Sick of the anxiety attacks when your phone battery alert hits “less than 5%” ? Your prayers have been answered… almost. Mya Le Thai, a student at the University of California, has accidentally stumbled on a remarkable discovery.
While studying for her PhD, Mya and her class mates were experimenting in the university lab, trying to design a more efficient nano wire to charge smart phone batteries. What the group didn’t realise, is that they had created a battery that could last up to 200,000 charges, within a three-month cycle without loosing quality or deterioration.
The group created a thin strip, made of golden nanowire, delicate but an amazing conductor of electrodes. The nanowire was then wrapped in an electrolyte gel, designed for protection, resulting in a durable and seemingly powerful battery. “Usually these batteries decline rapidly after only five or six thousand cycles, seven thousand at the most,” according to Reginald Penner, leader of the chemistry faculty of the University of California.
This seems to be the answer to our #firstworldproblems. The production of the battery would mean no cable charging and less electricity consumption, for businesses this would also mean a decrease in production costs. Unfortunately, as gold is an expensive and not easily accessible in a pure form, the battery would be highly expensive. The team at The University of California have said that they will work towards a cheaper alternative, so sit tight and this may be a reality in the near future. Until then, leave your phone on charge for the news.