MANHASSET, N.Y. Nanotechnology company mPhase Technologies Inc. has been awarded the right to conduct a free series of technical tests at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, related to the company's development of lithium-based alternative chemistries for its prototype nano-structured battery.
Last year, mPhase (Norwalk, Conn.) and Rutgers agreed to begin collaboration on a research project designed to extend the mPhase nano-structured battery architecture to include more power-intensive chemistries. In February, both agreed to expand nanotechnology battery research to include lithium, broadening the effort to develop a long-life battery technology for consumer and industrial applications.
mPhase will leverage a state-funded program called Rutgers Service-to-Industry Program (RSIP), administered by the Office of Corporate Liaison and Technology Transfer Technology Transfer (OCLTT) in collaboration with the New Jersey Commission on Science & Technology. The funds are awarded competitively to small businesses invited to submit a proposal for in-kind laboratory testing services by Rutgers.
"Our objective is to engage our partners at the Rutgers Energy Storage Research Group, affiliated with the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, to conduct a series of tests to assist us in characterizing the design and suitability of the structures and coatings that comprise the battery architecture," said Steve Simon, mPhase executive vice president of R&D, in a statement. "These are necessary steps that, by virtue of the grant, will supplement our ongoing technical efforts at no cost to mPhase.