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Altair Nanotechnologies Awarded European Patent

October 13, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

The European Patent Office granted Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Reno, NV) a patent covering a process for making lithium titanate. The patent application detailed the process for producing lithium titanate spinel materials of controlled particle size over a range of 5 nm to 2,000 nm.

Altair reported that the processes protected by the patent will be used in conjunction with a National Science Foundation small business innnovation research (SBIR) grant announced in June. The SBIR grant provided funding for a joint program for Altair, Hosokawa Micron Corp. and Rutgers University to use their combined technologies to develop and commercialize high- power, long-life, fast-charge lithium-ion batteries.

"We believe nanomaterials, in the near future, can significantly improve lithium-ion battery and supercapacitor performance, making it possible to use these systems in applications where immediate high power delivery is necessary," stated Altair Chief Executive Alan Gotcher. "Such applications include automobile batteries, electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as military applications and specialized uses such as notebook computers, mobile phones and a variety of portable devices."