If you’re frustrated by the fact that electronic gadgets continue to get more sophisticated but your smartphone battery still can’t seem to last a full day, then new research from Purdue University could offer some relief.

Chemists there have developed a new method for designing lithium-ion batteries which could make them last longer and charge faster.

The amount of charge held by a battery is dependent on the number of lithium ions it can store.

Graphite is used for batteries even though other materials can hold more lithium ions because these other materials are too heavy to be practically usable.

To make a more efficient battery, the researchers used an element called antimony to create a net structure called a “nanochain.”

When compared to graphite electrodes, nanochain electrodes had twice the lithium-ion capacity.

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