Researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) recently partnered with Seoul National University’s School of Chemical and Biological Engineering to create a graphene coating meant for lithium-ion batteries. The team claims the coating increases the charging speed 5 times over, and improves capacity by up to 45 percent.
Lithium-ion batteries are becoming increasingly widespread in the growing electric vehicles market, so advances made in battery technology are seen as directly facilitating the continued growth of the EV market.
Graphene could help lithium-ion batteries shrink down in size while boosting their capacity, which is why the material is being closely looked at by researchers and materials scientists as a critical addition for more advanced battery technology.
It’s not the electronics giant’s first foray into the world of graphene. Last year, the company said it hoped to release a graphene battery-powered phone to the market by 2021. By making smaller, more powerful batteries, companies could continue to release smaller mobile devices with higher battery capacity.