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Structural composite supercapacitors

Shirshova, N.; Qian, H.; Shaffer, M.S.P.; Steinke, J.H.G.; Greenhalgh, E.S.; Curtis, P.T.; Kucernak, A.; Bismarck, A.


H. Qian

M.S.P. Shaffer

J.H.G. Steinke

E.S. Greenhalgh

P.T. Curtis

A. Kucernak

A. Bismarck


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.


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

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 13, 2012
Online Publication Date Nov 5, 2012
Publication Date 2013-03
Deposit Date Dec 13, 2016
Journal Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Print ISSN 1359-835X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Pages 96-107