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An 18 year teenage scientist Eesha Khare won the Intel Foundation Young Scientist award. The award includes a $50,000 prize that will come in handy when Khare heads to Harvard in the fall, she told KPIX 5. With a laugh, she predicted that "I will be setting the world on fire." Khare used nano chemistry to create a supercapacitor battery that could allow devices to charge in 20 to 30 seconds.
When asked about her motivation she said: “My cellphone battery always dies.”
"I developed a new supercapacitor, which is basically an energy storage device which can hold a lot of energy in a small amount of volume," she told KPIX 5. The technology may also be able to speed up charging of automobile batteries, she said.
The other winner of the night was the 17-year-old Henry Lin, whose computer model simulates thousands of galaxies, and the first prize went to the 19-years old Romanian Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu who won the $75,000 Gordan E. Moore prize for his low-cost solution to driverless cars.
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is an annual event that was held in Phoenix, Arizona this year.
So far, Eesha Khare’s supercapacitor has only been used to power an LED. But the implications are clear. Her device is flexible and scalable which means it could be used for anything that relies on a battery, even electric cars! I’m sure this young scientist has a bright future ahead of her and we’ll be hearing more about her in the years t