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NewsPoster May 20, 2013 04:32 PM
Teen's supercapacitor tech promises to charge phones in 20 seconds
An 18-year-old student, Eesha Khare, has reportedly developed a new form of energy storage, referred to as a supercapacitor, that promises to recharge a cellphone in 20 to 30 seconds. The research project landed Khare a <A href="https://www.societyforscience.org/document.doc?id=494">$50,000 scholarship</a> and an Intel Foundation Young Scientists Award at the Intel-sponsored International Science and Engineering Fair, along with a $5,000 "best of category" award and another $3,000 prize in the chemistry division. <br /><br />The solid-state supercapacitor is said to be composed of hydrogenated TiO2-polyaniline nanorods, which are claimed to support up to 10,000 recharge cycles, according to a <em>SlashGear</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/285985==http://www.slashgear.com/student-creates-30-second-cellphone-battery-charge-tapped-by-google-20282811/" rel='nofollow'>report</a>. The prototype device is small enough to fit inside a cellphone, though Khare's tests were limited to illuminating an LED.<br />
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Supercapacitors have been considered for a wide range of applications, including electric vehicles. UCLA scientists recently found a way to utilize graphene to create supercapacitors, <A href="http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/ucla-engineers-craft-material-245169.aspx">claiming</a> such technology "does away with" the disadvantages of both batteries and traditional capacitors. <br />
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The California teen reportedly plans to continue her energy-storage research, and she expects the $50,000 to help with Harvard tuition. She is said to have been contacted by Google, though she declined to provide more details on any talks with the search giant.<br />
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