Lithium Battery Chemistry Symposium

Advancements in Lithium-Ion and Beyond

28-29 January 2019

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. Lithium Battery Chemistry 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, 28 January

8:00 Symposium Registration and Morning Coffee


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 FEATURED PRESENTATION: From Li-Ion to Na-Ion : What to Expect?

Jean-Marie Tarascon, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, College de France & Director, French Research Network, Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E)

The development of improved rechargeable batteries represents a major technological challenge for this new century, as batteries constitute the limiting components in the shift from gasoline powered to electric vehicles, while also enabling the use of more renewable energy on the grid. To minimize the ecological implications associated with their wider use, we must integrate sustainability of battery components into our research endeavors. The challenges to developing batteries with minimal ecological footprints are enormous. Within this context, departing from Li-ion, our new findings with the sodium ion chemistry which uses novel materials/electrolyte design together with the assembly of 18,650 prototypes will be presented.

10:15 Market Update on Materials Development for High Energy Density Automotive Batteries

Stephane Levasseur, PhD, Senior Director Technology Strategy, Rechargeable Battery Materials, UMICORE

Long EV range, fast charge, low cost, sustainability, safety c 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.

10:35 Networking Coffee Break with Poster Viewing

11:05 Universally Applicable Cobalt Grain Boundary Enrichment - Effective Pathway for Low-Cobalt, High-Performance Cathode Materials

Kenan E. Sahin, Ph.D., President and Founder CAMX Power LLC and TIAX LLC

Suresh Sriramulu, PhD, CTO, CAMX Power

Achieving high performance while reducing the Cobalt content of the cathode is a major challenge facing Li-ion batteries today. We have developed a new class of high-Ni cathode materials - GEMX - which are polycrystalline materials with grain boundaries enriched with Cobalt. In this presentation, we will highlight the many advantages of enriching the grain boundaries with Cobalt for high-nickel cathodes including high capacity and excellent cycle life while minimizing Cobalt.

11:25 Talk Title to be Announced

Hartman Leube, PhD, Senior Vice President, RCN, New Technologies, BASF

11:45 Oxyfluoride Based Cathode Materials with Disordered Rock Salt Structure

Robert Dominko, PhD, Laboratory Head, Director, National Institute of Chemistry

Oxyfluoride materials with a disordered rock salt structure represent a new class of high energy density cathodes for Li-ion batteries. Lithium diffusion is facilitated with disorder and presence of defects in the structure. Moreover oxyfluorides have at least doubled theoretical capacity compared to some cathode materials which are currently used in the commercial batteries. Synthesis, structural properties and electrochemical storage mechanism will be discussed in this presentation.

12:05 Recent Developments on High Voltage LNMO Spinel

Jonathan Hojberg, PhD, Principal Scientist, Advanced Materials, Haldor Topsoe A/S

This talk presents the LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 high voltage spinel material TBM-129 developed by Haldor Topsoe A/S to have good powder properties, high tap density and low degradation. Batteries based on LNMO have high energy density and are significantly cheaper compared to cells with high-nickel tri-metal cathode materials like NCA and NMC811.

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 Advanced Battery Materials from Unit Operations

Mark Obrovac, PhD, Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Chemistry, Dalhousie University

In this presentation it will be shown how high performance engineered positive and negative electrode particles can be practically made using simple unit operations that are potentially less expensive and produce less waste. In addition, it will be shown that when used effectively, simple unit operations can enable the practical synthesis of new materials microstructures with materials performance not attainable by methods commonly used today.

14:20 Talk Title to be Announced

Stu Hellring, Senior Scientist, PPG

14:40 Q&A

15:15 Refreshment Break with Poster Viewing


15:50 Chairperson's Remarks

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

15:55 Lithium-Ion Metal

Ulrich Wietelmann, PhD, Manager, Research and Development, Albemarle

16:15 Engineering Lithium Metal to Enable Long-Term Cycling with Carbonate-Based Electrolytes

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

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. As a result, we demonstrate several protection layers for the lithium anode surface that show significant improvements in cycling, even at 0.9 mA/cm2 charging current.

16:35 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 soon. 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.

16:55 Q&A

17:10 Welcome Reception with Poster Viewing

18:15 Dinner Tutorial Check-In*

20:30 Close of Day

Tuesday, 29 January

7:30 Symposium Registration and Morning Coffee


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 Battery Development

Ryoji Kanno, PhD, Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology

9:15 Toward Room-Temperature Lithium Metal Batteries

Margaud Lecuyer, PhD, Electrochemistry Engineer, Innovation and Production Monitoring, Blue Solutions

BlueSolutions commercializes lithium metal polymer batteries and implements its packs in electric vehicles and in stationary applications. Today, one of the main drawback of this technology remains its high operating temperature. During this talk, impacts of salt and solvent choice on low temperature cyclability and lithium deposits density will be depicted. It will also be highlighted how these formulations have been converted into a gelified full lithium metal battery.

9:35 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.

9:55 Glass Ceramics as Solid Electrolytes. A Chance for An Industrial Solution

Andreas Roters, PhD, Senior Project Manager New Venture, Research and Development, SCHOTT AG

Solid state batteries gain increasing interest to overcome limitations of existing Lithium ion batteries in safety and energy density. As solid electrolytes, oxidic ceramic electrolytes like LLZO and LATP are well established and analyzed, but a promising solution for a high energy SSB is still missing. Glass ceramic materials offer the chance for a broader material variety, since the glassy phase gives an additional degree of freedom to design the material to the needs of an SSB. The long experience in the industrial production concepts for high precision and high-performance glass ceramics, also for high volume markets, leads the way for the industrialization of glass ceramic solid electrolytes.

AVL10:10 Grand Opening 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 Oxide-Based All-Solid-State Li-Batteries - Current Challenges in Fabrication and Operation

Martin Finsterbusch, PhD, Group Leader, Manager, Solid State Batteries

All-Solid-State Li-Batteries (Li-ASBs) promise to alleviate many issues related to the use of organic liquid electrolytes in conventional Li-ion batteries since they have the potential to simultaneously increase the energy and power density while offering intrinsic safety and low degradation. However, when scaling up to larger cells sizes, several challenges are currently faced during fabrication and operation when using oxide based ceramic electrolytes and Li metal as anode.

11:25 Bulk All Solid-State Batteries: Recent Developments Towards High Cell Energy and Production Scale-Up

Doug Campbell, CEO, Solid Power, Inc.

All solid-state batteries have emerged as having the highest potential for displacing convention Li-ion batteries. Achieving their high energy potential, however, requires several developments around high capacity anodes, cathodes and solid electrolyte improvements. Further, these developments must be compatible with highly scalable manufacturing processes enabling large format and high-quality cells for use in future electric vehicles. This talk will cover Solid Power's recent R&D and production scale-up developments as well as the Company's near- to mid-term development plan towards commercialization.

Solvay_horizontal11:45 Solvay's Last Developments of Electrolyte Ingredients for HV Li-Ion Batteries

Thomas Mathivet, Business Development Manager, Battery Europe, SOLVAY

12:05 Q&A

12:40 Networking Lunch

13:55 Dessert Break with Exhibit & Poster Viewing


This 90-minute session is reserved for the latest breaking news in the research and development of automotive batteries.

Arkema15:45 Addressing the Key Challenges of Li-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles Thanks to Arkema's Materials

Gregory Schmidt, PhD, Research & Development Scientist Li-Ion Battery, Arkema

The current development of EV LIB requires an improvement of energy density at affordable cost without compromising on safety. Arkema is developing innovative electrolytes enabling high voltage and long life solutions, binders for electrode and separator coating to increase capacity and safety, conductive additive to increase power performance and lifetime.

16:05 Q&A

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

17:25 Dinner Tutorial Check-In*

20:30 Close of Day



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