Low-Temperature Material Synthesis
Self-Assembled, Nanostructured Carbon for Energy Storage and Water Treatment
Energy storage devices are critical enabling technologies for a variety of renewable energy, transportation, and electrical grid, technologies. However, current electrodes for supercapacitors have cost, energy density, and performance issues. ORNL has developed a capability to synthesize novel carbon materials with tailored energy-storage performance to serve as electrodes in electrochemical capacitors (supercapacitors). Carbon materials with controllable, nanoscale pore size can now be produced by self-assembly using conventional manufacturing processes.
The new ORNL materials have competitive energy and power densities relative to commercial activated carbon materials. This project will optimize the materials for energy storage and water treatment applications, improve the economics of the materials, scale up manufacturing processes, and test the materials in prototypes.
Honeywell Specialty Materials and Campbell Applied Physics