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Action Physics: The Adventures of the Supercapacitor

August 7, 2011

On Friday I defend my PhD thesis, entitled “Microscopic Theory of Supercapacitors”.

“Supercapacitor” is something of a marketing term (the more technical term is “electric double layer capacitor”), but the word is becoming pretty widely used to describe a particular class of devices.  Searching Google Scholar for “supercapacitor”, for example, gives more than 10,000 hits during the last 4-5 years.

Of course, putting “super” in front of a word is (apparently) enough to generate interest from scientists (e.g.  superconductivity, supernovae, superfluidity, supersymmetry, superstring theory…), but a thesis defense is supposed to be presented to the general public.  So I decided that my thesis topic needed just a little bit of extra pizzazz.  Namely, it needed a great logo:

Coming August 12, 2011

Now that should generate public interest, right?

I should make the logo into a skin-tight, long-sleeved shirt that I wear whenever I’m called to work on supercapacitor theories.

Did anyone call for high-power, infinitely-rechargeable electrical energy storage?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. gravityandlevity permalink*
    August 7, 2011 4:32 pm

    That second image is courtesy of Mrs. G&L.

  2. August 7, 2011 10:14 pm

    Hey, good luck on your thesis presentation! I hope your hard work (and new superhero costume) pay off. – Drew

  3. yogi permalink
    August 8, 2011 12:22 am

    I can’t wait for the super-flux-capacitor shirt.
    Anyway – good luck defending your thesis!

  4. jacobus permalink
    August 8, 2011 1:24 pm

    Good luck on the defence!

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