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University of Delaware invention aims to improve battery performance

Imagine a world where cell phones and laptops can be charged in a matter of minutes instead of hours, rolled up and stored in your pocket, or dropped without sustaining any damage. It is possible, according to University of Delaware Professor Thomas H. Epps, III, but the materials are not there yet.

So, what is holding back the technology?

For starters, it would take more conductive, flexible and lighter-weight batteries, said Epps, who is the Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UD.

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UD Prof. Thomas H. Epps, III earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate at the University of Minnesota.

Photos by Kathy F. Atkinson

Funding for this work is from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences program, the National Science Foundation’s Division of Materials Research, and Samsung. Epps’ work includes a collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, UD’s Center for Neutron Science, and Lisa Hall, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio State University.

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