Fullerene Assemblies With Tunable Shapes and Electrical and Ionic Conductivity for Use as Battery Electrolytes and Other Applications

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Krishna Muralidharan
Associate Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Srini Raghavan
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Palash Gangopadhyay
Adjunct Research Professor, Optical Sciences
Pierre Lucas
Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
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Robert Sleeper
Licensing Manager (520) 626-4604

Title: Fullerene Assemblies with Tunable Shapes and Electrical and Ionic Conductivity for use as Battery Electrolytes and Other Applications


Invention: The proposed technology is a self-assembling manufacturing process for post manufacture fullerene processing.  This method is used to control the shape (rods or flower/fractal) and conductivity.  Such materials can be used solid-state electrolytes and components of electrodes and can be doped with alkali metals and has the potential to replace Li diffusion film tech and Li-ion superionic conductors or used in Na/Mg ion batteries.  Other potential uses are dictated by the shape and conductivity desired.


Background: With an increase in demand and a shift towards the use and incorporation of batteries in applications, companies have been developing more batteries. These companies are competing to produce the next generation of batteries that offer higher conductivity and a longer shelf-life. Most companies supply lithium-ion batteries but are working to develop solid-state electrolytes that will outperform batteries and allow for individuals to have stronger batteries. The proposed technology combines fullerene doped with different alkali metals, which produce superionic conductivity, high interphase stability, and a longer shelf-life.



  • Solid state electrolytes for Li-ion, Na-ion, and Mg-ion batteries and capacitors
  • Potential to replace superionic conductors (Li-ion Superionic Conductors) and Li diffusion film tech



  • Provides safer batteries with a longer shelf-life
  • Produces high interphase stability
  • Produces superionic conductivity
  • On-demand structures


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