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Novel start-up forging ahead with VW investment

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Dr Paul Lichty

US-based start-up Forge Nano has received a US$10 million investment from German car maker Volkswagen— funds the company will use to continue investigating and developing “a material coating technology that could further improve the performance of battery materials”.

Forge Nano has been investigating processes for scaling atomic layer deposition— “a chemical process for applying atomic scale coatings one atom at a time”— to create new core-shell materials, particularly for battery applications, with the aim of boosting the energy density of electric vehicle battery cells.

Forge Nano founder and CEO Dr Paul Lichty (pictured) said the company’s “atomically precise surface engineering technology is ushering in a new era of high performance materials”.

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