The perception about cell phone batteries for smart phone users could be changed by Samsung.
The “graphene ball”, developed by the researchers at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) has the potential to transform the face of cell phone batteries.
In addition to allowing for a n increase of capacity of up to 45 percent, there is also a potential for increase in the speed of charging which would be five times more than the standard lithium-ion batteries. These are the characteristics of what the South Korean tech giant Samsung described as a “unique battery material” for the graphene ball. The largest smartphone maker announced this earlier in the week in a statement.
For the first time in 2004, graphene was isolated by the researchers at the University of Manchester, in England. Graphene was then described by the university too be the world’s “most conductive material’ and is transparent and is 200 times stronger than steel. Researchers also said that the material is the thinnest material on the planet.
Samsung said that their research offered “promise for the next generation secondary battery market”. This was most applicable for electric vehicles and mobile devices which always demand more battery life so that they can run for longer durations of time without the need to recharge. The smartphone maker also said that just 12 minutes would be needed for a battery that is made of the “graphene ball” material to be completely charged, at least theoretically, in comparison to at least an hour that is needed by the “standard” lithium batteries of the same size to get fully charged. Additionally, a stable temperature of 60 degrees Celsius can easily be maintained by the batteries made from the “graphene ball” material.
“Our research enables mass synthesis of multifunctional composite material graphene at an affordable price,” Son In-hyuk, who led the project on behalf of the SAIT, said in a statement.
“At the same time, we were able to considerably enhance the capabilities of lithium-ion batteries in an environment where the markets for mobile devices and electric vehicles is growing rapidly,” In-hyuk added. “Our commitment is to continuously explore and develop secondary battery technology in light of these trends.”
Researchers and scientists from Seoul National University’s School of Chemical and Biological Engineering worked alongside battery manufacturer Samsung SDI and SAIT for the project. Their research was published in the journal Nature Communications.
(Adapted from CNBC)