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Project Proposal

Carbon nanotubes for energy storage

Stuart Belli (Chemistry)

We will be exploring the application of carbon nanotubes to the field of batteries and capacitors for energy storage. Carbon nanotubes grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) show very high electrical capacitance and can also serve as an electrode scaffold to lay down redox material such as Prussian Blue which can act as an electrode in battery fabrication. The work this summer will continue the past efforts to build and test rechargeable batteries using unique chemistries. The work will entail using various electrochemical methods to fabricate and test the battery electrodes, chemical vapor deposition for growing the carbon nanotubes and scanning electron microscopy to visualize the nanostructures and Raman spectroscopy to characterize the nanotubes.

Pre-requisites: Chemistry through CHEM 362

How should students express their interest in this project? Feel free to email me to schedule a meeting to discuss the project.