Image: Professor Baohua Jia and Dr Han Lin with prototypes of the battery
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient Professor Baohua Jia has led a research team based at the Swinburne University of Technology to develop the Bolt Electricity Storage Technology (BEST) battery—a graphene oxide-based supercapacitor offering high performance and low-cost energy storage.

The technology promises to bring us one step closer to producing commercially viable, chemical-free, long-lasting and safe batteries. The chemical batteries which they will replace are toxic to the environment, and are unsuitable for modern electronics which often require batteries that charge and discharge quickly.

Professor Jia received a 2015 Discovery Project grant to create a supercapacitor that could more efficiently collect, store and discharge the energy collected by solar cells. The project, which is exploring direct laser printing of thin films of activated graphene oxide, has informed this latest breakthrough.

The technology is on the brink of becoming a commercial prototype. Commercial investment in its development will soon be under way through Graphene Solutions, a joint venture between graphite miner First Graphite Resources (FGR) and Melbourne electronics company Kremford Pty Ltd.

Media issued by Swinburne University of Technology.

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