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Nanotube-based Flexible Batteries to Power Future Flexible Phones

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Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed flexible batteries with carbon nanotubes that will power-up flexible devices.

Carbon Nanotubes flexible batteries

Samsung with its recently-launched Galaxy Round, showed the tech world that the time for flexible devices has arrived. The device, however, cannot be bent, but it is sufficient for manufacturers to flaunt the art of making flexible devices.

While thinking on this platform, the major challenge for companies is to come up with a flexible power source that could fuel the flexible device. The two Korean tech giants, LG and Samsung, have shown desire to make flexible batteries that could support such devices.

Using the science of printed electronics and thin-film technologies, efforts were made across the globe in making flexible batteries, with NJIT being the pioneer in working technology. Previous attempts for similar kind of batteries were done at Stanford and University of California four years ago. Researchers at NJIT have developed it using electrochemical architecture that simply consists of an electrolyte and an electrode, with carbon nanotubes as the active components of the battery, like the positive or negative material.

Flexible batteries of Nanotubes

The main researcher behind this technology, Somenath Mitra, says that “this battery can be made as small as a pinhead or as large as a carpet in your living room”. Adding further, he said that “its applications are endless. You can place a rolled-up battery in the trunk of your electric car and have it power the vehicle”.

Mitra reveals that even consumers can easily configure this batteries at home. All they need is a kit with an electrode paste and laminating machine. It requires two electrode-paste-coated plastic sheets, with a third plastic sheet placed in between them. The entire assembly should be then laminated together.

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By , International Correspondent - Vadodara (India) office on Nov 23rd, 2013 GMT +2


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