Silatronix Featured in Chemical & Engineering News Cover Story: 10 Start-Ups to Watch
Madison, WI October 31st, 2016
Silatronix will be featured in the annual list of Chemical & Engineering News “10 Start-ups to Watch”, the cover story for this month’s issue. In the 2nd year of the C&EN list, Silatronix will be showcased alongside nine other promising chemical based companies. These companies cover a wide range of industries, from agriculture to pharmaceuticals to advanced manufacturing.
The C&EN feature is driven from Silatronix’s latest Organosilicon (OS) product, OS3, which has significant performance and safety improving applications in consumer electronic Li-ion battery systems. Given the attention around Li-ion battery safety as part of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall, Silatronix OS compounds are quickly becoming the focus of battery design discussions.
Co-founder of Silatronix, Dr. Robert Hamers, was quoted for the article to help explain how Silatronix OS technology works: “The bad things related to your batteries, from flammability problems to finite lifetime and degradation of the battery itself, are almost all associated with uncontrolled chemical reactions.” Dr. Hamers goes on to explain how Silatronix OS3, when applied in a Li-ion battery, stops the damaging chemical reaction that occurs when LiPF6 can break down into LiF and PF5. That reaction directly leads to a loss of performance and reduction in life for Li-ion batteries.
Silatronix CEO Mark Zager was also quoted in the article. Zager discussed the market potential around Li-ion battery manufacturers: “Battery makers are pushing the envelope, and that causes the batteries to be higher-risk,” he says. “We are a technology that can help reduce the risk by stabilizing the system.”
Silatronix is the leading producer of patented Organosilicon (OS) materials that enable extreme performance in Li-ion batteries. Silatronix OS compounds extend cell life, increase cell capacity, expand temperature operability ranges, and allow the safe and effective use of higher charge voltages in Li-ion batteries. Silatronix OS compounds do all of this while also improving Li-ion battery cell safety and stability. Silatronix OS compounds can be seamlessly integrated with both current and future Li-ion chemistries. Silatronix OS compounds are environmentally friendly, non-flammable, high temperature materials suited for use as electrolytes, binders, and coatings in energy storage devices. See www.silatronix.com for more information.