A group of researchers from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea, have designed a really tiny and ultra-dense Micro-supercapacitor that can be printed directly into circuits.
Microsupercapacitors (MSCs) have garnered considerable attention as a promising power source for microelectronics and miniaturized portable/wearable devices. However, their practical application has been hindered by the manufacturing complexity and dimensional limits.
the team explains in the abstract of the paper.
The Micro-supercapacitor, as tiny as it is (roughly the width of a human fingerprint), is being positioned as the next big thing in the world of IoT — it could power both future wearables and embedded IoT devices.
The team from the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering was able to conduct a study, the first of its kind that exploits electrohydrodynamic jet printing in the micro-supercapacitors. They fabricated a new class of ultra-high areal number density solid-state MSCs directly on a chip via EHD jet printing. EHD jet printing is a high-resolution patterning technique that uses the electrode and electrolyte for printing purposes. It is similar to conventional inkjet printing but it can control printed liquid with an electric field.