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MU researchers create device hoping to increase battery life exponentially

Researchers at the University of Missouri in Columbia said they are creating a device that could both increase battery life and prevent overheating in electronic devices.

Researchers at the University of Missouri in Columbia said they have developed a device that could both increase battery life and prevent overheating in electronic devices.

Deepak Singh, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, is leading a group of researchers working on the project.

Singh said they're not creating a new battery, rather a magnetic system that would use less battery power and not overheat.

"It will be more safe and not heat up as much as your cell phone or computer," said Singh.

The researchers said if they get the resources and funding they require, they would look to commercialize their device as soon as two years from now.

"It's not going to happen right away, but it can happen if we have the right resources."

The team of scientists developed a two-dimensional nanostructured material on the honeycomb template that conducts unidirectional currents-- currents that only flow one way. The material has less dissipate power compared to the material normally included in electronic devices.

This method helps increase the efficiency of the power source meaning designers could increase the life of batters by more than a hundred-fold, according to an MU press release. This method could also reduce the heat generated in laptops or desktop computers.

“Although more works need to be done to develop the end product, the device could mean that a normal 5-hour charge could increase to more than a 500-hour charge,” Singh said in a press release.

“The device could also act as an ‘on/off switch’ for other periphery components such as closed-circuit cameras or radio frequency attenuators, which reduces power flowing through a device. We have applied for a U.S. patent and have begun the process of incorporating a spin-off company to help us take the device to market.”

Click here to learn more about this project.

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