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Cabot Corp, Saft in US low-cobalt cathode research

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected speciality chemicals firm the Cabot Corporation as a technology partner to develop low-cobalt cathodes for next-generation lithium-ion batteries.

Cabot will work with researchers at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and French battery maker Saft for the project. Argonne will assist in the synthesis of low-cobalt cathode compositions, while Saft will assist in the manufacture of batteries to validate performance of novel low-cobalt cathode formulations.

The DOE said it is investing a total of US$80 million “to explore more sustainable, affordable options” than cobalt— and “ultimately improve access to electric vehicle technology”.

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Lithium Australia set to reopen cathode plant

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:24 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium Australia set to reopen cathode plant

Lithium Australia (LIT) has said it plans to resume production at its newly-acquired Brisbane pilot plant for the production of complex metal oxides/phosphates for cathode production in July.

LIT, which acquired the plant with its purchase of the Very Small Particle Company (VSPC) earlier this year, said on 18 April the acquisition had now been completed.

 

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Chinese firms ink Li-battery materials pipeline deal

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:33 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese firms ink Li-battery materials pipeline deal

Two Chinese companies have signed an international raw materials supply chain deal aimed at creating “one of the most technologically-advanced lithium battery cathode material manufacturers” in the country.

BCL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-based investments firm Burwill, agreed the deal with Chinese lithium battery materials provider Hunan Changyuan Lico on 9 February.

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UltraCharge raising AUD2.5m ‘to accelerate Li-ion tech’

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:53 -- Xuan Zhong
UltraCharge raising AUD2.5m ‘to accelerate Li-ion tech’

Israel-based lithium and flow battery developer UltraCharge has told BBB it is finalising a raise of AUD2.5 million ($1.9m) to boost battery tech investments.

The CEO of Australia-listed UltraCharge Kobi Ben-Shabat (pictured) said the cash would be used in part to expand development of titanium dioxide (TiO2) as an alternative to graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries, in a bid to improve fast charging capabilities, lifespan and safety.

 

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Umicore acquires more lithium-ion cathode patents from 3M

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Umicore acquires more lithium-ion cathode patents from 3M

Materials firm Umicore has agreed a third patent deal to acquire US technology firm 3M’s lithium-ion cathode IP.

The latest deal sees the Belgian firm acquire the ownership of three Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) patent families for cathode materials collectively covering South Korea, China, Japan, Europe and the US.

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Separator firm aims for bigger slice of EV market

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:15 -- Paul Crompton
Separator firm aims for bigger slice of EV market

Sumitomo Chemical is to quadruple production of its lithium-ion secondary battery separators and become a majority stake-holder in a cathode firm.

Separator production capacity will be raised in a ‘stepwise manner’, with the initial expanded commercial-scale production coming on stream in August 2017.

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Negotiations target North American cathode market

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 15:20 -- Paul Crompton
Negotiations target North American cathode market

Two heavy weight chemical firms are in negotiations to collaborate on cathode active materials (CAM) for lithium-ion batteries in the North America market.

Japan’s TODA KOGYO CORP and Germany’s BASF have entered into exclusive negotiations with the goal of manufacturing a range of CAM for the automotive, consumer electronics and stationary storage markets.

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Tests start on lithium-ion cathode recycling process

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 15:08 -- Paul Crompton
Tests start on lithium-ion cathode recycling process

Canadian metals company American Manganese has started proof of concept testing of its large-scale lithium-ion cathode material recycling process.

Research and development firm Kemetco Research will undertake tests of the company’s proprietary hydrometallurgical process for the recycling of cathode materials, specifically lithium–cobalt.

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Thin foils from Dexmet

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:51 -- Paul Crompton
Thin foils from Dexmet

Dexmet has introduced new microgrid anode and cathode foil materials down to 25 micron (.001”) in both aluminum and copper at widths up to 305mm (12”). 

These thinner materials produce very small openings in the material, and should prove to be the perfect anode and cathode electrode solution for improved overall cell performance.

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NEI Corporation and PneumatiCoat partner for li-ion battery materials

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:58 -- Laura Varriale
atomic layer deposition technology

Nanotech company NEI Corporation (NEI) and atomic layer deposition specialist (ALD) PneumatiCoat Technologies (PCT) have agreed to jointly develop ALD-coated battery materials.

The agreement includes the development, production and marketing of cathodes, anodes and solid electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries. The companies will offer ALD coatings on a variety of battery material compositions, such as mixed metal oxides phosphates, silicates, titanates, sulfides, graphite and silicon-based active materials.

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