Queen’s University Belfast scientists have designed a new flexible organic battery that could revolutionise to power medical body implants.organic batteries may revolutionise body implants
Life suppot devices such as pacemakers are currently fitted with rigid metal based batteries, which can cause discomfort to the patients and these batteries can hold potential charge three times as long as in their conventional counterparts.As it is decomposable, the organic battery is also expected to have environmental benefits.
Research leader Dr Geetha Srinivasan from Queen’s University’s Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) research centre said the device was also non-flammable and had no leakage issues.Devices such as Pacemakers and defibrillators there are two implants, one which is fitted in the heart and another which holds the metal based, rigid batteries – this is implanted under the skin,and they may cause discomfort to the patients as it may rub inside under the skin. and that is why the batteries need to be compatible to the human body and ideally we would like them to be flexible so that they can adapt to body shapes.”Can be used in the foldable computing devices and future phones.
Dr Srinivasan said the new battery would be safer than the batteries currently in use. you don’t have the hazard of explosion,”as these batteries avoids using flammable solvents. the batteries could have a non medical uasgae also inthe field of foldable micro computers and phones of coming future as every one wants a light waight and flexible devices so they may take a revolution in the empowering such devices.
These batteries would be manufactured with organic composites using “natural feedstock” (biomaterials such as cellulose) rather than expensive metals or semiconductors.
But there is no danger of the organic batteries decomposing in the human body as they only start to break down at temperatures above 270C.
With the right funding in place, Dr Srinivasan said the devices could easily be commercialised – so that it could be powering phones or similar devices within the next five years.
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