mPhase Technologies and Rutgers Expand Development Work to Focus on Alternative Chemistries for Nano-based 'Smart' Battery
The work underway with Rutgers' Energy Storage Research Group (ESRG) is designed to apply alternative chemistries to a battery architecture based on a Bell Labs discovery that liquid droplets of electrolyte will stay in a dormant state atop nanotextured surfaces until stimulated to flow, thereby triggering a reaction producing electric current. The super-hydrophobic nano-patterned structures have been shown to be effective in keeping such a battery in a dormant state, theoretically for decades, by keeping electrolyte and electrodes physically separated until activated. This is in contrast to conventional batteries that typically dissipate 7% of their stored energy each year.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with the Rutgers ESRG, an established authority in battery chemistries that could accelerate our development of the smart nanobattery.”
While mPhase had earlier intended to undertake the research with funding jointly solicited with Rutgers' Office of Corporate Liaison and Technology Transfer, the work has actually commenced, said Ronald A. Durando, mPhase's chief executive. "We are pleased to expand our relationship with the Rutgers ESRG, an established authority in battery chemistries that could accelerate our development of the smart nanobattery."
The nanobattery is the subject of a feature article in the February, 2006 issue of Scientific American.
mPhase Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: XDSL) develops and commercializes next-generation telecommunications and nanotechnology solutions, delivering novel systems to the marketplace that advance functionality and reduce costs. The company, awarded the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Technology Award and named to the NASA Nanotech Briefs "Nano 50," is bringing nanotechnology out of the laboratory and into the market with a planned innovative long life power cell. Additionally, the company is working on prototype ultra-sensitive magnetometers that promise up to a 1,000-fold increase in sensitivity as compared with available uncooled sensors. More information is available at the mPhase Web site at http://www.mPhaseTech.com
Energy Storage Research Group (ESRG), a technically diverse applied research group of faculty, research staff, graduate, and undergraduate students within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering whose charter is the research, development and advancement of new energy storage device chemistries enabled by advancements in materials science. The group focuses on a wide range of nonaqueous and solid state chemistries, the majority of which incorporating ESRG developed nanocomposites which enable new abilities to deliver and store large amounts of power and energy per weight of device.
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