Scientists in Florida develop nano supercapacitor storage technology
Lithum-ion batteries have become the workhorse of energy storage, but they have problems. They are heavy, relatively expensive and can pose a fire hazard.
That is why scientists are exploring new technologies to either improve li-ion chemistry or to replace them altogether with supercapacitors for some applications.
A supercapacitor that holds as much energy as a li-ion battery would have to be very large, but nanotechnology opens a possible solution to that problem.
Science Daily reports scientists at UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center may have just advanced the campaign through their experiments with new two-dimensional materials only a few atoms thick.
While there have been issues in incorporating two-dimensional materials into existing supercapacitor designs, Yeonwoong “Eric” Jung, a UCF professor, told the outlet their new “chemical synthesis approach” can “nicely integrate the existing materials with the two-dimensional materials.”