Zhang Huigang of UIUC published a study which would enable a 75% recharge in 2 seconds on NiMH battery, and 2 minutes on a lithium battery utilizing nano technology.
The potential of this study is huge, but it's also notable that Zhang was one of few scientists fully educated and trained in mainland China to claim first class major contribution. Zhang received B.S. from Northwestern University in Xi'an, and a Master's degree from China University of Petroleum. His Ph.D. degree was from Chinese Academy of Sciences. Zhang currently works as a PostDoc in the Braun Group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UIUC.