Cambridge EnerTech’s

Lithium-Ion Development & Commercialization

Delivering Higher Performance with Greater Efficiency

April 1-2, 2020

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) represent a multibillion-dollar industry. Many of the recent research efforts to improve lithium-ion batteries have focused on developing anode, cathode, or electrolyte materials that can hold more charge in a given volume and lead to higher energy densities. A diverse mix of disciplines is required to meet this goal, and includes chemistry, electrochemistry, materials science, physics, engineering, and manufacturing. Transforming basic discovery science into battery design, research prototyping, and manufacturing is critical for rapid improvements in performance and cost for commercialization.

Final Agenda

Wednesday, April 1

1:45 PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSION: Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech


Bob Galyen1:50 The Fast-Changing World of Battery Applications

Bob Galyen, CTO, Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL)

Today’s advanced battery technologies have enabled a myriad of new applications unthought of only a few decades ago. Let’s take a walk through the world of applications to see how this has transpired and where it will take us into the future. The enabling doctrines of the GOLDEN RULES of electrification will also be reviewed.

Celina Mikolajczak2:20 The New NFPA 855 Standard for Installation of ESS

Celina Mikolajczak, Vice President, Battery Technology, Panasonic Energy of North America




2:50 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Improvement of Electrolyte Performance

3:45 Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Mary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

3:50 Chairperson’s Remarks

Marshall Schroeder, PhD, Materials Engineer, Electrochemistry Branch, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

3:55 Soft Polymer Electrolytes for Lithium Metal Batteries

Martinez-Ibanez_MariaMaría Martinez-Ibañez, PhD, Associate Researcher, Power Storage, Batteries and Supercaps, CIC EnergiGUNE

Polymer electrolytes (PE) offer a promising solution to overcome the safety issues arising from the highly flammable organic solvents in conventional liquid batteries. In addition, the low density of PEs, as compared to other solid electrolytes like garnet, achieves high gravimetric energy density. In this presentation, the performance of new flexible and highly conductive PEs will be provided.

4:25 Fluorinated Ether-Based Electrolytes – New Opportunities for Li-S Batteries

Quinton_MeisnerQuinton Meisner, PhD, Postdoctoral Appointee, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Our group has dedicated a significant amount of effort to improve the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries over the past several years. In this talk, I will touch on some of the discoveries our group has made in the use of partially fluorinated ethers as electrolyte co-solvents and their effects on the Li-S battery chemistries.

4:55 Bisalt Ether Electrolytes: A Pathway towards Lithium Metal Batteries with Ni-Rich Cathodes

Schroeder_MarshallMarshall Schroeder, PhD, Materials Engineer, Electrochemistry Branch, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

The electrochemical performance and mechanistic effects of incorporating two salts (LiFSI/LiTFSI) in an ether electrolyte in Li-metal cells were investigated experimentally and via molecular scale modeling. These results provide new insight into how the bisalt effect can be leveraged for regulating the timescale, chemistry, and extent of interfacial reactions. When balanced properly, this promotes efficient plating/deplating of Li, and potentially supports widespread implementation of high-nickel content NMC cell configurations with limited or no excess lithium.

5:25 Dinner Tutorial Registration*

5:45 - 8:00 Dinner Tutorials*

*Best Value or separate registration required for Tutorials.

8:00 Close of Day

Thursday, April 2

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. View list of topics here.

8:45 Session Break

Processes that Improve Battery Performance

9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Leon Shaw, PhD, MS, MEng, Rowe Family Endowed Chair Professor in Sustainable Energy; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

9:05 Accelerating the Optimization and Validation of Lithium-Ion Batteries with Machine Learning

Gent_WillWilliam Gent, PhD, StorageX Staff Scientist, Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford University

The long testing time and uncertainties in validating new lithium-ion batteries gave rise to their exceptionally long development time and their slow rate of progress. Here I will present the latest results from a major ongoing project at Stanford to use machine learning and controlled, high-throughput testing to accelerate the validation and optimization of lithium-ion cells for any specified application.

9:35 An In-Depth Investigation on How to Optimize the Chemistry and Manufacturing Parameters for the Fast Charging of Li-Ion Batteries

Laforgue_AlexisAlexis Laforgue, PhD, Research Officer, Materials for Energy Technologies, Automotive & Surface Transportation Research, National Research Council of Canada

Building Li-ion batteries better suited for fast charging is key to the deployment of electric vehicles. The results of a four-year project, model simulation, electrochemical testing, and post-mortem analysis of both commercial and custom-built cells will be presented. These results provide general guidance towards the selection of best chemistries and manufacturing parameters to maximize the fast-charging abilities of batteries, especially at low temperature.

10:05 Research and Development of High Temperature  Li-ion Battery for Notebook

Hu_DalinDalin Hu, PhD, Vice President, R&D Institute, Highpower International Inc.

In this presentation, we will introduce Highpower and high temperature li-ion battery technology. Highpower focuses on consumer batteries, especially those used in laptops and wearable devices. Here we will introduce the high temperature li-ion battery for laptops. Through a long-term research, Highpower has developed the latest high temperature li-ion batteries system, this was the opportunity to greatly improve the user experience and prolong the life of electronic products.


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

Manufacturing and Production Technologies for Solid-State LIBs

11:20 Synchronized Electrospinning and Electrospraying Technique for Manufacturing of All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries

Ban_ChunmeiChunmei Ban, PhD, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

The complexity and expense of manufacturing all-solid-state batteries have long hindered the development of large-scale all-solid-state batteries for transportation and grid storage applications. Key issues include electrolyte-electrode interfacial resistance, air and moisture stability, and mass production capabilities. This talk will discuss the existing manufacturing methods and present a new manufacturing method which overcomes challenges in interfacial resistance and scalability by using synchronized electrospinning and electrospraying.

Lionano_SE 11:50 Specialty Polymer SSE: The Path to Next Generation EV Batteries  

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

12:20 pm Materials and Manufacturing Advancement in Lithium-Ion and Solid-State Batteries

Belharouak_IliasIlias Belharouak, PhD, Group Leader, Energy and Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The DOE’s Battery Manufacturing Facility (BMF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been very instrumental in expediting key innovations in advanced battery materials research, manufacturing and cell prototyping that enable low-cost, high-energy, safer and long-life cells capable of fast charging. BMF provides the ability to analyze every aspect of battery cell development, from raw materials and electrode dispersion to finished product and performance testing and diagnostics.

12:50 Walking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

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

Improvements and Developments for Electrode Performance

2:20 Chairperson’s Remarks

Gleb Yushin, PhD, CTO, Co-Founder, Sila Nanotechnologies; Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

2:25 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Silicon Micro-Reactor as a Fast-Charge and Long-Cycle Life Anode for Li-Ion Batteries

Shaw_LeonLeon Shaw, PhD, MS, MEng, Rowe Family Endowed Chair Professor in Sustainable Energy; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Applications of silicon as a high-performance anode material has been impeded by its low intrinsic conductivity and huge volume expansion during lithiation. Here we report a new design of Si anodes that can provide Si anodes with high specific capacity (800 mAh/g) and ultrafast charge/discharge (at 8 A/g Si) with long cycle life (1000 cycles) at the same time.

2:55 Graphene-Enabled Coatings for High Energy Density Lithium-Ion Battery Cathodes

Hersam_MarkMark Hersam, PhD, Founder and President, Volexion, Inc.; Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University

Conformal graphene coatings are demonstrated on a variety of high energy density lithium-ion battery cathode materials using scalable solution processing. The chemical inertness of the graphene coatings mitigates surface degradation and minimizes the formation of the solid electrolyte interphase, thus improving cycling stability. In addition, the high electrical conductivity of graphene minimizes cell impedance, resulting in enhanced high-rate performance.

3:25 Key Features in the Manufacturing Process of Ultra-Thick Electrodes for High Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries

Wohlfahrt-Mehrens_MargretMargret Wohlfahrt-Mehrens, PhD, Head, Electrochemical Materials Research, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research ZSW

One promising approach to increase both energy density of the cell and efficiency of the manufacturing process is the development of thick electrodes with high areal capacity. This presentation will focus on: potentials and challenges of thick electrodes for high-energy lithium-ion batteries; process development for cathodes with high areal capacity up to 8 mAh/cm²; and preparation of 3D structured electrodes with optimized microstructure.

3:55 Cracking the Chemistry on Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Silicon Anodes

Yushin_GlebGleb Yushin, PhD, CTO, Co-Founder, Sila Nanotechnologies; Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

This talk will delve into the technical challenges with implementing novel conversion-type electrodes and will introduce an innovative drop-in-replacement silicon-based anode powder that enables 20% more energy today over state-of-the-art lithium-ion to power wearables, portable electronics, and electric vehicles.

4:25 Networking Refreshment Break

4:45 PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSION: Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech


Avetik Harutyunyan4:50 An Intrinsically Flexible Li-Ion Battery for Wearable Devices

Avetik Harutyunyan, PhD, Chief Scientist and Research Director, Materials Science, Honda Research Institute

We demonstrate bendable, twistable, and foldable Li-ion rechargeable pouch cell battery that approaches the ceiling of gravimetric energy density imposed by the lithium storage material. Mentioned performances become a possibility because of the elimination of metal current collectors, binders, and additives from the electrodes.

5:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: Roadmap to 2030: Opportunities & Illusions


Barnett_BrianBrian Barnett, PhD, President, Battery Perspectives LLC


Avetik Harutyunyan, PhD, Chief Scientist and Research Director, Materials Science, Honda Research Institute

Viktor Irle, Market Analyst,

Bruce Miller, Technology Strategist, Dell

The prospects for lithium-ion are justifiably receiving major attention. Projected growth rates are impressive and numerous market drivers and trends (vehicle electrification, 5G, wearables, ESS, IoT, the cloud) reinforce the potential for even higher growth. Responding to the challenge, Li-ion technology has been steadily improving even as costs have been decreasing. Requirements for even higher energy are stimulating massive R&D efforts to bring next generation materials to market. The roadmap to 2030 offers many opportunities, but not without major challenges. A panel of experts will discuss forecasts for 2030, providing insights about opportunities, challenges, barriers and key factors shaping the 2030 Roadmap.

6:05 Close of Conference

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

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