PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced it has entered into a partnership with SiNode Systems to accelerate the commercialization of high-energy anode materials for advanced battery applications in electric vehicles. The 30-month project will enable the partners to rapidly develop and demonstrate anode materials that will store more energy than conventional lithium-ion battery materials, enabling electric vehicles to travel farther on a single charge or to have a lighter-weight battery.
In 2016, SiNode was selected among several competitors to receive a contract for the project from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), which is providing 50 percent of the project’s funding through the U.S. Department of Energy. Project partners are funding the remaining 50 percent.
The project will focus on improving the stability and scalability of SiNode’s anode materials to meet or exceed USABC targets for a battery’s active materials, which store the energy. Raymor Industries will provide graphene – a nanoscale-thin layer of pure carbon that is required for the high-energy anode materials – to PPG, which will then prepare the material for SiNode. PPG will help both Raymor and SiNode scale up their manufacturing processes to production volumes to support the project.
“Partnering with PPG will allow us to accelerate the commercialization of our battery materials platform for a wide range of markets, from consumer electronics to electric vehicles,” said Samir Mayekar, SiNode co-founder and CEO. “Our team is thrilled to collaborate with PPG.”
Kurt Olson, PPG research fellow, said, “We believe SiNode’s technology has great potential to benefit the battery market, and we appreciate this opportunity for collaboration. Boosting the range and reducing the weight of electric vehicles through batteries that store more energy will increase the practicality of, and consumer interest in, these cars. Applying PPG technology to help improve the sustainability of products, such as electric vehicles, is a strategic goal for us, and we are pleased to participate in this project.”
PPG’s current goal is to have 40 percent of its total sales derived from sustainable products by 2020. The company met its initial 30 percent goal five years ahead of schedule in 2015.
About SiNode Systems
Founded in 2012, SiNode Systems is an advanced materials company developing silicon-graphene materials for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. SiNode materials offer higher battery capacity and faster charging rates, all while being produced via a low-cost, solution-chemistry-based manufacturing process. SiNode seeks to change the landscape for lithium-ion batteries so they can meet the demands of a wide range of industries, from consumer electronics to electric vehicles. For more information, visit www.sinodesystems.com.
USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR). Enabled by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles. Now in its 25th year, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development. For more information, visit www.uscar.org.
About Raymor Industries
Headquartered in Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada, Raymor Industries Inc. provides carbon-based materials that make the difference for electrical conductivity applications and the next generation of carbon-based electronics. Its NanoIntegris and Raymor Nanotech subsidiaries are known for the high purity of their carbon nanotubes. Raymor can now provide low-cost, high-performance and PAH-free graphene for electronic applications. For more information, visit www.raymor.com.
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SiNode partnered with Northwestern to publish a journal article highlighting our perspective on commercializing battery innovation. Specifically, we focus on applying learnings from the pharma commercialization model. For more information click here. To read the original paper, titled “Applying insights from the pharma innovation model to battery commercialization—pros, cons, and pitfalls” visit MRS Energy & Sustainability here.
After awarding SiNode Systems the 2017 Sustainable Practice Impact Award, VentureWell interviewed SiNode CEO Samir Mayekar on a range of topics. To see the story, visit VentureWell’s blog here.
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Board Member
Prior to SiNode, Samir most recently worked with the business development team at Boeing Defense Systems in Arlington, Virginia and as an investment banker at Credit Suisse in Chicago. He previously served in the Obama Administration at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the White House. Samir started his career as a management consultant in Chicago with Marakon Associates focusing on clients in the industrials sector. Samir holds a B.A. from Northwestern University (summa cum laude) and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. He is a guest lecturer on energy and entrepreneurship at Northwestern University.
Chief Operating Officer
Francis received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary expertise is in the development of novel energy storage materials and systems for portable and stationary applications. His experience in energy storage spans a range of magnitudes from the very small (uW-mW) forms of storage for portable electronics & medical applications to the very large (kW-MW) for transportation and the grid. Francis has had a long career working in some of the world's largest battery and battery device companies such as Duracell, Boston Scientific and Proctor & Gamble. In 2011, Francis relocated to Beijing, China where he founded the Energy Storage Center for the National Institute of Clean & Low Carbon Energy, serving as Director until 2015. He is the author of over 39 US & International patents and 18 publications in energy storage.
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Cary is a co-inventor of the core SiNode technology. He has has expertise in research and development with graphene, silicon, and other materials. His work includes developing flexible, high-energy composite materials as anode and cathode technologies for Li-ion batteries. He is an author on five publications and one patent. Cary has dual bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Minnesota, as well as previous experience in computational chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and sustainability.
Co-Founder, VP for Product Development
Josh has multiple years of electrochemical research experience in solid-oxide fuel cell applications from work conducted at Functional Coating Technologies. There, he served crucial roles in both fuel cell fabrication operations and characterization. His experiences include electrode slurry optimization, screen-printing, button cell assembly, electrochemical testing and SEM characterization. He holds a B.S. and M.S. from Northwestern University’s school of materials science with an emphasis in nanotechnology.
Co-Founder, , R&D Scientist
Thomas has years of graduate level research experience in electrochemical energy storage devices at Northwestern University. He is an expert on various material characterization techniques (S/TEM, XPS, DLS, FIB, FTIR, DSC) and highly proficient with fabrication and testing of Li-ion batteries, supercapactiors, and fuel cells. He holds a B.S in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University and is working on his PhD with Dr. Harold Kung at Northwestern, who is the co-inventor of SiNode’s core technology. He is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Vice President & Director, Greater China Business Development
Ming has over 25 years of academic and industrial experience in China and the United States, most recently serving as the CEO of the Jiangsu Fangyang Tech. Development and Investment Co. where he has secured initial investment of 300 million Yuan to incubate new technologies in environmental protection, new material, and new energy areas. Ming has a long tenure of senior positions among international energy companies. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1994 from the University of California at Davis.
Chris brings over 30 years of experience developing intellectual property portfolios in the battery industry. She previously served as the Executive Director of Research & Development and Strategic Technology Innovation at Greatbatch Inc. (NYSE: GB). Chris holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is an inventor on over 100 patents.
Business Development Advisor
Pete is based in South Korea and brings over 20 years of experience in the consumer electronics and advanced materials industries, having served in senior positions at Cheil Synthetics(subsidiary of Samsung), NanoGram Corporation, Saehan Enertech, and Samyang Group. He holds an M.S. from the University of Iowa and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.
Research & Development Engineer
Our resident rocket scientist, John has experience managing science and engineering projects with Jacobs Technology and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory ranging from analog electronics to mechanical design to materials characterization. His previous work includes rocket injectors, paleoaltimetry and particle physics. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Caltech and is pursuing his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the area of physical metallurgy for the development of functional materials.
Research & Development Scientist
Seonbaek’s expertise is the electrochemical, physiochemical and thermal characterization of energy storage and conversion systems (lithium ion battery materials and PEM fuel cells) for better application performance and stability. Prior to joining SiNode Systems he worked on lithium-ion battery research at Argonne National Laboratory. Seonbaek holds a PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Research & Development Engineer
James holds an M.S. degree from Northwestern University and a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in Materials Science and Engineering. His prior work experience encompasses the automotive, metallurgical and medical sectors where he handled supplier material validation and root cause failure analysis.
John has made significant contributions to the operations of wireless service providers for nearly twenty years. He designed and implemented upgrades to Sprint's microwave communications networks in the Midwest, and he oversaw efforts to increase the capacity, improve the performance, and provide routing alternatives for Alltel's CDMA networks. In addition to his work as a transmission engineer, John developed the software and standard test procedures used to maintain Motorola's EVDO network and CDMA Radio Access Network. He holds a B.S.E.E. from the Illinois Institute of Technology and also served in the U.S. Army.
Jack holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University. His previous work includes creating microfluidic devices, researching biologically-inspired materials synthesis, and developing low-cost electrocatalysts.
Ashok Rao is Serial Entrepreneur with four successful high technology start ups. He successfully took one of them public with a market cap in excess of $400 million. He has been the President of the North-American operations of Enron Corporation from 1996/1997. Subsequently, he founded Trex Communications. He is the President of TIE Houston Chapter, and is currently a Board Member of TiE Global.
George is Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Greabatch, a leading manufacturer of medical devices including implantable batteries. He leads the Company’s technology innovation and product development activities across all business segments. He also is responsible for overseeing the QiG Group, the Company’s research and development subsidiary. Prior to joining Greatbatch in 2010, George held positions of progressive responsibility, leading technology and product commercialization efforts within Procter & Gamble, Gillette, Duracell and Alcoa.
Jason is CEO & Managing Director of Energy Foundry, an energy and cleantech impact venture capital fund, where he sets the firm’s vision, leads its investment activities, and advises its entrepreneurs. Jason is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches energy and cleantech entrepreneurship. Prior to co-founding Energy Foundry, Jason co-founded Energy Results, where he was the company’s CEO. Before co-founding Energy Results, Jason worked at McKinsey & Co. where he was a member of the firm’s Energy & Climate Change leadership teams.
Sara Hochman is Managing Director of Energy Foundry, an energy and cleantech impact venture capital fund. Prior to joining Energy Foundry, Sara co-managed the government consulting practice for clean technology startups at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she successfully led multiple teams through more than two dozen federal and state grant and loan applications, including over $300 million in research grants, loans and guaranteed loan funding. Sara’s previous experience includes roles with GE Energy and GaiaTech. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BA in Environmental Studies from Emory University
David Klanecky is Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development of Albemarle Corporation, a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered specialty chemicals for a wide range of industries. In this role, David manages the company’s strategic planning, M&A and corporate and business development programs. Prior to joining Albemarle, David had a twenty year career with The Dow Chemical Company and served as Global Business Director of Dow Energy Materials. A native of Nebraska, David is a Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and a Global Executive MBA from Thunderbird.
Erik Birkerts is the EVP and COO of the Clean Energy Trust, where he maintains responsibility for directing the operational processes for CET and for implementing new strategies and programs to further its growth. Prior to Clean Energy Trust, Erik was a founding partner of Evergreen Growth Advisors, a Chicago-based strategy consultancy, and led the firm’s clean energy practice. Birkerts has been on the senior management teams for two IPOs of venture capital backed companies, including serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of publicly-traded Orion Energy Systems.
Industry Advisory Board
Bharat Chahar is a retired executive from ConocoPhillips. He served as the technology director of the Emerging Technology Group of ConocoPhillips Inc., where he led identification, selection and development of new technologies and technology related businesses in the areas of heavy oil upgrading and carbon products. Most recently he served as the company's product manager for Composite Graphite in Houston, where he led the global sales and marketing efforts, product development and IP management for CPreme(R) graphite Li-ion anode materials. Bharat is currently serving as VP, Market Development for Zenyatta Ventures Ltd, a junior graphite mining company based in Ontario, Canada.
Industry Advisory Board
Ron Turi is the Founder of Element 3 Battery Ventures LLC, where he draws upon more than 20 years of engineering experience in the battery industry to identify critical steps in the product development cycle in order to provide strategic planning plus deep insight to tie technology objectives to business timelines. Ron's professional experience includes management positions at Lithium Technology Corporation, Rexam Corporation, and Union Camp Corporation.
Industry Advisory Board
Mr. Lemnios is responsible for the formation and execution of IBM's research strategy and operations across IBM's twelve global laboratories and network of collaborators. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Lemnios was the Chief Technology Officer of MIT Lincoln Laboratory and served three terms in high level civilian leadership in the Department of Defense, most recently as The Honorable Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) where he served as DoD's CTO.
Industry Advisory Board
Raja has successfully led public and private technology corporations in the USA, Asia, Mexico and Israel. Past executive experience includes serving as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Member of Rubicon Technology, Inc.; Chief Operating Office of Cyoptics, Inc; and President and Board Member of Optigain, Inc. Raja holds an MS in Management Science and Industrial Engineering from New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering and BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
Technical Advisory Board
Dr. Kung is a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University, where his areas of research include surface chemistry, catalysis, and chemical reaction engineering. Dr. Kung is the co-inventor of SiNode's core battery materials technology. His professional experience includes work as a research chemist at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc. He is recipient of the P.H. Emmett Award and the Robert Burwell Lectureship Award from the North American Catalysis Society, the Herman Pines Award of the Chicago Catalysis Club, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, the John McClanahan Henske Distinguished Lectureship of Yale University, and the Olaf A. Hougen Professorship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Technical Advisory Board
Mark C. Hersam is currently a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, and Medicine at Northwestern University. His research interests include nanofabrication, scanning probe microscopy, semiconductor surfaces, and carbon nanomaterials. As a faculty member, Dr. Hersam has received several awards including the Beckman Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, ARO Young Investigator Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, Sloan Research Fellowship, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award, AVS Peter Mark Award, ECS SES Research Young Investigator Award, MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and five Teacher of the Year Awards. In 2007, Dr. Hersam co-founded NanoIntegris, which is a start-up company focused on supplying high performance carbon nanomaterials.
Industry Advisory Board
With more than 170 patents issued or pending, Bill Alberth is a leading innovator in the wireless communications field. Mr. Alberth is presently consulting several startups and established corporations on topics of Technology, Wireless Technology, and Intellectual Property.
As Mobile Devices Chief Technology Officer at Motorola, Mr. Alberth was responsible for developing differentiating technologies. Mr. Alberth was a Dan Noble Fellow, and a Member of Motorola's Science Advisory Board. He regularly consults on Technology licensing, Technology investment, acquisitions and has also served as an expert legal witness. He is a regular consultant to Carriers on Wireless Connectivity and Emerging Technologies, and has presented to the FCC on Spectrum and other topics. He has over 25 years of experience in digital communications, RF systems engineering, digital signal processing, energy systems, and new technology introductions.
Technical Advisory Board
Leslie is currently the Executive Director of Government Funded R&D and Intellectual Property at A123 Systems. At A123, Leslie is responsible for next generation technical strategy and new technology development. Previously, Leslie was Director of Advanced Battery Research at Duracell / P & G. Leslie also worked as a Program Director for New Technologies within the Gillette organization. Leslie has an MS from the University of Massachusetts and has over 30 years of experience in the battery industry.