Protochips has received an 2013 R&D 100 Award for its Poseidon 500 in situ electrochemistry system.
The Poseidon 500 shrinks the typical electrochemical laboratory to the size of a microchip that fits inside an electron microscope. Researchers can exploit the high-resolution and analytical capabilities of modern electron microscopes to reveal fundamental physical properties of materials and optimize electrochemical systems such as batteries, fuel cells, chemical production and anticorrosive surface coatings.
Collaborative researchers such as David Muller of Cornell Univ. have already used Poseidon to make discoveries that will help increase the lifetime of fuel cells and increase the efficiency of lithium batteries.