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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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Materials firm gets cash boost to lithium-ion plant

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:54 -- Paul Crompton
Materials firm gets cash boost to lithium-ion plant

Canadian firm Nano One Materials has been awarded up to $1.9 million to develop lithium-ion battery materials production technology.

The investment from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) will support work at Nano One’s pilot plant.

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Australian firm moves closer to vanadium flow battery

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:50 -- Paul Crompton
Australian firm moves closer to vanadium flow battery

Materials company Australian Vanadium’s (AVL) vertical integration model has moved a step closer after its first flow battery left the factory and work on its pilot plant began.

Installation and commissioning of Western Australia’s first vanadium flow battery is due in September after the battery left GILDEMEISTER’s Austrian factory last week.

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Higher performing lithium-ion market ready by 2018

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:58 -- Paul Crompton
Higher performing lithium-ion market ready by 2018

Materials researchers in Switzerland have boosted the performance of lithium-ion batteries by up to three times by reworking how an anode accepts ions.

Scientists at the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen and the ETH Zurich created a shorter paths for ions to travel to the anode by subjecting graphite to a rotating magnetic field.

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Inventors win award with carbon nanotubes

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:09 -- Paul Crompton
Inventors win award with carbon nanotubes

Two members of materials firm Black Diamond Structures’ board of directors have been named as inventors of the year.

Kurt Swogger and Dr. Clive Bosnyak, won “Inventor of the Year” awards by the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association for the development of their proprietary technology, Molecular Rebar®

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Highly active catalyst to improve fuel cells and lithium-air

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 10:44 -- Ruth Williams
Crystal structure of a double perovskite

A highly active catalyst for oxygen evolution, using a water splitting reaction for use in some forms of energy storage, has been discovered by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

It is an advance towards finding an inexpensive and efficient way to split water into its constituent elements for storing, and then re-join the hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity when power is required.

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