Imagine a world where your smartphone isn’t flat by 12pm. In fact, imagine a world where your smartphone stays charged all day. Research by Monash University on super-capacitor miniaturisation is one step closer to making that dream a reality. The research by the university’s Nano Scale Engineering Laboratory, in collaboration with Ionic Industries, hopes to enable our devices to hold more power, be fully recharged in minutes and last much longer than current battery technologies.
Despite doubts raised by established groups, the Monash researchers have already made incredible headway over the past two years, fabricating super-capacitors smaller than the diameter of human hair with exceptionally high energy and power densities. Their innovation in this space is paving the way for super-charged technology.
While the market for super-capacitors (estimated at US$5 billion with 20 per cent growth per annum) is predominantly in consumer electronics, the application across transport, construction, medicine, food and defence means this that this ground-breaking research has the potential to transform markets across a broad range of applications.