Cambridge EnerTech’s

Lithium-Ion Development & Commercialization

Delivering Higher Performance

March 27-28, 2019

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) represent a multibillion-dollar industry. Thus, research on LIB breakthroughs by delivering higher performance through greater speed and lower cost is essential. Many of the recent efforts to improve lithium-ion batteries have focused on developing anode, cathode, or electrolyte materials that can hold more charge in a given volume, leading to higher energy densities. To meet this goal, a diverse mix of disciplines, including chemistry, electrochemistry, materials science, physics, engineering, and manufacturing is required. Transforming basic discovery science to battery design to research prototyping to manufacturing is critical for rapid improvements in performance and cost during commercialization.

Final Agenda

Wednesday, March 27

1:45 Plenary Keynote Session: Organizer's Remarks

1:50 Shep Wolsky Battery Innovator Award

2:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: What Innovations/Advancements Do OEMs Need to Enable Near-Term, Large-Scale Production?


Celina Mikolajczak, Director of Engineering, Energy Storage Systems, Uber



Mohamed Alamgir, PhD, Research Director, LG Chem

Micheal Austin, Vice President, BYD US Operations (BYD America-IT, BYD Motors, BYD Energy)

Craig Rigby, Vice President Technology, Power Solutions, Johnson Controls

Bob Taenaka, Technical Specialist, Battery System Development, Ford Motor Company

What do OEMs need for near term, large-scale innovation? Can the global battery R&D community deliver on what advancements OEMs need for large-scale production? Our distinguished panel will discuss what they need to innovate and what they anticipate their future requirements will be. In addition, our panelists will discuss what innovation can be achieved to meet the OEMs requirements.

2:55 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


Models, Prototypes & Scale-Up for Manufacturing

3:40 Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Mary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

3:45 Chairperson’s Remarks

Seung-Wan Song, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chungnam National University

3:50 Materials and Manufacturing of Sodium-Ion Batteries

Kendrick_EmmaEmma Kendrick, PhD, FIMMM, FRSC, Professor & Chair, Energy Materials, Department of Metals Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham

This talk addresses some of the manufacturability questions around sodium and compares to what we know about lithium-ion batteries. In particular, it discusses the process for making the inks and electrodes, and the formation process at the end of the manufacturing chain.

4:15 From Laboratory to Mass Production – Rapid Prototyping with the Competitive Customized Fabrication of LIBs

Permien_StefanStefan Permien, PhD, CTO, Customcells Itzehoe GmbH

New applications for lithium-ion cell technology are in demand of different customized cells. The different materials on the market with their characteristics allow an optimized solution for each application. Customcells offers its customers a flexible cell design concerning dimensions, materials, and performance. The development includes the step from first prototype to small series production on a fast prototyping of customized cells.

4:40 Microscale Half-Cell Modeling of Graphite Electrodes at High C-Rate

Usseglio-Viretta_FrancoisFrancois Usseglio-Viretta, PhD, Battery Researcher, Transportation & Hydrogen System Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Electrochemical fields are computed for tomography-based and numerically generated 3D volumes of graphite electrodes during charge over a range of different C-rate. Analysis is focused on determining the onset of lithium plating, evaluating the field in-plane heterogeneity, and determining the size of the Representative Volume Element (RVE). Impact of various particle size and of particle alignment on fields heterogeneity and lithium-plating is also investigated.

5:05 Visualization of Electrolyte Filling Process for Hard Case Prismatic Lithium-Ion Cells by Neutron Imaging

Weydanz_WolfgangWolfgang Weydanz, PhD, Senior Scientist, Automotive Electronics, eBike Systems, Robert Bosch GmBH

The process of filling electrolyte into lithium ion cells is time consuming and critical to the overall battery quality. However, this process is not well understood. A powerful tool for visualization of the process is neutron imaging. The filling and wetting process of the electrode stack can be clearly visualized in situ. Results showed that wetting of the electrode stack takes place slowly but rather steady in a mostly isotropic manner from the outside towards a center point of the hard case cell. Vacuum can assist the process and accelerate it by about a factor of two.

5:30 Dinner Tutorial Registration*

5:457:45 Dinner Tutorial*

7:45 Close of Day

Thursday, March 28

7:30 am Registration Open

7:45 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups with Continental Breakfast

The breakouts are informal, moderated discussions with brainstorming and interactive problem solving, allowing participants from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and experiences and develop future collaborations around a focused topic. Each topic is led by a moderator who ensures focused conversation around the key issues of that topic. Attendees choose to join a specific group.

8:45 Session Break

Processes to Improve Electrode Performance

9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Emma Kendrick, PhD, FIMMM, FRSC, Professor & Chair, Energy Materials, Department of Metals Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham

9:05 Direct Regeneration of Degraded Cathodes to Reduce LIB Cost and Enhance Materials Sustainability

Chen_ZhengZheng Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego

The development of next-generation energy storage devices and systems for electric vehicles (EVs) relies on materials with significantly improved performance and lower cost. Design of energy-efficient recycling and regeneration process for spent batteries is attracting growing interest. The increase of lithium-ion battery (LIBs) consumption will result in the resource shortage and price increase of lithium and precious transition metals (Co, Ni etc.); the wastes generated from disposal of used batteries can cause severe environmental pollution. This talk will introduce a potential strategy to recycle and regenerate spent LIBs using a “non-destructive” approach, which will lead to new electrode materials that can show the same level of performance as the native materials.

9:35 Electrode and Cell Processing Considerations of Ni-Rich/Low-Co Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Wood_DavidDavid L. Wood, III, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist, R2R Manufacturing Group, Energy & Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Ni-rich, or low-Co, layered active materials are promising candidates for next-generation cathodes for lithium-ion batteries. However, these materials present processing challenges such as compatibility with water during aqueous electrode formulation and unoptimized SEI/CEI formation conditions during cell assembly. This presentation focuses on ORNL advancements in both areas, where aqueous processing conditions and fast formation protocols are being developed for the example material LiNi0.8Mn0.1Co0.1O2 (NMC 811).

10:05 Research Progress of Advanced Polymer Lithium-Ion Battery in Highpower

Dalin Hu, President, Research Institute, Highpowertech International, Inc.

In this presentation, Li-ion battery will be introduced. Now, HPJ focus on 3C battery, especially small battery used in Bluetooth & wearable device, and large battery used in Notebook. The R&D also focuses on these two directions, which is mainly fast charge and high ED battery. We will introduce the detail of 4.45V fast charge and high ED battery, and briefly introduce the development of high ED battery with SiOx anode and 4.48V LCO system.

10:35 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

11:20 Correlating Nanoporous-Carbon Structure with Li-Ion Anode Energy Storage Properties

Siegal_MichaelMichael P. Siegal, PhD, Principal Member, Technical Staff, Department of Nanoscale Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories

Li-ion intercalation into graphitic anodes has a specific capacity close to its theoretical limit. We study nanoporous-carbon, a binderless material that provides control of the interplanar spacing between graphene sheet fragments, as a model system to understand the relationship between structural and energy storage properties, demonstrating >100% increases in capacity. Furthermore, nanoporous-carbon can host other species, e.g., silicon, to potentially provide even higher capacity.

11:50 Multifunctional Binder and Its Interface Chemistry with High-Energy Cathodes

Song_Seung-WanSeung-Wan Song, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chungnam National University

The capacity of cathode and energy density of lithium-ion batteries can increase by increasing charge cutoff voltage. This presentation shows how new multifunctional cathode binder permits charge of the batteries to high voltage above 4.2V in commercial electrolyte and mitigates the degradation problems of high-voltage cathodes coated with conventional binder, thus enabling well-performing high-energy density Li-ion batteries.

12:20 pm Lithium Manganese Iron Phosphate: The Next-Generation Olivine Cathode Material for Li-Ion Batteries

Liao_Shih-ChiehShih-Chieh Liao, PhD, Chief Technical Advisor, Research & Development, HCM Co., Ltd.

We have developed lithium manganese iron phosphate (LMFP) cathode material with an average working voltage of 4.0V and discharge capacity of 150 mAh/g. The LMFP cell had the energy density >135 Wh/kg and excellent life >5000 cycles. The energy density of LMFP cells can be further increased by blending the LMFP with the NMC. In addition, Ni-rich NMC cells exhibited much improved safety, rate capability and cycle life by blending the NMC with the LMFP.

Haldor_Topsoe 12:50 Recent Developments on High Voltage LNMO Spinel

Jonathan Højberg, 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.

Walking Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing or Plated Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall Foyer (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

1:50 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Engineering High(er) Energy Electrolytes

2:20 Chairperson’s Remarks

Kevin L. Gering, PhD, Distinguished Staff Scientist, Energy Storage Technologies, Idaho National Laboratory

2:25 Continuous Flow Processes – A Platform for Manufacturing Advanced Electrolyte Materials

Pupek_KrisKris Pupek, PhD, Group Leader, Process R&D and Scale-Up, Materials Engineering Research Facility, Argonne National Laboratory

New electrolyte materials are required to enable HV/HE and safer batteries. In the quest for such a material, researchers design, synthesize and evaluate more and more complex molecules. The complexity of the structure is translated into increased difficulty in synthesis and production cost. Argonne launched a program to evaluate emerging synthesis technologies to facilitate at-scale delivery of new materials and to address the cost issue.

2:55 Electrolyte Characterization and Design Using a Fast Chemical Physics Platform, with Emphasis on Low-Permittivity Systems Amenable to High Cycling Rates

Gering_KevinKevin L. Gering, PhD, Distinguished Staff Scientist, Energy Storage Technologies, Idaho National Laboratory

Complexity of electrolyte formulations grows as more demands are placed on them within contemporary batteries. Advanced models are needed to characterize, screen, and optimize electrolytes while reducing the cost burden of laboratory measurements. The move toward reduced EC systems requires new evaluations of low-permittivity electrolytes and underlying mechanisms within the permittivity domain and related ion association. Basis/benefits of INL advanced electrolyte model (AEM) are discussed.

3:25 High-Voltage, 1000Wh/L+ Batteries Enabled by Compositionally Distinct Electrolytes (Anolytes & Catholytes)

Ota_NaokiNaoki Ota, CTO, R&D, 24M Technologies

The commercialization of high energy density systems has the potential to radically improve cost ($/kWh) and adoption in both the automotive and grid energy spaces. Cathode electrolytes (catholytes) and anode electrolytes (anolytes) have the potential to enable much higher energy density cell designs, more safely. This approach is suited for use with semi-solid electrodes of 24M’s proprietary design, made by a process in which the electrolyte also serves the function of a processing solvent.

3:55 Understanding Materials Processing Effect on Surface Energy and Electrolyte Wettability of Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

Li_JianlinJianlin Li, PhD, R&D Staff, Energy & Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

This presentation discusses a method in characterizing electrode surface energy and electrolyte wettability for lithium-ion batteries.

4:25 Networking Refreshment Break

4:40 Closing Plenary Keynote Session: Organizer's Remarks

4:40 - 5:40pm PANEL DISCUSSION: Solving the Innovation Barrier for Production of Improved Li-Ion


Brian Barnett, President, Battery Perspectives



Michael Fetcenko, Director, Global Licensing, BASF Battery Materials, BASF

Tobias Glossman, Senior Engineer, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America

Bruce Miller, Technology Strategist, Dell

Donald R. Sadoway, PhD, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Paul Schiffbanker, Product Manager Battery Systems, AVL

Demands for improved lithium-ion are increasing even while markets are expanding dramatically amidst relentless cost reduction pressures. New materials, components and technologies are required, and an unprecedented level of R&D is responding. Battery manufacturers and their suppliers face enormous engineering and investment challenges ramping up production. One consequence is a major innovation barrier:  long multi-year qualification periods and technologies “frozen” for manufacturing. This culture requires screening of new technologies in complete cells. Most innovators do not make cells or know how to demonstrate realistic cell-level performance. This panel of experts will examine these challenges and consider approaches to unblock innovation.

5:45 Close of Conference

* The program is subject to change without notice, due to unforeseen reason.

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