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UConn inks deal with local company for high-capacity lithium ion battery research

By David Schwartz
Published: April 17th, 2018

The University of Connecticut has signed a $700,000, three-year research agreement with Cadenza Innovation, a Wilton, CT-based company that is developing high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.

UConn scientists will work with Cadenza on research into highly specialized materials for use in lithium-ion-based energy storage. The company has developed a novel, patented way of packaging lithium-ion batteries that increases the amount of energy the batteries can produce.

The work will be conducted at UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering and led by Dr. Radenka Maric, who is both a professor of sustainable energy and the school’s vice president for research.

“Cadenza has the technical capability and holds key patents to develop game-changing battery technologies,” Maric said in a statement. “UConn has the expertise and unmatched research facilities to conduct rigorous, reproducible, accurate specialty materials analysis to help their technology advance.”

Cadenza was founded in 2012 by Christina Lampe-Onnerud, a leading entrepreneur in the field of energy storage. It currently employs 25 people and counts Connecticut Innovations, the state’s quasi-public technology funding arm, as one of its investors.

The UConn research is designed to build upon Cadenza’s partnership with Syrah Resources, one of the world’s largest graphite producers. UConn’s scientists will be studying Cadenza Innovation’s technology in an effort to synthesize low-cost, natural graphite collected from the Syrah mines into an ideal base material for lithium-ion batteries.

Source: New Haven Register

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