Ukrainian Scientists Use Fruit Stones to Make SuperCapacitors

Feb 17, 2012

It is already the third year for the Research and Education Center (REC), focused on "Nanomaterials in Energy Generation and Accumulation Devices" at the Pre-Carpathian National University (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine). The REC was created in 2009 through the close cooperation of CRDF Global, USAID and the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) of Ukraine within the framework of the Cooperation in the Scientific and Technical Research and Education (CREST) program in the field of energy efficient technologies.

During this time, REC scientists have learned how to use the stones of fruits (apricots, cherries and plums) as environmentally friendly raw material for scientific experiments in the creation of ultracapacitors with miniature sizes and huge energy power. Thanks to a signed agreement of cooperation with one of the Ukrainian canneries, the REC has received a regular supply of these fruit stones for its research operations with nanoporous carbon, which has huge energy-intensive properties. For example, a battery the size of a mobile phone has enough power for a vehicle engine, or be used to instantly trigger Catapult military aircraft. And in the national economy, such a capacitor can be used in leveling the voltage of tidal power.

According to Ivan Mironyak, the vice-rector of the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, nanoporous carbon may be used in medicine. "After detailed studying of this substance, scientists can even neutralize cancer cells. That is why our research projects involve chemists and physicists, as well as experienced professors, young researchers and students interested in joint research and working together, " added Mr. Mironyak.

Since the Ivano-Frankivsk REC has allowed scientists to move from individual research to the creation of laboratory samples for ultracapacitors and lithium current sources, the REC researchers have already received  their first letters of interest from Chinese and Korean scientific teams who also wish to use nanoporous carbon in their production.