A Tohoku University research team has 3D printed a proton exchange membrane, a critical component of batteries, electrochemical capacitors and fuel cells. The invention and increased availability of 3D printing is leading to more customizable parts at lower costs across a spectrum of applications, from wearable smart devices to autonomous vehicles. The achievement also brings […]

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers use a hybrid silica sol-gel material and self-assembled monolayers of a common fatty acid to develop a new capacitor dielectric material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries, with both a high energy density and high power density. The press release asserts that if the material can […]

Drexel University materials scientists have invented a clay that is both highly conductive and can easily be molded into a variety of shapes and sizes. The clay suggests a new production method from the rather complicated and costly processing currently used to make materials for lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors. A new production process may look […]

Ionova Technologies, Inc. reports that its zinc-ion-based ZIP-Cap asymmetric ultracapacitor is expected to provide a huge improvement in ultracapacitor design.  Tracking into the two notorious problems of cost and density Ionova has announced a 25-fold improvement in build costs and a 5-fold improvement in energy density.  These are major improvements, especially for consumers building power […]

Rice University chemist James Tour led his researchers to successfully growing forests of carbon nanotubes that rise quickly from sheets of graphene to astonishing lengths of up to 120 microns forming a single surface with three dimensions. The seamless graphene/nanotube hybrid creation may be the best electrode interface material possible for many energy storage and […]

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