German researchers develop aerographite; lightest material yet has potential application in electrodes
Researchers from the Technical University of Hamburg and the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel have jointly developed an ultra-lightweight carbon microtube material called Aerographite. The material—currently the lightest known, features a hierarchical design enabling ”remarkable” mechanical, electrical, and optical properties, the authors said in a paper published in the journal Advanced Materials.
The first experiments with Aerographite electrodes confirm its applicability.
The material is synthesized using a novel single-step chemical vapor deposition synthesis based on ZnO networks.
Mecklenburg, M., Schuchardt, A., Mishra, Y. K., Kaps, S., Adelung, R., Lotnyk, A., Kienle, L. and Schulte, K. (2012), Aerographite: Ultra Lightweight, Flexible Nanowall, Carbon Microtube Material with Outstanding Mechanical Performance. Adv. Mater., 24: 3486–3490 doi: 10.1002/adma.201200491