TechConnect Innovation Program

High throughput ALD

Pneumaticoat Technologies, Colorado, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

PneumatiCoat Technologies' (PCT) patent pending semi-continuous coating process provides a gateway towards the industrialization of groundbreaking Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) coating solutions. ALD coatings provide beneficial performance results in many fields (Li-ion batteries, capacitors, etc) where our process can easily be integrated into existing manufacturing processes, at low cost, scalably.

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 6

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Using our high throughput coating system we can dramatically decrease the cost of ALD for powders and objects. For Li-ion batteries, our coatings provide nearly 100% of original charging capacity over the lifetime of the battery, up to 30% material savings per battery, enhanced operating specifications, and improve safety.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Mid-stage Startup (A or B)

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 955

Website: www.pneumaticoat.com

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: PneumatiCoat currently has two Phase I DOE SBIR grants. The first grant, titled “Low-Cost Ceramic Nano-Encapsulation Technologies for Highly-tunable High Temperature Capacitors” awarded through the DOE Topic 1 (High Voltage and High Temperature Capacitors for Energy Storage), Subtopic a (High Temperature Capacitors), was awarded in June of 2013 with a budget of $150k over 9 months. This grant focused on using ALD to enable oxidation resistant precious metal replacements, to improve dielectric performance at high temperatures, and to hermetically coat finished capacitors. This project has product excellent results and we are currently engaging with many large capacitor companies. We are very optimistic about our Phase II chances.
The second grant, titled “Scale-up of Low-Cost Encapsulation Technologies for High Capacity and High Voltage Electrode Powders” awarded through the DOE Topic 8 (Vehicles), Subtopic a (Electric Drive Vehicle Batteries), was also awarded in June of 2013 with a budget of $150k over 9 months. This grant focused on optimizing ALD coatings on high voltage and high capacity Li-ion cathode materials for improved range, performance, and safety. Optimized cathode and coating chemistries have been down-selected and we are testing 200mAh cells currently. We are working with several large material suppliers and battery OEMs. We are again very optimistic about our chances for Phase II funding in June 2014.

Primary Sources of Funding: Personal Savings, Federal Grant, Other

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners