Chemists discover key reaction mechanism behind the highly touted sodium-oxygen battery

Diagram of how the proton transfer catalyst helps make the sodium-oxygen battery work.A research group led by Chemistry Professor Linda Nazar has described a key mediation pathway that explains why sodium-oxygen batteries are more energy efficient compared with their lithium-oxygen counterparts.

Their work, published in Nature Chemistry, has implications for developing the more powerful lithium–oxygen battery, which is seen as the holy grail of electrochemical energy storage.

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