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Carbon Nanotube Papers: Architecture Options for Tailoring Electrodes for Specific Applications

Dr. David Firsich
Inorganic Specialists
Miamisburg, Ohio, USA

March 12, 2013 at 2:00pm
Ben Bandy Conference Center
UK Center for Applied Energy Research

Carbon nanotube papers are a nano-platform, enabling technology for energy storage and conversion, catalysis, and other energy and non-energy applications. By constructing our papers from a selection of 16 different commercially-available carbon nanotubes, Inorganic Specialists has created carbon nanotube sheets with a range of surface areas, gas permeabilities, and morphologies, including even gradient structures. These sheets can be 100% carbon, with no binders or surfactants, or they can optionally contain binders, coatings, or incorporated additives. Nanotube papers provide a way to host a large amount of energy storage material in a very thin film form factor.

In this presentation, we will highlight the options for creating paper types, and discuss how some papers can be tailored for applications including Li-ion anodes, cathodes, bio-fuel cells, and more. It will be shown that papers coated with energy storage materials may be used for both energy storage and current collection. The benefits and limitations of nanotube papers as battery components will be reviewed, as well as our progress towards the continuous manufacture of 12" wide paper stock on custom-built equipment.

About the Speaker: A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Firsich began his career in carbon materials working for the Department of Energy's SDI program. He has 30 years experience in carbon technology, inorganic chemistry and electrochemistry. After a 15 year tenure at the Dept. of Energy, he founded Inorganic Specialists in 1996, with a business focus on specialty carbons for energy related materials and composites applications. Dr. Firsich has managed development programs for the state of Ohio, the Air Force, NASA, the Army and the DOE.