Volume 90 Issue 10 | pp. 46-47
Issue Date: March 5, 2012

Increasing Capacity In Energy Storage

Unconventional materials boost performance of common charge-storage devices
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: capacitors, dielectric, energy storage, ceramics, polymers

Of all the science reporting nowadays on advances in electrical energy storage, the overwhelming majority is devoted to batteries. Capacitors, which have been known for centuries and are key to numerous applications and commercial products, tend to draw little press attention. Even so, researchers are making substantial progress in boosting the capacity of these charge-storage devices by designing novel organic polymers, organic-inorganic nanocomposites, and other unconventional capacitor materials with specialized properties tailored for storing energy.

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