Glacigen Materials, Inc. is a materials science company located in Bozeman, Montana. Glacigen is developing structurally engineered foams which can improve battery charge rates, discharge rates, and capacity for a wide range of battery chemistries. This advantage is conferred by a unique microstructure which creates aligned, low tortuosity pores within the foam. These foams can be fabricated from materials including metals, ceramics, other inorganic species, and polymers; as a result, they can be applied in numerous types of batteries. Specific areas in which Glacigen's materials have been applied include:
PEM Fuel Cell Gas Diffusion Layers
Glacigen's materials are presently available in sample quantities for evaluation. Glacigen can manufacture these structured foams from a range of commodity and proprietary materials to meet your specifications. Contact us today to discuss your application!
Our materials, while finding most of their applications in a variety of battery components ranging from electrodes to gas diffusion layers, are also applicable in several other fields including thermal interface materials and high temperature structures, particularly where dissimilar materials are to be joined. Please see our Applications page for more information.
June 5, 2018: Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology Award
Glacigen was awarded a grant from the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology entitled "Structural Stabilization of Freeze Tape Cast Microstructures." This project will demonstrate proof of concept for a significant advancement of the freeze tape casting process. While the FTC process is related to traditional tape casting, current embodiments are slower than traditional tape casting. This work aims to substantially close that gap.
May 21, 2018: Department of Energy Phase I SBIR Award
Glacigen was awarded a Phase I SBIR from the Department of Energy entitled "Low Tortuosity Electrodes Enabling High Specific Energy Li Ion Batteries." Battery electrodes manufactured with the unique porosity enabled by freeze tape casting have the potential to improve both discharge rate and capacity of all types of batteries; this project addresses the application of freeze tape cast electrodes in a particular form of lithium ion battery.
February 27, 2018: Department of Energy Phase I SBIR Award
Glacigen was awarded a Phase I SBIR from the Department of Energy entitled "Advanced Manufacturing of Gas Diffusion Layers with Highly Engineered Porosity." Freeze tape casting is being used to create, for the first time, physical structures which have been hypothesized in the literature to improve water transport in gas diffusion layers within PEM fuel cells.
June 20, 2017: Department of Energy Phase I STTR Award
Glacigen was awarded a Phase I STTR from the Department of Energy entitled "Hybridization of Freeze Casting with Additive Manufacturing for Simplified Production of High Performance SOFCs." This project demonstrated the ability to integrate the manufacture of Glacigen's electrode morphology with other manufacturing processes to greatly reduce the number of manufacturing steps needed to produce complete solid oxide fuel cells.
April 19, 2017: NASA Phase I SBIR Award
Glacigen was awarded a Phase I SBIR from NASA entitled "Ceramic-Metal Interfaces by Functional Grading." This project demonstrated the infiltration of a freeze tape cast ceramic structure with a second metallic phase to create a functionally graded material.
April 13, 2017: Navy Phase I SBIR Award
Glacigen was awarded a Phase I SBIR from the Navy entitled "High Performance Thermal Interface Material for Energy Storage Devices and Other Electronic Components." This project demonstrated a novel thermal interface material based on a freeze tape cast polymer structure.