Batteries are an important form of energy storage when mobility is required in applications as varied as consumer electronics, portable tools and electric vehicles. Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) are dominant in these markets because they are both lightweight and can store a lot of energy. Yet, there is a need for more stored energy, faster charging times and safer batteries. To meet these demands, new materials are needed. In particular, graphite has been used as an anode for 25 years and has reached its technical limits. SafeLi’s founders discovered and patented a new carbon-based nanomaterial, Graphene Monoxide, that is a 2-Dimensional crystal-like graphene with improved semiconducting properties. When Graphene Monoxide layers are stacked on one another, the spacing is larger than graphite, facilitating faster lithium intercalation. When composited with graphite or used as a drop-in replacement, Graphene Monoxide can enhance performance of LIBs. 
Graphene Monoxide Atomic Structure, ACSNano, vol.5(2011)
Atomic Structure of Graphene Monoxide

Band structure of Semiconducting Graphene Monoxide