Changing the

Battery Industry

Porous silicon anodes increase battery capacity 4-10 times compared to standard anode materials.

Battery Applications


More power


Smaller packages


Reduction in price per kilowatt

(picture) Quiroga-Gonzales, E.,Carstensen Jurgen, Föll, Helmut, “Scalable processing and capacity of Si microwire arrays for Li ion battery anodes.” Nanoscale Research Letters 2014.

Lasts Longer between Charges

Silicon has one of the highest lithium capacities of any other material.  This feature allows for higher power and longer life between charging cycles. Unfortunately, because silicon can absorb so much Li, it expands 3 to 4 times its intial volume which leads to cracking and preventing the charge – discharge cycle.  However, with pores, wires, or tubes etched into the Si anode, stress is reduced during exansion, and cracking is eliminated. This allows the high power, long life batteries to be cycled over and over without losing their initial properties

Increased Lifetime

By controlling the balance between chemistry, current density, and silicon resistivity, porosity can be customized to achieve the desired capacity and cycling lifetime. During the charging or lithiation process phases  of Li12Si5 and Li22Si5 can be found. The porosity or space between nano and /or microwires reduceds the strain during volume expansion at the same time allows room for full absorption of the Si at quicker lithiation and deliathion times due to more available surface area and better replentishment of the electrolyte around the w

Current Battery Trends


For consumer electronic and wearable electronic devices


For micro and mild hybridized vehicles


>300 V
For full electric drives

courtesy of Dr. Thierry Djenizian from the University of Aix en Marseille.

The specific capacity of a numer of electrochemically active metal elements.

courtesy of Dr. Biswal of Rice University.

Possibilities for Si Anodes

Si can be etched in a multitude of different structures.  Long needles can be created as well as sponge-like particles.  Although the Silicon has a natural Doping or conductance Level, the anodes need to be conductively enhanced.  This can be done by adding the Si particles to a conductive Matrix or coating the particles with carbon.

A chemically etched porous Silicon particle using the Vesta Process. Courtesy of Vesta Sciences, Inc.

courtesy Dr. Thierry Djenizian from the University of Aix en Marseille.

Making Batteries

By using the porous Silicon tape, the battery “sandwich” can be built up. (Cathode/Electrolyte/Membrane/Anode). PSi powders can be shaped  into a flexible tape while preserving porosity and surface area using a Teflon defibrillation technique.  

Vesta Sciences, Inc.

Challenges and Opportunites for Batteries

1. High and low temperature stability
2. Charge and discharge cycling
3. Compactness (size,height weight):
4. Cost
5. Liquid Lithium electrolyte stability

Electromobility is here! (and tested)