Coretec Group Opens Laboratory, Hires Scientist to Advance Silicon Applications

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Improving battery technology is one of the aims of the Coretec Group’s new Ann Arbor laboratory. // Stock Photo
Improving battery technology is one of the aims of the Coretec Group’s new Ann Arbor laboratory. // Stock Photo

The Coretec Group Inc., an Ann Arbor developer of engineered silicon and 3-D volumetric displays, has opened a new wet laboratory and hired a research scientist.

The new lab is located in the same building as the company’s corporate offices in Ann Arbor. The company plans to use the lab to develop cyclohexasilane (CHS), create silicon quantum dots, and create silicon-anode active materials for lithium-ion batteries.

The lab design includes a fume hood and glove box, which is necessary to handle pyrophoric materials such as silane gases and certain hydrides.

The Coretec Group is engineering silicon to achieve advancements in a variety of applications including nanotechnology, solid-state lighting, microelectronics, and battery technology. It says it’s particularly interested in the potential for engineered silicon to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries.

The company believes the next step in improving the performance of lithium-ion batteries is replacing traditional graphite anodes with specially engineered silicon anodes. The company plans to use its new lab to conduct further research and development toward this advancement as well as its proprietary silicon anode.

The company has hired research scientist Nathanael Downes to lead work in the lab. Downes holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Michigan with Stephen Maldonado as his advisor. At the University of Michigan, he studied electrodeposition of silicon thin films and has expertise in silicon chemistry. His solid background in inorganic synthetic chemistry, combined with his innovative nature makes his skill set well-aligned with Coretec’s current focus.

“Opening our own lab is a major step toward demonstrating the benefits of our engineered silicon by producing the materials ourselves,” says Matthew Kappers, CEO of the Coretec Group. “Nathanael is a perfect addition to our brilliant team of scientists. He brings hard-to-find, relevant lab experience and a great energy to the team. We look forward to his developments in the lab.”

The Coretec Group is developing a portfolio of engineered silicon to improve energy-focused verticals, including electric vehicle and consumer batteries, solid-state lighting (LEDs), and semiconductors, as well as 3-D volumetric displays, and printable electronics. It serves the global technology markets in energy, electronics, semiconductor, solar, health, environment, and security.

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