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By Aida Yoguely Cortés-Peña
Summer 2013

As part of the electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) Parts Engineering and Analysis Team, I worked on developing a Solid State Ultracapacitor to Replace Batteries. Currently NASA uses rechargeable batteries that utilize silver zinc or lithium ion electrochemical processes. These current state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries cannot be rapidly charged, contain harmful chemicals, and suffer from early wear-out mechanisms. A solid-state ultracapacitor is a EEE part that offers significant advantages over current electrochemical and electrolytic devices. The objective of this research was to develop an internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) using novel dielectric materials with a focus on these advantages.

Above is a vodcast interview with my mentor Dr. Terry. D. Rolin.

Aida Yoguely NASA Marshall Winning Research Poster

I was awarded Awardsecond place overall in the Summer Intern Poster Expo, were over 138 interns competed and were judged by NASA engineers and Scientists.

  • A. Y. Cortes-Pena, T.D. Rolin, S.M. Strickland, and C.W. Hill, "A Novel Solid State Ultracapacitor" NASA Technical Reports Server. NASA/TM2017-219686 (2017).

Research Mentor: Dr. Terry D. Rolin

Links: The Huntsville Times Online Blog, Huntsville Times Newspaper, NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Annual Report 2013 NASA, The NASA MUST Report Newsletter September 2013 NASA