UCLA enhances their laser-scribed graphene supercapacitor technology, ready for commercialization
Back in March 2012 we posted about a UCLA research that developed laser-scribed graphene (LSG) based flexible capacitors using simple DVD burners. Now those same researchers have published a new paper describing an new structural design, which makes the capacitors compatible with other integrated circuits and enhances their capacity and speed. They are now looking for industrial partners to commercialize the technology.
Their original design stacked graphene layers to create the electrode, which was not compatible with integrated circuits. The new design uses a side-by-side electrode placement which helps to maximize the accessible surface area available for the electrodes while also reducing the path over which ions in the electrolyte would need to diffuse. The new capacitors have a higher charge capacity and rate capability.
The old production technique is still applicable for this new design. To make the capacitors, the researchers used a normal DVD disc, laminated it with plastic and coated the plastic with graphene oxide. A regular LightScribe DVD burner is used to create the pattern needed to make the capacitors.