(Invited) Natural Fiber Welded Composites: Electrodes and Capacitors
In this presentation, we will discuss NFW processes to create flexible carbon-containing yarns for wearable supercapacitor applications. In particular, repeatable, scalable processes that generate composites that perform on par with similar state of the art devices reported in the literature. Given that these composites are based on truly ‘green’ cellulosic and lignocellulosic substrates (cotton and bamboo) and utilizing a nonfluorinated binder (cellulose from cotton), we believe this to be a significant breakthrough for the prospects of wearable energy storage.5-8 In addition, we will discuss the prospects for large scale nonwoven bio-based electrodes produced from inexpensive agricultural wastes and suitable for any number of important applications (e.g., filtration of pollutants from air and water).
Acknowledgements: Portions of this work were funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S Navy or U.S Air Force. K. Jost acknowledges support from the DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.
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