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High operating voltages (2.1 – 2.7 V) and high specific capacities (400 – 700 mAh g-1)

Organic electrode battery market challenges and opportunities

  • Battery energy storage system (BESS) market is expected to grow from USD 1.45 billion in 2017 to USD 8.54 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 33.9% during the forecast period (Market&Markets)
  • To meet the ever-increasing need in powering electronic devices and vehicles, it is extremely desirable to develop new and sustainable battery technologies processing improved electrical-storage capabilities
  • Rechargeable lithium ion batteries have the dominant market of portable electronics owing to their high energy density, long cycle life, and other excellent performance characteristics(Lithium ion battery market based on portable electronics market is expected to reach USD 18.57 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 16.8% between 2018 and 2024) (Market&Markets)
  • Due to the limited natural availability of lithium, batteries based on other metals (such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, aluminum, etc.) of higher natural abundance and lower costs are also being developed
  • Current rechargeable batteries have been built predominantly with inorganic material based electrodes with limited room for further improvements and limited earth abundance
  • Organic electrode materials reported to date are featured with low reversible capacities (<400 mAh g-1), and limited effective capacities (<300 mAh g-1), which restricts their applications in large-scale energy storage devices
  • It is still challenging to find satisfactory organic materials meeting the requirements

The new design of organic electrode materials

  • The present invention discloses a new redox functionality that can endow the organic materials with high operating voltage and high energy storage capacity
  • New group of organic materials with unprecedented electrochemical energy storage performance
  • High operating voltages (2.1 – 2.7 V) and high specific capacities (400 – 700 mAh g-1) for metal ion batteries (including but not limited to Li, Na, K, Mg, Zn, and Ca ion batteries)
  • They are abundant with low cost and tunable structures for optimization
  • These are the organic electrode materials with the highest operating voltage and highest specific capacity reported to date for application in alkali-ion batteries up to now
  • Technology developed by Dr. Zhibin Ye and Dr. Xudong Liu at Concordia University

Competitive advantages

  • Organic materials with high operating voltage and high energy storage capacity
  • Low-cost organic electrode materials
  • Superb electrochemical energy storage performance

Interesting market applications 

  • Rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and aircrafts, wearable devices, portable devices and industrial & medical equipment, off-grid energy storage
  • Supercapacitors

Business opportunity

  • Technology available for co-development or licensing
  • Provisional patent application filed


If you are interested by this technology, please contact :
Duc LeVan, Director Business Development, (514) 840-1226, Ext. 3003


Concordia University

Main inventors


Zhibin Ye

Dr. Zhibin Ye is a Professor at Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of Concordia University (Montreal, Canada).  Previously, he was a Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Canada Research Chair in Polymer Nanomaterials at Bharti School of Engineering of Laurentian University (Sudbury, Canada).  He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Zhejiang University (China) in 1996 and 1999, respectively, and his PhD degree from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) in 2004, with all in chemical engineering.  He started his independent academic career as an Assistant Professor at Laurentian University in 2004, and was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 2009 and 2012, respectively, at Laurentian.  He moved to Concordia University in 2017. His research interests include polymer nanomaterials, polymers of complex chain architectures, materials for energy storage, transition metal catalysts and catalysis, polymer nanocomposites, gold nanorods for cancer therapeutics, energy storage/conversion, carbon nanomaterials, supercapacitors, and living polymerization techniques.  He has published over 100 journal papers. He received research awards including Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award (2018), Ontario Premier’s Early Researcher Award (2007), Canada Research Chair (installed in 2011 and renewed in 2015), inaugural Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Excellence Award (2011), NSERC DAS Award (2015), and Concordia Provost’s Circle of Distinction (2018). Dr. Ye was inducted as a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in 2016.


Xudong Liu
Postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Xudong Liu is a postdoctoral researcher at Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher of Bharti School of Engineering of Laurentian University (Sudbury, Canada). He received his Bachelor in physics (2012) and PhD degree in Material Science and Engineering (2017) from South China University of Technology (China). His research program is mainly associated with the construction of nanomaterials and advanced multifunctional materials using in renewable energy storage system including secondary batteries (Li, Na, K, Mg, Al and Zn-ion batteries) and supercapacitors. He has published over 25 journal papers. Now, he receives the Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowship for his scientific research.