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NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellow's nano-battery wins accolades

last modified Jul 28, 2017 12:59 PM
Jean de La Verpilliere (c2013), NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellow and Managing Director of the newly formed startup Echion Technologies has won prizes in the Royal Society of Chemistry 2017 Emerging Technologies Competition and the Kings' College Entrepreneurship Prize

The University of Cambridge spin-out, Echion Technologies, was awarded second-place and £10,000 to help commercialise its invention in the Energy and Environment category of the annual Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition.

Echion Technologies is founded by Jean de La Verpilliere (c2013) together with his PhD supervisors Dr Adam Boies and Dr Michaël De Volder.

In the same week as winning the RSC award, Echion Technologies was also named runner-up in the King's College Entrepreneurship Prize.

Developed over the past two years as part of Jean's PhD project, which he is now scaling up as a NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellow, the new technology is a novel hybrid nanomaterial that could herald the third-generation of high-performance automotive batteries. The nanomaterial replaces graphite as the standard material used in the negative battery electrode (graphite anode) of lithium-ion batteries – the type of batteries used in electric vehicles. This advanced nanomaterial significantly improves energy density, capacity, battery-life, safety and cost compared with current commercially available batteries.

Echion Technologies has recently been awarded a place at the innovative Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) run by the dvanced Propulsion Centre in Coventry, and is working with a number of industry partners to build and test batteries for next generaton electric buses.

See additional details at the Cambridge Enterprise website and the Institute for Manufacturing website.

 

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