Graphene battery research by Samsung experiences breakthrough in manufacturing process

Battery innovation has been stuck in the lithium ion age over the past few decades, and progress towards a better battery has hardly moved at all when compared to exponential jumps in storage space, memory capacity and processor computing speeds. However, in the recent past, graphene (similar to a pencil’s graphite) has enjoyed success in solving some of the roadblocks of lithium ion technology. In fact, the potential output of the material far outlasts and exceeds the capacity of traditional lithium ion in terms of volume and weight. On top of that, the material is flexible and can be adapted in new flexible displays. However, the reason we haven’t seen devices using graphene yet is due to difficulties in the implementation of the delicate processes involved in building graphene layers on a large manufacturing scale.

According to the post on Samsung’s blog, it seems Samsung has finally grasped the manufacturing process, and stated that in partnership with Sungkyunkwan University, SAIT (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology) has become the first group of researchers to harness the benefits of graphene on a large scale manufacturing platform. The process is designed to overcome previous problems which included deteriorating electric properties. The breakthrough was accomplished by synthesizing “large area graphene onto a single crystal on a semiconductor, maintaining its electrical and mechanical properties.”

Samsung and Sungkyunkwan University have been working on graphene and other nano research since 2006, and the partnership has yielded the most awaited leap in efficient energy management. We will see the technology decrease the size of our phones and tablets further, as well as power smart watches and even allow tiny devices to achieve incredible battery life.  As processors make the switch to 14 nanometer processes, and flexible devices are becoming popular, the world is finally ready for a revolutionary change in how often we charge our devices, and what types of efficiency we will expect from them in the future. 

Source: Samsung | Image via UC Berkley

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I think this new battery technology will be the single greatest technology change since the standardization of microusb charging ports.

I read the Samsung linked article three times and did not see a reference to battery development. I may be missing something that's right in front of me. The technology instead appears targeted to chip development with phrases like "Graphene is more durable than steel and has high heat conductibility as well as flexibility, which makes it the perfect material for use in flexible displays, wearables and other next generation electronic devices. - See more at: http://global.samsungtomorrow....=35576#sthash.PUKJglw4.dpuf? "

Good News!! Battery is one thing that has restricted advancement on technology in all areas and future looks good until portable nuclear fusion reactors.

Krome said,
lol SAID = Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology I can't find "D" anywhere in that word

It`weird, the article states SAIT but the in preview writing it`s SAID :huh:
Anyway Graphene sounds seriously cool....

Well I guess I was right. Said months (or maybe years) ago that the tech community was long overdue for a power efficiency revolution. I believe it should definitely be possible for us to run our devices at full blast for weeks without charging, if they were properly utilizing the amount of energy put in to charge them.

If all goes well we could have graphine powered. Carbon fibre phones. Throw in Sony's latest water proofing methods and we could have a long life, durable device.

without being a researcher in this field and speaking from personal opinion based on my own observations, I think the following is true.

advancements in battery tech are a hard sell, while being very beneficial to almost everyone its a purely practical advancement and marketing needs wow factor, practical advancements have long been a hard sell.

It will take a large jump in battery performance for the marketing dept to successfully use this in advertisements.

Imagine a new advert that focused on a 10-20% jump in performance of battery life, meaning 10 hours becomes 11 or 12, big deal most would think. But a 100% improvement, this can be used I think.

What I'm getting at is the reason (IMO) why this hasn't been the main focus is companies need to sell, and little gains on battery cost a lot in research while bringing little in extra sales, but better screen tech does bring sales (its got the wow factor) along with other features that differentiate.

Bear in mind I'm talking about mass opinion here, not mine, I would love to see incremental gains over the last decade and would pay attention, but I'm not the masses.

I'm guessing it's a little early to know totally the advantages and disadvantages of this new technology. Let's hope they test it thoroughly and hope the first devices with this high tech batteries don't explode while charging or burn legs.
Or penises. Penises have been victims too.

I'll believe it when I see it (in my devices)

I've heard too many times "we've improved battery technology" and not seen the result...

kizzaaa said,
Looking forward to this technology being used by electric vehicles.

If it scales up to those capacities and can run in sub-zero (celcius) temps, all with a better/longer life then count me in!

So you are upset because its Samsung who have done this groundbreaking science, and not apple?
You should know by now that Apple doesn't invent. Show me 5 things Apple has invented from scratch, like Samsung does with most of their inventions.

The personal computer, the iPod, the modern smartphone, the entire tablet market...can't think of a fifth, but that's a pretty good list of accomplishments.

Edit: A fifth thing they did was get music labels to play ball with digital music distribution.

Wall-swe said,
So you are upset because its Samsung who have done this groundbreaking science, and not apple?
You should know by now that Apple doesn't invent. Show me 5 things Apple has invented from scratch, like Samsung does with most of their inventions.

I think someone needs a history lesson. Apple have done more than most.

@Stokkolm - Non of those has Apple invented. Microsoft was years before Apple in those areas.
And by the way, assembling other companies INVENTIONS into one product isn't inventing. And its definitely not from scratch!

Personal computers didn't exist before the original Macintosh, that is a legitimate Apple invention. Before the iPod the best you could do was a Walkman. The tablet market didn't exist before the iPad was unveiled, I even remember thinking when they were announcing it how it was a useless device and nobody would buy it. True, smartphones existed before the iPhone, but the full touchscreen smartphone that we know today was invented by Apple.

Except they didn't INVENT it.
Just because they where the first company to use another company's invention in their product before competitors, doesn't mean they invented it.

This article is explaining how Samsung has done a groundbreaking discovery, not how they bought another company's discovery.

Edited by Wall-swe, Apr 7 2014, 9:56am :

Stokkolm said,
Personal computers didn't exist before the original Macintosh, that is a legitimate Apple invention. Before the iPod the best you could do was a Walkman. The tablet market didn't exist before the iPad was unveiled, I even remember thinking when they were announcing it how it was a useless device and nobody would buy it. True, smartphones existed before the iPhone, but the full touchscreen smartphone that we know today was invented by Apple.

Except. Apple didn't invent it. Personal computers were made up to 5 years before apple was founded. The BBC had a Pc with a company called acorn before apple was born. And there were touchscreen smartphones before apple. They just used pressure instead of capacitive screens. The iPhone was the first capacitive smartphone but inventions they didnt develop on their own. Half the chips in iphones are Samsung & Siemens

Stokkolm said,
The tablet market didn't exist before the iPad was unveiled, I even remember thinking when they were announcing it how it was a useless device and nobody would buy it. True, smartphones existed before the iPhone, but the full touchscreen smartphone that we know today was invented by Apple.
The tablet market did exist before the iPad, and the original iPhone had no additional functionality over similar smartphones released at the time.

Pluto is a Planet said,
and the original iPhone had no additional functionality over similar smartphones released at the time.

Except that it was named invention of the year. Try again :)

Windows tablet. But it doesn't matter, Apple did not invent it! It will never be true no matter how many times apple fans preach it.
@Stevan we know your hurting..

stevan said,

Except that it was named invention of the year. Try again :)

By your logic I can take an iPhone and slap a sticker on it and claim it as my own invention.

Wall-swe said,

By your logic I can take an iPhone and slap a sticker on it and claim it as my own invention.

Very poor analogy. There has been nothing as revolutionary in the electronics industry ,in the last decade, as the original iPhone and original iPad. You can deny it all you want.

stevan said,

Very poor analogy. There has been nothing as revolutionary in the electronics industry ,in the last decade, as the original iPhone and original iPad. You can deny it all you want.

Are you saying that you think the iPhone 2g was revolutionary? It could actually do less then dumb-phones.

Wall-swe said,

Are you saying that you think the iPhone 2g was revolutionary? It could actually do less then dumb-phones.

Absolutely. I really don't want to get off topic here as this article isn't exactly about iPhones. Denying the obvious doesn't help. I'll quote one of many articles:

Apple introduced the original iPhone back in 2007, instantly obsoleting every other smartphone on the planet in every way that mattered.

Stokkolm said,
Really, can you name one tablet before the iPad without looking it up?

Fujitsu Stylistic.

Still have it and it runs awesome!
WinXP tabletPC edition 2005

stevan said,

Absolutely. I really don't want to get off topic here as this article isn't exactly about iPhones. Denying the obvious doesn't help. I'll quote one of many articles:

Yes you are totally off topic.
How many iPhone 2g did Apple sell again? You still haven't been able to show me one thing Apple has invented from scratch.

Wall-swe said,

Yes you are totally off topic.
How many iPhone 2g did Apple sell again? You still haven't been able to show me one thing Apple has invented from scratch.

270,000 the first 30 hours and I believe over 6 million total. Broke all sort of sales records. And they invented iPhone and iPad and iPod from scratch. Just off top my head.

Stokkolm said,
Personal computers didn't exist before the original Macintosh, that is a legitimate Apple invention. Before the iPod the best you could do was a Walkman. The tablet market didn't exist before the iPad was unveiled, I even remember thinking when they were announcing it how it was a useless device and nobody would buy it. True, smartphones existed before the iPhone, but the full touchscreen smartphone that we know today was invented by Apple.

Owned a VERY useful tablet as far back as 1998.

stevan said,

270,000 the first 30 hours and I believe over 6 million total. Broke all sort of sales records. And they invented iPhone and iPad and iPod from scratch. Just off top my head.

Invented it from scratch means there wasn't already a competing product for them to improve on. There have been tablets as far back as the mid-90s, and there were smartphones before the iPhone. Heck they even had MP3 players you didn't need disks for before iPods.

And seriously, the original iPhone was an iPod with a cellphone receiver added to it. That's not an invention that's upscaling and feature creep.

NastySasquatch said,

Invented it from scratch means there wasn't already a competing product for them to improve on. There have been tablets as far back as the mid-90s, and there were smartphones before the iPhone. Heck they even had MP3 players you didn't need disks for before iPods.

And seriously, the original iPhone was an iPod with a cellphone receiver added to it. That's not an invention that's upscaling and feature creep.

You need to look up what an invention actually means. Discrediting the original iPhone, which rewrote the smartphone market, only discredits your opinion, yet it doesn't change any facts.

stevan said,

You need to look up what an invention actually means.

We are talking about inventing from SCRATCH, and have been all along.

At least some breakthroughs in battery tech. I've saying that instead of just investing in larger resolutions and displays, OEM should focus on battery improvements with new technology.

Hopefully this reaches the market sooner rather than later, or never.

ajua said,
At least some breakthroughs in battery tech. I've saying that instead of just investing in larger resolutions and displays, OEM should focus on battery improvements with new technology.

Hopefully this reaches the market sooner rather than later, or never.


On the other hand, that whole industry can't just drop everything to focus entirely on batteries. The rest of technology has to keep marching forward, and if those other advances do nothing but increase demands on power consumption, all the better, as that increases the motivation in others to make battery advances happen.

Agreed. Even with the battery efficiency of new SoC and other systems, it's a welcome change to learn some good news on the battery department.

the world is finally ready for a revolutionary change in how often we charge our devices, and what types of efficiency we will expect from them in the future.

hmm pretty sure we were ready for this ten years ago