Battery Chemistries for Automotive Applications

Recent Advancements in Battery Chemistries

June 4-5, 2018 | Del Coronado | San Diego, CA


To create safe and affordable batteries for automotive applications, battery materials and chemistries must be optimized. The Battery Chemistries for Automotive Applications Symposium, part of this year’s Advanced Automotive Battery Conference will bring together leading material R&D professionals from industry, government and academia to discuss the current challenges of Li-ion batteries. Case studies highlighting advancements in both electrode and electrolyte chemistry will be shared. In addition to improvements in Li-ion chemistries, the Chemistry Symposium will also discuss the economic value of advanced lithium and non-lithium technologies.

Final Agenda

Monday, June 4

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 Present Status and Future Requirements for Energy Storage for Vehicle Applications

Venkat Srinivasan, PhD, Director, Center for Collaborative Energy Storage Science, Argonne National Laboratory

This talk will summarize the state-of-the-art of battery technology when compared to the needs for vehicle applications. Using techno-economic modeling efforts at ANL, we will summarize the prospects of Li-ion, Li-metal (including Li-air and Li-S), and Mg-ion based systems compared to the requirements. We will also summarize the key targets for materials for these future chemistries, derived from continuum models, with an eye on requirements for enabling Li metal.

1:55 Development of Advanced Materials for xEV Cells

Chengdu Liang, PhD, Dean, Research Institute, CATL

With the growing of xEV market, the demand for high energy battery chemistry with reliable electrochemical properties becomes the major topic of battery research. In this presentation, we will share the latest development of cathode, anode, and electrolyte from the viewpoint of xEV applications. The topic will focus on high nickel cathode and silicon anode materials.

2:15 Exploring Safety and Performance Concerns Associated with Si-containing Lithium-ion Cells

Daniel Abraham, Ph.D., Materials Scientist, CSE, Argonne National Laboratory

The excessive volume changes and continual SEI growth during electrochemical cycling have limited the use of silicon-based anodes in lithium-ion cells. In this presentation we will discuss the performance of cells, in which Si-Gr electrodes are paired with layered transition metal oxides, during calendar and cycle life aging. We will also highlight the gassing (hydrogen generation) associated with the processing of Si-based electrodes from aqueous slurries, and present approaches for its mitigation.

2:35 Improving Li-Ion Energy and Cycle Life at the Negative Electrode

Mark Obrovac, PhD, Professor, Chemistry and Physics, Dalhousie University

There are a number of opportunities to increase cell energy and cell cycle life by improvements at the negative electrode. Using simple materials and methods, Si alloys can be obtained having greatly improved handling properties and cycling performance. It will also be shown that improvements to cell cycle life can be made from considering inactive cell components interactions with electrolytes and additives.

2:55 Refreshment Break

3:15 Presentation to be Announced

Peter Bruce, PhD, Faraday Challenge Institute

The search for Li-ion battery cathodes that exceed the limits of Ni rich NCM presents a significant challenge. One possible route is to store charge on the oxygen as well as the transition metal of lithium transition metal oxide cathodes. To harness the opportunities such material offer, it is necessary to understand the nature of O-redox processes and the factors that control them. O-redox in 3d transition metal oxides will be discussed, leading to a new high capacity manganese based cathode that utilizes the full capacity of the Mn as well as charge storage on oxygen.

 Enevate3:55 Presentation to be Announced

4:15 Talk Title to be Announced

Dee Strand, PhD, CSO, Chemistry, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

4:35 Q&A

5:00 Close of Day

Tuesday, June 5

8:30 am Morning Coffee


9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Dee Strand, PhD, CSO, Chemistry, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

9:05 Non-carbonate Electrolytes for High Voltage/High Ni Chemistries

Kang Xu, PhD, Senior Research Chemist & Project Lead, US Army Research Lab

Dialkyl carbonate ester have been used as main electrolyte solvent since the dawn of Li-ion batteries and remains dominant in today’s LIB market. However, such solvents are intrinsically unstable with the next generation cathode materials of either high voltage (>4.5 V) or high Ni content. In this work we attempted to replace resolve these problems with a new class of non-flammable non-carbonate solvents that don’t generate gas at high V.

9:25 The Battery500 Project - Assessing Critical Pathways to Next Generation High Energy Safe Lithium Batteries

Shirley Meng, PhD, Professor, Director, NanoEngineering & Energy Center, University of San Diego

Battery500’s aggressive goal is to develop next generation batteries that have almost double the specific energy found in the batteries that power today’s electric cars. The consortium team hopes to reach the goal by focusing on lithium-metal batteries, which use lithium instead of graphite for the battery’s negative electrode. A key focus of the consortium is to ensure the technological solutions it develops meet the needs of automotive and battery manufacturers. I will showcase a few significant innovations that can be potentially implemented by industry throughout the project.

9:45 Talk Title to be Announced

Xingcheng Xiao, PhD, Staff Researcher, Global R&D Center, General Motors Company

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, MBA, 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 Solid-State Lithium-Metal/Glass-Electrolyte Structures for Next Generation Batteries

Steve Visco, PhD, CEO & CTO, PolyPlus Battery Co.

Li-ion technology has profoundly changed the battery landscape since its commercial introduction in 1991. However, it is now a mature technology, and incremental improvements to the energy density of Li-ion batteries are becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. The replacement of the carbon anode by lithium metal would allow for a substantial increase in energy density, but this is hardly a trivial task. In this presentation, we describe the use of glass protected Li-metal electrodes to eliminate the formation and propagation of Li dendrites, leading to high cycle life and high energy density batteries.

11:40 Unlimit Energy

Qichao Hu, PhD, Founder & CEO, SolidEnergy Systems Corp.

SolidEnergy has introduced transformational energy storage solutions through its light semi-solid lithium metal batteries. The breakthrough technology incorporates a high concentration solvent-in-salt electrolyte capable of operating at room temperature as well as a protected lithium metal anode that is many times smaller and lighter than a graphite or silicon composite anode. Through these two innovative material platforms, SolidEnergy offers twice the energy density at an incredibly reduced weight when compared to conventional lithium-ion technology.

12:00 pm Cathode Design Considerations for Bulk Solid-State Batteries

Doug Campbell, Founder & CEO, SolidPower

Solid-state batteries are now emerging as the greatest threat to conventional Li-ion batteries. Most R&D activity to this point has focused on topics such as electrolyte conductivity and enablement of Li metal anodes, but solid-state composite cathodes that provide high energy density and long cycle life are also critical. This talk will cover the material, layer design, and processing requirements for a high-performance cathode as well as provide a status update for Solid Power’s solid-state cells.

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

Andreas Hintennach, PhD, Professor, Research HV Battery Systems, Daimler AG

2:40 Post and Beyond Lithium-Ion Materials and Cells for Electrochemical Energy Storage

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 in the near future. 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.

3:00 Beyond Lithium, Novel Lithium Sulfur System and Lithium Superoxide

Khalil Amine, PhD, Manager, Advanced Battery Technology, Argonne National Laboratory

In this talk, we will report on a novel Sulfur doped Selenium system coupled with a novel electrolyte that overcomes both the conductivity issue of sulfur and the shuttle effect caused by polysulfide ions. We will also disclose a new close system based on stabilizing crystalline Lithium superoxide that offers a real opportunity of achieving at least 500wh/kg.

3:20 Presentation to be Announced

3:40 Q&A

4:00 Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

5:00 Close of Symposium