News & Awards
New Battery Tech Keeps Ticking After Being Damaged, Could Prevent Future Accidents
iPhone Hacks, February 9, 2017
The battery in smartphones and tablets is one of, if not the most, important parts of the whole package.|
But movement to make the battery in our most-used devices better has been somewhere around a snail’s pace, with only a few options worth nothing over the years. All of which have yet to actually turn into anything for the consumer. That doesn’t mean progress isn’t being made behind-the-scenes, though.
Is This the Battery of the Future?
NECN Business, February 7, 2017
Mike Zimmerman, professor at Tufts University and founder and CEO of Ionic Materials, discusses the latest advancements in battery technology.
The Search for the Super Battery
NOVA NEXT, February 1, 2017
We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. Though they have improved in last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic, and maddeningly short-lived. The quest is on for a “super battery,” and the stakes in this hunt are much higher than the phone in your pocket. With climate change looming, electric cars and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power could hold keys to a greener future…if we can engineer the perfect battery. Join host David Pogue as he explores the hidden world of energy storage, from the power—and danger—of the lithium-ion batteries we use today, to the bold innovations that could one day charge our world.
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.
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.
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.
NOVA NEXT, New Damage-Proof Battery Has Higher Energy Density, Won’t Explode
Airing February 1 at 9pm
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.
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
The 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.