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Researcher creates polymer gel that promises cheaper and more flexible batteries for our gadgets

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Researcher creates polymer gel that promises cheaper and more flexible batteries for our gadgets
Ian Ward, a Researcher Professor of Physics in the University of Leeds, has teamed up scientists to come up with a polymer gel with which to improve the current multiple chambers in the lithium-ion batteries of our mobile gadgets like smartphones.

This gel takes place of the liquid electrolytes which are now used in the battery cells, making their construction much simpler and way more flexible, eventually allowing them to bend in shape around the gadget served with energy. The Samsung Galaxy Skin concept just got one step closer to fruition. Moreover, these "jelly" batteries can be made at a fifth of the regular cost - too good to be true readily applies here, but we have to take the wait and see approach.

Professor Ward's polymer gel battery

Professor Ward's polymer gel battery

The researchers have also patented the production process for the polymer gel, where it can be pressed with speeds of up to 33 feet (10 meters) per minute, creating a conductive material that is nanometers thin. 

The technology has been licensed to an US company, called Polystor, with the goal to commercialize it for the next generation of batteries. On top of that, it is also way safer than current juicers, which sometimes burn up in flames, forcing manufacturers to recall big batches of their gadgets for repair. 


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posted on 13 Sep 2011, 10:09 2

1. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


this battery can power up the next gen glass based devices as seen on movies like AVATAR etc.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 10:10 1

2. remixfa (Posts: 13907; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if this proves tangeble on a large scale, that would be awesome.

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:10

3. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


I thought we'd be way passed Lithium Ion batteries before 2010. Bout time! And its a shame because we still might not see this technology for another year or so...

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 13:15

4. s (unregistered)


Becareful !!!_ apple might go sue the heck out them cus somehow this technology is magically theirs

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 14:21

5. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


way ahead of you apple is.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-patent-looks-to-extend-battery-life-on-future-iPhone-models-using-Jelly-Rolls_id20731

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 16:48

6. Luuthian (Posts: 214; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


That's not even close to the same thing though :P.

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