EEE student looks ahead to a graphene-powered mobile future

Will graphene power tomorrow’s mobile technology? EEE’s 4th year MEng student Sundeep Kang certainly thinks so.

Sundeep demonstrating the potential of graphene for future mobiles (Image from UoMGraphene’s Twitter account)

Sundeep, who works in Dr Tim Echtermeyer’s group as a voluntary research student, was at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona last week to show off a prototype superfast mobile battery which he helped to develop with UOM researchers from the National Graphene Institute (NGI), the School of Materials and the School of Chemistry. The supercapacitor was demonstrated to the Chinese President during his recent visit to Manchester. The researchers are now investigating how to increase the device’s charging capacity using graphene and 2D materials.

The World Mobile Congress is the world’s biggest mobile event, attracting over 100.000 visitors this year . Within the framework of the Graphene Flagship, which is the EU’s biggest ever research initiative, The University of Manchester and the NGI were showcasing a variety of technologies there that could potentially revolutionise mobiles. The event was featured on the BBC’s online technology magazine Click (the mobile battery is featured at around 9.45 min in this episode)

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