Scientists at The University of Manchester have ‘re-discovered’ a material, which could make the construction of 2D van der Waals heterostructures easier to build.
Despite the miniaturisation and energy requirements of modern electronics, battery technology has lagged behind. Modern lithium ion batteries suffer from slow charging times and a relatively short effective lifetime.
Graphene can be incorporated into battery technology to greatly enhance its efficiency. Graphene enhanced batteries would be much lighter and could replace existing heavy lithium ion batteries especially in industries such as aerospace where weight is important - reducing this lowers fuel consumption. Graphene enhanced batteries could also lead to personal portable energy storage.