Although in recent years we have collected dozens of news about the future of batteries, the use of new materials and new technologies, the truth is that we continue with practically the same technology in this vital component for mobile devices. However, it is possible that now we have found a solution to introduce new materials and changes in lithium batteries. A very promising possibility is through the use of Carbon nanotubes, something that would improve the safety of this component, in addition to multiplying its loading speed by 5.
We know of tricks to improve battery life, and even more efficient fast charging technologies have been arriving. However, there is still a leap forward in the evolution of this key component. Imagine devices that charge in seconds, with multi-day batteries or that offer a even higher level of security It might not be that far if we trust the latest developments in the field.
Carbon nanotubes are similar to small rolled graphite sheets with nanometric diameters and lengths of the order of microns. They are unique materials with exceptional mechanical, electrical, optical, thermal and chemical properties that make them suitable for improving many existing products and even generating new ones, according to Meetthings. They have many applications, especially in sectors such as electronics or materials.
Despite the fact that its market is still very incipient, we already know the first contributions it could make to our daily life. In a study by the Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering Potential use of these materials has been found. In the traditional operation of lithium ion batteries we have possible problems of short circuit or even rapid discharge of the battery due to the materials used.
The use of carbon nanotubes, ultralight and large conductors can solve these problems. The design approached by this university replicates another one made in 2018, although with some special nuances. The anode built with this material avoids the usual problems of lithium ion batteries.
This also increases security or loading speed as well. According to the researchers, they would be safer batteries and could be load in a fraction of the time than current. The life of the battery would also be extended. Now it remains to be seen if they are able to bring their study to the market with the launch of these components that actually use carbon nanotubes to create the batteries of the future.