So, guys at Standford are gonna be rich. “Stanford researchers have found a way to use silicon nanowires to reinvent the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power laptops, iPods, video cameras, cell phones, and countless other devices.”
I had to look up “nanowire” in Wikipedia to understand what it is exactly: “A nanowire is a wire of diameter of the order of a nanometer (10−9 meters). Alternatively, nanowires can be defined as structures that have a lateral size constrained to tens of nanometers or less and an unconstrained longitudinal size. At these scales, quantum mechanical effects are important — hence such wires are also known as “quantum wires“. Many different types of nanowires exist, including metallic (e.g., Ni, Pt, Au), semiconducting (e.g., Si, InP, GaN, etc.), and insulating (e.g., SiO2,TiO2). Molecular nanowires are composed of repeating molecular units either organic (e.g. DNA) or inorganic (e.g. Mo6S9-xIx).”
Some sick shit huh?
The research team at Stanford is led by Yi Cui. Hail to asians.
Complete source article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071219103105.htm
Note: Versatile has this weird thing with pictures, but since I have very limited time, I think he’ll understand and be nice and put some in for moi. Hail Versatile.