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University of South Carolina’s Xiaodong Li and his post-doctoral associate Lihong Bao worked together on the project
"Previous methods used oil or environmentally unfriendly chemicals as starting materials," said Li.
The South Carolina-based researchers believe their material could be used to charge low-power portable devices such as cell phones.
The newly manganese oxide-treated activated carbon textile fabric is able to maintain 95 percent of its performance, even after thousands of charge-discharge cycles
The activated carbon textile material is capable of acting as a double-layer capacitor
Li’s team soaked the material in a solution of fluoride, dried it and then baked the fabric at high temperature
The new material has been dubbed “activated carbon textile”
The researchers used a standard T-shirt purchased from a local discount store for their work
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