UCLA Spinout Looks To Commercialize Supercapacitor Advance

A new, Los Angeles-based startup, spun out of UCLA, is in the midst of looking to commercialize a technique developed by researchers at the school to create easily printable supercapacitors--circuits which, in the future, could further shrink the size of mobile electronics. In a detailed report in the IEEE Spectrum, the details on the Micro Super-Capacitor, a laser-etched, graphene device which promises to massively shrink the size of capacitors used on circuit boards to a fraction of their current size. The team behind the advance says that Los Angeles-based Nanotech Energy is now looking to commercialize its research. Capacitors, used in nearly every electronic circuit and device today, are among the larger components on circuit boards, and have not shrunk much compared with the massive densities of semiconductors; a single one of those capacitors today can often be bigger than an entire, highly integrated circuit (IIC).