Hierarchially Porous Carbon Particles for Electrochemical Applications

Tech ID: 24583 / UC Case 2012-419-0


UCLA researchers in the Department of Chemical Engineering have developed carbon particles with high power and energy density for use in battery electrodes and supercapacitors.


Advanced carbon materials present a strong market opportunity for energy related applications. Current state of the art focuses on activated carbon as an inexpensive and widely used material in applications from electrodes to water filters. However, conventional activated carbon offers minimal control over physical and electrical properties. Battery electrodes and supercapacitors need high power and energy density, but these are often inversely related. To increase electrode energy density while maintaining the power density, electrodes with high ion-storage density, excellent electrical conductivity, and effective ion-transport abilities are required.


Professor Lu and coworkers have developed a novel porous carbon particle for energy applications. These carbon particles contain pores with various sizes, providing a 20% increase in surface area that is greater than activated carbon. This increases the ion transport rate, resulting in increased energy density while maintaining the power density. The synthesis is scalable and inexpensive and cycling lifetimes greater than 500,000 lifetimes have been reported.


  • Electrodes in supercapacitors 
  • Electrodes in advanced water-splitting devices 
  • Advanced battery electrodes 
  • Traditional activated carbon applications, such as medicinal, spill cleanup, ground water remediation, filtration, air purification, capture of volatile compounds, gas purification, and sound absorption


  • Improved surface area results in increased energy density 
  • Scalable synthesis 
  • Interconnected pores facilitate ion transport 
  • Carbon spheres can be easily and densely packed into electrodes

State Of Development

Material has been prepared and used to make supercapacitor devices.

Related Materials

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 8,784,768 07/22/2014 2012-419


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  • Lu, Yunfeng

Other Information


Activated carbon, aerosols, hierarchical structures, porous materials, graphite, supercapacitors

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