Virus-Based Batteries

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 6:30pm

The progress of modern battery technology has been slow to say the least. This is truly put in to perspective when we consider that computing is advancing at such a rapid pace – according to Moore’s law, computer memory capacity is said to double every year. Important technological advancement must be made in order to re-electrify the battery industry. These advancements will serve to reduce costs, reduce the environmental impact of production, and improve performance of modern batteries. One group of researchers has proposed that the construction of nano-scale electrodes using viruses represents an important advancement in an industry where commercially relevant R&D is broadly considered stagnant.

This presentation will detail the challenges that face researchers who are seeking to improve upon the production methods and properties of lithium-ion batteries. We will then present virus-based electrode construction as a potential solution to these problems. Finally, the technology will be critically assessed from a commercial standpoint to determine if this is a feasible and lucrative endeavor, or simply a waste of energy. 

Team Nova Mentis

Presented by Team Nova Mentis.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 6:30-7:30pm, Instructional Centre, Room 335. Also available via webcast. Open to the public.

The Master of Biotechnology Program would like to thank AstraZeneca Canada Inc. for their continued support of this seminar series.