Professor Sarah Tolbert was part of a team that made a form of niobium oxide suitable for serving as a high-performance supercapacitor.
The team of researchers led by professor of materials science and engineering, Bruce Dunn, said the discovery may lead to faster charging of devices. Other authors of the study included UCLA Engineering graduate students Veronica Augustyn and Jong Woung Kim, Cornell University professor Héctor Abruña, Cornell postgraduate researcher Michael Lowe, Patrice Simon, a professor at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France, and graduate student Jérémy Come and researcher Pierre-Louis Taberna of the Université Paul Sabatier,
Illustration of form of nobium oxide synthesized by UCLA researchers (UCLA/Nature Materials)
Potential applications of this material include everything from mobile electronics to industrial equipment. This research was published in the April 14 issue of the journal Nature Materials. The full UCLA Newsroom article can be read here.