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Nanomakers is designer and producer of nano silicon carbide (SiC) and nano silicon (Si) in industrial quantity. Materials booster: Nano Si for doubler energy density of lithium-ion battery; Nano SiC for higher mechanical properties for various materials (elastomers, polymers, metals, ceramics)

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The growing demand for high-capacity, long-life batteries is forcing manufacturers to look for new technologies. Improving the energy density of batteries is one of the objectives targeted in the use of nano silicon.

Lithium ion battery

Research on lithium-ion batteries has led to the use of silicon in the anode. The Li ion storage capacity of silicon is 10 times greater than graphite (4000 mAh/g for Si). But the use of micrometric Si is limited by oxidation and expansion. Silicon nanopowders make it possible to bypass these disadvantages. In addition, Nanomakers has developed and patented the carbon-coated silicon (SiΩC) in order to optimize the performance of Li-ion batteries.

Advantages of carbon coating on nano-Si:

  • Protect Si from direct contact with electrolyte

  • Facilitate the stability of the SEI layer

  • Improve the affinity of nano-Si with graphite and other binders

  • Standardization of the dispersion of nano-Si in the graphite matrix and increase of the ionic and electronic conductivity thanks to the carbon layer

Advantages of the SiΩC in the anode of the Li-ion battery:

  • Significant increase in energy capacity using nano-SiOnC composite - Graphite

  • Significant improvement in efficiency and cycling of batteries