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Title: Multidimensional materials and device architectures for future hybrid energy storage

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Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport Center (FIRST)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nature Communications; Journal Volume: 7; Related Information: FIRST partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (lead); Argonne National Laboratory; Drexel University; Georgia State University; Northwestern University; Pennsylvania State University; Suffolk University; Vanderbilt University; University of Virginia
Country of Publication:
United States
catalysis (heterogeneous), solar (fuels), energy storage (including batteries and capacitors), hydrogen and fuel cells, electrodes - solar, mechanical behavior, charge transport, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials)

Citation Formats

Lukatskaya, Maria R., Dunn, Bruce, and Gogotsi, Yury. Multidimensional materials and device architectures for future hybrid energy storage. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1038/ncomms12647.
Lukatskaya, Maria R., Dunn, Bruce, & Gogotsi, Yury. Multidimensional materials and device architectures for future hybrid energy storage. United States. doi:10.1038/ncomms12647.
Lukatskaya, Maria R., Dunn, Bruce, and Gogotsi, Yury. 2016. "Multidimensional materials and device architectures for future hybrid energy storage". United States. doi:10.1038/ncomms12647.
title = {Multidimensional materials and device architectures for future hybrid energy storage},
author = {Lukatskaya, Maria R. and Dunn, Bruce and Gogotsi, Yury},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1038/ncomms12647},
journal = {Nature Communications},
number = ,
volume = 7,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 9
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