Date of Graduation

5-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Wejinya, Uche

Reader

Tian, Ryan

Abstract

In the growing market of evolving electronic devices and the sustainable goals of the energy industry, better sources of energy dense storage devices are needed. Carbon based supercapacitors have attracted the attention of research due to the natural properties of high electrical conductivity, chemical and electrochemical stability, and high surface area. The object of this thesis is to expand upon current knowledge of reduced graphene oxide to better understand the effectiveness of the material as electrode in supercapacitors. This thesis will focus on the physical orientation of supercapacitors to further develop a device that will allow a set of supercapacitors to release a steady flow of charge from the device. Supercapacitors were tested individually, in series, and in parallel. The goal is to eventually create a device that has the same, or more, voltage as a conventional battery that will discharge energy at a comparable rate while retaining their ability to charge quickly.

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