“Development of a Green Supercapacitor Composed Entirely of Environmentally Friendly Materials,” by Nanomaterials Group members Boris Dyatkin, Maria Lukatskaya, Majid Beidaghi and Min Heon, along with NMG alum Volker Presser, is featured on the back cover of the ChemSusChem December issue. The back cover image, designed by fellow NMG member Kristy Jost, shows the structure and system integration possibilities of an electrical double layer capacitor composed entirely of environmentally friendly materials. See the image here.
The research team led by Professor Gogotsi found green alternatives for each key component of a supercapacitor. By using such accessible materials as cellulose acetate, graphite foil, and polyvinyl alcohol to design a complete nontoxic system, the resulting energy storage device operates at high levels and can be safely disposed or incinerated after use.
Dyatkin B., Presser V., Heon M., Lukatskaya M.R., Beidaghi M., Gogotsi Y, Development of a Green Supercapacitor Composed Entirely of Environmentally Friendly Materials, ChemSusChem. (2013): DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300852
“Wearable Power,” by Kristy Jost, Babak Anasori, and Majid Beidaghi, has been selected as a finalist in its category in the National Science Foundation Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. The entry is also eligible for the People’s Choice award – click here to vote.
The poster describes a collaborative research project that seeks to develop wearable energy storage to power future generations of electronic clothing. By combining expertise in Materials Science and Engineering (from Dr. Yury Gogotsi’s Nanomaterials Group) with cutting edge Fashion Design techniques (from Professor Genevieve Dion of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Laboratory), energy storing yarns can be developed in the nanomaterials laboratory and then transformed into fabrics in a state-of-the-art 3D computerized knitting facility.
K. Jost, D. Stenger, C. R. Perez, J. K. McDonough, K. Lian, Y. Gogotsi, G. Dion, Knitted and screen printed carbon fiber EDLCs for applications in wearable electronics, Energy and Environmental Science, 6 (9), 2698 – 2705 (2013)
N. A. Vacirca, J. K. McDonough, K. Jost, Y. Gogotsi, T. P. Kurzweg, Onion-like Carbon and Carbon Nanotube Film Antennas, Applied Physics Letters, 103 (7), 073301 (2013)
K. Jost, C. R. Perez, J. McDonough, V. Presser, M. Heon, G. Dion, Y. Gogotsi, Carbon Coated Textiles for Flexible Energy Storage, Energy and Environmental Science, 4, 5060-5067 (2011)
Dr. Gogotsi, along with Drexel MSE Assistant Professor Dr. Ekaterina Pomerantseva and Dr. Eugene Goodilin of Moscow State, will be organizing a symposium on “Formation, Shaping and Self-assembly of Inorganic Nanoparticles; Carbon Nanomaterials” at the XII International Conference on Nanostructured Materials (“Nano 2014”) in July.
This section includes all kinds of carbon nanomaterials, formation mechanisms of inorganic nanoparticles, surface chemistry and stabilization, new physical and chemical preparation routes, shaping and self-assembly of nanoparticles of a different nature.
For the fifth time in the last decade, a Nanomaterials Group submission has won the Roland B. Snow Award at the annual American Ceramic Society meeting.
The Snow award is presented to the Best of Show winner of the Ceramographic Exhibit & Competition, an annual poster exhibit to promote the use of microscopy and microanalysis as tools in the scientific investigation of ceramic materials. The competition is held during the ACerS Annual Meeting, with the winning poster published in an issue of the society’s Bulletin. This year’s winning submission, “The Carbon-Anatase Dog,” was created by Babak Anasori and Michael Naguib. Anasori also won the Snow award in 2012 for the submission “Green MXene Turtle.”
Nanomaterials Group member Michael Naguib will host a NOVA Making Stuff: Faster “Innovation Café” on Wednesday, October 2 at World Café Live.
Charging Your Phone in Two Minutes or Less: Unlocking the Potential of the Two-Dimensional World
A NOVA Making Stuff: Faster “Innovation Café”
Drexel University Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
The form and structure of atomically thin two-dimensional materials are significantly different from their three-dimensional counterparts, causing two-dimensional materials to behave in unique and unfamiliar ways that have the potential to push the limits of technology and materials science. This talk will present the world of two-dimensional materials, looking specifically at a large new family of 2-D transition metal carbides and carbonitrides, called “MXenes,” recently discovered by Drexel University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and several new possible avenues for practical applications of MXenes, including faster battery charging.
This café is presented as part of the University of Pennsylvania Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter Science Café series in conjunction with NOVA’s new season of Making Stuff: Colder, Faster, Safer & Wilder scheduled for broadcast on local PBS stations October 16, 23, 30 and November 6th.
The program is free and open to the public. Tickets/reservations are not required.
Drexel University was well represented at the graduation of the 8th Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion (MESC) class in Amiens, France.
The Erasmus Mundus (MESC) program is a two-year degree program in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering. It consists of three semesters of classes plus one semester for a Master thesis in a research laboratory in Europe, China or the U.S. Throughout the course of the program, students rotate among seven partner universities: University of Picardie Jules Verne (France); Paul Sabatier University (France); Aix-Marseille University (France); University of Cordoba (Spain), Warsaw University of Technology (Poland); Xiamen University (China); and Drexel University. Each year, a number of students from the MESC program opt to perform their thesis research at Drexel.
The MESC 8 class sent four students to Drexel from January through August of 2013: Christopher Sole, Muhammad Boota, Ivan Garcia Torregrosa, and Immanuel Mayrhuber. The students worked with five different Drexel faculty throughout their time here: Drs. Yury Gogotsi, Michel Barsoum, Caglan Kumbur, Vibha Kalra, and Jason Baxter. In September they returned to Amiens to defend their theses, and Dr. Gogotsi was present for the defense and graduation ceremony. All four students successfully defended; Ivan was awarded the prize for best presentation, and placed third in the MESC-8 class. Christopher placed first.
The Nanomaterials Group was delighted to host these students for their thesis research and looks forward to welcoming students from MESC-9 in 2014. In addition, we encourage Drexel students to consider applying to the MESC program for their graduate studies. For more information, visit https://www.u-picardie.fr/come-to-the-upjv/mundus-mesc/ or contact Michelle Sipics.
The A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute is seeking a number of PhD students and post-doctoral associates, as well as one research professor, to work with the Nanomaterials Group on a major international research project in electrochemical capacitors and batteries. This project is related to fundamental understanding of charge storage in nanostructured materials and development of new materials and device architectures that will ultimately lead to a new generation of electrical energy storage devices.
For more information on each of the open positions, please see the links below.
Multiple Post-Doctoral Research Associate Positions [Note: all openings currently filled]
Multiple PhD Student Openings [Note: all openings filled as of October 1, 2013]
Research Professor Position [Note: opening currently filled]
Nanomaterials Group members collected an impressive number of awards throughout the 2012-2013 school year. The following is an incomplete list documenting some of these achievements.
American Ceramic Society Ross Coffin Purdy Award
For “most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature during the calendar year.”
Michael Naguib Abdelmalak, Volker Presser, Yury Gogotsi, Michel Barsoum, Olha Mashtalir, Joshua Carle, Jun Lu, Lars Hultman for “Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Carbides” published in ACS Nano, Vol 6, No. 2, 1322-1331, 2012
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
“Carbon coated textiles for flexible energy storage” is currently listed as #1 among research papers in the Energy & Environmental Science “Hot Articles” category. The paper, which describes a flexible and lightweight fabric supercapacitor electrode as a possible energy source in smart garments, is available for free via the journal’s website: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2011/EE/C1EE02421C.