Zyvex Technologies congratulates and is excited to collaborate with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on receiving NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant for the development of high-performance and durable lithium-ion batteries for NASA space applications.

Increasing reliance on personal digital devices, from smartphones to smart cars, has created a global demand for portable power based on high energy density storage. Atomically precise battery systems established on recent advances in nanotechnology can provide solutions for this demand by building innovative high performance electrodes and electrolytes.

Zyvex Technologies will contribute to this project with research personnel, nanomaterial expertise, and hiring and training of a SDSM&T student. Zyvex personnel will assist in the development of an improved lithium-ion battery that incorporates silicon-based anodes, a high capacity cathode, and an advanced electrolyte.

Zyvex will dedicate part-time use of their Princeton Applied Research PARSTAT 2273 for electrochemical analysis and characterization as well as contribute expertise in accurately characterizing nanoscale materials and electrochemical cells.

Further, Zyvex will hire and train an intern from SDSM&T to help further build South Dakota’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics infrastructure.

About NASA's EPSCoR Award

The EPSCoR awards, each valued at $750,000 and totaling $11.25 million, was granted to 15 colleges and universities across the United States to conduct research and technology development in areas including climate change, nanotechnology, astrophysics, aviation and other areas relevant to the agency's missions.

EPSCoR is managed by NASA's Office of Education and the program helps develop partnerships among NASA research missions and programs, academic institutions and industry. It also helps the awardees establish long-term academic research enterprises that will be self-sustaining and competitive, and contribute to the institution’s economic viability and development.

For more information about NASA's EPSCoR award, visit http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/june/nasa-announces-education-research-program-award-recipients

AuthorKatie Rubadue