2 Scientists Accidentally Discover A World-Changing Super Material
Since a pair of Russian scientists won the Nobel Prize for discovering graphene in 2002, scientists have raced to find a more efficient way to make it. Among them were Ric Kaner and Maher El-Kady, two UCLA scientists who were searching for a better way to manufacture the super-strong material when they accidentally happened upon another holy grail in the science community: an efficient, biodegradable battery-like device--technically speaking, a supercapacitor.
They had accidentally created a graphene supercapacitor, which charges more quickly (and with more power) than regular batteries, making it a potential candidate to power a future generation of super-efficient gadgets, cars, and systems. While carbon nanotube capacitors are old hat, this supercapacitor solves the problem of electrical conductivity that has plagued other researchers. Kaner describes the device as ‚Äúlike a battery, but charges...
I read the article yesterday and then watched the video. Very, very interesting if you are Into this sort of thing. What. Afi d from such a simple process applied to graphite. They used the laser from a simple disk drive ti cure it. Coated a disk with the solution, spun the disk in the drive to cure, pulled it out, peeled it off, and touched the leads of an LED to it...really amazing.