Energy Storage Solution Combines Polymers and Nanosheets

A new, lightweight composite material for energy storage in flexible electronics, electric vehicles, and aerospace applications has been experimentally shown to store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers, according to a team of Penn State scientists. This polymer-based, ultrathin material can be produced using techniques already used in industry.

“This is part of a series of work we have done in our lab on high-temperature dielectrics for use in capacitors,” said Qing Wang, professor of materials science and engineering at Penn State. “Prior to this work we had developed a composite of boron nitride nanosheets and dielectric polymers, but realized there were significant problems with scaling that material up economically.”

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Contact Qing Wang at wang@matse.psu.edu