In its latest announcement, Midwest Energy News selected SiNode Systems CEO Samir Mayekar as a member of its ’40 Under 40′ awards list. The awards program highlights emerging leaders throughout the region who are working to improve America’s energy landscape by accelerating America’s transition to a clean energy economy. Click here to see the full list of awardees.

SiNode was selected as a Winner in the 2015 Global Automotive Innovation Challenge, a competition sponsored by the Society for Automotive Engineers in partnership with the MIT Alliance of Michigan and NEXT Energy.  Click here for more information.

Please visit us in Hall 5 at MWC in Barcelona March 2 – 5


The Illinois Cleantech Innovation Fund, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Clean Energy Trust, has awarded SiNode Systems with an investment prize.  Stay tuned for more details on this exciting announcement.

SiNode has been selected as a finalist to compete in the SXSW Eco Startup Showcase from October 6-8, 2014.  We will join a flight of top tier companies in the energy sector – for more info please click here.   

Branchburg, NJ, and Chicago, IL (August 1, 2014) – AZ Electronic Materials (“AZ”), a business unit of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and a leading global producer of high quality, high-purity specialty chemical materials used in the manufacturing of semiconductors, flat panel displays and LEDs, and SiNode Systems, Inc. (“SiNode”), a materials science company headquartered in Chicago, IL developing advanced materials for the energy storage market, announce they have entered into a Joint Development Agreement with the goal of commercializing graphene-based materials for lithium-ion batteries.

AZ has exclusive worldwide rights to the high yield preparation methods of graphene oxide invented by Dr. James Tour’s group at Rice University, TX. SiNode has exclusive worldwide rights to silicon-graphene electrode materials developed in Dr. Harold Kung’s group at Northwestern University. Under the Joint Development Agreement, AZ and SiNode will develop graphene-based electrode materials that deliver both higher energy density and improved rate capabilities, enabling longer lasting, faster charging lithium-ion batteries.

Pairing AZ’s graphene oxide with SiNode’s novel electrode materials technology offers battery manufacturers a significant improvement in cell level performance. Prototype tests have demonstrated how layering nanosilicon in between porous graphene sheets creates passages for rapid Li-ion diffusion while also buffering silicon expansion during lithiation, enabling high storage capacity at high rates with extended cycling stability.

Geoff Wild, AZ’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), commented: “Our collaboration with SiNode provides AZ with the opportunity to bring new material solutions to our customers in our core business and to help SiNode enhance the production scale of their energy storage materials. SiNode’s highly innovative nanomaterials platform coupled with AZ’s unique precursor materials will result in strong product pipelines for both companies.”

SiNode’s Co-Founder and CEO Samir Mayekar,said: “Partnering with AZ will allow us to accelerate the commercialization of graphene-based materials to meet the demand of the growing energy storage market. As consumers increasingly adopt mobile and wearable devices, AZ and SiNode will provide the value-added materials to power the needs of the on-the-go consumer.”

SiNode is expanding its state-of-the-art R&D and pilot manufacturing facility in Chicago, IL in order to accelerate these commercialization efforts.

IMG_4902SiNode Systems was recently recognized as a successful example of the “Corporate-Startup Challenge” program conceived by the Illinois Innovation Council and managed by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).  The Corporate-Startup Challenge provides avenues for partnership and collaboration between promising local start-ups and Illinois corporate entities.  SiNode’s strong relationship with Motorola Mobility is a direct result of the initiative and we are very thankful and excited for our continued involvement.

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SiNode Systems was featured in the 2014 State of ILlinois Economic Development Guide as one of many innovative Illinois companies turning academic research into valuable commercial technologies.  The article called “Embracing Possibilities” starts on page 89 and also features a nice picture of our CEO 🙂 A link to the electronic version can be found here.

c2n_logo_2Jason Blumberg, Energy Foundry CEO, stopped by Chicago Tonight to discuss energy innovation in Chicago.  During the interview, SiNode Systems was profiled as one of Energy Foundry’s first four investment companies.  Check out the video below.

SiNode on Chicago Tonight WTTW

We are pleased to announce that Energy Foundry will be joining our seed round of funding.  Energy Foundry is an impact venture capital fund, created out of the Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act. The law directed Illinois electric utilities, ComEd and Ameren, to provide $22.5M for the creation of the fund, a first-of-its kind model to stimulate Illinois’ innovation ecosystem and to support the emerging energy-technology marketplace. Energy Foundry invests and supports emerging energy and grid technology startups.  SiNode Systems is the third company that the fund has invested in.

We are very excited by the assistance and expertise that Energy Foundry brings to the table.  Their support will greatly accelerate our development and we are thankful to operate in a state that supports and understands the importance of energy innovation.


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