mPhase & Lucent Nanograss Battery Breakthrough
mPhase Technologies and Bell Labs Successfully Demonstrate First Battery
Based on 'Nanograss'
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2004
R&D Team Proves Feasibility of Nanotech-based Electrochemical Power Storage
NORWALK, Conn. and MURRAY HILL, NJ - mPhase Technologies [OTCBB:XDSL] and Lucent Technologies [NYSE: LU] today announced a major milestone for future
commercialization of a nanotechnology-based battery. Lab tests, which have
been replicated, proves it is possible to fabricate nanotech-based
batteries, which can store and generate electric current. The project is
based on a joint program with Bell Labs, the R&D arm of Lucent Technologies.
The prototype demonstration was conducted at Lucent's New Jersey
Nanotechnology Consortium (NJNC), one of the world's most advanced design,
development and fabrication facilities for nanotechnology, based at Bell
Labs in Murray Hill, N.J. The companies had previously announced a broad
agreement to develop and commercialize this technology.
The prototype battery is based on a Bell Labs discovery that liquid droplets
of electrolyte will stay in a dormant state atop microscopic structures
called "nanograss" until stimulated to flow, thereby triggering a reaction
producing electricity. The experiment proved that this super-hydrophobic
effect of liquids can permit precise control and activation of the batteries
Future batteries based on this technology have the potential to deliver far
longer shelf life and better storage capacity than existing battery
technology. Potential initial applications for this technology may include
defense, industrial, healthcare and consumer electronics. mPhase is also
targeting the nanobattery for use in a technically-improved, lighter weight
"The theory behind the nanobattery is now proven in practical terms, and we
are delighted to proceed with development of prototypes to meet initial
customer requirements," said Ronald A. Durando, CEO of mPhase Technologies.
"Considering that we have come this far in only six months of collaboration
with Bell Labs and the NJNC illustrates the solidity of this technical
approach and bodes well for practical commercialization."
"The use of nanograss for battery technology is an exciting development for
the fields of nanotechnology and power management," said Dave Bishop, vice
president of nanotechnology research at Bell Labs and president of the New
Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium. "In general, improvements in battery
technology have come very slowly in comparison to accelerating development
cycles such as Moore's Law in semiconductors. We believe nanotech,
specifically nanograss technology, will allow us to make a significant leap
forward in battery capabilities."
mPhase and Lucent announced an agreement in March 2004, under which mPhase
plans to commercialize the nanobattery under license from Lucent. mPhase
projects its nanobattery to be commercially available in 12-15 months, and
plans to produce the technology packaged in various configurations. A
primary development goal is to create a battery that could have a shelf life
lasting decades, yet can be activated instantaneously.
mPhase Technologies Inc. (OTC: XDSL) develops and commercializes
next-generation telecommunications and nanotechnology solutions, delivering
novel systems to the marketplace that advance functionality and reduce
costs. In telecommunications, the Company's mPhase TV+ platform
cost-effectively and reliably delivers entertainment digital television,
high-speed Internet access and traditional telephone service over existing
copper telephone lines. mPhase also offers a growing line of innovative DSL
component products, such as the iPOTS, designed to help service providers
lower the provisioning and operating costs associated with DSL. The company
is bringing nanotechnology out of the laboratory and into the market with a
planned innovative, long-life power cell.
More information is available at the mPhase Web site at
About Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies
Bell Labs is the leading source of new communications technologies. It has
generated more than 30,000 patents since 1925 and has played a pivotal role
in inventing or perfecting key communications technologies, including
transistors, digital networking and signal processing, lasers and
fiber-optic communications systems, communications satellites, cellular
telephony, electronic switching of calls, touch-tone dialing, and modems.
Bell Labs scientists have received six Nobel Prizes in Physics, nine U.S.
National Medals of Science and eight U.S. National Medals of Technology.
For more information about Bell Labs, visit its Web site at
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software
that drive next- generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs
research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical,
software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to
create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while
enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's
customer base includes communications service providers, governments and
For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in
Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit http://www.lucent.com
About The New Jersey Nanotech Consortium
The New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium (NJNC) provides rapid and
cost-effective access to world-class nanotechnology research and development
services. A subsidiary of Lucent Technologies, based at and run by Bell
Labs, the NJNC conducts basic and applied nanotechnology research and
provides fabrication and packaging capabilities, fulfilling its mission of
bringing nanotech ideas from concept to commercialization. The NJNC is also
supported by the State of New Jersey, enabling participation of local
research universities including Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of
Technology and The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Safe Harbor Statement
This news release contains forward-looking statements related to future
growth and earnings opportunities. Such statements are based upon certain
assumptions and assessments made by management of both companies in light of
current conditions, expected future developments and other factors they
believe to be appropriate. Actual results may differ as a result of factors
over which the companies have no control.
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