Description: "MXenes, an exciting new family of two-dimensional transition metal carbides, have recently been shown to absorb and release water on the atomic scale as seen in clays. However, MXenes are also highly electrically-conductive materials. The combination of these two properties is very exciting, and we have exploited it to produce electrodes for supercapacitors with very high charge storage per unit volume. This could lead to smaller, slimmer mobile electronic devices. The new process also trims down the time required, is safer and easier than its predecessor, and requires no binders or conductive additives as is the case for other materials."
Funded by US National Science Foundation under grant number DMR-1310245 ; Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport (FIRST) Center, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, and Office of Basic Energy Sciences