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.