A New Generation of Supercapacitors: Reconsidering Cheap Conducting Polymers for Low-Cost Energy Storage (Supercapacitors USA 2014)

Dr David Vonlanthen, Group of Nobel Laureate Dr. Alan Heeger
University of California
United States
Nov 20, 2014.


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Presentation Summary

  • A recently published study from UCSB shows that conducting
polymers can be successfully employed for stable, high-performance supercapacitors.
  • The researchers demonstrate for the first time that the
combination of polymers and redox-electrolytes yield supercapacitors that are inherently stable.
The technology shows a stable performance over 50,000 charge-discharge cycles,
which is more than 10 times better than ever reported.
  • Conducting polymers are very promising materials for
low-cost supercapacitors, as they are extremely cheap, easy to process, and highly conductive.

Speaker Biography (David Vonlanthen)

Dr. David Vonlanthen is currently working with Nobel laureate Dr. Alan Heeger and initiated research on inexpensive supercapacitors at UCSB. Also, he is scientific advisor for BioSolar Inc.
He is an author of numerous high impact and peer-reviewed publications in the field of energy research.
Dr. Vonlanthen is an expert in polymer electrodes, as well as organic, ionic and porous systems for energy applications, and is an inventor on several international patents.
He was working with multiple industry (IBM, Osram, Siemens, VTT,) and university partners before he joined UCSB.
Dr. Vonlanthen holds a Ph.D. and Master in Chemistry from the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he was working with the Vice President of the University on novel ionic semiconductor materials for solution-processable OLEDs. During this period, he was also spokesman of the University for a large, international academic-industry Research Consortium.
Dr. Vonlanthen was recently awarded with multiple research grants from BioSolar Inc., the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and from the Fred and Linda R. Wudl Chair for his outstanding work on inexpensive supercapacitors.

Company Profile (University of California, Santa Barbara)

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