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Nanomaterial Expert a "Super" Addition to Battelle Team

Posted on Feb 8, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH., 8 February, 2012—Battelle nanomaterial experts will present novel supercapacitor technology at the American Society of Naval Engineers meeting, Feb. 9-10 in Crystal City, Va. Led by Olga Koper, who recently joined Battelle, the team will show how these advanced electronic devices can provide significant performance improvements.

The Battelle team’s “Application of Metal Oxide Supercapacitors for Naval Applications” will illustrate Battelle’s work in developing novel supercapacitor devices that provide both higher energy and power density. There is a growing need within the military naval vessels for electric storage devices capable of delivering much higher power levels than from conventional supercapacitors, especially in managing load fluctuations in unmanned undersea vehicles and the integration of electric weapons into the fleet.

The Battelle team, which also includes Steven Risser (who leads the technical aspects of the project), Elvin Beach and Megan Moore, will demonstrate its supercapacitor technologies fabricated from metal-oxide/carbon nanotube composite electrode materials using earth-abundant chemistries and scalable manufacturing processes. It will describe new devices capable of providing high power in units smaller in size than existing ones.

“Battelle’s novel supercapacitor technology shows great promise for critical naval applications,” said Rear Admiral (Ret.) Fred Byus, Vice President of Battelle’s Navy Market Sector.

Koper, who along with Risser and Beach have earned Ph.D.s, is responsible for the development and implementation of Battelle’s technologies related to advanced materials, nanotechnology, water treatment and energy storage. She previously worked for NanoScale Corporation and is recognized as a leader in her field. She currently serves as a proposal reviewer for the U.S. Department of Defense, National Cancer Institute and the European Commission.

Koper’s expertise in nanomaterials dovetails with Battelle’s strengths in the field. Her research has been done in several diverse fields of application. She has designed nanomaterials that can be incorporated into fabric, such as for soldier uniforms, to protect and decontaminate toxic materials. She has worked on nanomaterials for batteries, supercapacitors, air filtration applications, chemical and biological decontamination, natural gas and oil recovery, water purification, and catalysis. Further, Koper has applied nanomaterials to cancer diagnosis and treatment, using functionalized core/shell magnetic nanomaterials to detect over-expressed proteases. The resulting product is injectable, and during surgery can be used to fluoresce and define malignant cells, thus allowing surgeons to fully clear the margins of a cancerous mass.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

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