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Self-Healing Polymer Could Be Key to Longer-Lasting Batteries

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Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   11/26/2013 7:20:59 AM
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Five to 10 years is a long time to wait for this advancement on battery life. But I would guess it will be welcome when it arrives.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/26/2013 10:15:08 AM
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Yes, I agree with you, Rob, but you know how long it can take for these things to leave the lab--I think we'll be lucky if we get this in that time frame! It does seem like incredibly useful technology, though, and could be the key to better batteries.

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shehan   11/26/2013 12:25:36 PM
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Finally we could see batteries lasting longer than we think. No more charging batteries more often on your devices. 

shehan
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shehan   11/26/2013 12:27:10 PM
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@RoB – yes most of us are eagerly waiting to see this wonderful invention. What more could you expect from technology? 

shehan
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shehan   11/26/2013 12:30:14 PM
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@Elizabeth – yes I think it needs more research and development which might take few years. Waiting for the technology knowing its coming is the worst problem. 

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   11/26/2013 12:32:44 PM
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That's true, shehan, but better they perfect it and make sure it's working optimally before releasing a half-baked technology.

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shehan   11/26/2013 12:39:25 PM
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@Elizabeth – Exactly, it's not easy to withdraw a product once you create an impression on the customers mind. As they say "Never over promise and under deliver"

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Elizabeth M   11/26/2013 12:45:12 PM
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That's true, shehan, and what I think is most interesting about this is that while other scientists are working on new chemistries to make batteries last longer, this actually affects the structure of the battery and not the chemistry. It seems also like too easy of a fix for a problem that has been until now seemingly complicated to solve. I guess time will tell.

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shehan   11/26/2013 12:52:21 PM
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@Elizabeth – How could it be so simple? Why wasn't this introduced by battery manufactures sometime back is a question most of us have. I guess as you said time will tell. 

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NadineJ   11/26/2013 1:12:12 PM
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I think this may be an example of under promise and over deliver.  I suspect we'll see this closer to 5 years from now, not 10!

Our tech development revolution is on an accelerated cycle.  The luxury to develop slowly is almost gone.  If it takes 10 years, it may be irrelevant by then.

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