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DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Iron Oxide Electron Hopping

Caption: Iron oxide (rust) is a poor electrical conductor, but electrons in iron oxide can use thermal energy to hop from one iron atom to another. A Berkeley Lab experiment has revealed exactly what happens to electrons after being transferred to an iron oxide particle.

Credit: Image courtesy of Benjamin Gilbert, Berkeley Lab

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