Carbon discovery has battery promise
A new form of carbon created by scientists at Lancaster University and China's Jilin University could be used to improve the safety, power, charge speed and lifespan of batteries for phones, computers and electric vehicles.
As with many other discoveries, there was an element of chance involved in the creation of OSPC-1 by the researchers, who were carrying out work to create porous forms of carbon.
During their work the team realised that one of the forms of carbon they had created could store a large volume of lithium ions and also conduct electricity.
The researchers compared OSPC-1's performance against graphite, the industry standard model for anodes within lithium-ion batteries, and discovered that it can store more than twice as many lithium ions, and therefore power, as graphite at the same mid-range speed of charging.