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Paris, 17 february 2013

Exploring supercapacitors to improve their structure

No matter how intimidating their name, supercapacitors are part of our daily lives. Take buses for example: supercapacitors are charged during braking and supply electricity to open the doors when the vehicle stops! Yet the molecular organization and functioning of these electricity storage devices had never previously been observed. For the first time, researchers from CNRS and the Université d'Orléans have explored the molecular rearrangements at play in commercially available supercapacitors while in operation. The technique devised by the scientists provides a new tool for optimizing and improving tomorrow's supercapacitors. The results are published on-line on Nature Materials's website on 17 February 2013.

To download the press release CP-Exploring supercapacitors to improve their structure

References:

Exploring electrolyte organization in supercapacitor electrodes with solid-state NMR, M. Deschamps, E. Gilbert, P. Azais, E. Raymundo-Pinero, M.R. Ammar, P. Simon, D. Massiot, F. Béguin, Nature Materials. Published on-line on the 17 February (DOI: 10.1038/NMAT3567).

Contact information:

Researcher l Michaël Deschamps I T +33 (0)2 38 25 55 11 l michael.deschamps@univ-orleans.fr
CNRS research officer l Priscilla Dacher I T +33 (0)1 44 96 46 06 l priscilla.dacher@cnrs-dir.fr


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