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Cambridge EnerTech’s

Lithium-Ion Battery Chemistries

From Raw Materials to the Latest Advancements in Battery Chemistries

October 29-30, 2019

Cambridge EnerTech's Lithium-Ion Battery Chemistries conference 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 of the various lithium-ion chemistries and emerging lithium-ion chemistries of the future, where lithium metal, lithium/sulfur, lithium/air, sodium, magnesium, and calcium chemistries will be the focus of interest.

Final Agenda


Tuesday, October 29

8:00 Registration and Morning Coffee


9:00 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

9:05 From Liquid to Solid: High Conductivity Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries

Hintennach_AndreasAndreas 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 soon. While on the one hand, high energy density is required, the aspects of safety and 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.

9:55 Advanced High-Ni Cathode Materials for xEV Applications

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

High-capacity nickel-based cathode materials have become the principal candidates for a lithium–ion energy storage system powering electrified transportation units. With the aim of achieving high capacity with satisfactory battery lifetime, stabilization of the nickel-based cathode has become a globally competitive topic. 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.


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


10:50 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.

11:15 Cathode material developments enabling mass-market xEV’s: the Umicore perspective

Michael Kruft, PhD, Director, Research and Development, Umicore

Long EV range, fast charge, low cost, sustainability, safety … the requirements for automotive batteries constantly push materials and cell makers to propose optimized solutions. This presentation takes a detailed look into a range of high energy active materials, their advantages and drawbacks, and gives an overview of the potential choices for the chemistry combinations that will enter the market in the next years.

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

Damien Vitry, PhD, Research & Business Development Director, Technical Polymers/Asia-Pacific, 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 two product lines to meet the always more demanding requirements in terms of performance and safety.

CAMXpower12:05 GEMX: Improving high-nickel cathode active material performance with engineered primary particles and grain boundaries

Kenan_SahinKenan Sahin, PhD, President & Founder, CAMX Power LLC

Sriramulu_SureshSuresh Sriramulu, PhD, Head, Development, CAMX Power LLC

We will describe CAMX Power’s advancements in particle engineering of lithium-ion battery cathode active materials, including GEMXTM technology for high-nickel cathode materials with greater stability and higher performance, even as cobalt content is reduced. Also discussed will be new results highlighting the benefits of combining cobalt grain boundary enrichment with previously developed approach of bulk stabilization by magnesium doping of the LNO class of active materials.

12:30 Q&A

12:50 Networking Lunch

ELKEM 13:45 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

14:15 Chairperson’s Remarks

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

14:20 The Australian Battery Landscape

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

Australia is well known for its prodigious supplies of minerals such as Iron and Coal, but what is less well known is that Australia is rich in minerals that are integral to the lithium and alkali -ion battery industry. Minerals such as lithium-containing spodumene and pegmatites, nickel, cobalt, manganese, vanadium, natural graphite, copper and aluminium are all found in significant quantities. In mid-2018, Australia overtook Chile as the world’s largest lithium producing nation, with production increasing 34 % in one year alone. In this paper we will highlight Australia’s capabilities and ambitions within the battery value chain, and the abundant opportunities to work with Australia.

14:45 Sulfide Glass and Glass Ceramic Electrolytes for All-Solid-State Batteries

Atsushi Sakuda, Assistant Professor, Applied Chemistry, Osaka Prefecture University

The most important component of all-solid-state batteries is a solid electrolyte. Some solid electrolytes have demonstrated lithium-ion conductivities of over 10-2 S cm-1, which is greater than in conventional liquid electrolytes. In addition to the conductivity, understanding the mechanical properties and chemical stability in humid conditions is important to battery manufacturing and for long-term reliability. Our recent research on those properties of sulfide glass and glass-ceramic electrolytes will be introduced.

15:10 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


15:50 Developments in Large-Format All-Solid-State Batteries Produced Using Roll-to-Roll Processes

Campbell_DougDoug Campbell, CEO, Solid Power

All-solid-state batteries (ASSB) have significant potential for providing greater energy and safety as compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries. However, one area of concern is manufacturability and associated costs for ASSBs. In 2019, Solid Power installed its first automated, roll-to-roll production line in order to achieve higher-quality ASSBs and at volume. Solid Power’s talk will provide an overview of Solid Power’s manufacturing approach, as well as preliminary performance data on ASSB cells produced using its small volume production line.

16:15 A Long-Cycling All-Solid-State Lithium Metal Battery with Sulfide Solid Electrolytes

Yong-Gun Lee, PhD, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Samsung Electronics

All-solid-state battery (ASSB) with a lithium metal anode is a strong candidate for surpassing conventional lithium-ion battery (LIB) capabilities. However, undesirable Li dendrite growth and low Coulombic efficiency impede their practical application. We report herein, an all-solid-state lithium metal battery with a sulfide electrolyte which exhibits high energy density and superior cycle life. An NMC cathode with high specific capacity (>210 mAh g-1) and high areal capacity (>6.8 mAh cm-2) was employed, and a newly designed anode comprising a silver-carbon (Ag-C) composite layer was used in the ASSB. Repeated Li metal plating and stripping between the Ag-C nanocomposite layer and the stainless steel (SUS) current collector during cell cycling was demonstrated. A prototype pouch cell (0.6 Ah) thus prepared exhibited high energy density (>900 Wh L-1), stable Coulombic efficiency over 99.8% and long cycle life (1000 times).



16:40 Engineering Lithium Metal Surface to Enable Long-Term Cycling with Carbonate-Based Electrolytes

Strand_DeeDee Strand, PhD, CSO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Significant progress towards the passivation of Li metal anodes must occur before any of the anode’s potential can fully be realized. To this end, Wildcat Discovery Technologies has developed both in situ and ex situ surface passivation methods for lithium metal to significantly boost the cycling performance of lithium metal batteries. We will show investigation of passivation materials in combination with a variety of electrolyte compositions.

17:05 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

17:55 Q&A

18:15 Close of Day


18:15 Tutorial Registration*

18:30 - 20:45 TUT5: Improving the Energy Density of Batteries with Silicon-Based Anodes

TUT6: Lithium-Ion Battery Raw Materials Markets: Supply and Demand Outlook and Pricing Evolution

*Separate registration required.

Wednesday, October 30

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 Development of Functional Conductive Carbon for Li-Ion Batteries

Ishimoto_ShuichiShuichi Ishimoto, PhD, Section Manager of Advanced Material Group, Basic Research Center, R&D Headquarters, Nippon Chemi-Con Corp.

In order to enhance the cycle durability of Li-ion batteries (LIBs) for xEVs, we have developed a novel conductive carbon material called NH Carbon. The NH Carbon has a unique coating ability on the active materials’ surface in both negative and positive electrodes. Therefore, the cycle life of LIBs with the NH Carbon can be improved drastically. In the presentation, we will introduce the feature, effectiveness, and mechanism of the NH Carbon.

9:30 Functional Binders for High Energy LIB

Horiba_TatsuoTatsuo Horiba, PhD, Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo University of Science

We have been demonstrating that water-soluble binders provide better electrode performance than PVdF, which is due to uniformly dispersed electrode materials, sufficient coverage of active material surface, etc. Therefore, we named such binders “functional binders.” We will present some results on functional binders for lithium-ion batteries, with their feature, performance and working mechanism, focused on sodium polyacrylate (PANa), polysaccharides, lithium poly-γ-glutamate (LiPGlu), and styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR)/sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC).

9:55 Advances in Lithium Ion Battery Technology through Fluorine Based Electrolytes

Joseph Sunstrom, PhD, Senior Applications Development Chemist, Daikin-America 

The use of electrolytes containing small fluorinated molecules to enable stable high voltage (> 4.3 V) battery operation is the focus of this project. Previously, Daikin has shown that it is possible to operate lithium ion batteries up to 4.5 V. This coupled with the trend towards higher nickel cathodes requires more robust electrolytes.  This paper will show performance of fluorinated additive based electrolytes across a variety of battery chemistries.


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

10:50 Advances and Issues in Developing Salt-Concentrated Battery Electrolytes

Yamada_AkiraAtsuo Yamada, PhD, Professor, The University of Toyko

In the past few years, a major breakthrough in electrolyte materials was achieved by simply increasing the salt concentration in suitable salt/solvent combinations. This long-awaited, extremely simple, yet effective strategy can overcome most of the remaining hurdles limiting the present lithium-ion batteries without sacrificing manufacturing efficiency. I will try to provide timely information that will be valuable for designing more realistic batteries.

11:15 What Is Safety? Enhanced System Safety Using Advanced Electrolytes Designed around Ionic Liquids

Homburger_NohmsPaul Homburger, Vice President, Business Development, NOHMS Technologies, Inc.

Safety is a key industry challenge, but the definition of “safe” is construed in many ways.  What is "safe" and attaining it are open questions. This talk explores failure mechanisms making cells unsafe.  With this insight, NOHMs’ safety-enhanced solutions using advanced ionic liquid-based electrolytes are introduced.  Test results illustrate strong safety in next-generation cells.  How these materials reduce overall battery systems cost while providing large safety margins will be better-understood.

NanoramicLaboratories 11:40 Introduction to Neocarbonix: Binderless Electrodes for Lithium-ion Batteries

Nicolo Brambilla, CTO, 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.  


Zeon 12:05 Highly-Functionalized Binder for Lithium Ion Battery

Mayumi Kaneko, PhD, Team Leader, Advanced Performance Material, Zeon Corporation

In recent years, it has been widely recognized that functional binders greatly affect the performance of lithium ion batteries, receiving much attention as a functional material to control the reaction at the solid-liquid interface.This presentation will show the latest technological trend including the evolution of binder technology contributing to high performance lithium ion battery.

12:30 Q&A

12:50 Networking Lunch

13:45 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

14:15 Close of Lithium-Ion Battery Chemistries




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