MAHASSET, N.Y. mPhase Technologies Inc. announced Monday (Feb. 28) it would collaborate with Rutgers University to broaden the capabilities of its nanotechnology-based battery now under development.
By taking advantage of expertise at Rutgers' Energy Storage Research Group (ESRG), the research and development team plans to extend mPhase's nanobattery architecture into additional high energy chemistries like Lithium.
"The first demonstration of the nanobattery prototype was based on a zinc and manganese dioxide chemistry, but iithium increases our options because it has better power and energy density characteristics and is appropriate for many applications," said Steve Simon, mPhase Technologies' executive vice president of research and development, in a statement.
The project builds on an mPhase Technologies joint program with Bell Labs, the R&D arm of Lucent Technologies. The battery architecture is based on a Bell Labs discovery that liquid droplets of electrolyte stay in a dormant state atop microscopic structures called nanograss until stimulated to flow, thereby triggering a reaction producing electric current.
The researchers believe future batteries based on this technology can potentially deliver far longer shelf life and better storage capacity than existing battery technology in defense, industrial, healthcare, and consumer electronics. mPhase is also targeting the nanobattery for use in lighter weight battery designs.
mPhase plans to package the battery in various configurations. A primary development goal is to create a battery that could have a shelf life lasting decades, yet able to be activated instantaneously.