The Silq surface treatment technique is a published method used to increase the hydrophilicity of polyolefin separators resulting in an increase in initial battery capacity and prolonging its lifespan. We have also demonstrated the viability of a branch of non-flammable electrolytes, but widespread use had been prevented by a poor interaction with commercial separators. The Silq treated separators open up the door for the development of a new generation of safe electrolytes.
In the video below are two separators, one commercial standard and the other treated with Silq. A novel non-flammable electrolyte is poured over these two separator samples - the current commercial standard is entirely unwetted by this electrolyte, meaning that any battery made would be non-functional while the Silq treated separator is immediately and entirely wetted by this electrolyte.