Consequently, the research team hopes to get the price of Power Felt down closer to $1 for a piece about the size of a cellphone cover by producing the fabric in high volumes. Officials at Wake Forest are talking to investors regarding commercial production of the material. Meanwhile, Corey Hewitt, a Wake Forest graduate student and team member, is evaluating several ways to make the layers thinner and add more of them to boost power output.
The research team was headed by David Carroll, director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. The team includes members of the Victoria University of Wellington's MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in New Zealand, Korea University's School of Electrical Engineering, and NanoTechLabs, a North Carolina company that develops and produces military and commercial products based on materials such as nanotubes and nanowires.