Science Saturday – The Super Supercapacitor

Richard (Ric) Kaner has always wanted to be a scientist, with the end goal of discoverying something that would change and revolutionise the world. Guess what, it looks like he’s achieved his goal.

He and his colleague, Maher El-Kady, set out to find a new way to make graphene, the thinnest and strongest material on earth, the discovery of which led to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at the University of Manchester winning the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010.

But as with many things in science, the search for a particular solution resulted in them stumbling upon a completely new discovery and application never even thought of before. The result? Kaner and El-Kady have discovered a new way to power the world!

To call this revolutionary is probably the understatement of a life-time! And the applications for graphene’s new discovered applications as a super supercapacitor now mean things like electric cars, cleaner energy and less pollution from old chemically based batteries are all possible. It’s like generations version of the invention of the incandescent light-bulb.

Watch the video to learn a little more about what graphene is, and how it will change the world we live in.

Science Saturday - Graphene

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