Nuclear energy conversion with stacks of graphene nanocapacitors

  title={Nuclear energy conversion with stacks of graphene nanocapacitors},
  author={Eric Shinn and Alfred W. H{\"u}bler and Dave Lyon and Matthias Grosse Perdekamp and Alexey Bezryadin and Andrey Belkin},
The efficiency of conventional techniques used to harvest energy in nuclear reactors lies around 35%. This limit exists, because the nuclear energy is converted to electrical energy via heat engines. We study an alternative approach where the kinetic energy of nuclear reaction products is directly converted into electric energy in a stack of charged capacitors with a gap size of 500 nm and graphene electrodes. Graphene is expected to be chemically and mechanically stable in high-radiation… Expand

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