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LIB Technology Symposium
Large Lithium Ion Battery Technology & Application (LLIBTA)
Monday, June 15 to Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Chemistry Track

Advanced Automotive Battery Conferences

AABC 2015 – LIB Technology Symposium - Chemistry Track


Session 3:

Industrial Development of Lithium-Ion Cell Materials

In this session, materials and electrode-processing vendors will discuss advances in active and inactive materials and electrode-manufacturing technology.



Monique Richard
Session Chairman:
Monique Richard, Senior Principal Engineer Material Engineering Division, Toyota Technical Center, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, N.A. Inc.


Dr. Monique Richard is a Senior Principal Engineer at Toyota Technical Center (TTC), a division of Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America in the Materials Engineering division. Dr. Richard is currently responsible for materials research and development, product benchmarking and strategic market investigation. Dr. Richard represents Toyota as the technical lead for Li-battery standards development at SAE. This includes chairing SAE materials testing committee and is a member of the SAE Vehicle Battery steering committee. Dr. Richard joined TTC in 2004 as a principal scientist for battery material research, specifically the identification of unique technologies that would bypass current battery performance. Dr. Richard received her Doctorate from Dalhousie University (Halifax Canada)

  1. Battery Materials Development for Vehicle Applications
    Monique Richard, Senior Principal Engineer Material Engineering Division, Toyota Technical Center, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing N.A.
    Lithium battery materials and battery systems have evolved significantly over the last few decades, allowing lithium batteries to be adopted to more and bigger applications. The battery materials and the battery systems will continue to evolve over the next decades in order to better meet customer needs.

    This paper will compare and contrast, where possible, US and Japanese product performance roadmaps, the materials under development targeting the aforementioned performance and the technology needs for efficient material development. On the last points, this presentation will elaborate on the path and timing to take a material from the lab through vehicle application.

  2. High Nickel NMC Cathode Materials for xEV’s: What’s the price to pay?
    Stéphane Levasseur, Head of Business Venturing, Umicore Rechargeable Battery Materials

    Since their introduction on the market some 20 years ago, high nickel cathode materials have been limited to high end niche applications. This lack of market enthusiasm was mainly due to intrinsic cost, safety and processability issues and better value proposal from competing chemistries.
    The ongoing race towards higher energy density allowing longer EV drive range and the lack of innovative high capacity cathode materials forced battery makers and OEMs to consider this product family.
    This presentation takes a detailed look into high nickel compounds advantages and drawbacks and gives an overview of the potential choices for the chemistries that will enter the market at the end of this decade.
    Topics covered:

    • Presenting Umicore, global leader in active battery materials
    • Cathode material roadmap for xEV: What challenges are ahead of us?
    • Focus on high nickel compounds: what can we expect and is there still some room to play?
      • The old good NCA versus next generation NMC: is there a winner?
      • What is the real value proposal behind high nickel compounds?
    • Can everybody afford xEV? Product roadmap in support of affordable higher driving range.
  3. Recent Advances in Positive Electrode Development
    Michael Kruft, President, Toda Kogyo Europe
    Since the introduction of the Lithium Ion Technology in the early 1990’s, the development of cathode materials and chemistries has been the focus of both the industry and the academic world with continuous improvement to achieve higher performance and reduce costs.

    Toda Kogyo has developed and commercialized a broad range of cathode chemistries that address the specific needs of the LIB market, and we were the first company to establish a large scale commercial operation of advanced cathode materials for Lithium Ion Batteries in the US. Our key focus continues to be safety, life, performance and cost.

    The presentation will provide an overview of the recent market / technology developments and will also investigate how different cathode technologies can contribute and help to overcome current and future challenges.

  4. R&D Status and Future Trend of Graphite Anode Material in Lithium-Ion Battery
    Tatsuya Nishida, R&D Manager, Hitachi Chemical Company
    Since lithium-ion battery was commercialized in 1991, 24 years have been passed. The application was extend from Lap-top PC and mobile phone to Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage System and so on as purpose of global environmental protection in late years.
    Carbon/Graphite Anode material has been used for most of Lithium ion battery and still is in mainstream. There is movement to use Metal/Alloy material which has large capacity in stoichiometry; however the several problems for the practical use cannot be settled. Therefore Graphite Anode Material will be applied and at the same time the improvement of performance such as energy, power, and life are required. Latest R&D status and Future trend for Graphite anode material especially for Vehicle application is presented.
  5. How to Cycle Si-Containing Full Cells
    Vincent Chevrier, Senior Research Engineer, Corporate Research Materials Laboratory, 3M
    3M has been engaged in the study of alloys (Si, Sn, etc...) as anodes for Li-ion batteries for over 15 years. During this time 3M’s interest in Si-based anode materials has grown from laboratory experiments to MT/mth capability. This talk will give a brief overview of 3M’s active/inactive design concept followed by recent findings relevant to automotive applications.

    In a number of studies, Prof. Dahn’s group utilized high precision coulometry to demonstrate that the contribution of graphite anodes to the failure of full cells occurs primarily through a time dependence. Indeed, full cells with graphite anodes have a capacity retention that has a stronger dependence on total cycling time than on cycle number.

    In this talk, recent studies at 3M utilizing high precision coulometry on Si-alloys will be presented. Findings detail the balance between time-based and cycle-based fade with Si-alloys. The implications of these findings on automotive applications will be discussed and their consequence in shallow cycling applications will be demonstrated.

  6. An Overview of Ultrathin Films for Improvement of Battery Systems
    Karen Buechler, Chief Technical Officer, ALD Nanosolutions
    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is rapidly proving itself as a method to refine, control and design material surfaces.  This talk will describe how this ultrathin film growth technique has been shown to improve the stability and lifetime of Li-ion batteries.  In specific this talk will cover:
    1. Basics of atomic layer deposition 
    2. Review of published results on multiple Li-ion systems
      1. ALD onto cathode powders
      2. ALD onto anodes
      3. ALD onto separator materials
    3. Overview of process equipment available and in development for full scale coating of powders and fabricated electrodes
  7. Advanced ALD Coatings for Li-Ion Battery Materials
    Paul Lichty, Founder and CEO, PneumatiCoat Technologies
    Summary: PneumatiCoat Technologies (PCT) is launching the world’s first nano-coating enabled battery cathode materials. Through significant development and industry validation PCT’s PICOSHIELD® protected cathode materials provide improved performance, lifetime, and safety. PCT is the world leader in nano-encapsulated powder production through the development of our high throughput manufacturing process. PCT is committed to developing drop-in solutions for enhanced Li-ion battery performance.


    1. PCT PICOSHIELD® cathode products
      1. Performance of PICOSHIELD® NMC and NCA
        - Performance
        - Lifetime
        - Safety
      2. Manufacturing capabilities
    2. Other Battery materials coating
      1. Other Cathode materials
        - Performance
      2. Coated anode materials
    3. R&D work