No more outdated battery tech.
At Natrion we focus on alternative battery technologies, specifically solid-state batteries and sodium-ion batteries. We believe that large advances in the mass market viability of clean power systems will take equally large advances in battery technologies. At all levels from fundamental science to scaled solutions, we prioritize our customers and the needs of the renewable energy market.
Founded from a college dorm.
Natrion was started by two college students out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who wanted to break away from the standard mold of how battery companies are built. After seeing too many of our peers take academic research findings and try to find a market for them (only to run out of time and money), we pioneered our own R&D approach that is customer-centric, lean, and pivotable.
In August of 2018, Natrion is organized in Delaware as a Limited Liability Company by founders Alex Kosyakov and Tom Rouffiac.
In April 2019, Natrion filed for its first patents with the USPTO for the company’s innovation in ceramic solid-state electrolytes and solid-state sodium-ion batteries.
In February 2020, Natrion became affiliated with the Department of Energy’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). Spearheaded by Argonne National Lab, JCESR is an Energy Innovation Hub that advances the development of emerging battery technologies.
In June 2020, Natrion partnered with the lab of Michele Vittadello of the City University of New York’s Medgar Evers College Chemistry and Environmental Science Department on a sponsored research collaboration for the development of solid-state sodium-ion batteries.
In July 2020, Natrion partnered with the lab of Hao Liu of Binghamton University on collaborative research towards the development of new solid-state lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery systems.
In July of 2020, Natrion moved into its new lab in the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator (KSTI) in Binghamton, and also became a part of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Incubator.
In November 2020 Natrion entered into a facility use agreement with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL). Natrion now conducts materials characterization and analysis at the MRL.
In January 2021, Natrion received a SBIR contract from the United States Air Force to develop a plug-and-play solid-state electrolyte component for existing lithium-ion batteries that would improve battery life and eliminate fire risk.
In May 2021, Natrion won the University of Illinois’ premier startup competition for students and alumni: the Cozad New Venture Challenge. This led to an investment in Natrion from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and Illinois Ventures.