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Johnson Matthey opens UK battery materials research centre

Wed, 05/26/2021 - 11:16 -- Paul Crompton
Johnson Matthey opens UK battery materials research centre

Speciality chemicals firm Johnson Matthey has opened a state of the art Battery Technology Centre in the UK.

The centre will enable the firm to drive improvements in battery performance, and secure value chains as part of its strategic development in the commercialisation of its nickel-rich cathode materials called eLNO. 

The new Battery Technology Centre in Oxford boasts advanced material characterisation and diagnostic equipment that enable both engineering on an atomic level and evaluation under realistic conditions.

Johnston Matthey hopes the centre will help it accelerate the further development and customisation of its eLNO materials for electric vehicle applications. 

The company aims to ensure the production of eLNO will be carbon neutral by 2035 as it moves to net zero by 2040.

Robert MacLeod, the firm’s chief executive, said: “This new facility represents an important milestone on our journey towards developing a sustainable battery materials ecosystem and emphasises the progress we are making on the commercialisation of our battery materials business.”

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