Cambridge EnerTech’s

Lithium Battery Chemistry

Advancements in Lithium-Ion and Beyond

13-14 January 2020


In order to increase market share, new electric vehicle batteries must increase their performance through improved chemistries, while remaining cost competitive with conventional internal combustion engine automobiles. By creating safe and reliable long range batteries through improved chemistries, automotive electrification goals can be achieved.

The Lithium Battery Chemistry Symposium will unite automotive OEM companies, their supply chain, and academic researchers to discuss technological advances and commercial viability. Presentations will focus on advances in high-energy lithium-ion chemistry as well as other chemistries, including lithium-metal systems, silicon anodes, NMC cathodes, and solid-state technologies.

Final Agenda

Monday, 13 January

8:00 Symposium Registration & Morning Coffee


Terrassen - Saal B

9:30 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

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

9:35 Cathode Market Expansion: Challenges and Opportunities

Spurk_PaulPaul Spurk, PhD, Manager Applied Technology, Umicore

EV penetration of somewhere between 1 and 2 % has turned cathode landscape upside down. How to prepare for the 100$/kWh, when price parity with ICE will be reached and the real growth will start? Decreasing cost, increasing energy density, improve product purity, ensuring raw material availability and upstream mining investments, while guaranteeing ethical and environmental standards, all at a lower CO2 footprint: a lot of balls to keep in the air at the same time.

9:55 Recent Advances in the Development of Over-Lithiated Mn-Rich NCM

Leube_HartmannHartmann Leube, PhD, Senior Vice President, Battery Materials & Inorganics, BASF SE

Over-lithiated, Manganese-rich NCM represent a promising class of Cathode Active Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries.  As such, they have been subject to intensive research and development efforts during the past years. The paper will discuss recent advances of BASF in their development towards automotive applications. 

10:15 eLNO®: Next-Generation High-Energy Low-Cobalt Cathode Materials for Greater Stability and Safety

Hammer_EvaEva-Maria Hammer, PhD, Product Innovation Manager, Battery Materials, Johnson Matthey

Through materials and process engineering, JM has brought a world-leading high-nickel, low-cobalt offering to the market: eLNO. JM’s rapid customisation model continues to push the energy, stability, and safety performance of these materials even higher, whilst further reducing cobalt content. In this talk, we aim to demonstrate the competitive advantage of eLNO and provide an insight into JM’s strength of developing and tailoring material performance for the fast-paced automotive industry.

10:35 Networking Coffee Break

11:05 Silicon in Commercial and Near-Commercial Lithium Ion Batteries: State of the Art and Perspectives on Higher Silicon Loadings Enabled by Electrolyte Additives

Figgemeier_EgbertEgbert Figgemeier, PhD, Professor, Helmholtz Institute Münster, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Silicon plays a prominent role in boosting the capacity of lithium-ion batteries, which is reflected by the fact that commercial 18650 cells already contain electrodes made of silicon/graphite blends. The presentation will give an overview of the current state-of-the-art of silicon in commercial cells. Moreover, results of experimental cells with high loadings of silicon and innovative electrolyte additives will be presented.

11:25 On The Way to Silicon-Based Anode Materials – Beyond Cycle Stability

Haufe_StefanStefan Haufe, PhD, Director LIB Application Technology, Consortium für elektrochemische Industrie, Wacker Chemie AG

The challenges related to the huge volume change of silicon during lithiation still hamper its use as main anode material in lithium-ion batteries. Material concepts both addressing mitigation on the electrode as well as on the materials level are under investigation. Besides cycle stability and further electrochemical properties, applicability in existing production equipment and economic attractiveness are in the focus of these developments.

SEMCORP-ShanghaiEnergy 11:45 Lithium Ion Battery Separator Selection for EV Application: Brief Discussion on Benefits of Base & Different Coated Separators

Kelvin Wu, MBA, Director, Overseas Business, SEMCORP

To achieve high safety standards for high energy density chemistry, SEMCORP has developed advanced functional coating technologies for LIB, such as Ceramic, PVDF, AFL, and Aramid coatings, to enable engineers to design safer batteries with long cycling performance. This presentation discusses base separator and coating selection for EV batteries.  

12:05 Q&A

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Klaus Brandt, PhD, Consultant, Lithium Battery Consulting

14:00 Tailor-Made Electrolyte Solutions for Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries

Wagner_RalfRalf Wagner, PhD, CEO, E-Lyte Innovations GmbH 

In recent years, the lithium-ion battery has conquered many new applications such as automotive, medical or aviation. Each application places different demands on the battery. Due to the different materials used, not all requirements can be met by one battery setup. Therefore, an adjustment of the battery is required to address each application with maximum efficiency. In this regard, the development of tailor-made electrolytes is a key strategy for success.

14:20 Confronting the Challenges of Silicon-based Lithium Ion Full-Cells by Design of Effective Electrolyte Additives with Synergistic Impact

Placke_TobiasTobias Placke, PhD, Head of Division “Materials”, University of Münster, MEET Battery Research Center A major challenge for the practical application of Si-based negative electrodes in lithium ion full-cells is the continuous depletion of electrolyte and loss of active lithium. In this talk, we present novel approaches for the design of electrolyte additives with synergistic functional moieties, resulting in an effective solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) formation. Further, we will give new insights into the systematic electrochemical characterization of electrolyte additives under commercially relevant conditions.

PPG 14:40 Coatings and Materials Enabling Performance, Manufacturability, and Safety for EV Batteries

Munro_CalumCalum Munro, Senior Scientist Science & Technology, PPG

Electric vehicle growth is demanding unique solutions for lithium-ion batteries and electrified drivetrains, including full-battery electric vehicles that provide increased performance and range for broader consumer acceptance. To enable this, higher-capacity EV batteries are being designed with increased energy density and higher voltage. In addition, scale is driving high-throughput, automated coating and material solutions for improved productivity and cost. Together, these factors are increasing demand for lightweight, environmentally and manufacturing friendly functional solutions for battery pack sealing, thermal management, and safety performance. PPG offers a unique range of solutions for these new demands in EV battery design and production.

15:00 Q&A

15:15 Refreshment Break


15:50 Chairperson’s Remarks

Klaus Brandt, PhD, Consultant, Lithium Battery Consulting

15:55 Delaying Thermal Runaway of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Moganty_SuryaSurya Moganty, PhD, CTO, NOHMs Technologies

Thermal runaway (TR) in Li-ion batteries refers to uncontrollable exothermic reactions triggered by elevated temperatures. As the temperature of the battery rises, the exothermic reactions further heat up the cell, creating a positive feedback cycle. Despite recent safety monitoring advances in battery management systems (BMS), the prevention of thermal runaway remains a challenge. The talk will provide insights into delaying/mitigating TR in large format Li-ion cells using NOHMs advanced electrolytes.

16:15 Li-Metal Batteries with Liquid Electrolytes: History and Outlook

Brandt_KlausKlaus Brandt, PhD, Consultant, Lithium Battery Consulting

Rechargeable batteries with Li-metal anodes have a more than 40-year history. However, Li-ion cells with carbon anodes displaced them due to better cycle life and safety. However, with Li-ion reaching its limits as far energy density is concerned and with new electrolytes being developed, the Li-metal anode becomes a potential next technology. What can be learned from the past efforts and what is different this time around to make this a commercial success?

16:35 Improvements to Disordered Rock-Salt Li-Excess Cathode Materials

Strand_DeeDee Strand, PhD, CSO, 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 in material conduct.

16:55 Q&A

Clarios 17:10 Grand Opening Welcome Reception with Poster Viewing

18:15 Dinner Tutorial Check-In*

18:30 Dinner Tutorials 4-7

20:30 Close of Day

Tuesday, 14 January

7:30 Symposium Registration & Morning Coffee


Terrassen - Saal B

8:30 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

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

8:35 Solid-State Batteries and the Lithium Metal Anode – A Perspective

Janek_JuergenJuergen Janek, PhD, Professor, Justus-Liebig, Universitat Giessen & Festbatt

9:15 Platform Polymer Matrix Electrolyte (PME®) Technology for Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries

Anani_AnabaAnaba Anani, PhD, Chief Battery Scientist, BrightVolt

This presentation will share a technical overview of a proprietary polymer matrix electrolyte (PME®) technology developed by BrightVolt for solid-state lithium-ion batteries. It will cover some key performance metrics (test data) collected from conducting common tests widely used by the industry to assess performance of polymer electrolytes.

9:35 :NEW: Specialty Polymer SSE: The Path to Next Generation EV Batteries

Yu_AlexAlex Yu, PhD, Founder and President, Lionano SE Inc.

Dr. Yu will unveil proprietary polymer-based solid-state battery technology developed by Lionano SE Inc.

9:55 Scaling All Solid-State Batteries: Results from Automated, Roll-to-Roll Pilot Manufacturing

Buettner-Garrett_JoshJosh Buettner-Garrett, CTO, Solid Power, Inc.

Solid Power, an all solid-state battery developer based in the U.S., will share updates from its first quarter of fully automated, roll-to-roll production of solid-state cells. Solid Power completed its world-class pilot line in the latter half of 2019, which is pushing the company towards automotive qualification with large format cells. 

A123 10:10 Coffee Break with Exhibit & Poster Viewing


11:00 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

11:05 Solid Polymer Electrolytes Revisited: Practical Considerations and New Concepts

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

For reasons of higher energy density and better safety, research on Li based batteries has discovered solid electrolytes as alternative to liquid electrolytes - again. Compared to ceramics and glasses, solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) may have the advantage of “wettability”, similar to regular electrode binders, in particular with composite electrodes, which is beneficial for both, easy fabrication and long-term operation. In this presentation we will cover simple practical aspects of SPE based battery cells as well as new material designs paving the way to high voltage, room temperature solid state batteries.

11:45 A Breath of Fresh Air in Solid State Battery A Game-Changer in Polymer Electrolyte

Zimmerman_MikeMike Zimmerman, Founder, Ionic Materials

Muldoon_JohnJohn Muldoon, PhD, Senior Principal Scientist, Battery and Fuel Cell Program, Toyota

Polymer materials are ubiquitous in current battery technology and are commonly used as binders, separators and packaging. Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) was first discovered to dissolve Li salts in 1973, making its use as an electrolyte possible. Today, it is still one of the most intensely studied and widely used polymer electrolytes; however, the conductivity is several orders of magnitude lower than inorganic solid electrolytes. This easy-to-synthesize, polymer electrolyte has the potential to be a superior candidate to present-day inorganic solid electrolytes. We will report the properties of a breakthrough polymer technology with a new Li+ conduction mechanism that does not rely on chain-segmental motion as with PEO. This new polymer electrolyte supports high-Li+-conductivity while maintaining a wide electrochemical window. We will present the performance of this electrolyte with a wide variety of anodes and cathodes. Toyota and IM are working in a partnership to advance this technology towards commercialization.

12:05 Introduction to Neocarbonix: Binderless Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Brambilla_NicoloNicolo Brambilla, Chief Technology Officer, Nanoramic Laboratories

Electrodes are limited in their electrochemical stability and electrical performance by polymer binders. Nanoramic has developed an alternate solution – Neocarbonix – an electrode platform technology that effectively replaces polymer binders and primers. Results have been demonstrated for both LIB cathodes and EDLC electrodes. Nanoramic's Neocarbonix electrodes have significantly lower ESR, better C-rate capabilities, longer lifetime at high temperature, and greater active material thickness for improved energy density, while also retaining or improving specific capacity.

12:25 Q&A

12:40 Networking Lunch

13:55 Dessert Break with Exhibit & Poster Viewing


14:40 Chairperson’s Remarks

Holger Althues, PhD, Head of Department Chemical Surface and Battery Technology, Fraunhofer IW

14:45 Progress on Lithium-Sulfur-Batteries Based on New Electrolyte Formulations

Althues_HolgerHolger Althues, PhD, Head of Department Chemical Surface and Battery Technology, Fraunhofer IW

The Lithium-Sulfur-Technology enables cells with high specific energies exceeding Lithium-ion-batteries by more than 50 %. New formulations with reduced polysulfide solubility have been demonstrated to enable the efficient sulfur conversion even at very low electrolyte content. Combined with tailored processing of anodes and cathodes a holistic cell concept is introduced and demonstrated on pouch cell level.

15:05 Towards Sustainable Na-Ion Batteries

Passerini_StefanStefano Passerini, PhD, Professor, Helmholtz Institute Ulm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Renewable materials, environmentally friendly processes, and safer batteries are needed for the sustainable development of electrochemical energy storage. The sustainable use of natural resources is indispensable for future energy storage. As a step towards the utilisation of biowaste, hard carbon produced from waste apples is demonstrated to be a high-performance active material for Na-ion batteries.

15:25 New Electrolytes for Multivalent Batteries

Fichtner_MaximillianMaximilian Fichtner, PhD, Director, Helmholtz Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Energy Storage

The development of Ca batteries is currently impeded by the lack of electrolytes which can efficiently strip and plate Ca in non-aqueous solvents.[1] Here, we present the feasibility of formulation of Ca and Mg salts with weakly-coordinating anions establishing the access to a new class of efficient multivalent electrolytes.

15:45 Materials for High Power Devices: Present and Future Trends

Balducci_AndreaAndrea Balducci, PhD, Professor, Institute for Technical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry, Center for Energy and Environmental Chemistry Jena (CEEC Jena, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

High-power devices, such as electrochemical capacitors and high-power lithium-ion batteries, are nowadays utilized in an increasing number of applications. In this presentation, the advantages and limits of the materials presently utilized in these devices will be analyzed in details. Furthermore, innovative strategies for the identification and introduction of novel materials suitable for the next generation of high-power devices will be presented.

16:05 Q&A

16:25 Networking Reception with Exhibit & Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

17:25 Dinner Tutorial Check-In*

18:00 Dinner Tutorials 8-11

20:00 Close of Day

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