Battery Chemistries for Automotive Applications

Recent Advancements in Battery Chemistries


The European Advanced Automotive Battery Conference attracts international thought leaders and battery technologists to discuss key issues impacting the electrification of vehicles. As the electric vehicle market expands with increasingly strict regulatory deadlines, the need to improve batteries and enhance performance while lowering cost has never been stronger. AABC provides a scientific and interactive forum to explore these challenges. In this session, leading materials R&D professionals will review the prospects of advanced cathodes, anodes, and electrolytes to deliver better performance, life, and safety, at equal or lower cost than current chemistries, and to provide enhanced value for large lithium-ion batteries.

Final Agenda


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 Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR): Overview and Focus

Venkat Srinivasan, PhD, Deputy Director, Research & Development, JCESR

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, otherwise known as the Battery Hub, is a US Department of Energy Innovation Hub focused on developing the science behind next-generation batteries that can help usher in a more resilient electric grid and electrify transportation. While batteries today are becoming more cost effective for many applications, their widespread penetration requires further cost reduction and performance improvements. Revolutionary new materials are needed that can outperform the ones available today; however, many scientific challenges prevent these materials from being used in the real world. In this talk we will describe the science gaps JCESR is addressing, the goals, and the approach that is being taken, along with a few key highlights.

1:55 Silicon Anode — A Deep Dive

Anthony Burrell, Chief Technologist, Energy Storage, National Renewable Laboratory

2:15 Understanding and Addressing the Li Problems for High Energy Li Batteries

Jun Liu, PhD, Battelle Fellow and Professor, Director Battery500 Consortium, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/University of Washington

Li metal is a key electrode material for developing high energy batteries with a specific energy much higher than 300 Wh kg−1. Despite intensive efforts, significant challenges remain in direct utilization of Li metal anode in realistic high energy cells. This talk will summarize our current understanding of the scientific and technological challenges, discuss recent progress and propose potential directions based on a high-energy cell design, fabrication and testing. The fundamental relationship between the Li anode and other cell components, especially electrolytes, is explored at the cell level in order to inspire more new ideas to effectively address the grand challenges in high energy Li cells.

2:35 Talk Title to be Announced

Peter Lamp, PhD, Head, Director, Research Battery Technology, BMW Group

2:55 Discussion with Data, Validates Paraclete’s SM-Silicon/3590™ as the Highest Capacity, Cycle Stable Silicon on the Market

Jeff Norris, MBA, CEO, Paraclete Energy, Inc.

Performance and electrochemistry data validating Paraclete’s SM-Silicon/3590TM, product architecture and the roadmap for its Fast Charge product will be covered. SM-Silicon/3590TM is a drop-in precursor that has an ICL similar to graphite. SM/3590TM is priced at up to 5x less than composites available today at up to only 450 mAh/g.

3:15 Refreshment Break

3:35 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.

3:55 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 400Wh/kg. It has also built and demonstrated Li-Metal at pilot scale and validated by customers in drones and electric vehicles.

4:15 Paradigm-Breaking Non-Flammable Lithium-Ion Batteries for Next-Generation Transportation Needs

Arthur von Wald Cresce, PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland, Material Scientist, Electrochemistry, US Army Research Laboratory

The development of aqueous lithium-ion electrolytes has opened up new avenues for the application of inherently safe lithium-ion batteries, especially in the field of vehicles and transportation. The challenge is to make aqueous battery packs that are energy-dense and that can be manufactured using rapid curing techniques and additive manufacturing. This talk will summarize current efforts as well as recent breakthroughs in aqueous lithium-ion battery development.

4:35 Talk Title to be Announced

Marina Yakovleva, PhD, Manager, Global Marketing, Livent

4:55 Q&A

5:20 Close of Day


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 Strategies for Long Life and Safe Lithium Metal Batteries

Ping Liu, PhD, Associate Professor, Nanoengineering, UC San Diego

Rechargeable lithium metal batteries can reduce the cost of energy storage for both transportation and grid applications. In order to combat issues of infinite volume change, dendrite growth, and parasitic reactions with electrolytes, we are developing multifunctional 3D host structures with built-in electrolyte additives and new electrolyte chemistries to achieve high efficiency. In addition, we will discuss the safety implications of lithium metal anodes and strategies to mitigate internal shorting.

9:25 Advanced Lithium-Ion Technologies for Mobility Applications and Beyond

Patrick Bernard, PhD, Director, Research, Saft

Saft is developing a new range of Li-ion products reflecting the current market needs (increase of energy density while keeping long life, enhanced charging and cycling capabilities, cost reduction while maintaining or improving the safety), LTO prismatic cell for heavy cycling applications, phosphate based technology for safety critical applications, and NMC/Gr-Si based cells for high energy applications. Beyond Li-ion, Saft is developing Solid-State technology with some global key companies.

9:45 Solid-State Batteries – The Next Disruptive Vehicle Technology

Brian Sisk, PhD, Vice President, Cell Product Development, A123 Systems

Lithium-ion batteries have seen significant improvements in energy density in recent years, raising expectations for electric vehicle adoption. However, energy density approaches a threshold at which the pace of improvement is limited by safety requirements. Solid-state batteries solve this problem by eliminating flammable liquid electrolyte, safely allowing high-energy batteries. The coming solid-state battery revolution presents significant opportunities to automakers in terms of safety and potential cost savings – but will also require drastic system-level changes. In this presentation, I will demonstrate the great promise of solid-state batteries, identify opportunities for vehicle cost savings, and focus on system integration challenges.

10:05 Grand Opening Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

11:00 Solvay’s Recent Developments on Electrolyte Ingredients for High Voltage Li-Ion Batteries

Dominick Cangiano, PhD, Technical Business Development Manager, SOLVAY

A leading target of the Li-ion battery industry is to achieve high energy density at affordable cost without compromising on safety. Solvay has increased its efforts to propose innovative electrolyte ingredients to battery makers, enabling high voltage solutions. New results with fluorinated additives and Energain® on silicon graphite / lithium anodes will be presented.

11:20 Compositional and Processing Studies of Garnet-Type Lithium-Ion Conductor

Dee Strand, PhD, CSO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Solid-state batteries show promise of improved energy density and safety relative to batteries containing conventional organic liquid electrolytes. Ceramic solid electrolytes, such as Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO), with garnet structure have been developed as promising solid electrolytes for use in all solid-state batteries. However, the performance of these types of materials is very sensitive to both composition and processing. In this work, we carefully explore the relationship between composition, processing, and performance using systematic experimental approaches.

11:40 Solid-State Lithium Metal/Glass Electrodes for Next-Generation Batteries

Steven J. Visco, PhD, CEO & CTO, PolyPlus Battery Company

PolyPlus is developing rechargeable lithium metal batteries based on the use of continuous ultra-thin conductive glass as a separator. These high conductivity glasses are single-ion conductors (~10-3 S/cm), have a high shear modulus, and are enabling for high cycle life lithium metal batteries.

12:00 pm Solid-State Polymer with Room Temperature Conductivity – Higher Performing Solution

Mike Zimmerman, Founder, Ionic Materials

12:20 Q&A

12:40 Networking Lunch

1:35 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)


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 Electrode Behavior during Fast Charging of Lithium-Ion Cells

Daniel P. Abraham, PhD, Senior Materials Scientist, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, National Laboratory

Rapid charging of lithium-ion batteries would enable wider adoption of electric vehicles but the high-current regimes affect electrochemical characteristics and longevity of the battery cells. Formation of Li metal deposits is a recognized hazard of high-rate charging. We will highlight the use of a microprobe reference electrode to monitor the onset of Li plating conditions in situ and discuss lithium concentration gradients that develop in the electrodes during fast charging.

3:00 High-Nickel, Low-Cobalt Cathodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Arumugam Manthiram, PhD, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Lithium-ion batteries are beginning to transform the transportation sector, but the scarcity and high cost of cobalt pose serious problems for their deployment for electric vehicles and grid storage. This presentation will focus on the design and development of high-nickel, low-cobalt cathodes for lithium-ion batteries. Full cell data with graphite anode for thousands of cycles and an in-depth characterization of the cycled electrodes after extensive cycling will be presented.

3:20 High Nickel NCA Cathode Materials with Grain Boundary Enhancement

Kenan Sahin, PhD, President and Founder, CAMX Power LLC

Suresh Sriramulu, PhD, Head, Advanced Development, CAMX Power LLC

This talk will discuss the benefits of adding other elements (in addition to cobalt) to the grain boundaries using materials from the NCA family. Specifically, we will discuss scaling-up the synthesis of these materials, their implementation in multi-Ah cells, as well as the economics of synthesizing grain boundary enriched materials relative to conventional materials.

3:40 Why ALD Nanofilms on Cathode Materials Improve Li-ion Battery Performance

Alan Weimer, PhD, H.T. Sears Memorial Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

The true nature of low-cycle number ALD films on NMC materials is elucidated using focused surface characterization.  It is commonly assumed that several ALD cycles form a uniform film that optimally is thin enough to facilitate lithium diffusion while blocking side reactions of the electrolyte with the cathode material.   We show that ALD films are not uniform and grow preferentially on metal oxides, stabilizing them in the presence of electrolyte without blocking lithium intercalation pathways.

4:00 Q&A

4:20 Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

5:25 Close of Symposium

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