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World's First Imprintable and Bendable Li-ion Battery Created

Korean researchers have uncovered a process to create "a class of imprintable, bendable, and shape-conformable polymer electrolyte with excellent electrochemical performance in lithium battery system."

The material can be sprayed on electrodes and then baked with UV rays for about 30 minutes in order to create power units, which would provide a method considerably faster than the standard way of creating lithium-ion cells.

Professor Lee Sang-young from South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology is the head of the project, who is working with nine additional scientists from different institutions such as Professor John A. Rogers from the University of Illinois.

"Conventional lithium-ion batteries that use liquefied electrolytes had problems with safety as the film that separates electrolytes may melt under heat, in which case the positive and negative may come in contact, causing an explosion," said The Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, which is co-sponsoring the research.

"Because the new battery uses flexible but solid materials, and not liquids, it can be expected to show a much higher level of stability than conventional rechargeable batteries."

During CES, Samsung unveiled Youm, a flexible and bendable OLED display for smartphones.

  • memadmax
    The lawyers at Apple are iDrooling on this one >_>
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  • ghostie
    I think Boeing might need some of these...
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  • A Bad Day
    ghostieI think Boeing might need some of these...
    Some laptops and smartphones also need those. Nobody likes burning silicon in their pockets or on their lap.

    memadmaxThe lawyers at Apple are iDrooling on this one >_>
    "Because the new battery uses flexible but solid materials, and not liquids, it can be expected to show a much higher level of stability than conventional rechargeable batteries."

    Apple: Yet another reason to glue batteries to the case!
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  • the case is the battery
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  • twelch82
    memadmaxThe lawyers at Apple are iDrooling on this one >_>
    They can't patent the technology itself, but they'll patent using it in a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
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  • danwat1234
    OK, but how many watt hours per Kg?
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  • A Bad Day
    chainsaw667the case is the battery
    Scratching the case soon has an entirely new meaning...

    "My laptop won't work if it's unplugged!"
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  • The Indomitable
    Yes, please.
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  • digiex
    Enough with the teasers, release them to the consumer market now.
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  • JOSHSKORN
    chainsaw667the case is the batterythat would be cool, charged by body heat.
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