C Squared Innovations develops cheaper way to produce lithium ion batteries

Not all tech transfer comes from Michigan's research universities. For example, take C Squared Innovations, a startup founded from innovations created at University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Pravansu Mohanty, a mechanical engineering professor at U-M Dearborn, developed a way to cut down the manufacturing costs of lithium ion batteries. "We have an innovative process that bypasses the manufacturing process the industry is developing right now," Mohanty says.

The technology, recently on display at U-M's Celebrate Innovation event, is currently undergoing prototype development by the company's three-person team, which includes an intern. Mohanty is looking for a commercial partner to help develop its niche manufacturing. He expects to land that partner within the next year, which should allow him to hire a few engineers with advanced degrees. Think PhDs.

"We plan to expand to 10 people," Mohanty says.

Source: Pravansu Mohanty, founder of C Squared Innovations
Writer: Jon Zemke

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