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Samsung has developed battery-boosting technology that could one day help your smartphone charge five times faster.
The technology is made using the 'miracle material' graphene - an ultra-thin layer of carbon just one atom thick that is 200 times stronger than steel.
Balls of the material created by the firm boost the capacity of a traditional lithium-ion battery by almost 45 per cent and dramatically cut its charging time.
Currently, lithium-ion batteries take around an hour to recharge, but Samsung claims this could be slashed to just 12 minutes with the addition of its graphene balls.
Samsung has developed battery-boosting technology that will help your smartphone charge five times faster. Currently, lithium-ion batteries take around an hour to recharge, but this could be slashed to just 12 minutes with the addition of 'graphene balls' (stock image)
- In May 2016 a Chinese company created bendable smart phones made from graphene that could be worn like a futuristic bracelet.
- Graphene is also being used to fight superbugs: In March this year it was found that the wonder material could be used to fight infections if coated on surgeons' tools because of its germ-killing properties.
- Ribbons of the high tech material could even be strapped to plane wings to keep them free of ice in flight: In January 2016 scientists from Rice University proved that the material has electrothermal properties.
Samsung, based in Seoul, South Korea, announced its graphene balls can be attached to traditional batteries.
The firm hopes its invention will one day help to create long-life electric car batteries that charge significantly faster than current models.
'Fast charging capability is considered critical to the successful adoption of all-electric vehicles by the public,' Samsung wrote in a document describing its invention.
The full findings were published in Nature this month, and describe how the team managed to create the graphene balls.
Samsung researchers found a way to use or silica to synthesise graphene like three-dimensional popcorn.
These graphene balls were then used by the team as anodes and cathodes on a lithium ion battery, boosting its performance and charge time.
Samsung has previously had problems with its battery technology.
The firms Galaxy Note 7 smartphone batteries shipped with a fault that caused them to burst into flames and prompted a recall that cost the firm £3.7 billion ($5 billion).
The technology is made using the 'miracle material' graphene - an ultra-thin layer of carbon just one atom thick that is 200 times stronger than steel. (Pictured: graphic illustration of one layer of graphene)
The mobile phone's batteries were suspected to be the issue in October 2016 as the company began research into the bizarre explosions.
A number of well-documented instances across the globe were reported, injuring customers as young as 13 due to the spontaneous combustion.
The company only stopped selling the device after finding that even the supposedly safer replacements it was providing for recalled Note 7 phones were catching fire.
Samsung has struggled to regain customer confidence after producing the faulty phones.
Graphene is a single atomic layer of carbon atoms bound in a hexagonal network.
It not only promises to revolutionise semiconductor, sensor, and display technology, but could also lead to breakthroughs in fundamental quantum physics research.
It is often depicted as an atomic-scale chicken wire made of carbon atoms and their bonds.
Scientists believe it could one day be used to make transparent conducting materials, biomedical sensors and even extremely light, yet strong, aircraft.
Similar to another important nanomaterial - carbon nanotubes - graphene is incredibly strong: Around 200 times stronger than structural steel.