Artist's conception of the interlocking 3D battery electrodes exchanging ions (Image: University of Illinois)
Microscopic views of the nanostructure and microstructure of the Illinois interdigitated 3D batteries (Image: UIUC)
This graph compares the power density and energy density of various types of batteries - the colored circles represent various of the Illinois microbatteries (Image: UIUC)
Process for making Illinois' new 3D batteries (Image: UIUC)
Microstructure of the Illinois interdigitated 3D battery (Image: UIUC)
There can be little doubt that people love their mobile devices. But, by leaving them high and dry at the most inconvenient of times, this love generally doesn't extend to the batteries that power said devices. New microbatteries developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) that measure just a few millimeters in size, yet are powerful enough to power a mobile phone may be more likely to inspire a little love.
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