and scanning electron microscopy. To determine the best silver molybdate structure for battery application, several compounds were used with varying silver molybdenum ratios and symmetry. Results indicated that better battery behavior was found in samples that contained higher amounts of silver and nanowire morphology.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Allen Huff is a senior chemistry major at Valparaiso University. His plans for after graduation are to obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry and eventually become a professor.

Julie Pohlman-Zordan is a senior chemistry major, math minor, and business minor at Valparaiso University. Her plans for after graduation are to work in the industry sector.