Halloysite, an aluminum silicate clay, with naturally occurring nanotubular structure, is the ideal feedstock material from which to economically scale production of nano-silicon.
Our halloysite has the chemistry, shape, and nanoparticle size that others are attempting to produce synthetically:
Naturally occurring nanotube structure with silicon oxide shell that is ready to use, allowing us to work “top down”
25% pore volume
15 nanometers average pore size
Abundant; multi-million tons in reserve on our site that we’re capable of mining at rate of 30,000 metric tons per month
Simple excavation from the earth’s surface using environmentally friendly methods without water or chemicals
Safe, non-toxic, natural earth mineral
Synthesized by Nature
The biggest challenge of producing nano-silicon at scale is controlling its morphology. With our feedstock this challenge has been solved in the ground by nature over a period of 35 million years. This is our key competitive advantage.
We control and operate the world’s largest deposit of high purity halloysite, located in Utah, U.S., with over 2.4mm+ tons in reserves.
Ionic MT has a 7,500 square foot pilot plant and lab space, including:
- Full battery testing lab
- Wet beneficiation of halloysite
- Pilot Scale Silicon Production Facility
Ionic MT also has a 36k sq foot large scale production plant in construction that will be complete at the end of Q2 2023. The plant will be capable of producing tens of thousands of metric tons of nano-silicon per year and will give us the room to grow exponentially.
The End Result
Ionisil™, our proprietary halloysite-derived nano-silicon product, delivers considerable, unique advantages to battery makers.