Low-cost, High-capacity Lithium Ion Batteries through Modified Surface and Microstructure

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-13ER90686
Agency Tracking Number:
76619
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
08a
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000801
Small Business Information
Navitas Systems
1200 Internationale Parkway, Woodridge, IL, 60517-4795
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
078496693
Principal Investigator:
Jason Shi
Dr.
(734) 669-3850
jshi@navitassys.com
Business Contact:
Angela Youngblood
Mrs.
(734) 669-3850
ayoungblood@navitassys.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
With the promise of low cost and high capacity, silicon-based materials have emerged as the anode of the future for lithium ion batteries. Commercial success has been hindered by limited cycle life, expensive precursors and non-scalable processes. The overall approach will use low- cost microsilicon starting material and readily scalable methods to attain nanostructure amenable to high capacity and long cycle life. A subsequent step will be used to modify the surface chemistry to create an artificial SEI layer and limit first cycle irreversible loss. Silicon-based anodes are being commercialized in next generation lithium ion batteries for consumer electronics. If successful, this project will reduce the cost and extend cycle life to enable adoption into the more cost- and life-sensitive electric vehicle market.

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