Last August, the
seasonal harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie grew so extreme that
they poisoned the water system in Toledo, Ohio, leaving nearly half a
million residents without drinking water. But a few researchers at the
time collected some of the toxic HABs, and have now shown that, by
heating them at temperatures of 700-1000 °C in argon gas, the HABs can
be converted into a material called 'hard carbon' that can be used as
high-capacity, low-cost electrodes for sodium-ion (Na-ion) batteries.
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