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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 â€œlike 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.