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Posted: July 13, 2010

SolRayo Utilizes NSF Grant to Develop New Nanomaterials for Commercial Use

(Nanowerk News) Enable IPC Corporation announced today that its subsidiary, SolRayo, has commenced work on its recently awarded STTR grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR/STTR Program. The work will continue through June 30, 2011 and is being performed under the guidance of SolRayo's Director of Battery R&D, Dr. Walter Zeltner and in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin. SolRayo is developing new nanoparticle-based materials for commercial use in various renewable energy, industrial, consumer and automotive applications. The objective of the awarded grant is to address an issue concerning the degradation of performance of certain lithium batteries, particularly in high temperature applications.
SolRayo CEO Dr. Mark Daugherty said, "Our research into this technology suggests that battery life can be significantly expanded by using a simple, inexpensive nanoparticle coating process we have been developing. This could mean a large market opportunity for us in a number of areas, most particularly in military, remote power and transportation applications."
Kevin Leonard, Chief Technology Officer at SolRayo, commented, "Our initial research shows that our process inhibits the degradation of battery cathode materials, especially at higher operating temperatures. This means that a battery's life could be extended significantly by applying an inexpensive, nano-based coating to one of the battery's key components."
SolRayo's research results are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program under Proposal/Grant No. 1010409. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this press release are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
About the National Science Foundation Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program
The NSF is a federal agency whose mission is to support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. This important agency was established by Congress in 1950 and they are responsible to keep the US in a leadership position in these scientific fields. More about the NSF can be found at their website:
The STTR program is a vital, US government-funded, highly competitive small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. The program funds certain joint venture opportunities between businesses and non-profit research institutions. The goal of the STTR program is to fully transfer the technologies and products from the laboratory to the marketplace. The business profits from the commercialization, which, in turn, stimulates the U.S. economy.
About SolRayo, Inc.
SolRayo, Inc. ( is a Madison, Wisconsin-based company focused on developing new nanoparticle based materials for use in various renewable energy, industrial, consumer, and automotive applications. The Company is currently working to commercialize an ultracapacitor technology licensed from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to its materials research and development work, the Company introduced its potentiostat/galvanostat equipment products in January 2010. SolRayo is a subsidiary of Enable IPC Corporation.
About Enable IPC Corp. (Intellectual Property Commercialization)
Enable IPC ( provides efficient, streamlined strategies for turning technologies into products and bringing them to market. The company seeks to turn technologies into products and is a transparent, fair turnkey partner for sub-licensing and joint development with other companies.
Source: Enable IPC (press release)
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