Science experiments are both interesting and unpredictable. Trying to find application for something else, Ric Kaner, a synthetic inorganic chemist, found the substance could be put to better use for a different application.
In “The Super Supercapacitor” video, which is part of Filmmaker Competition, we witness how Carbon-based Graphene, one of the strongest materials ever known to us, could be used to charge batteries at a phenomenal rate.
Graphene-based supercapacitors charges and discharges 1000 to 2000 better than any of the normal batteries that have been around for more than a century. As Graphene has a layer of carbon, it can be disposed easily.
It’s interesting to note that the method used to obtain Graphene — through Graphite and tape — was not practical. So the research team coated Graphite oxide (liquid) on sheets of plastic (CDs/DVDs), used laser to remove oxygen (deoxygenated) and finally the substance turns into Graphene. Check out the video below:
If Graphene battery were to exist today, we could charge our iPhone in a minute or two and have a battery-powered vehicles that could last for almost eternity. These kind of discovery ought to receive undivided attention as they sketch our future, which we presume will be full of technological innovation.