Self-Healing Batteries Might Be The Next Big Thing In Tech
Silicon has always been used in the production of high-capacity batteries due to its ability to store considerable amount of energy. However, this material easily expands during the charging cycle causing the appearance of mechanical fractures that shortens its lifespan.
The research was inspired by another research about robotic skin. Basically, the technology involves a layer of silicon polymer with weak chemical bonds that attract each other when the material cracks, allowing it to regain its shape after a charging cycle.
At present the self-healing technology that they created lasts for around 100 discharge cycles. The research group is aiming for a goal of 3,000 cycles that is meant for an electric vehicle. There’s no specified time line on when this technology will become available in the market but nonetheless it’s still a good thing to look forward to.
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