Nanotechnology advances have already amazed the world but it’s only the beginning. The latest to come out of the nanotech industry are ultra-lightweight, bendable batteries and superconductors.
Scientists, namely Yi Cui, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University have discovered a way to make these amazing batteries by simply coating a sheet of paper with ink made of carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires.
Cui mentions how special these nanomaterials are. He mentions that these nanomaterials are one-dimensional, having very small diameters. These small diameters help the nanomaterial ink stick to the paper thus making the battery and supercapacitator durable and can have a charge-discharge cycle of around 40 000 times. The nanomaterials also help conduct electricty much more efficiently than ordinary conductors.
Being a paper supercapacitator, there can be many applications whereby this new technology can be used. Such as storing energy from solar energy systems and wind farms at very low costs or electric and hybrid cars that require quick transfer of electricity.
Soon enough we may be able to paint our houses with super conductive nano-ink and not have to worry about where the electric plugs are in the house – your house will just be one big plug itself.