A document discusses room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) used as electrolytes in carbon-nanotube-based, electrochemical, double-layer capacitors. Unlike the previous electrolyte (EtNB4 in acetonitrile), the RTIL used here does not produce cyanide upon thermal decomposition and does not have a moisture sensitivity.

This work was done by Heather Fireman, Leonard Yowell, and Padraig G. Moloney of Johnson Space Center; Sivaram Arepalli, P. Nikolaev, and C. Huffman of ERC, Inc.; Jud Ready, C.D. Higgins, S. P. Turano, P. A. Kohl, and K. Kim of Georgia Tech Research Institute. MSC-24190-1

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