I'm melissa gaona.
And i'm caitlin francis in for jean jadhon.
Samsung is stopping production of its galaxy note 7 following issues with the batteries catching fire.
Researchers at virginia tech say they may have a solution to the problems with the lithium ion batteries.
Wdbj7's eamon o'meara is live at virginia tech.
So eamon, these researchers want to replace something in the battery?
Exactly melissa and caitlin.
I spoke with louis madsen today who's been studying batteries for the last five years.
He says what he's developed would prevent the batteries from overheating.
But first i had to ask him why this is happening in the first place?
Louis madsen, vt associate professor of chemistry lithium has to transport across this battery and it actually moves through a liquid that's a flamable solvent.
And if it gets too hot then it can boil, so some people may have seen batteries actually inflate if you overcharge them, i've seen a few of these.
And then in the worst case, they can smoke or be heated up and start on fire.
That's exactly what's been happening to people all over the country.
Darin hlavaty, phone caught on fire i flinched upwards because it was burning my leg.
So as i flinched up i noticed i was smoking.
I through the phone on the ground and it lit up in flames.
Michael klering, phone was smoking i'm scared to death for a minute.
I look over and my phones on fire.
Marsha lewis, son was burned by phone battery fire the battery exploded so he threw it on the floor and then it was just like fireworks.
Madsen says samsung pushed their batteries too far to have too much energy, that's why it's happening to their new phones.
But he has a good tip to protect you.
Louis madsen, vt associate professor of chemistry after it's been charging for a half an hour go over and touch it and see if it's really hot and unplug it and plug it in again.
However, this issue can happen as the battery is de- charging, like if you're using it or if it's just sitting in your pocket.
So madsen says he has a product that would replace the liquid solvent in the battery.
Louis madsen, vt associate professor of chemistry what we're working on is a gel, actually, so more like a solid but still liquid inside that conducts lithium or transports lithium very fast and is not flamable.
His material may be a bit more expensive, but it can be heated to over five hundred degrees without issues.
That's compared to the current solvent that can't exceed one hundred and twenty degrees without possible problems. madsen says he and his team are talking with companies around the world right now.
There's a lot that goes into proving a product works before it can be used by these businesses.
But assuming companies do buy in, caitlin, this gel could be in lithium batteries within the next six months to a year.