5. The secret ionic material of Ionic Materials


Patent 1

Patent 2

Mike Zimmerman’s Tufts webpage

Ionic Materials webpage

Superior conductivity of the solid electrolyte @ Ionic Materials (picture from the company’s website)

The brain child of liquid crystal polymer guru Mike Zimmerman, Ionic Materials has attracted a lot of recent investment from car OEMs and battery companies alike. Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Volta and A123 are a few of the publicized investors. The main draw is their solid polymer electrolyte which self extinguishes if set on fire and has HIGHER conductivity than commercial liquid electrolytes even at temperatures as low as -20C. In this podcast i dissect (the only) two patents from this company and discuss their “secret” solid electrolyte composition.

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