On average, it usually takes about 2-3 hours to charge a smartphone from completely drained to 100%. Because so many of us are constantly on the go and rely so heavily on our phones throughout the day, battery life becomes increasingly important. A new device by an Israeli startup called StoreDot could revolutionise battery charges by bringing a phone from dead to full in about 30 seconds.
The secret to StoreDot’s technology is quantum dots, which are about 60 times smaller than a single HIV virion. The “dots” are actually peptides that have been altered to have certain properties, like optical or the ability to generate charge when strained. Only two peptides are connected and they have a crystalline structure that aids in their stability and ability to hold a charge, which should last through thousands of charge cycles.
Nanoco Group Plc (LON:NANO) leads the world in the research, development and large-scale manufacture of heavy-metal free quantum dots and semiconductor nanoparticles for use in displays, lighting, solar energy and bio-imaging.