Enabling next generation 2.0 technologies with Cyclohexasilane (CHS) - Part 1

Technological evolution occurs when current generation technologies reach their limit or new applications require step function performance improvements.  Market leaders anticipate both of these situations and proactively obsolete their own technology and create generation 2.0 solutions before their current generation sales decline. New entrants break into markets everyday with revolutionary innovations, putting even greater pressure in the market for step function performance improvements. Most technological innovation today centers on advanced materials and Coretec’s Cyclohexasilane (CHS), a unique liquid silicon material, gives developers and manufacturers of today’s leading-edge products an edge in their application development process.

In sectors such as EV, off-grid energy storage, solid state lighting, semiconductor, and printable electronics significant investments are being made into generation 2.0 technologies. Shows like IDTechEx, CES and others have noted the same observation - current chemistries are reaching their limits and new materials are being introduced to drastically improve technology performance and continue the evolution process.  

Coretec’s CHS has quickly gained a spot as one of the most promising material technologies, capable of facilitating Generation 2.0 technology and making it realizable today in each of the aforementioned markets.  CHS delivers unique properties as a silicon precursor that are not available in any other silicon source as it can:

  • Maintain its liquid state at room temperature
  • Produce amorphous silicon at very low temperatures
  • Enable the creation of amorphous silicon quantum dots and nanowires
  • Deliver six silicon atoms in one molecule
Each one of these unique properties, individually or in combination, safely and effectively pushes new technologies beyond their current limits. This could mean packing more silicon into a Si-anode Li-Ion battery, achieving higher light output LEDs, uniquely creating amorphous silicon quantum dots, and enabling low temperature processes for semiconductor and printed electronics. The possibilities are endless.

Furthermore, CHS makes it possible to simplify processing and lower costs compared to the currently used gas-state silanes. Unlike other silanes available on the market today, CHS can be transported and processed in a liquid state.  Having access to liquid silicon creates new production and development opportunities for many of these applications.

In this multi-part series, we will explore how CHS enables next generation technologies, lowers cost and simplifies processing for several applications that are expected to see substantial growth over the next decade. In part 2, we will dive into the use of CHS within next generation battery technologies.