Monday, March 9, 2020

Durians Can Help Charge Your Iphone's Faster

Looks like Durian is getting more useful these days... ! Researchers from the University of Sydney have developed a method that uses durian and jackfruit waste to create gels that can rapidly charge electronics.

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering academic Associate Professor Vincent Gomes explained how he and the research team managed to turn the tropical fruits into super-capacitors.

 How does it work?

By green engineering methods that used heating in water and freeze drying of the fruit’s biomass, the durian and jackfruit were transformed into stable carbon aerogels — an extremely light and porous synthetic material to make into super-capacitors.

Super-capacitors are like energy reservoirs that dole out energy smoothly. They can quickly store large amounts of energy within a small battery-sized device and then supply energy to charge electronic devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops, within a few seconds.

The durian and jack-fruit super-capacitors perform much better than the materials currently in use and are comparable, if not better, than the expensive and exotic graphene-based materials.

For more information you can read the serious technical mambo jumbo here.