UQ, GMG graphene-enhanced aluminum-ion batteries show very high power density,

Australia-based Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. (GMG) reported preliminary efficiency knowledge for graphene-enhanced aluminum-ion batteries developed by GHG and the College of Queensland (UQ). The experiments have been carried out on the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at UQ. GMG graphene is getting used to provide coin cell prototypes for buyer testing in This autumn 2021.


Supply: 1. Hongjie Dai, Nat. Commun., 2017, 8:14283 2. Hongjie Dai, Nature, 2015, 520, 325, and three. College of Queensland testing knowledge.

This can be a actual game-changing know-how which may supply an actual different with an interchangeable battery know-how for the present lithium-ion batteries in virtually each utility with GMG’s Graphene and UQ’s patent-pending aluminum ion battery know-how. The present nominal voltage of our batteries is 1.7 volts, and work is being carried out to extend the voltage to straight exchange present batteries and which result in increased vitality densities.

The true differentiator about these batteries is their very excessive energy density of as much as 7000 watts/kg, which endows them with a really excessive cost charge. Moreover, graphene aluminum-ion batteries present main advantages by way of longer battery life (over 2000 cost / discharge cycles testing thus far with no deterioration in efficiency), battery security (very low fireplace potential) and decrease environmental influence (extra recyclable).

—Dr Ashok Nanjundan, GMG’s Chief Scientific Officer

GMG had earlier introduced the execution of a analysis settlement with the College of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) to develop graphene aluminum-ion batteries.

GMG is incorporating know-how devised by AIBN Professor Michael Yu, Dr Xiaodan Huang and postdoctoral pupil Yueqi Kong that has made graphene into extra environment friendly electrodes for powering batteries. The outcomes are a battery with as much as 70 instances quicker charging and extra sustainability with a life as much as thrice higher than lithium-ion.

Controlling the construction of graphene‐based mostly supplies with improved ion intercalation and diffusivity is essential for his or her functions, comparable to in aluminum‐ion batteries (AIBs). Because of the massive dimension of AlCl4− ions, graphene‐based mostly cathodes have particular capacities of ≈60 to 148 mAh g−1, limiting the event of AIBs. A thermal reductive perforation (TRP) technique is offered, which converts three‐layer graphene nanosheets to floor‐perforated graphene supplies below delicate temperature (400 °C).

The thermal decomposition of block copolymers used within the TRP course of generates energetic radicals to deplete oxygen and create graphene fragments. The resultant materials has a 3‐layer function, in‐aircraft nanopores, >50% expanded interlayer spacing, and a low oxygen content material similar to graphene annealed at a excessive temperature of ≈3000 °C. When utilized as an AIB cathode, it delivers a reversible capability of 197 mAh g−1 at a present density of two A g−1 and reaches 92.5% of the theoretical capability predicted by density‐useful idea simulations.

—Kong et al.

UQ’s analysis group was awarded A$390,000 over three years from the Australian Analysis Council’s Linkage Challenge in 2020 to develop the graphene aluminum-ion know-how.

Beneath the phrases of the settlement, GMG and UQ have agreed to pay A$150,054 and A$82,788 respectively to hold out the challenge. GMG has additionally agreed to reimburse the incurred patent execution prices as much as an agreed most quantity.

GMG will manufacture industrial battery prototypes for watches, telephones, laptops, electrical automobiles and grid storage with know-how developed at UQ. GMG has additionally signed a license settlement with Uniquest, the College of Queensland commercialization firm, which gives GMG an unique license of the know-how for battery cathodes.


  • Kong, Yueqi, Tang, Cheng, Huang, Xiaodan, Nanjundan, Ashok Kumar, Zou, Jin, Du, Aijun and Yu, Chengzhong (2021). “Thermal reductive perforation of graphene cathode for top‐efficiency aluminum‐ion batteries.” Superior Useful Supplies, 31 (17) 2010569, 2010569. doi: 10.1002/adfm.202010569