SiNode Systems, a Chicago-based materials developer, and JNC, a Tokyo-based specialty chemical manufacturer, have announced the formation of NanoGraf, a joint venture focused on commercializing materials for the Li-ion battery industry.
Via the new JV, NanoGraf will gain production facilities in Japan, expanded global distribution channels, over 50 patents, and two research facilities.
NanoGraf’s technology is designed to enhance the performance of battery materials using a proprietary graphene-wrapped silicon anode originally invented at Northwestern University. NanoGraf claims its materials, which are produced via a low-cost, solution-chemistry-based manufacturing process, can enhance both energy and power density while offering excellent cycle life.
“Thanks to our partnership with JNC, we are well-positioned for accelerated growth as we commercialize our graphene-wrapping technology for a range of applications, from consumer electronics to electric vehicles,” said NanoGraf co-founder and CEO Samir Mayekar. “With our new ton-scale facility we can deliver larger volumes of material to our growing customer base.”
“We look forward to growing NanoGraf into the leading global supplier of silicon anode materials,” said JNC CEO Yasuyuki Gotoh.