Electrical Current Generation across a Black Smoker Chimney


  • This work was financially supported by the Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO) program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).


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Some like it hot: Metal-like electrical conduction and electrocatalytic function of a black smoker chimney point to a possible new form of energy transfer from hot, reductive hydrothermal fluid to cold, oxygenated seawater by electrical current generation in the sulfide chimney wall.