NMG News

Entering the Fast Lane — MXene Electrodes Push Charging Rate Limits in Energy Storage

Can you imagine fully charging your cell phone in just a few seconds? Researchers in Drexel University’s College of Engineering can, and they took a big step toward making it a reality with their recent work unveiling of a new battery electrode design in the journal Nature Energy.

The team, led by Yury Gogotsi, PhD,Distinguished University and Bach professor in Drexel’s College of Engineering, in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, created the new electrode designs from a highly conductive, two-dimensional material called MXene. Their design could make energy storage devices like batteries, viewed as the plodding tanker truck of energy storage technology, just as fast as the speedy supercapacitors that are used to provide energy in a pinch — often as a battery back-up or to provide quick bursts of energy for things like camera flashes. Read the full press release here.

Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Carbides

Our MXene paper has been selected as one of the most significant publications in the field of low-dimensional materials published in ACS Nano in the past decade:

Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Carbides 
Michael Naguib, Olha Mashtalir, Joshua Carle, Volker Presser, Jun Lu, Lars Hultman, Yury Gogotsi*, and Michel W. Barsoum* ACS Nano20126 (2), pp 1322–1331 DOI: 10.1021/nn204153h

Congratulations to all authors of this excellent publication, which has already been awarded a Ross Coffin Purdy award from the American Ceramic Society for the most significant contribution to ceramic literature.


Prof. Gogotsi and colleagues attend the 5th International Symposium on Enhanced Electrochemical Capacitors (ISEECap), July 10-14, 2017 in Jena, Germany.

Prof. Gogotsi presented a Keynote Lecture titled, “Freestanding carbon composite electrodes for electrochemical capacitors.”

New Nature Energy Article

Congratulations to our team of our current and former students and post-docs led by Dr. Maria Lukatskaya on publishing a very important article that opens new avenues for high-rate, high-energy storage not only for MXenes, but for pseudocapacitive materials in general:

M. R. Lukatskaya, S. Kota, Z. Lin, M.-Q. Zhao, N. Shpigel, M. D. Levi, J. Halim, P.-L. Taberna, M. W. Barsoum, P. Simon, Y. Gogotsi, Ultra-high-rate pseudocapacitive energy storage in two-dimensional transition metal carbides, Nature Energy, 2, 17105 (2017)
The Drexel press release can be found here: http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2017/July/MXene-electrode/

ORAU Awards to NMG Alum

ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $185,000 to 37 junior faculty from its member institutions. The recipients, each of whom is in the first two years of a tenure track position, will receive $5,000 in “seed money” for the 2017-2018 academic year to enhance their research during the early stages of their career.

Of these 37 awardees, 5% are Nanomaterials Group alumni.  Congratulations to Prof. Kelsey Hatzell and Prof. Majid Beidaghi!

View the full list here.