DENVER, Aug. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Mineral Commodities Ltd., Perth l, WA, Australia, and Forge Nano Inc., Colorado, USA have signed a memorandum of understanding ("MOU") for the use of Forge Nano’s proprietary Atomic Layer Deposition coating technology ("ALD"). Forge Nano’s surface engineering platform technology will be used to apply atomic level coatings to Mineral Commodities’ natural graphite materials.
Dr. Surinder Ghag, MRC’s Chief Technology Officer, explains: "By combining our high-quality natural graphite with Forge Nano’s ALD coating technology, we can produce a high-performing, cost-competitive graphite anode powder for lithium-ion batteries. We’re very excited about this long-term partnership as we target sustainable European anode production in the coming years. This collaboration enables the Company to continue building its technical expertise as it moves towards demonstrating a downstream process for graphite spheronization, purification and coating."
Paul Lichty, Forge Nano’s Chief Executive Officer, adds: "We are excited to be fully supporting Mineral Commodities as a key technology partner in their path towards large-scale anode powder production. Our high-throughput ALD coating technology will enable them to compete with established anode producers globally. The collaboration adds to our growing set of partnerships in the graphite anode space, a testament to the value of our technology."
Why does the ALD coating process work so well for graphite anode powders?
ALD coatings on graphite anode powder stabilize the surface defects. This ALD stabilization results in better anode powders with higher discharge capacities, longer life, and improved rate performance. Batteries using ALD-stabilized graphite show increased cycle life, reduced capacity fade, increased conductivity, and greater stability under a variety of conditions such as high voltage, fast charge, or high/low temperature storage and operation. Additionally, Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) is a potential replacement for carbon coatings on natural graphite powders, a process that few companies have the know-how for.
About Forge Nano
Forge Nano is a global leader in surface engineering and precision nano-coating technology, using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). The Company’s proprietary technology and manufacturing processes make angstrom-thick coatings fast, affordable, and commercially viable for a wide range of materials, applications, and industries. Forge Nano’s suite of ALD and PALD equipment and services covers the full spectrum from lab-scale tools to commercial-scale manufacturing. Over the last year, Forge Nano has received major support and signed meaningful partnerships with Volkswagen, LG Technology Ventures, Mitsui Kinzoku, Air Liquide, and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas.
About Mineral Commodities
Mineral Commodities Ltd is a global mining and development company with a primary focus on the development of high-grade mineral deposits within the mineral sands and battery minerals sectors.
The Company is a leading producer of zircon, rutile, garnet and ilmenite concentrates from its Tormin Mineral Sands Operation, located on the Western Cape of South Africa. In October 2019, the Company completed the acquisition of Skaland Graphite AS, the world’s highest-grade operating flake graphite mine and one of the only producers in Europe. The planned development of the Munglinup Graphite Project, located in Western Australia, builds on the Skaland acquisition and is a further step toward an integrated, downstream value-adding strategy.
MRC’s Graphite vision is to be a supplier of high quality, low emission, sustainably manufactured, natural graphite active anode material to meet the fast-growing demand for sustainably manufactured lithium-ion batteries.
SOURCE Forge Nano