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Lithium-Ion Battery Materials

From Raw Materials to the Latest Advancements in Battery Chemistries

October 16-17, 2018


Cambridge EnerTech's Lithium-Ion Battery Materials will bring together leading battery chemists, engineers, and material R&D professionals from industry, government and academia to discuss the current challenges and breakthroughs in battery chemistries. Case studies highlighting advancements in both electrode and electrolyte chemistry will be shared. In addition to improvements in Li-ion chemistries, the economic value of lithium technologies will also be discussed. You can expect to get an insightful view on the various lithium ion chemistries and emerging beyond-and aside lithium ion chemistries of the future, where lithium metal, lithium/sulfur, lithium/air, sodium, magnesium, and calcium chemistries will be in the focus of interest. In addition, an examination of the drivers of end user demand with a focus on major new projects in the pipeline and how that demand will evolve over the near and long term will be presented. This symposium will cover the global markets from multiple angles, including advances in mining and processing with an emphasis on sourcing and cost control strategies by manufacturers with an outlook on the forecasted consumption trends for China, Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States.

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Final Agenda

Tuesday, October 16

8:00 Registration and Morning Coffee


9:00 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Yuan Gao, President & CEO, Board Director, Pulead Technology Industry Co., Ltd., China

9:05 Managing the Supply Chain to Sustain the Growth of Chinese EV Market

Yuan Gao, President & CEO, Board Director, Pulead Technology Industry Co., Ltd., China

An overview of Chinese EV market will be given. In particular, the impact of government incentives over the years, as well as different “flavors” of cathode materials for different sub segments of the EV market in China will be discussed. The impact of the recent development of the upstream raw materials (e.g. lithium and cobalt) will be touched upon too.

9:30 LiB Material Trend Based on Growing xEV Market

Yoshiaki Tanaka, Senior Analyst, Industrial Technology Unit, Yano Research Institute, Ltd., Japan

This presentation will be about a market trend of LiB major 4 materials such as cathode, anode, electrolyte, and separator. The market size of these materials has been growing fast thanks to expansion of the xEV market, and high energy density materials will be a key factor to support this growth. Also, the market presence of Chinese material manufacturers has been rising based on their internal market growth. I will talk about recent and future market trends as to these 4 major materials based on LiB and application market, especially xEV.

9:55 The Impact of High and Low Case Demand on Lithium, Cobalt and Graphite Anode Prices

Andy Leyland, Head of Forecasting, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, United Kingdom

The wide range of demand forecasts for EVs has created uncertainty as to what level of raw material production is required. The presentation will show new data on the potential impact of both too little and too much demand on the supply chains for lithium, cobalt and graphite. This will include an assessment of upside and downside risks to prices for critical raw materials over the next 10 years.

10:20 Networking Coffee Break

 Tala10:50 High Performance Natural Anode Raw Materials for Current and Next Generation Lithium-ion Batteries

Claudio Capiglia, Director, Battery Technologies, Talga Resources, Ltd.

Talga Resources is an Australian advanced material technology company with 100% owned high-grade graphite deposits in Sweden, including the largest resource in Europe, a test process facility located in Germany and a cutting-edge product development team in Cambridge, U.K. The vision for our future lithium-ion battery raw material development will be illustrated during the presentation.

11:15 Geology Trumps Geography: Why OEMs and the Li-Ion Battery Value Chain Are Increasingly Heading into Uncharted Waters to Lock-In Their Raw Material Supply

Robert Baylis, Managing Director, Roskill Information Services Ltd., United Kingdom

This presentation will analyze the geographical distribution of the investments and supply agreements between miners and battery supply chain manufacturers, their relationship with pricing of these commodities, their potential in terms of battery output, and how these investments may change the deal structuring of battery raw materials procurement.

11:40 Solvay’s Latest Developments on Electrolyte Ingredients for Next Generation LIB

Yusuke Suzuki, Sales Development Manager, SOLVAY

A leading target of the Li-ion battery industry is to achieve high energy density at affordable cost without compromising on safety. Solvay has increased its efforts to propose electrolyte ingredients for enabling high voltage solutions. We present new results with fluorinated additives and Energain® on next generation cathode plus silicon-graphite anodes system.

12:05 Ensuring Battery Safety, Performance and Reliability in an EV Supply Chain

Tal Sholklapper, CEO & Co-Founder, Voltaiq

Rapid EV growth is creating a battery supply chain challenge due to the hundreds of EVs currently in development. This presentation will cover how automotive OEMs are using big data analytics to monitor and ensure battery quality and performance for every battery supplier regardless of where those batteries were manufactured.

12:20 Q&A

12:40 Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)


14:30 Chairperson’s Remarks

Martin Winter, PhD, Chair, Applied Material Science for Energy Conversion and Storage, MEET Battery, Research Center, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Muenster

14:35 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Recent Progress of LIB Technology and Future

Akira Yoshino, PhD, General Manager, Yoshino Laboratory, Asahi Kasei Corporation

Recent technical trends of lithium ion batteries will be described. In particular, the ionic conductivity of the solid electrolyte has remarkably improved in recent years. It has also been clarified that all solid state batteries using these solid electrolytes have interesting battery characteristics. Discuss the features of this all solid state battery and the problems to be solved.

15:25 Towards Silicon Based Batteries

Stefan Koller, PhD, CEO, VARTA Micro Innovation GmbH

 AEM 15:50 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

16:35 Challenge of High-Ni Cathode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Young-Min Choi, PhD, Senior Research Fellow & Vice President, Advanced Materials R&D, LG Chem

In this talk, we will discuss a range of the nickel-rich layered oxides, starting from commercially available and currently used materials to promising novel materials that may be commercialized in the future. Fundamental properties, opportunities, challenges, and latest progress of high-Ni cathode materials research will be discussed.

17:00 Improvements to Disordered Rock-Salt Li-Excess Cathode Materials

Dee Strand, PhD, CSO, Chemistry, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Cathode materials with higher energy density than layered oxide materials are required for future demands of vehicle electrification. Disordered rock-salt Li-excess structures, such as Li3NbO4, have been demonstrated to achieve capacities of greater than 300 mAh/g reversible capacities at elevated temperatures. The high capacity is believed to be due to reversible redox chemistry of the oxide anions. This new class of high energy cathode materials provides an opportunity for a step change increase in cell level energy density. However, improvements are still required.

17:25 From Lithium Metal Powder to High Energy Batteries

Adam Best, PhD, Principal Research Scientist & Research Grp Leader, Metal Industries, CSIRO Manufacturing

In order to enable higher energy batteries lithium metal is a key requirement for the anode. At present, there are a number of challenges to produce Lithium metal sustainably whilst ensuring that Lithium metal foils used in devices do not turn dendritic on continuous cycling. This presentation will address both of these topics and describe innovations which are being developed at CSIRO Australia.

17:50 Q&A

18:1Close of Day

Wednesday, October 17

8:30 Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Martin Winter, PhD, Chair, Applied Material Science for Energy Conversion and Storage, MEET Battery, Research Center, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Muenster

9:05 Towards High Energy Density Lithium Batteries through Novel Electrolyte Components

Martin Winter, PhD, Chair, Applied Material Science for Energy Conversion and Storage, MEET Battery, Research Center, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Muenster

The long-term stability and safety of lithium metal and lithium ion batteries depends on the reactivity with the electrolyte and the formation of interphases. Here we present novel polymer and liquid electrolyte components that enable long term cycling of Li metal and lithium ion battery full cells. The concepts for electrolyte selection and formulation will be particularly highlighted.

9:30 Electrolyte Solutions for High Energy Density xEV LiBs

Yunxian Qian, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, R&D Center, Shenzhen CAPCHEM Technology Co. Ltd.

Ni-rich or high voltage NMC cathode combined with graphite or Si-C composite anode was considered to be the most possible choice for high energy density xEV LIBs. Electrolyte solutions like cathode protecting additives, anode SEI additives and new fluoro-containing solvent system was proven to be effective to deal with the performance challenges like high temperature storage and cycling.

9:55 From Liquid to Solid: High Conductivity Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries

Andreas Hintennach, PhD, Professor, Research HV Battery Systems, Daimler AG

Novel and sustainable electroactive materials can help to decrease the ecological impact of novel battery concepts in the near future. While on the one hand, high energy density is required, the aspects of safety, lifetime get more important and often mean a challenge. All these requirements are met by very different approaches with different characteristics: all solid-state cells, high-energy materials, lithium-sulfur and even different systems, e.g. Na- or Mg-Ion.

10:20 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

10:50 Topic: Solid State

Jürgen Janek, PhD, Director, Center of Materials Research, Justus-Liebig University & BELLA, Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

11:15 Li-Metal as the New Frontier in Battery Technology

Qichao Hu, PhD, Founder & CEO, SolidEnergy Systems Corp.

SolidEnergy has introduced light semi-solid lithium metal batteries. The breakthrough technology incorporates a high concentration solvent-in-salt electrolyte capable of operating at room temperature as well as a protected lithium metal anode that is many times smaller and lighter than a graphite or silicon composite anode. Thus, SolidEnergy offers twice the energy density at an incredibly reduced weight when compared to conventional lithium-ion technology. The semi-solid design results from use of both solid and liquid electrolytes, and it features additives that prevent a lithium metal reaction, which otherwise forms dendrites.

11:40 Kynar® Fluoropolymers in LiB – Range Extension for Cathode and Separator Coatings

Thomas Fine, PhD, Global Market Manager, Technical Polymers, ARKEMA

Today, Kynar® Battery Solutions are represented by two flagship ranges – Kynar® HSV electrode binder resins and Kynarflex® LBG separator coating resins. During this presentation, Arkema will highlight its latest innovation in these 2 product lines to meet the always more demanding requirements in terms of performance and safety.

12:05 Q&A

12:35 Networking Lunch (All Are Welcome) 

13:30 Dessert and Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall

14:00 Close of Lithium-Ion Battery Materials

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