New material could help improve electric vehicles in the future

Chemists develop new material that combines qualities of batteries and supercapacitors Chemists from Northwestern University have developed a powerful new material that could have major benefits for electric vehicles. Currently, electric vehicles rely heavily on a complicated system of batteries and supercapacitors that allow them to operate and increases the energy they have access to, allowing them to operate for longer periods of time. The new material developed by chemists combines the quality of supercapacitors and batteries. As such, the material can be used to replace the complex systems used…

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Cigarette waste could provide green energy solution

Research has found that cigarette butts could be used to store energy. In a recently published study in the journal Nanotechnology, Scientists from South Korea have found that they can develop a high-performing material from cigarette butts that can be utilized as a green energy storage solution for several devices, and can also benefit the environment by keeping it free of the toxic waste from discarded cigarette filters. Cigarette filters are toxic and non-biodegradable. Jongheop Yi, a professor at Seoul National University, and the study co-author, said that many countries…

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Scientists make energy storage breakthrough

Rice University scientists make molybdenum disulfide discovery. A research team from Rice University has managed to transform the two dimensional form of molybdenum disulfide into a nanoporous film that can be used for energy storage or can catalyze hydrogen production. Developing flexible films of the material could be cost-effective for fuel cells. Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a semiconductor that is made up of a layer of sulfur atoms that are situated between two layers of molybdenum, a brittle transition metal. From above, the material looks like graphene, but when turned…

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UCLA researchers develop new graphene supercapacitors that store massive amounts of energy

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Researchers from UCLA have developed a new way to produce supercapacitors. Supercapacitors are the common term referring to electrochemical capacitors. These technologies are capable of storing massive electrical charges and can discharge this energy more quickly than batteries. Supercapacitors are often considered the best form of energy storage currently available, but their production is costly and time consuming. UCLA researchers believe they have solved the problem of cost by using graphene, an allotrope of carbon. By using graphene, researchers have been able to construct affordable supercapacitors that are significantly more…

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