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Energy and environmental nanotechnology in conductive paper and textiles

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Paper and textiles have been used ubiquitously in our everyday lives, such as books and newspapers for propagating information, clothing and packaging. In this perspective, we will summarize our recent efforts in exploring these old materials for emerging energy and environmental applications. The motivations and challenges of using paper and textiles for device applications will be discussed. Various types of energy and environmental devices have been demonstrated including supercapacitors, Li-ion batteries, microbial fuel cells and water filters. Due to their unique morphologies, paper and textile-based devices not only can be fabricated with simple processing, but also show outstanding device performance. Being renewable and earth-abundant materials, paper and textiles could play significant roles in addressing future energy and environmental challenges.

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Submitted
19 Aug 2011
Accepted
03 Jan 2012
First published
15 Feb 2012

Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 6423-6435
Article type
Perspective

Energy and environmental nanotechnology in conductive paper and textiles

L. Hu and Y. Cui, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 6423
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE02414D

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