14 October 2013

Single layer capacitors at ANU

| johnboy
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ANU has announced a major advance in the world of electronics coming out of Acton:

The Single Layer Capacitor (SLC) is a small conductor of energy inside electronic devices. Its main benefit is its thermo stability: it doesn’t heat up as much as standard Multi-Layer Capacitors.

One of the project’s key architects, the Research School of Chemistry’s Dr Yun Liu says the SLC is a breakthrough for the electronics world.

“You don’t have any electrical fatigue caused by internal electrodes,” she says.

“And also our material has temperature stability, and a lower energy loss, which makes this single layer capacitor very competitive.

“It’s also very easy to make. It’s pretty much made of ceramics and you put in electrodes. It’s very convenient, so it’s a simple process.”

Neil Radford, from the University’s Technology Transfer Office, is in the process of pitching the School’s product to as many companies as he can, including a world-leading manufacturer of ceramic capacitors.

Radford says if the SLC gains further backing, they could effectively tap into a market worth billions of dollars.

“We’ve got the lab results, we’ve done very low-level testing and that’s pretty much been successful across the board. We now need to extend that testing, and incorporate the material into a real-world application.”

[Photo by zimpenfish CC BY 2.0]

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I prefer free range capacitors myself.

That blue thing in the pic is not a capacitor – it’s a resonator. The little rectangular lumps behind it are caps tho.

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