Sepion wins ARPA-E IONICS funding as part of $3.5 million award led by 24M

The Sepion Technologies team: Brett Helms, Kenny Boblak, Peter Frischmann, and Jon-Michael Alessandro 

The Sepion Technologies team: Brett Helms, Kenny Boblak, Peter Frischmann, and Jon-Michael Alessandro 

Sepion Technologies, led by Cyclotron Road innovator Peter Frischmann, has been awarded funding through the ARPA-E IONICS program, announced today. The collaboration is led by battery manufacturer 24M and includes Sepion, Berkeley Lab, and Carnegie Mellon University as subrecipients. Congratulations to Peter and the Sepion team!

Sepion's core membrane technology was developed at Berkeley Lab by Frischmann and his co-founder, Molecular Foundry Staff Scientist Brett Helms. Frischmann left his position at Berkeley Lab to found Sepion Technologies and join Cyclotron Road Cohort 2 earlier this year. He and his team are users at the Molecular Foundry where they continue to develop their technology.

According to the ARPA-E Announcement: "24M and team will use nano-composite organic-inorganic protective layers to enable reversible lithium metal electrodes and low-cost, high-energy batteries based on those electrodes. The team’s core innovation takes advantage of the interfaces between the polymer and inorganic components to provide the necessary dendriteblocking ability of ceramic-based conductors while still being highly conductive and manufacturable using traditional roll-to-roll processes." Read the full DOE press release