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

LITHIUM-ION

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 Presentation to be Announced

Speaker to be Announced, Umicore

9:55 Advanced Coating Technologies to Boost Performance of High-Nickel Cathode Active Materials (CAMs)

Hartmann Leube, PhD, Senior Vice President, Technology, RCN New Technologies, BASF AG

E-mobility applications, with their need for high-energy density cells, require cathode material manufacturers to push the nickel content of CAMs to higher levels. It is known that because of the higher nickel content, cell degradation phenomena, caused by surface-electrolyte interaction, become more severe. BASF is developing advanced coating technologies for CAMs, e.g. Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), to meet future customer requirements. Recent progress and status will be presented.

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

Joanna Clark, PhD, Head of Product Development, 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

Egbert 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

Stefan 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.

11:45 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

12:05 Q&A

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:55 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

14:00 Presentation to be Announced

14:20 Improvements to Disordered Rock-Salt Li-Excess Cathode Materials

Dee 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.

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

Calum 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

ELECTROLYTES

15:50 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

This session is reserved for the latest advancements in lithium ion battery electrolyte technologies. To keep up with the newest breakthroughs, visit https://www.advancedautobat.com/aabc-europe/battery-chemistry/ to see who will be presenting.

16:55 Q&A

17:10 Grand Opening Welcome Reception with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

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

SOLID-STATE BATTERIES

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 Talk Title to Be Announced

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

9:15 Scaling All Solid-State Batteries: Results from Automated, Roll-to-Roll Pilot Manufacturing

Doug Campbell, CEO, Solid Power

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.

9:35 Solid Electrolytes

Speaker to be Announced, A123

9:55 Q&A

10:10 Coffee Break with Exhibit & Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

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-State Polymer with Room Temperature Conductivity—Higher Performing Solution

Mike Zimmerman, Founder, Ionic Materials

In this session, attendees will learn about a new polymer material that enables safe solid-state batteries that are operational at room temperature and compatible with a handful of widely desired, next-generation battery chemistries, including safe lithium-ion, lithium metal, rechargeable alkaline, and more. The presentation will provide inside access to data and use cases for polymer electrolyte battery solutions.

11:25 Solid Polymer Electrolytes Revisited: Practical Considerations and New Concepts

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

Anaba 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.

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

Nicolo 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

BEYOND LITHIUM-ION

14:40 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

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

Holger 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

Stefano 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

Maximillian FIichtner, PhD, Professor, Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU)

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

Andrea 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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