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eColectro Ready to Scale, Seeking Investors

Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and administered by High Tech Rochester, NEXUS-NY is a proof-of-concept center chartered with accelerating the transition of clean-energy technologies from New York’s research labs into the marketplace with educational, financial and business support.

eColectro is one of the startups that participated in NEXUS-NY’s second cohort. In 2016, eColectro joined the Cornell’s Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences. Over the past several months, Founder/CEO Gabriel Rodriguez-Calero has been working hard on research. He is now in position to raise his first seed round, and it actively seeking investors. 

eColectro | NEXUS-NY Cohort 2Company: eColectro

Description: eColectro is developing structurally robust and highly conductive polymer membranes for a range of applications, including fuel cells. eColectro’s alkaline membranes enable the replacement of platinum catalysts with non-precious metal alternatives within fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs). Fuel cells manufactured using this technology can be potentially produced at half the cost of current state-of-the-art systems while promising to double durability.

Location: Kevin M. McGovern Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Achievements: eColectro continues to research ways to revolutionize how we power the nation. In December, 2015 eColectro received the Small Business Innovation Research Award (SBIR) from the National Science Foundation for approximately $150,000. In phase 1 of this project, eColectro will develop alkaline anion exchange membranes (AAEM) to enable lower cost, and durable fuel cells. The technical objectives of this process are to decrease the number of steps in the synthesis pathway of AAEMs, while simultaneously reducing time and increasing yields. Proving these technical developments is crucial for scaling and commercializing eColectro.

Founding Team: Gabriel G. Rodriguez-Calero, PhD (CEO); Robert Lewis (CRO); Kristina Hugar, PhD (CSO); Geoffrey Coats (Cofounder); Hector Abruna (Cofounder)

“We’re researching polymers to make the whole system less expensive and longer lasting. Our core competency lies in making membranes that can enable the removal of precious metals from electrodes,” says Rodriguez-Calero.

eColectro Screenshot from New Energy MagazineNEXUS-NY Research: Throughout the second phase of the NEXUS-NY program, eColectro has been working to de-risk their technology by building a prototype, while continuing the customer discovery process and developing their go-to market plan.

Next Steps: eColectro team members are continuing their research of membrane technology, which could result in the complete removal of platinum from their catalyst layer. This is a result of alkaline chemistry, which allows for cheaper metals that can remain stable and will not corrode under operating conditions, like stainless steel or nickel. The company will now partner with other companies and universities who are actively using the various final applications of their technology.

Contact: Gabriel G. Rodriguez-Calero | ggr@ecolectro.com

To learn more about how eColectro is changing the world, take a deep dive into their technology featured in NEXUS-NY’s latest edition of New Energy Magazine.

Innovative Xallent Testing Solutions for Semiconductors, Thin Films

NEXUS-NY is a clean energy accelerator that provides educational, financial and business support for university researchers and early stage companies across New York state. Xallent was part of NEXUS-NY Cohort 2. Xallent is now underway with the final stages of testing on their commercial platform for thin-films. You can also read more about their technology and team in the latest edition of NEXUS-NY Energy Magazine.

NEXUS-NY Research Team | Xallent | Cohort 2

Company: Xallent

Website: Xallent.com

Description: Xallent is developing nano-machine based testing platforms to analyze mechanical and electrical characteristics of advanced semiconductor devices and thin films.  Its innovative multiple integrated tip technology scales down to single nanometers, enabling continued miniaturization across a range of industries.  Micro and nano-scale tests on Xallent’s platforms are simpler, faster and much more cost effective than using conventional test systems.

Location: 95 Brown Rd, M/S 1035, Ithaca, NY

Achievement: Xallent has received funding support from the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and NEXUS-NY to fast-track its commercialization activities. In order to establish market adoption and validation of their products, Xallent has established collaboration with a major semiconductor foundry.

Founding Team: Kwame Amponsah, PhD (Founder); Ashish Kumar, PhD (Commercial Advisor) and Amit Lal, PhD (Technical Advisor).

“We are developing testing platforms that allow researchers to probe semiconductor devices and thin films at ever smaller scales,” said Amponsah. “Our products enable engineers to analyze materials much more quickly and at a fraction of the cost of conventional instruments.”

NEXUS-NY Research: Throughout the NEXUS-NY program, Xallent has been working with customers to refine an understanding of their needs, build prototypes and launch beta testing.

Next Steps: The company is now in the final stages of testing of their first commercial platform for thin-films, while scaling down their semiconductor probes that approach the IBM 7nm breakthrough.

Contact: 607.262.0515 | info@xallent.com