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Wide Electrochemical Window Solvents

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Technology Marketing SummaryTypical electrolyte solvents for use in liquid or polymer electrolyte solutions include alkyl ethers and alkene carbonates. These solvents are used to dissolve electrolyte solutes and/or rubberizing polymer additives to form electrolyte solutions which may be used in electrochemical devices. However, these materials have significant disadvantages. Ethers are volatile and have low dielectric constants, while carbonates are unstable around alkali metals and have high melting points.DescriptionResearchers at Arizona State University have developed a new type of molecular solvent having an acidic boron atom as a key constituent. This solvent has such a wide electrochemical window and such powerful solvating properties that it is an excellent target solvent for alkali salts in rechargeable alkali metal anodes, high voltage cathodes, and voltaic cells. High-output electrochemical devices can be facilitated through use of this solvent.Applications and Industries•    Rechargeable Batteries
•    Fuel Cells
•    Photovoltaic Cells
•    Photochromic Displays
•    Other Electrochemical Applications
More InformationThis technology part of a suite of electrolyte and battery technologies developed at Arizona State University. Significant testing has been completed, and the results have been published. At this time, AzTE is seeking potential partners and licensees for this issued patent and related technologies.Patents and Patent Applications
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Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Patent 5,849,432
Wide electrochemical window solvents for use in electrochemical devices and electrolyte solutions incorporating such solvents
The present invention relates to electrolyte solvents for use in liquid or rubbery electrolyte solutions. Specifically, this invention is directed to boron-containing electrolyte solvents and boron-containing electrolyte solutions.
Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
AzTE Case #717DevelopmentAvailable03/13/201203/13/2012

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