Lamborghini and MIT patent a new material for supercapacitors

Lamborghini and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have patented a new synthetic material that the carmaker hopes will serve as the technological base for a new generation of supercapacitors. The two organizations began working together in 2017, when they produced the Terzo Millennio concept car.

With support from Lamborghini’s Concept Development Department, a research team led by MIT Chemistry Professor Mircea Dincă synthesized the new material. The material is based on the Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOF) concept, which are materials that feature a cage-like structure and therefore a large surface area.

This large surface area makes the material the ideal candidate for producing electrodes for future high-performance supercapacitors, says Lamborghini. The material maximizes the specific surface area, which is the amount of surface area exposed to electric charge, in relation to the material’s mass and surface area. Researchers hope to improve the energy density of the material up to 100% compared to the technology currently on the market, as well as work out large-scale production.

Lamborghini is also collaborating with a separate MIT research team to establish new design principles for high-performance battery materials.

Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali said, “The joint research with MIT fully embodies our values and our vocation for anticipating the future: a future in which hybridization is increasingly desirable and inevitably necessary.”

Source: Lamborghini

  • More2bits

    We need about 5,000% more not 100% more.

  • EVman

    Once again, Edward Monfort with DIYev has the solution but the only company Monfort sees even working on anything close is Samsung and not MIT or Lambo.
    Monfort understands the process of building batteries from hands on experience and Monfort can give the world a 1,000 wh per kg battery NOW.
    Monfort knows where the Samsung plant is in China and has visited this factory several times. Monfort doesn’t feel they will figure it out though. They do have one part of it figured out.
    Monfort says, Why give this new tech to China and when will funding be ready for American companies that have huge amount of talent and knowledge to take over this EV industry now. We are ready now but it is who you know (MIT) and not what you know in todays political society. Just look at Solyndra.