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Researchers Create New, High Capacity Battery Technology Without Lithium-Ion’s Explosive Risks

Forbes, January 31, 2017

Whether they’re in our smartphones, laptops, electric cars, or any number of other rechargeable electronic devices, the overwhelming majority of us rely on lithium-ion batteries in our everyday lives. Unfortunately, as companies like Samsung and HP are all too aware, there can be dangerous side-effects to lithium-ion batteries if there are any manufacturing anomalies or damage done to the batteries that affects their structural integrity.

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Yahoo, EXCLUSIVE: Tufts professor invents a non-exploding battery that holds 2x as much power

David Pogue, January 30, 2017

Batteries, as you may have figured out by now, have a problem. A few problems, actually.

They don’t hold nearly enough power. That’s a real problem for phones, smartwatches, and electric cars.

They’re very expensive. That’s a real problem for the national electric grid, which desperately needs some kind of energy storage if sun and wind power are ever to become a thing.

And above all, they’re explosive. That’s a real problem for Samsung—and, actually, anyone who would rather not carry an envelope full of fire next to their thighs.

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Washington Post, The search for a battery that won’t blow up in your face

Vicky Hallett, Jan. 30, 2017

Jay Leno’s garage. It’s probably not where you’d expect to wind up while on “Search for the Super Battery,” but it’s one of host David Pogue’s first stops on the Nova documentary, which premieres Feb. 1 on PBS.

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NOVA NEXT, New Damage-Proof Battery Has Higher Energy Density, Won’t Explode

Airing February 1 at 9pm

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Ionic Materials featured in New York Times article on future generation of safe batteries

SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Zimmerman likes to shock his guests by using a hammer to drive a nail through a solid polymer lithium metal battery.

Nothing happens — and that’s a good thing.

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Ionic Materials Receives $3 Million Award

Ionic Materials has received a $3 million award for Novel Polymer Electrolyte for Solid State Lithium Metal Battery Technology from ARPA-e.

Ionic Materials has invented a new solid electrolyte made of a polymer material. The project team will optimize this material and the interface between the polymer and lithium metal to enable hundreds of charging cycles with no dendrite formation. In addition, Ionic Materials seeks to develop composite polymer cathodes based on conventional lithium-ion active materials. The team will use computer modeling, materials characterization, and electrochemical analysis to optimize the development of their cell to maximize desirable traits like cycle life and energy density while minimizing cost and ensuring manufacturability.


15th International Symposium on Polymer Electrolytes

Mike Zimmerman presents at International Symposium on Polymer ElectrolytesThe symposium in Uppsala Sweden is a meeting of the world’s leading scientists who gather to discuss polymer electrolyte materials, alternative electrolyte systems, electrochemical applications and fundamental understanding of ion transport and structure-dynamic properties. Topics at this year’s conference included electrolytes for lithium- and sodium-ion batteries, fuel cell membranes, electrolytes for photo-electrochemical systems, supercapacitors, sensors & actuators, and new synthesis techniques. Mike Zimmerman, Ionic Materials’ Founder and CEO presented on the ionic conductivity of its novel polymer electrolyte and is pleased to report he won this year’s Poster Award for best poster.