Self-powered nano-scintillators for energy: miniaturized nuclear batteries
This project aims at the development of a new-generation nuclear battery, based on the scintillation properties of colloidal perovskite nanocrystals, which exploits the scintillation mechanism for the conversion of the nuclear energy produced by a radioisotope to electricity, by coupling a scintillating material with a photovoltaic cell.
This approach allows to produce a stable, persistent, and long-lived green energy source, and to develop an efficient battery with a flexible design, which can be easily integrated in more structured devices. The scintillating nuclear battery can be coupled to low-powered sensors to obtain experimental data and to monitor and control in real-time high-impact infrastructures installed in remote and harsh environments, like submarine cable systems for the transport of energy, deep subsoil, deep space exploration and areas with high radioactivity risk.
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Prototype of scintillating nuclear battery based on lead halide perovskite nanocrystals
Francesca Cova, Matteo Zaffalon, Francesco Carulli, Sergio Brovelli, and Anna Vedda
YEAR OF ACTIVITY (IPF)