Honorable Mention - Laila Jaber-Ansari

Graduate Student, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Improving the efficiency of energy storage devices, like batteries, is one exciting application of nanotechnology. Here, bundles of carbon nanotubes, each made up of a single layer of carbon atoms, form a freestanding film. The film, which can store energy much faster than other commonly used materials, will serve as an electrode in lithium ion batteries.