“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