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Durham University

Department of Engineering

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Publication details for Dr Natasha Shirshova

Shirshova, N., Qian, H., Shaffer, M. S. P., Steinke, J. H. G., Greenhalgh, E. S., Curtis, P. T., Kucernak, A. & Bismarck, A. (2013). Structural composite supercapacitors. Composites Part a-Applied Science and Manufacturing 46: 96-107.

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This paper presents the development of multifunctional materials that perform a structural role whilst simultaneously storing electrical energy as a supercapacitor. Two structural carbon fibre woven electrodes were separated by a woven glass fibre layer, and infused with a multifunctional polymer electrolyte. Following characterisation of electrochemical and compressive performance, working structural supercapacitor prototypes were demonstrated. Since the relative mechanical and electrical demands are application specific, an optimisation methodology is proposed. Multifunctional composites were achieved, which had compressive moduli of up to 39 GPa and capacitances of up to 52 mF g−1.