The most frustrating thing about having a Samsung smartphone is that despite the vast array of technological bells and whistles found on current models, long-term battery life is still an issue that needs to be resolved. Moreover, one of the main reasons why many users are forced to switch their Galaxies every couple of years is battery degradation.
As a result, they need to carry the power banks or charging their devices multiple times a day which somehow spoils the battery after some years of usage. However, it also blasts in some cases! which we already encountered in the past from the Galaxy S7 phones.
Researchers in Japan may have just discovered a solution to this problem
According to the ACS Applied Energy Materials journal, a research team from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) has been working on a new material that could extend the lifespan of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in smartphones and other devices also.
In a press release, the team mentioned studying the properties of a new binder for graphite anodes, which form the negative terminals in batteries. These terminals, when combined with cathodes (positive terminals) and electrolytes, all form an ecosystem conducive to electrochemical reactions that are involved in the charging and discharging of the battery.
To prevent the Li-ion batteries from degrading with each use, the binder used is made up of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), which owns multiple qualities making it an appropriate material for long-term use.
After so many days of research and hard work, the team has now identified a new material that could possibly be used as a binder for graphite anodes called a bis-imino-acenaphthenequinone-paraphenylene polymer (BP polymer in short).
This new material offers better power-driven stability and has a number of qualities that immediately prevent graphite anodes from wearing out as quickly as when bound by PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride).
How does this new material prevent battery drainage?
According to Professor Noriyoshi Matsumi, the lead scientist behind the study said that “whereas a half-cell using PVDF as a binder exhibited only 65 percent of its original capacity after about 500 charge-discharge cycles, the half-cell using the BP copolymer showed a capacity retention of 95 percent after over 1,700 such cycles.”
This implies the lifespan of a Li-ion battery increases dramatically in the typical scenario of everyday smartphone usage. Resulting in, the battery being able to retain its maximum charge capacity for up to five years before noticeable signs of degradation begin appearing.
“The realization of durable batteries will help in the development of more reliable products for long-term use,” Matsumi added. “This will encourage consumers to purchase more expensive battery-based assets like electric vehicles, which will be used for many years.”
Besides, the team believes the results of their research will lead to more battery-powered consumer devices with longer battery lives. However, if this research goes well it will result in the production of devices with lesser battery size but designed to last longer instead of being discarded every couple of years.
Lastly, if Samsung applied this technology to its smartphones and other devices which are fueled by a battery, then it will going to be a cherry on the cake. It is because the battery is one of the departments where Samsung devices are always criticized, and in 2021 it still quite an eminent issue for the brand that needs to be addressed.
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