Virus-built Battery Could Power Cars, Electronic Devices
"We expect them to be able to go much longer (than currently available lithium-ion batteries)."
- Angela Belcher, professor/research leader
For the first time, MIT researchers have shown they can genetically engineer viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery.
The new batteries ... could be manufactured with a cheap and environmentally benign process: The synthesis takes place at and below room temperature and requires no harmful organic solvents, and the materials that go into the battery are non-toxic.