SiNode Systems is a battery materials venture developing silicon-graphene anodes for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. SiNode anodes offer higher battery capacity and faster charging rates, all while being produced via a low cost solution chemistry-based manufacturing process. SiNode seeks to change the landscape for lithium-ion batteries so they can meet the demands of a wide range of industries, from consumer electronics to electric vehicles.
SiNode technology uses a composite of silicon nano-particles and porous graphene, developed by Dr. Harold H. Kung at Northwestern University. SiNode's anodes offer dramatic energy capacity increases (3200 mAh/g vs. the current standard of 370 mAh/g) as well as rapid charge/discharge rates up to 20C, all while maintaining cycling stability and reducing the electricity usage and toxins associated with current manufacturing processes for advanced battery materials. Additionally, SiNode's anodes are prepared via a proprietary manufacturing process resulting in conductive sheets suitable for assembly directly into batteries, thereby reducing costs for battery manufacturers.
SiNode Systems is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Rice Business Plan Competition and the recipient of a 2013 Department of Energy SBIR Award.