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'Making commercially viable metal-air batteries for EVs'

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kartik Hajela, Co-founder, Log 9 Materials

Kartik Hajela is the Co- founder and Vice President of Log 9 Materials, one of the leading Nanotechnology companies specializing in Graphene. He is a chemical engineer from IIT Roorkee and hails from Meerut. He had his industry stint by working in various sectors like outdoor media, hospitality and FMCG which includes various self-started endeavors as well as working for a big conglomerate.Kartik looks after commercialization and go-to market strategies which are  parallel to the operations involved of various products coming out of the research pipeline.

In conversation with Dominic  Rebello, Kartik envisages to contribute to society by helping it move towards a sustainable and clean future.

What is the Idea behind Log 9 Materials?
Log 9 Materials Scientific Pvt. Ltd. (Log9) is a graphene commercialization company setup in April, 2015 headquartered at Bangalore. We identify laboratory “proof of concepts” in Graphene nanotechnology and develop commercially viable applications in the energy and filtration space.

We have a strong IP base comprising of 17 patents filed to date and increasing everyday and partnerships/collaborations with various institutions including bigger corporations as well as academic centers.

Electric Vehicle adoption around the globe has been slow primarily due to short driving range, long re-charging times and inadequate charging infrastructure. Moreover, the environmental impact of the current battery technologies is debatable.

Log9 is making commercially viable metal-air batteries by leveraging the extra-ordinary properties of Graphene. Aluminium–air batteries (Al–air batteries) produce electricity from the reaction of oxygen in the air with aluminium. The aluminium–air battery is considered to be an attractive candidate as a power source for electric vehicles (EVs) because of its high theoretical energy density. Also the energy generated is clean in nature.
How are we different?
Our USP is that we have everything under one roof from materials development, product design, prototyping to manufacturing. This enables strict control over the grade & quality of Graphene for the products being developed & manufactured. Also we are able to contribute to innovation at all the nodes of the value chain and thus create a much bigger barrier to entry for others.

In the battery segment, we differentiate ourselves based on our graphene competency which we have used to make our offering commercially viable and cheaper than competitions.

Any Expansion Plans?
We are expanding our manufacturing in the field of Spill Containment because of high number of export and domestic orders. Also we are fundraising for our metal-air battery technology to take it to the masses in both, stationary and EV applications as soon as possible.
Your vision for the company?
Leveraging our competency in core fundamental science and engineering and expertise in materials in the field of energy and filtration to contribute to the society by helping it move towards a sustainable and clean future.
Where do you see yourself five years down the road?
Becoming one of the leading Materials R&D and Manufacturing company having a global footprint in the EV and Power Backup market.

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