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Nouveau Monde opens laboratory to drive lithium-ion R&D

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 15:12 -- Paul Crompton

“Green” lithium-ion battery anode material firm Nouveau Monde Graphite is set to add a state-of-the-art laboratory to its existing quality testing facilities.

The new facilities are part of the firm’s goal to supply “high-performing and environmentally responsible” battery materials that can be tailored to a variety of specifications for electric vehicles (EV) and energy storage applications.

The laboratory wil be situated at its premises in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Canada.

The new facilities include equipment covering a range of technical measurements such as: particle size, tapped density, full coin cell preparation equipment, ICP trace element analysis, coating quality and impurity analysis by SEM-EDX.

Arne Frandsen, chairman of Nouveau Monde, said: “Today’s investment in R&D is tomorrow’s competitive advantage in the marketplace. 

“We continue our confidential and proprietary development efforts with a view to supporting the world’s leading lithium-ion battery makers and intend to continue investing in cutting-edge technology with the support of best-in-class scientists and engineers.”


The company has recruited Mogalahalli V. Venkatashamy Reddy, and Neel Rahem, to its internal technical team that includes specialists in the fields of lithium-ion batteries, carbon materials, bi-polar plates, electrochemistry, and engineered advanced materials.

Reddy is joining as senior professional researcher to advance the company’s product portfolio.

He has worked as a senior researcher at Hydro-Québec’s research institute, the Centre of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage, and at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Advanced Batteries Lab and Department of Physics.

Rahem— a chemist specialised in metallurgy, process chemistry and quality programs— is joining the company as laboratory manager.

Prior to working at Nouveau Monde, Rahem looked after laboratory activities for Canadian Royalties, Minerai de Fer Québec, and Glencore.

Image: M.V. Reddy, PhD, senior professional researcher; Martin Brassard, PhD, R&D director; and Neel Rahem, laboratory manager in Nouveau Monde’s new facilities.

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CATL begins work on laboratory to develop next-generation batteries and energy conversion systems

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:43 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has broken ground on an innovation laboratory at its headquarters in Ningde, east China's Fujian Province.

The 21C Lab— named to represent its aspiration to lead innovation trends in the 21st century— marks the start of the company's exploration into developing next-generation electrochemical energy storage systems and new energy conversion systems.

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