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MGX Minerals reveals encouraging results from research collaboration

The company's project examines the long-term stability of nanostructure silicon fabricated from low-cost metallurgical-grade silicon

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MGX and UBC are developing a low-cost and scalable method to fabricate a silicon-based anode, improving the energy density of lithium-ion batteries

MGX Minerals Inc (CSE:XMG) (OTCPINK:MGXMF) said it has completed a collaborative project looking at the long-term stability of nanostructure silicon fabricated from low-cost metallurgical-grade silicon.

The results showed that nanostructured silicon with a specialized surface coating maintained a reversible capacity of 607.5 mAh g-1 (milliampere hours per gram) at a current density of 2A g-1 for 1,000 battery cycles.

Traditional lithium-ion batteries have a life expectancy of between 500 and 1,500 cycles.

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The research is being conducted in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, led by Dr Jian Liu. The goal of the two-year research program is to develop a low-cost and scalable method to fabricate a silicon-based anode, improving the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

Vancouver-based MGX has three silicon projects in southeastern British Columbia.

MGX and UBC are developing a highly efficient, long-lasting silicon anode for next generation lithium-ion batteries capable of doubling the current energy density of batteries for use in long-range electric vehicles and grid-scale energy storage.

The project uses low-cost metallurgical-grade silicon as a feedstock to fabricate nanostructured silicon.

A patent application is currently being prepared and the partnership has begun discussions for commercialization and manufacturing of the technology.

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