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Team's 'Quantum Composites' Increase Ability to Store Electricity

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UC Riverside's Alexander Balandin, Tekwam Geremew, Fariborz Kargar, and Maedeh Taheri

The team includes (clockwise from top left) Alexander Balandin, Tekwam Geremew, Fariborz Kargar, and Maedeh Taheri, among others.

Credit: University of California, Riverside

A team of electrical engineers and material scientists at the University of California, Riverside has demonstrated materials that may result in advancements in electrical, optical, and computer technologies.

The research group, led by distinguished professor Alexander Balandin, has shown in the laboratory the unique and practical function of newly created materials, which they called quantum composites.

These composites consist of small crystals of "charge density wave quantum materials" incorporated within a polymer matrix. Upon heating or light exposure, charge density wave material undergoes a phase transition that leads to an unusual electrical response of the composites.

The properties are described in the journal Advanced Materials.

From University of California, Riverside
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