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Battery Chemistries for Automotive Applications

Recent Advancements in Battery Chemistries

June 8-9, 2020


In order to create affordable batteries for automotive applications, battery chemistries and materials must be optimized. The Chemistry symposium, part of this year’s Advanced Automotive Battery Conference, will bring together leading material R&D professionals from industry, government, and academia to discuss the current challenges of lithium-ion batteries. Case studies highlighting advancements in both electrode and electrolyte chemistry will be shared. In addition to improvements in lithium-ion chemistries, the Chemistry symposium will also explore the economic value of lithium ion batteries and beyond.

Final Agenda

Monday, June 8

12:30 pm Symposia Registration


1:30 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

1:35 An Advanced, High-Energy-Efficiency, Rechargeable Aluminum-Selenium Battery

Khalil Amine, PhD, Distinguished Fellow, Electrochemical Energy Storage Department, Argonne

Aluminum-ion batteries (AIBs) are considered as a promising alternative to traditional rechargeable batteries due to their high theoretical capacity, low cost, and multivalent-ion/multi-electron transfer, but are hindered from commercialization by the lack of suitable cathode materials. Herein, an aluminum-selenium (Al-Se) battery that operates at room temperature with high energy-efficiency is reported.

1:55 Talk Title to be Announced

Peter Lamp, PhD, Head of Cell Technology Development, BMW

2:15 Battery 500 Consortium: Understanding and Addressing the Fundamental Challenges in Rechargeable Lithium Metal Batteries

Jie Xiao, PhD, Chief Scientist, Batteries & Materials System, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Although many approaches have been proposed to rescue Li metal anodes, most of the work has not been further validated at practically relevant conditions. This talk will start from the origin of uneven deposition of Li metal from the electrochemical point of view, followed by the discussion of developing a testing protocol to effectively validate new concepts for industry adaptation.

2:35 Outlining the Faraday Institution’s Integrated UK-Wide Research Projects to Make Step Changes in Battery Chemistries and Systems to Improve Performance of Electric Vehicles

Allan Paterson, PhD, Head of Programme Management, The Faraday Institution

The Faraday Institution is the UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research and skills development. It brings together 450 researchers, with 50+ industry partners, and $95m of UK government funding on research projects to meet industry needs – particularly for automotive applications. Dr. Paterson’s talk will present an overview of the Faraday Institution’s projects, detail case studies of where the organization is delivering scientific impact, and outline opportunities for collaboration for overseas researchers.

2:55 Talk Title to be Announced

Kenan Sahin, PhD, President, CAMX Power

3:15 Refreshment Break

3:35 High-Energy-Density, Solid-Electrolyte-Based Liquid Li-S and Li-Se Batteries

Yi Cui, PhD, Professor, Material Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Lthium-sulfur (Li-S) and Lithium-selenium (Li-Se) batteries are considered as promising candidates for next-generation battery technologies, as they have high energy density and low cost. However, due to the use of a solid Li-metal anode and a liquid organic electrolyte, the current Li-S and Li-Se batteries face several issues in terms of Coulombic efficiency and cycling stability, which have seriously impeded their development. Here, we report solid-electrolyte-based liquid Li-S and Li-Se (SELL-S and SELL-Se in short) batteries.

3:55 Talk Title to be Announced

Heino Sommer, PhD, Principal Scientist, BASF SE

4:15 Compositionally Distinct Electrolytes for High-Energy-Density Batteries

Naoki Ota, President & CTO, 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. A novel cell concept in which compositionally distinct electrolytes are used with the cathode and anode of a single cell allows the cathode electrolyte (catholyte) to be selected for oxidative stability with a high-voltage cathode, and the anode electrolyte (anolyte) to be selected for reductive stability with a high-capacity anode (e.g., silicon or Li metal).

4:35 Drop-In Materials’ Technologies for Higher Energy and Safer Batteries

Gleb Yushin, PhD, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Tech

Advancements in the capabilities of Li-ion batteries have slowed down in the last decade. As conventional intercalation-type electrode materials approach their theoretical limits, substantial gains in battery energy density only come as trade-offs in safety or performance. This talk will delve into the opportunities to boost energy density and safety by implementing disruptive materials’ technologies. It will also discuss various technical challenges associated with the development and introduction of new conversion-type materials that are fully compatible with existing battery production facilities. Finally, the talk will showcase a successful transition from fundamental academic studies to material manufacturing on a large industrial scale.

4:55 Q&A

5:20 Grand Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:20 Close of Day

Tuesday, June 9

8:30 am 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 400Wh/Kg Is Here, a Practical Approach to Solid-State Lithium Metal Cells

Qichao Hu, PhD, Founder & CEO, SolidEnergy Systems, LLC

In semiconductor there’s a Moore’s Law, where the number of transistors doubles every 18 months; in battery a similar law applies, where the energy density doubles every 30 years. Li-metal cells can double the energy density of conventional Li-ion. SolidEnergy has been developing a unique electrolyte system that enables Li-metal to perform safely and reliably at more than 400 Wh/kg. It has also built and demonstrated Li-metal at pilot scale and has been validated by customers in drones and electric vehicles.

9:25 Transitioning Solid-State Batteries from Lab to Market

Jeff Sakamoto, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan

There is tremendous interest in making the next super battery, but state-of-the-art Li-ion technology is proven and has achieved widespread adoption. Supplanting Li-ion will require a battery technology that provides significant improvements in performance, safety, and cost. Recent material breakthroughs in Li metal solid-state electrolytes could enable a new class of non-combustible solid-state batteries (SSB) delivering twice the energy density (1,200 Wh/L) compared to Li-ion.

9:45 Solid-State Batteries: Composite Materials Formulations & Manufacturing Processes

Brian Hayden, PhD, CSO, QUAD, Ilika Technologies Ltd.

Ilika has developed solid-state lithium micro-batteries for deployment in biomedical, IoT, and other applications that benefit from autonomous sensing. Ilika is now engaged in the development of large-format solid-state batteries targeting the automotive powertrain. The materials and manufacturing approach to achieve viable composite-layer, solid-state batteries will be presented, together with performance characteristics and our technical roadmap.

10:05 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

11:00 Talk Title to be Announced

Alex Yu, PhD, Founder and President, Lionano SE Inc.


11:20 Beyond Dendrites, Cycling Li-Metal at High Current Density

Eric Wachsman, PhD, Professor, Director, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute, University of Maryland

Solid-state Li-batteries are a transformational and intrinsically safe energy storage solution. However, progress has been limited by high solid-solid interfacial impedance and reports of Li-dendrites and corresponding “critical current density”. By surface modification to enable Li-metal wetting and fabricating tailored 3D microstructures using scalable ceramic fabrication techniques we have been able to overcome these limitations achieving 10 mA/cm2 room temperature Li-cycling. Results for Li-metal anode/garnet-electrolyte based batteries with different cathode chemistries will be presented.

11:40 Printable Lithium Technology for Advanced Li-Ion and Solid-State Batteries Applications

Marina Yakovleva, Global Commerical Manager, New Product Technology Development, FMC Corporation

Livent has been supplying the Li-ion industry high-quality lithium products, including carbonate, hydroxide and metal, since the 1950s. To meet the world’s growing demand for portable electronics, electric cars, and large-scale stationary storage facilities, Livent focuses its R&D on testing and understanding new ways to improve energy storage and lithium delivery. Livent’s printable lithium technology paves the way to the commercialization of the next generation of advanced lithium-ion and solid-state batteries.

12:00 pm Talk Title to be Announced

Soga Iwao, PhD, Project Manager, Science & Innovation Center, Mitsubishi Chemical Corp

12:20 Q&A

12:40 Networking Lunch

1:35 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


2:35 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

2:40 Non-Destructive Parameter Extraction for a Reduced Order Lumped Electrochemical-Thermal Model for Simulating Li-Ion Full Cells

William Chueh, PhD, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University

3:00 Characterization of Degradation Processes in Li-Ion Cylindrical Cells

Robert Kostecki, PhD, Director, Energy Storage and Distributed Resources, Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Changes of the spatial distribution of lithium and electrolyte in the graphite anode in cycled Li-ion cells were monitored using neutron diffraction measurements at 150 K. Local loss of lithium and electrolyte and their non-uniform distribution in the graphite anode in aged Li-ion cylindrical cells were directly correlated with electrochemical performance degradation mechanisms, which are responsible for the observed cell capacity fade and impedance rise.

3:20 Presentation to be Announced

3:40 Presentation to be Announced

4:00 Q&A

4:20 Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

5:25 Close of Symposium

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

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