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Functional Hard Carbon Microspheres from Plastic Waste

Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Argonne’s Functional Hard Carbon Microspheres from Plastic Waste are 2–5 µm in diameter; they are paramagnetic and electrically conductive. Applications include: additives that increase effectiveness and environmental suitability of engine lubricants, and as anode materials that increase the safety and energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries now using graphite anodes.

Primary Application Area: Materials & Chemical

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: This remediation process is affordable, solvent-less, environmentally friendly, reproducible and scalable. The process involves thermal decomposition of plastic waste and a small amount of catalyst needed to grow carbon nanotubes. The tubes can be used as anode material in advanced batteries such as lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries. US Patent 8,153,094

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 707

Website: www.anl.gov

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date:

Primary Sources of Funding: Federal Grant

Looking for: Development / License Partners