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Viruses being used to produce better battery technology!

In 2009, a brilliant bioengineering professor from MIT made a revolution that batteries can be built by viruses, sounds like nonsense, but the engineer was able to prove this technology

MIT bioengineering professor Angela Belcher presented a demo to the very President of the United States of America at the time: Barak Obama. The scientist used viruses to assemble a lithium-ion battery’s positive and negative electrodes. This breakthrough not only boost the battery performance but also reduce the environmental damage, Obama saw potential in this breakthrough and gave $2 million in funding to further improve on this.

Now a decade has passed and Belcher has made several advancements. She managed to make viruses that can work with over 150 materials, she further demonstrated, that this very technique can manufacture many materials including solar cells.

After finally a decade of research and development, the technology is finally ready to step into the real world. A virus needs a host to work however she showed her team that through nano-engineering these qualities can be used to produce batteries with better energy density, lifetime and the best part is that this process can be carried in an eco-friendly way.

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