By Mark F. Krammer, AP Physics EditorThe Electronically-controlled drum pad for barium-oxygen (BaO2) has been designed for use in barium electrodes in electrical systems that rely on high-temperature chemical reactivity.
The electro-static drum pad uses electro-chemical compounds to form the electronic components, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Energy.
The electronic drum pad was developed by researchers at the University of Florida and the University at Buffalo.
The design was developed to help barium oxide electrodes for commercial use.
The drum pads have an effective capacitance of about 0.8 milliamp-hours per square meter.
Barium oxide is used in some commercial solar cell applications and has been used in solar panels to reduce the risk of electrocution in the event of a solar flare.
The U.K. government also awarded the University College London a grant for research to develop an electro-electrochemical system for baro-electronic materials.