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October 11, 2011

Dipping May Improve Ultracapacitors and Batteries

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By Prachi Patel, Technology Review

A sheath of carbon nanotubes or conductive polymer improves the charge-storage capacity of electrodes. A simple trick could improve the ability of advanced ultracapacitors, or supercapacitors, to store charge. The technique, developed by Stanford University researchers, could enable the use of new types of nanostructured electrode materials that store more energy. While ultracapacitors provide quick bursts of power and can be recharged many more times than batteries without losing their storage capacity, they can store only a tenth as much energy as batteries, which limits their applications. To improve their energy density, researchers have focused on the use of electrode materials with greater surface area—such as graphene and carbon nanotubes—which can hold more charge-carrying ions.

http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38790/?p1=MstRcnt

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