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Mushroom powered cell phones

When life hands you mushrooms, make…cell phone batteries?

Professors Cengiz Ozkan and Mihri Ozkan, both researchers at the UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, have done exactly that. Searching for an inexpensive and sustainable way to produce power for cell phones, they have created a new type of lithium-ion battery anode using portobello mushrooms.

Why mushrooms? The UC Riverside researchers were drawn to their highly porous quality, which enables increased storage and transfer of energy. Not only environmentally friendly, the resulting batteries also offer improved performance over traditional graphite-based technology.

Want to know more? Read this article or watch the researchers explain their work:

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