Blood Holds the Key to Better Batteries

In a Yale lab professors think they may have found the key to the next generation of batteries, and this key lies in a molecule which is found in blood.

Lithium-ion are currently the industry standard for batteries. However, researchers are developing a lithium-oxygen battery, that once functional will massively surpass current batteries lasting power. They could potentially increase the travelling distance of electronic cars by 4-500%.

However there is currently an issue with the new batteries, and that is known as the oxygen evolution reaction. During the process lithium oxide products decompose back into lithium ions and oxygen gas. This leads to the batteries oxygen electrodes becoming covered in lithium peroxide.

This is where the blood molecule comes in. There is a molecule in your blood called a heme. A heme’s function is to carry oxygen from your lungs around your body. It then carries waste carbon dioxide back out. With regards to batteries, heme molecules would dissolve into the battery’s electrolytes and act as what’s known as a redox mediator. A redox mediator ultimately lowers the energy barrier required for the electrochemical reaction to take place.

Distilled down, this essentially means that we could have the longer running, more efficient lithium-oxygen batteries without the damaging lithium peroxide occurring.

There is also a side benefit to the production of this battery. One of the largest waste by products of the meat and livestock industry is blood. It can’t actually be used for very much and disposing of it is difficult. But if the development of these batteries continues then we will have a use for much of that wasted blood.

Along with most businesses, Phlebotomy training try to operate as ‘green’ as possible, and we think the coming together of environmental friendliness and blood is fascinating. We will keep a close eye on these developments.

To find out more about our phlebotomy training courses then just give us a call on 01609 751 610.


X-Runner Water Wipeout: Nottingham 2016

Team PTS does X-Runner Water Wipeout: Nottingham 2016

Over the weekend (9th & 10th July) Team PTS attended the X-Runner Water Wipeout extreme obstacle race.

The 5k Course consisted of over 30 different obstacles and involved the swimming, climbing, slipping and sliding. Team PTS completed the 5k loop successfully, with a couple of brave members of the team completing another 5k loop to total 10k.

The team returned safely to Northallerton on Sunday, although few of the team were battered and bruised. The office is a bit quite as most of the team are a little sore and stiff.

For more information on the X-Runner Water Wipeout please see their website .

Sara organised this as she is trying to get fitter and at the same time raise money for an amazing charity, Look Good, Feel Better (LGFB). They help women diagnosed with cancer deal with the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.  Many women struggle with self confidence as their appearance changes over the course of their treatment. LGFB aims to improve the self-image and appearance of cancer patients through free group and self-help skincare and make-up workshops that create a sense of support, confidence, and wellbeing.

If you are interested in finding out more information about this amazing charity please click the image to see some of the amazing work they do. #warpaint4life

Finally, if you think they are awesome, as we do then you can donate by using the LGFB website directly or by clicking the Just Giving link below:

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.