In our wireless world, you’re nowhere without a good battery and a solid connection. But, wouldn’t it be better if we could improve both...and use less energy? Researchers at the University of Maryland is looking to polymers - like plastics, or rubber - to save energy and change how we stay connected. The team replaces the flammable liquid electrolytes used in a typical lithium ion battery with a solid polymer that would prevent explosions and is better for the environment. “Current batteries have to be disposed (of) in a certain way, because the liquid electrolyte, which is the toxic material that we’re trying to replace, can leach out of the battery. So, our technology will result in a battery that will be all solid. So, it will be definitely more sustainable” says Peter Kofinas a professor working on the project. The material is magnetic and be coated and shaped in any way, making it possible to turn the casing of your cell phone into an antenna. But, the team has to work fast, because there are many other research teams racing to put a product like this on the market. Think you have a better way to power the future? Let us know
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