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Neutrons used in making supercapacitors
Advanced quality capacitors made from composite and nanomaterials that offer high energy storage are called supercapacitors which have a virtually unlimited life cycle. However, In higher power applications higher energy density is required to enable them to serve as power sources.
MOFs are crystalline organic molecules that have micropores that function in charging and discharging electrode material is a sodium triflate electrode which enabled the free flow of negative and positive charged ions when the voltage is turned off and on.
ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor used small-angle neutron scattering at zero voltage to form a thin layer of sodium ions on the MOF’s rod-like building blocks so that the solvent molecules penetrate into the pores.