Graphene monoxide battery startup receives a second grant to improve storage capacity of lithium ion batteries using graphene.
“Two physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have been awarded a grant of over a $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop lithium-ion battery parts made from a unique, patented material called graphene monoxide. Their material is said to dramatically boost the energy storage capacity of li-ion batteries.
Dr. Carol Hirschmugl and Dr. Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, founders of UWM-incubated startup SafeLi, received a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant to further commercialise the material they created in their physics laboratories.
Safer, longer-lasting batteries that charge quickly and use new, low-cost materials compatible with battery manufacturing infrastructure are extremely sought-after for various applications. SafeLi aims to manufacture parts of the batteries, including anodes, that meet all of these requirements.
“Graphene monoxide, a novel nanomaterial that is a 2D solid crystalline form of carbon monoxide (CO), is the first and only solid form of CO known to mankind which occurs at room temperature and exhibits exciting properties,” said Gajdardziska-Josifovska.
To learn how to bring their discovery to the market, the physicists joined the Milwaukee I-Corps program, a partnership of five area universities dedicated to turning academic knowledge into products and startups. “Our anode material, due to its properties, has the potential to be disruptive in the battery market,” said Hirschmugl. “The I-Corps experience made our startup possible in a way that we never would have expected.”
Source: Graphene Info
Images: Founders Dr. Carol Hirschmugl, and Dr. Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska from Company Site for Safeli Materials