Far Better Than Batteries

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A video peek inside Richard Kaner’s laboratory at UCLA.

Graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of graphitic carbon, is among the strongest materials known to man. Can new graphene-based “supercapacitors” — devices that can be charged and discharged a hundred to a thousand times faster than batteries — revolutionize electronics and other fields?

In the future, will you be able to plug in an electronic device for just 30 seconds and get a full charge? Will you be able to charge your electric car in a minute or less?

In this three-minute video, Richard B. Kaner, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, professor of materials science and engineering, and a

member of UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute, discusses his state-of-the-science research: