Nanoquimia research team have already sinthesized a new graphene/carbon aerogel hybrid material specially conceived for ultracapacitor applications.
Graphene flakes are sinthesized by a novel patented technique called MAPI (Microwave Assisted Plasma Injection), which yields a very pure graphene. The graphene flakes are mixed with the organic aerogel precursors and after supercritical drying the hybrid aerogel is pyrolized. We expect an increase in electric conductivity of the material in at least one order of magnitude with regard to the non graphened aerogel. The enhanced conductivity makes this material very interesting in electrochemical applications such as electrodes for ultracapacitors or CDI systems
In the first picture, an image of the pristine organic aerogel (big circle and small circle above for comparison) and of the “graphened” aerogel (black small circle material above the big circle) before pyrolysis are seen. In the second picture there are the pyrolyzed materials: regular carbon aerogel (big circle) and graphened carbon aerogel (small circle).