phone charging phone charging StoreDot claims its FlashBattery can charge a phone 100 times faster than regular chargers. (Photo: baloon111 / Shutterstock)

Fast-charging cell phone battery thanks to Alzheimer’s research

StoreDot demonstrates cell phone battery prototype that can be fully recharged in 30 seconds.

The makers of a new cell phone battery that's strong enough to charge a phone 100 times faster than traditional chargers formally unveiled the technology at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

StoreDot, an Israeli startup, says its new FlashBattery fast-charging batteries use a bioorganic nanocrystal technology as a cheaper, non-toxic alternative to the cadmium in today's batteries. 

At CES, StoreDot presented a new prototype, a slimmer, sleeker version of the battery it unveiled at the Think Next symposium in Israel last year, where StoreDot wowed the audience by recharging a Samsung Galaxy S4 in only 30 seconds.

For CES, both the phone and charging dock displayed a more practical design.

StoreDot says a fully functioning prototype of the cell phone battery should be ready by the end of 2016, and on the market the year after.

The idea, while steeped in technology, actually originated in science. The bioorganic nanocrystal material came out of research by Professor Ehud Gazit, of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology at Tel Aviv University, who was able to isolate certain peptides while working toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

StoreDot was then able to use the same methodology of synthesizing bioorganic materials to create flash memory in a similar way. “So one can say we ported the methodology from the medicine world to the world of energy storage,” StoreDot founder and CEO Dr. Doron Myersdorf told From The Grapevine.

StoreDot FlashBatteryDr. Doron Myersdorf, CEO of StoreDot, shows a prototype of its fast-charging FlashBattery on a Samsung phone. (Photo: StoreDot)

The technology is based on self-assembling organic nanodots, which are used in both the battery electrode (which stores the battery’s energy) and the electrolyte (which transfers energy between the battery’s two ends). According to the company, peptides or other biomolecules enhance the memory effect of the battery electrodes and allow the ions to be quickly transported. This means that the batteries can charge faster, while still discharging at a similar rate to conventional batteries.

“We were able to take the same peptides that participate in biological processes in our body and to create nano-crystals – these are stable, robust spheres,” said Myersdorf.

The spheres that are created are only 2.1 nanometers in diameter. Because of their very small size, they can be used in all kinds of devices, Meyersdorf said.

Myersdorf says the nanocrystal bioorganic technology could be applied to other areas of electronics or electric vehicles.

StoreDot is also developing a superfast flash memory technology, bio-lasers, displays and bio-LEDs. It has developed an iPhone display that uses a bioorganic material as the active material for emitting light. “We already demonstrated all the colors … we can bring the entire RGB spectrum for the display, so now it’s all a matter of being able to reach the lifetime and the efficiency similar to cadmium,” Myersdorf said.

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