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Assistant Professor Matt Panzer wins grant from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center


The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) named Assistant Professor Matt Panzer as one of several researchers to receive a grant under the MassCEC Catalyst Program, which supports the commercialization of game-changing clean energy. Panzer will use the MassCEC funding to build an ionogel-based supercapacitor device prototype and to assess its energy storage and delivery capabilities.

Ionic liquids offer many advantages for their use in energy storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors, including safer operation due to their nonvolatility as well as larger operating voltages. Tufts researchers have developed a method of creating a solid ionic liquid-containing (ionogel) electrolyte that possesses characteristics similar to those of the ionic liquid, but in a solid form that will not leak or spill. This ionogel could be the basis for a high-power supercapacitor inside an electric vehicle, providing burst power for acceleration and quick charging for a kinetic energy recovery system upon braking.