Nanomaterial: promises to take your electric car farther and faster.
A group of researchers at Northwestern University have developed a material that could accelerate significantly to charge batteries in electric cars, and also help increase their autonomy for these batteries hold off more and more kilometers. In the current electric cars use a complex system of batteries and supercapacitors to provide the necessary power to the vehicle is done, but this new nanomaterial is capable of both, combining these functions in a simple and promising solution.
William Dichtel, leader of this research group, explained that the nanomaterial has the ability to store large amounts of electrical energy or charge, like a battery, and also the ability to be loaded and unloaded quickly, as a supercapacitor. The development is based on a relatively new field of research: Covalent Organic Frameworks called, a family of highly resistant polymers having a series of tiny pores that can store energy. They have combined the polymer with a highly conductive material to achieve an alternative to the porous carbon-based electrodes that previously used. The COFs are impressive and very promising structures, but its conductivity is limited. That's the problem we are trying to solve. To modify and add this attribute lacking COFs can use in practice.
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