PALO ALTO, California, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- OneD Material announces the grant of a new Japanese patent (JP 6142362 [https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54ac837ee4b041b86b0c054f/t/59389ad73e00be2ed1d3d1d6/1496881905541/JP6142362B.pdf]) covering a new composition and improved manufacturing process for making SiNANOde(TM), its innovative silicon-graphite active materials for high energy density lithium-ion batteries.
This newly granted patent is an important milestone in a long journey started in 2001 when Nanosys (OneD's predecessor company) was formed and exclusively licensed certain foundational nanotechnology inventions from Harvard and Berkeley universities.
In the following years, Nanosys' R&D team worked on new nanostructures for fuel cells and lithium-ion battery electrodes and filed seminal patent applications describing interconnected networks of silicon nanowires and graphitic materials for use in electrodes (for example: WO 2006/062947 [https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54ac837ee4b041b86b0c054f/t/59389b9737c5817916007537/1496882074860/WO2006062947A2.pdf] and WO 2007/061945 [https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54ac837ee4b041b86b0c054f/t/59389bab20099e3818e68348/1496882100457/WO2007061945A2.pdf], based on applications filed in 2004 and 2005).
Under the leadership of Dr. Yimin Zhu, OneD's Chief Technology Officer, various silicon-graphite materials and processes were perfected over many years and tested by large battery makers around the world.
In late 2013, OneD Material acquired the R&D team, facility, pilot production line and all nanowire-related intellectual property assets from Nanosys which elected to focus on commercializing quantum dots for displays, becoming a global leader in that market.
In 2014, OneD's customer EaglePicher won a US Department of Defense Title 3 Award and licensed OneD's manufacturing process to produce SiNANOde(TM) in a new recently completed 100,000 square feet manufacturing facility in Joplin, Missouri.
OneD continues to develop innovations and to focus its R&D efforts on four key objectives: (1) increasing SiNANOde(TM) capacity retention over longer number of cycles; (2) increasing SiNANOde(TM) energy density with higher silicon/graphite ratios; (3) decreasing SiNANOde(TM) manufacturing costs; and (4) enabling larger production scale-up, to meet the future needs of battery makers supplying the Consumer Electronics and EV market segments.
The newly granted patent is part of a portfolio of recently filed patent applications resulting from those R&D efforts, that will protect OneD and its customers over the next two decades (see for example WO 2013/016339 [https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54ac837ee4b041b86b0c054f/t/59389c03893fc080a393f29a/1496882183402/WO2013016339.pdf]).
"We look forward to continue working with industrial partners worldwide to produce silicon-graphite active materials for high-energy density lithium-ion batteries," said Vincent Pluvinage, OneD's CEO.
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