A team of scientists working in UCF recently developed a new process for creation of flexible supercapacitors that are capable of storing little more energy and recharging their subject for more than 30, 000 times without any degradation. The new method developed by University of Central Florida’s Nanoscience Technology Center is expected to bring a revolution in the industry especially in terms of electric vehicles and mobile phones.
According to Nitin Choudhary, a postdoctoral associate who carried the research, “If they were to replace the batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for over a week” Anyone who owns a Smartphone will be well aware of the problem of frequent recharging. Even the best ones begin to differ in their charging potential after 18 months of use. Researchers and scientists across the world have been studying nanomaterials that can help in improving performance of supercapacitors that can replace or enhance the potential of batteries in all kind of electronic devices. It is one of the most persistent problems, because the supercapacitors that are capable of holding much more energy would need much larger lithium-ion batteries that need to be much much larger.
The team working in this direction worked on application of newly found two-dimensional materials that are just a few atoms thick than supercapacitors. The principal investigator from this team, Yeonwoong “Eric” Jung, who is also the assistant professor in Nanoscience technology Center along with materials science and engineering department, says, “There have been problems in the way people incorporate these two-dimensional materials into the existing systems – that’s been a bottleneck in the field.”
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