Quantom dots are a product of biological compounds known as peptides. Peptides are short chains of amino acids, or simply, small fragments of proteins. The peptides can be manipulated to assemble themselves into quantom dots through naturally occurring organic chemistry. Di-peptides will self-assemble into a two-nanometer crystalline structure that can generate a charge under mechanical strain, but is stable and even sometimes optical. Because of this, the battery can be used to generate useable and efficient electricity as well as colored light. Their structure creates a stability allowing it to last for thousands of charge cycles. This opens the doors to many great possibilities within the realm of industry.
Batteries use electrolytes to generate electrons. The quantom dots have properties that mimic electrons but generate a charge 5x greater when used in a battery. Not only are they more efficient, they are cheaper and leave a considerably smaller carbon footprint than battery acid. And, due to their ability to emit visible light, they can be used for displays as well. They are a giant step towards revolutionizing the future.
Currently, an Israeli technology company called StoreDot is creating these quantum dots and their prototype was built for the Samsung Galaxy 4. It is expected that by 2016, you could buy one of these chargers for $30. See it happen in real life on Youtube . And, hopefully by 2016, it will be able to be used in real life.
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