Supercapacitor: Today’s Energy Revolution

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America Public Media’s “Marketplace Tech” recently interviewed Professor Richard Kaner in a feature story about supercapacitors. President Obama made it a priority to invest in advanced battery technology as an investment in the future. But another technology is revolutionizing energy storage today: the supercapacitor.

Over at UCLA, Dr. Richard Kaner and Maher El-Kady came up with a unique manufacturing process. “The method we used to produce graphene supercapacitors is as simple as we take a $25 device used for labeling CD discs.” They coat the disc; and then when it comes out they peel off a sheet of flexible supercapacitors!

“So you can literally print large supercapacitors, or we’ve printed on a single CD disc over a hundred micro-supercapacitors,” Kaner says. This could have almost immediate applications, like roll-up video displays, wearable electronics, or even pacemakers.

To read the rest of the article and listen to the interview, please visit Marketplace Tech.

Prof. Kaner (Center, blue shirt) with his research group

BIOGRAPHY   Richard B. Kaner received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry  from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984.  After carrying out postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1987 as an Assistant Professor.  He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1991 and became a Full Professor in 1993.  Professor Kaner has received awards from the Dreyfus, Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Sloan Foundations, as well as the Exxon Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry and the Buck−Whitney Research Award from the American Chemical Society for his work on refractory materials, including new synthetic routes to ceramics, intercalation compounds, superhard materials, graphene, and conducting polymers.

Richard B. Kaner holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry as well as the Department of Material Science & Engineering.

Select Awards & Professional Societies

-American Association for the Advancement of Science

-Associate Editor for Materials Research Bulletin

-American Chemical Society

-The Electrochemical Society 

-The Materials Research Society

-ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2012)

-ACS Tolman medal (2010)

-UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize (2002-2004)

-American Chemical Society Buck Whitney Research Award 

-Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar  

-National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator

-Packard Fellow (1989-1994) 

-Australian-American Fulbright Fellow 

-Guggenheim Fellow ; Sloan Fellow 

-American Chemical Society Exxon Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry