Charging phones can really prove to be a pain, especially for people who lead a busy life-style. No kidding, the process is a time consuming one, if only there was a way to charge a phone in a matter of seconds.
The same question was running through the mind of Eesha Khare, a 18 year old high school student from Saratoga, California. While we sit around whining about it, the teenager decides to do something about it. Eesha has developed a device that can charge a phone in just 20 to 30 seconds, surely this is something that will put a smile on faces of millions and millions of mobile users around the world
Eesha was awarded $50,000 at the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Fair, for the invention wich is called as a 'supercapacitor'. The small device makes use of Hydrogenated TiO2-Polyaniline Nanorodsis to store large amounts of energy and in turn can carry out the super fast charging process. Also, the charger is said to be capable of recharging batteries for 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, compared to 1,000 cycles of the conventional rechargeable batteries.
When asked what was her inspiration behind the work, "My cellphone battery always dies," she replied. She also implied that the supercapacitor allowed her to focus on her interest in nanochemistry.
For now Esha's device has been used to power a light-emitting diode, or LED. She says in the future the it can be fit inside a cellphone and other electronic devices.
"It is also flexible, so it can be used in rollup displays and clothing and fabric," said Khare. "It has a lot of different applications and advantages over batteries in that sense." She added.
Going to specifics, Eesha was given the Intel Foundation Young Scientist award for "Design and Synthesis of Hydrogenated TiO2-Polyaniline Nanorods for Flexible High-Performance,".