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Development of a Low Temperature Ionic Liquid Based Electrolyte System for Planetary Exploration

This research project aims to develop an electrolyte that functions in the extreme environmental conditions of Europa so that a molecular electronic transducer (MET) seismometer can be used to probe the interior structure of this Jupiter moon. The research team investigates mixtures of ionic liquids and nitrile-based molecular co-solvents to formulate electrolyte solutions at various