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Invited Speakers


Hajime Arai Kyoto University, Japan
Doron Aurbach Bar Ilan University, Israel
Adam Best CSIRO, Australia
Peter Bruce University of Oxford, UK
Jurdi Cabana University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Gerbrand Ceder University of California, Berkeley, USA
Yet-Ming Chiang Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Jaephil Cho Ulsan National Institute Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
Jang Wook Choi Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
Laurence Crogunnec CNRS ICMCB, France
Yi Cui Stanford, USA
Larry Curtiss Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Jeff Dahn Dalhousie University, Canada
Robert Dominko National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia
Marie-Liesse Doublet Universite Montpellier, France
Kristina Edstrom Ångström Laboratory, Sweden
Hubert Gasteiger Technische Universitat Muenchen, Germany
Clare Grey Cambridge University, UK
Dominique Guyomard CNRS-IMN, France
Dave Howell Department of Energy, USA
Yongsheng Hu IOP/CAS, China
Nobuyuki Imanishi Mie University, Japan
Minuro Inaba Doshisha University, Japan
Saiful Islam University of Bath, UK
Jürgen Janek University of Giessen, Germany
Wonhee Jeong LG Chemical, Republic of Korea
Kiyoshi Kanamura Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Kisuk Kang Seoul National Laboratory, Republic of Korea
Ryoji Kanno Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Chisu Kim Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec, Canada
Hee-Tak Kim KAIST, Republic of Korea
Il-Seok (Stephen) Kim Samsung SDI, Republic of Korea
Shinichi Komaba Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Yukinari Kotani Toyota, Japan
Maksym Kovalenko ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Amo Kwade Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
Peter Lamp BMW Group, Germany
Bernard Lestriez Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN), France
Hong Li IOP/CAS, China
Aramugam Manthiram University of Texas at Austin, USA
Hyaunyu Mao Youlion Battery, China
Christian Masquelier University of Picardie, France
Wenjuan Liu Mattis Microvast Inc., China
Bryan McCloskey University of Berkeley, USA
Y. Shirley Meng University of California San Diego, USA
Ted Miller Ford Motor Company, USA
Toshiyuki Momma Waseda University, Japan
Linda Nazar Waterloo University, Canada
Petr Novák Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
Shigeto Okada Kyushu University, Japan
M. Rosa Palacín Instituto de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, Spain
Stefano Passerini Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Zhangquan Peng Institute of Applied Chemistry, China
Christophe Pillot Avicenne Energy, France
Xinping Qiu Tsinghua University, China
Maarten Quix Umicore, Belgium
Yang Shao-Horn Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Yang-Kook Sun Hanyang University, Republic of Korea
Norio Takami Toshiba, Japan
Jean-Marie Tarascon College De France, France
Yoshitaka Tateyama National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Michael Thackeray Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Yoshiharu Utchimoto Kyoto University, Japan
Claire Villevieille Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
Steven Visco Polyplus Battery Company, USA
Jorunn Voje Elkem AS, Technology, Norway
Chunsheng Wang University of Maryland, USA
Masayoshi Watanabe Yokohama National University, Japan
Martin Winter University of Muenster, Germany
Nae-Lih Wu National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Xiaoxiong Xu Ningbo Institute of Materials Engineering, China
Atsuo Yamada University of Tokyo, Japan
Yong Yang Xiamen University, China
Won Sub Yoon Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea
Ji-Guang Zhang Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
John Zhang Polypore of Asahi Kasei, USA


Speaker Biographies and Presentations

Hajime AraiHajime Arai
Kyoto University, Japan


Revisiting Zinc Air Batteries: Solutions for Longer Lifetime

Zinc air batteries are promising owing to its high energy density, safety and low cost. In contrast to the primary system used widely as power sources for hearing aid, the insufficient lifetime of both zinc and air electrodes has limited the development of the secondary system. In this presentation the zinc electrode behavior is mainly focused on. The deterioration mode is examined by advanced analysis and the improved lifetime based on the solubility control of the zinc species is demonstrated.

Hajime Arai has been working as a professor of Kyoto University since 2010, studying innovative batteries such as metal-air batteries as well as novel analytical methods to elucidate phenomena in batteries. He received a doctoral degree from Kyoto University. His carrier includes research and development of materials and systems for lithium batteries and solid oxide fuel cells in Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Co. and of zinc air batteries in Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland.


Doron AurbachDoron Aurbach
Bar Ilan University, Israel


Li-Ion Batteries and Beyond (Li-S, Li-oxygen, Na-ion and Mg): What Are the Realistic Horizons?

We will review shortly the state-of-the-art Li ion batteries and their horizons. We will briefly mention possible alternatives and concentrate in Mg battery technology: anodes (Mg, Mg alloys), electrolyte solutions (the current scope of relevant systems), cathodes (intercalation, conversion reactions), what exists and barriers to next developments.

Doron Aurbach is a full professor in the department of Chemistry, leading the electrochemistry group (40 people, the biggest research group in Israel), a senate member at Bar-Ilan University (BIU), Ramat-Gan, Israel. He chaired the department of chemistry during 2001-2005. Aurbach found the electrochemistry group at BIU 30 years ago. 40 PhD and 70 MSc students that worked in Aurbach’s group received their degrees since then. His team studies the electrochemistry of active metals, non-aqueous electrochemical systems, develop spectroscopic methods (in situ and ex situ) for sensitive electrochemical systems and develop rechargeable high energy density (Li,Na,Mg,Al) batteries, EDL capacitors and batteries for load leveling applications. D. Aurbach published so far more than 500 peer reviewed papers, (more than 28500 citations, H index of 85, Google, Oct. 2015), 25 patents, 19 chapters in books and presented his scientific work in hundreds of invited talks in international conferences. He serves as a senior editor in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society (JES). He is a fellow of the ECS (2008), ISE (2010) and MRS (2012). He is the head of Israel national research center for electrochemical propulsion (INREP, found in 2012) and the chairman of the Israeli national authority for labs accreditation (since 2010). He received the Israel Chemical Society prize for excellence (2012) ECS battery division technology award (2005) and research award (2013), E.B. Yeager prize of the International Battery Association IBA (2014).


Adam BestAdam Best
CSIRO, Australia


Ionic Liquids – A Unique Palette to Create Advanced Electrolytes

This presentation looks at the development of alternate electrolytes for both lithium (ion) and Lithium metal batteries based on ionic liquid electrolytes. We’ll describe some of the work we are doing to address some of the challenges around their physical properties and use in devices and where future opportunities lie.

Adam Best received his PhD from Monash University, Australia in 2002 before being awarded a Senior Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (2002 - 03). In 2004 Dr. Best returned to Australia to join the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Division of Energy Technology, to work on ionic liquid electrolytes for lithium metal batteries. In 2013, Dr. Best moved to Manufacturing and is now a Research Group Leader. Adam leads a number of battery research programs utilising ionic liquid electrolytes including to enabling high voltage battery cathodes and lithium-sulfur batteries. Adam’s other research interests include battery electronics, energy harvesting and wearable technologies. He has 55 publications and 10 patents, with a H index of 17 and over 1500 lifetime citations. Adam was Co-Chair of the International Battery Association (IBA) meeting held in Brisbane, Australia, in 2014 and is co-chairing Australia’s 2020 bid for the IMLB meeting.


Peter BrucePeter Bruce
University of Oxford, UK


Overview of Metal Air Batteries

Society will need energy storage that exceeds the limits of Li-ion batteries. Such a need drives investigation of alternative batteries including metal-air, in particular Li/Na/Zn/Mg-air because of their high theoretical specific energy. Recent experience has demonstrated that understanding the fundamental science underpinning the operation of these batteries is essential if we are to assess the viability of them as technologies, and if viable to realize their potential. The problems and current performance limitations of metal-air batteries, especially Li-air, will be considered. The recent advances in fundamental understanding will be discussed, as will the consequences of this understanding for the future prospects of metal-air batteries.

Peter Bruce FRS, FRSE, FRSC, is Wolfson Professor of Materials at the University of Oxford. His research interests embrace materials chemistry and electrochemistry, especially lithium and sodium batteries. Recent efforts have focused on the lithium-air battery, Na-ion battery cathodes, nanomaterials for Li-ion batteries and Li rich cathodes for Li-ion batteries. His research has been recognized by a number of awards and fellowships, including from the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the German Chemical Society and The Electrochemical Society. He was elected to the Royal Society (UK Academy of Sciences) in 2007 and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scottish Academy of Sciences) in 1994.


Jurdi CabanaJurdi Cabana
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA


Visualization of Electrochemical Reactions in Battery Materials with X-ray Microscopy

In this talk, I will discuss examples of the visualization of phase transformations using a variety of modes within the general family of X-ray microscopy, tailored to suit the scales and phenomena to be probed, but focusing on single particles. Because thermodynamic pathways can be controlled by the presence of electrical potential, the harvesting of a sample from a cycled battery, while providing a useful preliminary insight, can lead to misleading results due to the relaxation of components into a different state that is more stable under open circuit conditions. Therefore, measurements performed during the electrochemical reaction will be leveraged in this discussion. The mechanisms of transformation will be related to their impact on material and architecture properties.

Jurdi Cabana Cabana is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to his appointment at UIC, he was a Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), from 2008 until 2013. Prof. Cabana completed his PhD in Materials Science at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (Spain) in 2004, and worked in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University (USA) as a postdoctoral associate. He is generally interested in the physical and inorganic chemistry of materials, with emphasis on redox and transport properties. His research group aims to provide chemistry solutions to technological problems in energy applications, with current focus on electrochemical energy storage, which is critical in the development of a green economy based on renewable sources.


Gerbrand CederGerbrand Ceder
University of California, Berkeley, USA


Combining Reversible Oxygen Charge Transfer and Li-Excess to achieve High Capacity Cathodes

The highest energy density cathode materials are currently found among the layered compounds based on Ni,Co and Mn, but achieving much more than 200mAh/g has become difficult. Two new ideas are promising to obtain substantially higher cathode capacity: 1) By using a substantial amount of Li-excess, cathodes can be made tolerant to metal disorder thereby enabling the use of a much larger group of transition metals, while achieving capacities well above 200 mAh/g. 2) Reversible redox process that take place on the oxygen ions rather than on the transition metal ions are now well established and can reduce the transition metal content of cathode compounds. I will explore the physics of both these new directions and demonstrate with several examples how they have enabled novel high-capacity cathodes.

Gerbrand Ceder is The Chancellor’s Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley. He received an engineering degree from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. Between 1991 and 2015 was a Professor in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Ceder’s research interests lie in the computationally driven design of novel materials for energy generation and storage. He has published over 350 scientific papers, and holds several U.S. patents. He has served on MIT’s Energy Council as well as on several DOE committees, including the workgroup preparing the Basic Needs for Electrical Energy Storage report, and has advised the government’s Office of Science and Technology Policy on the role of computation in materials development, leading to the Materials Genome Initiative. He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received the MRS Gold Medal, the Battery Research Award from the Electrochemical Society, the Career Award from the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Lansing Hardy Award from The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society, as well as several teaching awards. He is a co-founder of Computational Modeling Consultants, Pellion Technologies, and The Materials Project.


Yet-Ming ChiangYet-Ming Chiang
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


Thick Electrode Designs for Lithium Ion Batteries

A typical lithium-ion cell contains about 25 individual materials layers per 1 mm of stack thickness, an evolutionary result after a quarter century of technology development that remains non-optimal from materials cost and volume utilization viewpoints. This talk will discuss recent work at MIT and 24M Technologies on thick electrode designs that can reduce materials cost from non-energy-storing components while delivering necessary electrochemical kinetics and remaining highly manufacturable. 24M has developed a new semisolid electrode technology and manufacturing method that yields electrodes with several times the thickness and area capacity of conventional lithium ion electrodes, yet has transport kinetics rapid enough for all but very high power applications. The semisolid lithium ion cells have significantly fewer inactive component layers than conventional lithium-ion cells of similar performance, and can be produced by a radically simpler process that obviates most of the electrode fabrication unit operations in conventional Li-ion, thereby lowering both materials and manufacturing cost. At MIT, magnetic alignment methods that produce low tortuosity porosity from sacrificial pore formers have been developed, that are rapid, scalable, and naturally produce aligned porosity favorably oriented normal to the electrode plane.

Support for this work by the U.S. Department of Energy through the ARPA-E program, the Vehicle Technologies Office of EERE, and the Advanced Battery Materials Research (BMR) program is gratefully acknowledged.

Yet-Ming Chiang is Kyocera Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research focuses primarily on advanced materials and their role in energy technologies. Chiang is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and the American Ceramic Society. He is currently Lead Scientist for the redox flow thrust within the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a DOE-funded Hub. He is a recipient of the The Economist’s Innovation Award (Energy and the Environment category), the Electrochemical Society’s Battery Division’s Battery Technology Award, the Materials Research Society’s Plenary Lecturer, an R&D 100 and R&D100 Editor’s Choice Award, and the American Ceramic Society’s Corporate Achievement, Ross Coffin Purdy, R.M. Fulrath, and F.H. Norton Awards. Chiang has published about 250 scientific papers and holds about 60 patents, and has played an active role in commercializing technology based on developments from his laboratory through 5 spin-out companies. He is a Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science.


Jaephil ChoJaephil Cho
Ulsan National Institute Science and Technology, Republic of Korea


What is the Best Anode Material to Achieve High Energy Li-ion Batteries in Next 5 Years?

In spite of some technical advances in mitigating the volume-change problem toward the practical application of Si anodes, several challenges are still remained and should be resolved. First, the development of noble surface-coating methods and stable electrolytes for reducing the side reactions should be considered to stabilize the SEI of the Si anode. Although reducing methods of the HF derived from fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC), which is widely used in Si anodes to stabilize the SEI layer, is required because substantial capacity fading occurs as the HF attacks both the cathodes and Si. Second, in order to apply the Si anode to commercial LIBs and to achieve a high energy density, the change in the electrode thickness after tens of cycles should be examined in calendared Si anodes having an electrode density greater than 1.6 g cc-1, as an industrial standard. Based upon these requirements, I presents the best anode material, along with the real full cell test results.

Jaephil Cho is a Professor and a head of the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST (Korea). After receiving PhD degree of Ceramic Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames (USA) in 1995 he was a post-doctoral research associate of department of Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Tech., until 1996. After working for Samsung SDI for cathode materials for 6 years until 2002, he was a professor of Kumoh National Institute of Science and Technology and Hanyang University in Korea until 2008. Currently, he is a director of the Green Energy Materials Development Center and Samsung SDI- UNIST Future Batteries Research Center. He was the winner of the 27th Inchon Prize (2013) in the category of science, which is one of the top honors given in South Korea. His current research is focused mainly on Li-ion, Zn-air batteries and redox flow batteries for energy storage.


Jang Wook ChoiJang Wook Choi
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea


Systematic Binder Design in High Capacity Silicon Anodes

Polymeric binder has turned out to be very critical for stable operation of high capacity silicon (Si) anodes, as the binder could stabilize the electrode films even during the large volume change of Si. In this talk, I will present novel approaches for functional binder design. They include 1) the use of mussel-inspired catechol functional group, 2) multi-dimensional cross-linkable hydrogen bonding network, 3) self-healing polymer network, and 4) host-guest interaction network. The series of these investigations suggest the usefulness of noncovalent polymer interactions and the future role of supramolecular chemistry in the binder design.

Jang Wook Choi is currently Associate Professor in Graduate School of EEWS (Energy, Environment, Water, and Sustainability) at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea. He completed his BS degree at Seoul National University, Korea in 2002 and PhD degree at Caltech, USA in 2007, both in chemical engineering. He conducted Postdoctoral research on high capacity silicon anode design and analysis under Prof. Yi Cui at Stanford University, USA until he joined KAIST in 2010. Since the appointment at KAIST, he has performed research on various topics in rechargeable batteries, including electrode design for silicon anode, sulfur cathode, and lithium metal anode, as well as screening and analyses of various cathode phases for rechargeable lithium, sodium and magnesium batteries. He has published more than 110 papers on rechargeable batteries and filed 30 domestic/international patents.


Laurence CrogunnecLaurence Crogunnec
CNRS ICMCB, France


New Insights in Advanced Fluorinated Phosphates as Electrode Materials for Li and Na-ion Batteries

Her current research interests include the development of new positive electrodes materials for Li and Na-ion batteries (from the Li and Mn-rich layered oxides to different polyanionic systems such as vanadium fluorophosphates), with a specific focus on the investigation of original structural and redox processes involved upon cycling, and of the impact of defects on the properties of materials developed for batteries.

Laurence Crogunnec graduated (PhD) in 1996 from Nantes University at the Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (France) and spent one year as a Post-Doc at the Bonn University (Germany). She became CNRS researcher at ICMCB in 1997, and is leading the research group “Energy: Materials and Batteries” since 2004. She is actively involved in the French Network on the Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E) and in the ALISTORE European virtual Research Institute devoted to battery research.

She has been working for almost 20 years now on the crystal chemistry of electrode materials developed for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries and on the characterization of mechanisms involved upon their cycling, especially for layered oxide and phosphate-type positive electrode materials. She is the co-author of ~ 100 publications in this field.


Yi CuiYi Cui
Stanford, USA


Materials Design for Battery Anodes: Silicon, Lithium Metal and Phosphorus

Applications of energy storage in transportation and grid scale call for next generation of batteries with high energy, high power, long cycle life, good safety and low cost. In this talk, I will show how we design rationally materials at the nanoscale for next generation of battery anodes. Examples include 1) high capacity nanostructured Si anodes with stable SEI formation; 2) interfacial materials design and additive effects for lithium metal; 3) red and black phosphorus for lithium and sodium ion storage.

Yi Cui is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. He received his PhD in Chemistry at Harvard University (2002), B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China (1998). He was a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley before joining Stanford University as an Assistant Professor in 2005. His current research is on nanomaterials design for energy and environment and two-dimensional materials. Yi Cui is an Associate Editor of Nano Letters. He is a co-director of the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium of the US Department of Energy. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers. He founded Amprius Inc. in 2008, a company to commercialize the breakthrough high-energy battery technology invented in his lab. He co-Founded 4C Air Inc. to develop novel filtration solution to remove PM2.5 particle pollutants from air. He has received numerous awards including MRS Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2015), Resonate Award for Sustainability (2015), Inaugural Nano Energy Award (2014), Blavatnik National Award Finalist (2014), Wilson Prize (2011), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008), MDV Innovators Award (2007), Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004), MRS Gold Medal of Graduate Student Award (2001).


Larry CurtissLarry Curtiss
Argonne National Laboratory, USA


The Role of Lithium Superoxide in Li-O2 Batteries

There has been much interest in rechargeable aprotic lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries because their energy density can be significantly higher than that of the conventional Li-ion batteries. However, many challenges remain for Li-O2 batteries before they can become a reality. Understanding the growth and nucleation mechanisms of the discharge product is one of the keys to addressing these challenges because it controls the resulting morphology and composition of the discharge product. The efficiency and reversibility are dependent on the type of morphology and composition that is formed during discharge. In this paper experimental and computational results will be reported that have shed light on the growth and nucleation mechanism in Li-O2 batteries. Specifically, the role of lithium superoxide (LiO2) in the nucleation and growth mechanism during discharge and how to suppress the disproportionation reaction of LiO2 to lithium peroxide (Li2O2) will be discussed. The implications of these new results for reducing charge overpotentials in Li-O2 batteries and in the design of new cathode materials will be discussed.

Larry Curtiss is an Argonne Distinguished Fellow and Group Leader of the Molecular Materials Group in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also a member of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin-Madsion and PhD degree in Theoretical Chemistry in 1973 from Carnegie-Mellon University. He was a Battelle Institute Fellow at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus Ohio from1973 to1976 before joining Argonne National Laboratory. His research has focused on computational chemistry including the development of new quantum chemical methods and the application of computational methods to problems in materials science and chemistry including catalysis, batteries, and carbon materials. He has developed the series of quantum chemical methods referred to as Gaussian-n theory, which have been widely used for the accurate calculation of enthalpies of formation, ionization potentials, and electron affinities of molecules. His recent computational studies have focused on the design of new electrolytes and electrolyte additives for Li-ion batteries, modeling of anode materials for Li-ion batteries, the understanding of charge and discharge chemistries in Li-O2 batteries, catalytic reaction mechanisms of supported subnanometer clusters, and biomass conversion reaction mechanisms. He has over 400 publications.


Jeff DahnJeff Dahn
Dalhousie University, Canada


Electrolytes without Ethylene Carbonate for High Voltage NMC/Graphite Li-Ion Cells

Ethylene carbonate is used in virtually every lithium-ion cell. In efforts to produce high voltage NMC/graphite cells, electrolytes without ethylene carbonate are being explored. The use of electrolytes based on fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC), difluoroethylene carbonate (di-FEC), bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl) carbonate (TFEC) and other solvents are explored in this presentation. Studies using ultra high precision coulometry, impedance spectroscopy, isothermal battery microcalorimetry, in-situ gas evolution, storage testing, XPS and long-term charge-discharge testing show the benefits and drawbacks of such electrolytes. Although progress is being made, there remains substantial work to do to produce high energy denisty NMC/graphite cells which can operate for years to 4.5 V. This work was done by Jian Xia, Remi Petibon, Steven Glazier, Kathlyne Nelson, Dan Abarbanel, Deijun Xiong, Leah Ellis and Alex Louli. The authors thank Xiaodong Cao of HSC Corporation for kindly providing many of the solvents used in the work.

Jeff Dahn was born in Bridgeport, Conn. in 1957 and emigrated with his family to Nova Scotia, Canada in 1970. He obtained his B.Sc. in Physics from Dalhousie University (1978) and his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1982. Dahn then worked at the National Research Council of Canada (82-85) and at Moli Energy Limited (85-90) before taking up a faculty position in the Physics Department at Simon Fraser University in 1990. He returned to Dalhousie University in 1996.

During his years at Simon Fraser University (90-96) he collaborated strongly with the R+D team at NEC/Moli Energy Canada (Now E-One/Moli Energy Canada). Dahn then became the NSERC/3M Canada Industrial Research Chair in Materials for Advanced Batteries at Dalhousie University in 1996. In June of 2016, Dahn will begin a 5-year partnership with Tesla. Dahn is the co-author of over 600 refereed journal papers and 64 inventions with patents issued or filed.

Dahn has received National and International awards including: International Battery Materials Association (IBA) Research Award (1995); Herzberg Medal, Canadian Association of Physicists (awarded to a physicist under 40 years old for career achievement - 1996); Battery Division Research Award (The Electrochemical Society - 1996); Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2001); The Electrochemical Award [Canadian Section of the Electrochemical Society - awarded once every 4 years for career achievement] (2006); Medal for Excellence in Teaching (2009) from the Canadian Assoc. of Physicists and the "Technology Award” from the ECS Battery Division in 2011.


Robert DominkoRobert Dominko
National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia


Can We Control Polysulfide Formation and Migration?

Polysulfide dissolution and the correlated parasitic reactions are two major reasons for the capacity fading in the Li-S batteries. By understanding the mechanism of the electrochemical reactions taking place in this system, one can introduce appropriate modifications in component design which can effectively suppressor completely stop polysulfide migration or even their formation. In this talk a special attention will be paid to development of iono selective membranes designed and optimized for use in the Li-S batteries. Additionally, mechanism(s) of Li-S battery operation will be discusses based on the analytical work using operando XAS and UV-Vis measurements.

Robert Dominko obtained a PhD in 2002 at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His current position is a senior research assistant at the National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia where he is head of Battery group within the Laboratory for materials chemistry. He is assistant professor at the University of Ljubljana. He has published close to 100 peer-reviewed papers in the field of batteries with a H index of 38 (>50 citations per paper). He has been awarded several national awards. Currently his main research activities are related to the field of post Li-ion technologies. An important part of his present scientific efforts is the coordination of two European projects on the Li-S system, EUROLIS (www.eurolis.eu) and HELIS (www.helis-project.eu). Both projects are divided into the basic research part with a focus on the development various cell components and on the applied part where the obtained knowledge is successfully implemented into cylindrical prototype cells. Additionally, he is actively involved in Alistore-ERI activities (European network for batteries) and has a tight collaboration with national industries as well as with HONDA Europe, Gmbh.


Marie-Liesse DoubletMarie-Liesse Doublet
Universite Montpellier, France


The Intriguiging Question of Anionic Redox in High-Energy Density Cathodes for Li-ion Batteries

The energy density delivered by a Li-ion battery is a key parameter that needs to be significantly increased to address the global question of energy storage for the next 40 years. This quantity is difficult to improve when materials exhibit a classical cationic redox activity.

Recently, a cumulative cationic (M4+/M5+) and anionic (2O2-/(O2)n-) redox activity has been demonstrated in the Li-rich Li2MO3 family of compounds, therefore enabling doubling the energy density with respect to high-potential cathodes such as transition metal phosphates and sulfates.

This paper aims at clarifying the origin of this extra capacity by addressing some fundamental questions regarding reversible anionic redox in high-potential electrodes for Li-ion batteries. First, the ability of the system to stabilize the oxygen holes generated by Li-removal and to achieve a reversible oxo- to peroxo-like (2O2-/(O2)n-) transformation is elucidated by means of a metal-driven reductive coupling mechanism. The penchant of the system for undergoing this reversible anionic redox or releasing O2 gas is then discussed in regards to experimental results for 3d- and 4d-based Li2MO3 phases.

Robust indicators are built as tools to predict which materials in the Li-rich TM-oxides family will undergo efficient and reversible anionic redox. The present finding provides insights into new directions to be explored for the development of high-energy density materials for Li-ion batteries.

Marie-Liesse Doublet is Research Professor CNRS, head of the Theoretical Chemistry laboratory of the Institut Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier and the Theory group of the French Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E). She began her carrier in the field of electron transport in low-dimensional materials prior to enter the field of energy materials for Li-ion batteries in 2000. Her main research interest is to develop new methodologies and to use simple concepts of chemical bonds to rationalize the electrochemical performances of Li-materials, from bulk to interface. She received her PhD in 1994 from the University of Paris-Sud Orsay under the supervision of Professor E. Canadell and spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Baerends at the Vrije Univsiteit of Amsterdam before entering the CNRS in 1995 (Montpellier).


Kristina EdstromKristina Edström
Ångström Laboratory, Sweden


Silicon and its Challenging Interfaces

Some silicon is now introduced into graphite electrodes (up to 7%) used in commercial lithium-ion batteries. To increase this amount further requires a profound understanding of the complex reactions taking place forming the SEI (the electrode/electrolyte interface) but also of the interface reactions taking place between the SEI and the bulk material. This presentation will discuss the implications of how the different kinds of interfaces will influence the reactions with lithium. It will also give a suggestion on how it is possible to make electrodes with a larger portion of silicon.

Kristina Edström is a professor of inorganic chemistry at Uppsala University in Sweden. She is director of the Ångström Advanced Battery Centre (ÅABC) which is a centre comprising studies of Li-ion, Na-ion, and beyond lithium concepts. The centre contains 6 senior professors and associate professors, 10 post docs and 25 PhD students. Edström’s personal research interest lies in the study anode (graphite, silicon, tin, conversion materials, etc.) materials and electrolytes, with a special focus on SEI studies using photoelectron spectroscopy. Developing structural methods for studying new anode and cathode materials with operando X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques is another interest. A third interest is applied studies of battery life-time issues related to the automotive industry. Edström has more than 180 publications in international journals. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and of ALISTORE-ERI (a network of excellence within the field of battery studies in Europe).


Hubert GasteigerHubert Gasteiger
Technische Universitat Muenchen, Germany


Fundamental Aspects of Lithium Ion Battery Materials Degradation Mechanisms

Increasing cycle-life and energy density of lithium ion batteries requires the development of improved electrolyte additives and a detailed understanding of the stability of electrolyte and cathode electrode components, particularly at high anodic potentials. The fundamental decomposition/degradation mechanisms will be examined by on-line electrochemical mass spectrometry (OEMS), by AC impedance, and by ex-situ ATR-FTIR and NMR. In this presentation, we will discuss the following aspects:

  • anodic and cathodic decomposition mechanisms of electrolytes and electrolyte additives;
  • quantification of the anodic stability of conductive carbons and of conductive carbon coatings at potentials relevant for high-voltage cathode materials;
  • effect of water and hydroxide impurities on carbon and electrolyte stability.

Hubert Gasteiger received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1993 under the guidance of Elton Cairns, Phil Ross, and Nenad Markovic, followed by postdoctoral fellowships the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and Ulm University (1994–1998). Subsequently, he joined the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell program of GM/Opel, leading catalyst and membrane electrode assembly (MEA) research (Honeoye Falls, NY, USA). In 2007, he joined Acta S.p.A. (Italy), working on alkaline membrane based technologies. After a one-year Visiting Professorship at MIT (2009) with Yang Shao-Horn, working on lithium-air batteries, he was appointed Chair of Technical Electrochemistry at TUM, where he is now focusing on materials, electrode, and diagnostics development for fuel cells and lithium ion batteries. He served as editor of Wiley’s Handbook of Fuel Cells (2003 and 2009) and published 110 refereed articles (h index 55, 17000 citations), 15 book chapters, and 37 patent applications/patents. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), received the 2012 Grove Medal for fuel cell research, the 2015 David C. Grahame Award of the Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry Division of the ECS, and held the George C.A. Schuit Award Lecture at the University of Delaware in 2015.


Clare GreyClare Grey
Cambridge University, UK


NMR Beyond Li: New Approaches in Studying Na, Mg and Li-air Batteries

This talk will describe the use of NMR spectroscopy to characterize a series of “beyond-Li” electrode materials. The NMR results are combined with complementary techniques such as pair distribution function analysis of (X-ray) scattering data. In the sodium-ion battery case, 23Na NMR spectroscopy can be used to follow changes in local structure in a manner very similar to that performed on lithium-ion battery materials. Our work using the method to study local structure and Na+ and electronic ordering in positive layered materials and intermetallic anodes will be described. 25Mg NMR is more challenging, but the use of DFT calculations to predict shift positions and help interpret the spectra speeds up the analysis considerably. This will be illustrated for paramagnetic positive electrode materials. The use of NMR and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to link structural changes with electrolyte concentrations will be demonstrated for lithium metal anodes. Finally, new developments in the field of lithium-oxygen batteries will be described. In particular NMR spectroscopy allows the different discharge products and many side-reactions to be followed. For example, 1H and 7Li NMR spectroscopy can be used to separate Li2O2 from LiOH, allowing the formation and removal of LiOH to be quantified. Our recent studies with LiI redox mediators and r-GO electrodes will be described.

Clare Grey is the Geoffrey Moorhouse-Gibson Professor of Chemistry at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Pembroke College. She received a BA and D. Phil. (1991) in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. After spending a year as a Royal Society post-doctoral Fellow at Nijmegen University and two years as a visiting scientist at DuPont CR&D in Wilmington, DE (1992–1993) she joined the faculty at Stony Brook University (SBU) as an Assistant (1994), Associate (1997) and then Full Professor (2001-2015). She moved to Cambridge in 2009, and still maintains an adjunct position at SBU. She was the director of the Northeastern Chemical Energy Storage Center, a Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Center (2009-2010) and Associate director (2011-2014). Her recent honors and awards include the 2007 Research Award of the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Chemical Society, the 2010 Ampere and RSC John Jeyes Awards, the 2011 Royal Society Kavli Lecture and Medal for work relating to the Environment/Energy, Honourary PhD Degrees from the Universities of Orleans (2012) and Lancaster (2013), the Gunther Laukien Award from the Experimental NMR Conference (2013), the Research Award from the International Battery Association (2013) and the Royal Society Davy Award (2014). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society. Her current research interests include the use of solid state NMR and diffraction-based methods to determine structure-function relationships in materials for energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors), conversion (fuel cells) and carbon capture.


Dominique GuyomardDominique Guyomard
CNRS-IMN, France


Si Anode Diagnostic and Failure Mechanism in Full Li-Ion Cells Using NMR, STEM-Eels, XPS and FIB-TOF-SIMS Advanced Characterization Tools

IMN has a long experience of about 10 years in the field of silicon anode characterization and optimization. In this work, a combination of techniques, such as 7Li, 19F MAS NMR, XPS, TOF-SIMS and STEM-EELS, provides an in-depth characterization of the SEI forming on the surface of silicon particles as well as its evolution upon cycling in a full Li-ion cell configuration with LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 as the positive electrode. XRR and TEM are used as well to probe the in operando evolution of silicon anode upon cycling in half cells. The origin of the much faster aging of silicon anode in full cell versus half cell will be discussed.

Dominique Guyomard is Director of Research at CNRS and the head of the “Electrochemical Energy Storage and Transformation Team” (EEST) at the Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel at Nantes, about 50 scientists including 20 staff researchers. This team gathers activities on batteries, on moderate & high temperature fuels cells & electrolysers, and on advanced spectroscopies & simulations. Guyomard expertise deals with basic & applied solid state electrochemistry and material & surface science, applied to the fields of Li-ion, Na-ion, Li metal polymer, and Li-S batteries. He serves as expert on energy storage in several national and international academic committees. He belongs to the advisory board of several international symposia, and is co-organizer of several national and international conferences. He is now President of IBA. He received recently the 2007 IBA Research Award, the 2008 French Academy of Science Award for Science Transfer to Industry, and the 2010 ECS Battery Division Research Award. He is co-author of more than 220 journal papers and 30 patents.


Dave HowellDave Howell
Department of Energy, USA


US DOE Electric Vehicle Battery R&D Progress and Plans

The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology Office (DOE-VTO) funds high-reward/high-risk research conducted by national laboratories, universities, and industry – to develop low-cost and high-performance automotive batteries necessary for the consumer acceptance of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) in the marketplace. In fiscal year 2015, VTO battery R&D funding totaled about $80 million. Current battery technology performance is far below its theoretically possible limit and in the near-term, opportunity exists to more than double the battery pack specific energy for lithium-ion technology by using new high-capacity cathode materials, higher voltage electrolytes, and by replacing graphite anodes with high capacity silicon or tin-based intermetallic alloys. In the longer term, certain “beyond Li-ion” battery chemistries) offer the possibility of specific energy values significantly higher than those of current lithium-ion batteries as well as the potential of significantly-reduced battery cost. Despite recent promising advances, more R&D is needed to achieve the requisite performance, lifetime and reduced cost needed for these new battery technologies to enter the market. The status of VTO-funded advanced automotive battery R&D projects for FY 2014-15 will be discussed in this talk and associated issues will be highlighted.

Dave Howell is the Acting Director of the Vehicle Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dave leads an array of activities that help reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and secure a clean energy future. VTO supports about $280 million in annual research funding for hybrid drivetrains, advanced batteries, lightweight materials, advanced combustion and fuels, vehicle systems integration, and Clean Cities deployment activities. Dave is also the Program Manager for the Hybrid and Electric Vehicles R&D in VTO. He serves as DOE’s representative at the United States Advanced Battery Consortium Management Committee and to international organizations and inter-government forums involved in electric drive transportation. Dave was also the Department’s Technology Development Manager for the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Manufacturing Initiative grants awarded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Prior to joining the Department, Dave was a member of the research staff of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force Materials Laboratory. Dave has over 30 years of experience planning and successfully executing multi-disciplined research & development activities that includes electric drive vehicles, advanced battery research and manufacturing, advanced structural composite materials and processing. Dave received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1985 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.


Yongsheng HuYongsheng Hu
IOP/CAS, China


Development of Sodium-Ion Batteries for Grid-Scale Energy Storage

With the tremendous development of renewable energies such as solar and wind powers, the smooth integration of their energies into the grid, thus improving the grid reliability and utilization, critically needs large-scale energy storage systems with low cost, long-life, high efficiency and high safety. Among the various energy storage technologies, electrochemical approach represents one of the most promising means to store the electricity in large-scale because of the flexibility, high energy conversion efficiency and simple maintenance. Due to the highest energy density among practical rechargeable batteries, lithium-ion batteries have been widely used in the portable electronic devices and would undoubtedly be the best choice for the electric vehicles. However, the rarity and non-uniform distribution of lithium in the Earth’s crust may not simultaneously support these two important application areas: electric vehicles and renewable energy. In this regard, room-temperature sodium-ion batteries with lower energy density compared with lithium-ion batteries have been reconsidered particularly for renewable energy, where cost and cycle life are more critical factors than energy density owing to the abundant sodium resources (2.75%) and low cost as well as similar “rocking-chair” sodium storage mechanism as lithium. More importantly, we can use Na+ ions as the charge carrier to explore new chemistry and new materials to further decrease the cost. For example, sodium cannot form the alloy with aluminum, therefore aluminum foil can be used as the current collector for the anode without the overdischarge problem.

In this talk, I will present our recent research progress on the sodium-ion batteries from IoP-CAS. In particular, I will focus on a series of air-stable and Ni-/Co-free Na-Cu-Fe-Mn-O (e.g., Na0.9Cu0.2Fe0.3Mn0.5O2) cathode and a superior low cost amorphous carbon anode made from pitch and lignin. Finally, the prototype sodium-ion batteries based on these cathode and anode materials will also be demonstrated to have promising practical application.

Yongsheng Hu is a full professor at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IoP-CAS). He received his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from IoP-CAS with Prof. Liquan Chen in 2004, and then moved to Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research as Postdoctor and Principal Researcher. After a short stay at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he joined IoP-CAS in 2008 and is working on advanced materials for long-life grid-scale stationary batteries and their energy storage mechanism, particularly focusing on sodium based rechargeable batteries. His recent original contributions include: discover the electroactivity of Cu2+/Cu3+ redox couple in sodium containing oxides and design a series of air-stable and Co-/Ni-free Na-Cu-Fe-Mn-O cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries; propose a superior low-cost amorphous carbon made from pitch and lignin as an anode for sodium-ion batteries; design zero-strain anode materials for sodium-ion batteries; propose a “Solvent-in-Salt” electrolyte; propose the use of N-/B-doped carbon as a nanocoating layer for electrode materials, etc. He has published over 120 internationally refereed SCI publications including Journals such as Nature Mater., Nature Commun., Science Adv., Adv. Mater., Adv. Energy Mater., Energy Storage Materials, J. Mater. Chem. A, Angew. Chem., Energy Environ. Sci., Nano Letters, etc. These papers have been cited over 7000 times according to ISI web of science with an H-index of 44. He was selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers in the field of Materials Science in 2014 and 2015. He received several awards and fellowships for his research work, such as the “Chinese Society of Electrochemical Prize for Young Scientists” (2013), the “Chinese Society of Ceramic Prize for Young Scientists” (2013), the Excellent Award for “One Hundred Talent Project” of CAS (2014), Tajima Prize (2015), Newton Advanced Fellowships (2015), Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (2015), etc.


Nobuyuki ImanishiNobuyuki Imanishi
Mie University, Japan


Development of Materials for Aqueous Lithium Batteries

Protected lithium electrode (PLE) consisting of lithium metal anode, lithium ion-conducting organic electrolyte interlayer and ceramic electrolyte is a key technology in aqueous lithium-air batteries. The battery is characterized for its high energy density, but PLE must achieve quite high areal capacity and coulombic efficiency. The talk is about the materials development for improved performance of PLE. In addition, different type of aqueous batteries using this PLE is also planned to be introduced.

Nobuyuki Imanishi is a professor of Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Mie University, Japan. He graduated from department of industrial chemistry, Kyoto University in 1986 and received his PhD in 1993. He started his research professionally at 1990 in Mie University and after 22-year career as assistant and associate professor, he promoted to the present position. He focuses on functional materials and electrochemistry, especially energy conversion and storage materials, for instance, electrode materials for lithium batteries and fuel cells, and solid-state electrolytes for those batteries. His recent research interests include two main topics: aqueous lithium-air batteries and polymer lithium batteries.


Minuro InabaMinuro Inaba
Doshisha University, Japan


Highly Concentrated Electrolyte for 5 V Systems

Highly concentrated electrolytes have many unique properties, and all solvent molecules are strongly coordinated with Li+ ions, and hence the stability of the electrolytes against oxidation is improved significantly. 5-V cathodes, e.g. LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, are promising for the next-generation LIBs with high energy densities. Unfortunately no electrolyte systems that tolerate the highly oxidative 5 V cathode have been reported so far. In the present study, we investigated the effect of concentration on the stability of highly concentrated electrolytes, LiPF6/PC and LiBF4/PC, against a 5-V cathode, LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 to realize 5 V LIB systems.

Minuro Inaba Inaba received his BSc from Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University in 1984, and his M. Sc. in 1986 and Dr. Eng. in 1995 from Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University. He has worked on electrochemical energy conversion systems at Kyoto University (1992-2002) and at Doshisha University (2002-present). He is the chairperson of The Committee of Battery Technology, The Electrochemical Society of Japan. He joined an editorial team of Journal of Power Sources as an associate editor in 2014, and now promoted to an editor in 2015. His research interests are fundamental aspects on electrochemical energy conversion systems, such as lithium-ion batteries, polymer electrolyte fuel cells, and solid oxide fuel cells. He has authored over 190 peer-reviewed papers, 60 review articles, 25 book chapters, and 20 patents.


Saiful IslamSaiful Islam
University of Bath, UK


Insights into Fast Lithium and Sodium-ion Conduction in Solid Electrolyte and Cathode Materials

Major advances in rechargeable batteries require the discovery and characterisation of new materials. It is clear that a complete understanding of the properties of electrode and electrolyte materials for both Li- and Na-ion batteries requires fundamental knowledge of their underlying structural, ion diffusion and surface properties on the atomic- and nano-scales. In this context, advanced materials modelling combined with structural and electrochemical techniques are now powerful tools for investigating these properties. This talk will highlight recent studies in the following areas: (i) structural and mechanistic insights into fast lithium-ion conduction in Li4SiO4-Li3PO4 solid electrolytes; (ii) ion diffusion pathways in polyanionic cathode materials such as Li-sulfates (e.g. LiFeSO4OH) and Na-phosphates (e.g. Na2FePO4F, NaFePO4).

Saiful Islam is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award holder. He grew up in London and obtained his Chemistry degree and PhD from University College London, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in New York, USA. He returned to the UK to the University of Surrey, before joining the University of Bath in 2006. His research interests include structural, transport and computational studies of new electrode and solid electrolyte materials for lithium- and sodium-ion batteries.

Saiful has received awards for his research including the RSC Sustainable Energy Award. He has presented more than 60 invited talks at international conferences, and has around 180 publications (attracting 9,500 citations and h-index of 56). He sits on the RSC advisory boards of the Journal of Materials Chemistry and Energy & Environmental Science.

He is involved with the European ALISTORE ERI, the SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub and the EPSRC program grant on Energy Materials-Computational Solutions (as PI). Saiful is also involved with outreach work with schools and café science talks, and is a member of the Diversity Committee of the Royal Society.


Jurgen JanekJürgen Janek
University of Giessen, Germany


"Solidifying” Batteries – Solid Electrolytes in Lithium (Ion) Batteries

Solid electrolytes and solid state batteries are currently attracting serious interest as potential future components and storage devices. Solid electrolytes (polymer, ceramic or composites) are required to construct protected lithium anodes – in case that lithium metal anodes will become again part of lithium batteries. If the cathode is still employed in contact with a liquid electrolyte, a new interface between a liquid and a solid electrolyte forms which can be highly resistive. Solid state batteries without any liquid electrolytes are considered as ultimately stable and safe devices, but are expected to suffer from poor kinetics and high costs. The lecture will include answers to the following questions:

  • Are solid electrolytes necessarily worse lithium ion conductors than liquid electrolytes?
  • Are solid electrolytes the key to ultimately long-term stable batteries?
  • What do we know about the interface between liquid and solid electrolytes?
  • What is the state of the art thin film battery?
  • How to construct “thick film” solid state batteries?
  • Important research tasks in the development of solid state batteries?

Jürgen Janek Janek is professor for Physical Chemistry at Justus-Liebig University in Giessen (Germany) and scientific director of BELLA (Batteries and Electrochemistry Laboratory), a joint lab of BASF SE and KIT in Karlsruhe/Germany. He received his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Chemistry from University of Hannover, mentored by Hermann Schmalzried and Alan B. Lidiard in the field of physical chemistry of solids. He was visiting professor at Seoul National University, Tohoku University/Sendai and Université d´Aix-Marseille. His research in physical chemistry of solids and electrochemistry spans a wide range from fundamental transport studies in mixed conductors, electrode kinetics and interface phenomena to plasma electrochemistry and in situ studies in electrochemical cells. Current key interests include new materials and their reactions in lithium solid state batteries, lithium- and sodium-based next generation batteries (e. g. Na/O2 cells) and the defect chemistry of porous and nanostructured oxides. The transport properties and stability range of lithium and sodium solid electrolytes form a major part of his recent research projects. Jürgen Janek holds several patents and is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in a wide range of journals.


Jurgen JanekWonhee Jeong
LG Chemical, Republic of Korea


Lithium-Ion Battery Technology for Low-Voltage Hybrids

Lithium-ion batteries are lightweight power sources with high recuperation capability, which could be a potent battery technology for emerging low-voltage hybrid markets. Based on lithium-ion battery technology, automotive manufacturers have investigated various 12V and 48V systems with different dimension and performance requirements. Depending on their needs for a pack location and system design, OEMs’ interest in cell chemistry varies from conventional carbonaceous anode-based battery to LTO anode-based one to LFP cathode-based one. In this talk, current lithium-ion battery solutions to various low-voltage needs will be discussed with a focus on technical challenges in cell design. Also, we will explore future lithium-ion battery technology required for 12V and 48V lithium-ion batteries.

Wonhee Jeong obtained his BS and MS in chemistry from Seoul National University, Korea. He received a PhD in organic chemistry from Stanford University (USA) in 2008. After two years of postdoctoral research at UNC at Chapel Hill (USA), he joined LG Chem as a manager for the development of next-generation lithium-ion batteries for PHEV and EV applications. Currently, he is leader of Micro HEV team at LG Chem, and responsible for developing lithium-ion batteries for low-voltage hybrids.


Kiyoshi KanamuraKiyoshi Kanamura
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan


All Solid State Battery with Llz Solid Electrolyte and Li Metal Anode

LLZ is one of promising candidates for all solid state battery. Li metal anode is the most suitable anode material for next generation battery.

The fabrication of all solid state battery using these materials has been investigated to confirm the electrochemical performance of all solid state battery with LLZ and Li metal anode. By using AD process, the all sold state battery has been successfully prepared. The cell delivered 120 mA h g-1 based on LiCoO2 cathode at room temperature. In this presentation, the preparation process of cathode and Li metal anode on LLZ solid electrolyte will be reported and a possibility of all solid state battery as next generation battery will be discussed in detail.

Kiyoshi Kanamura is currently Professor at the Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University. Dr. Kanamura received his Doctor of Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan. He has worked as Associate Professor at Kyoto University, and Tokyo Metropolitan University. Dr. Kanamura has received the “Sano” Prize for Young Researchers from Electrochemical Society of Japan (1992); the Research Award, Energy Technology Division, Electrochemical Society Inc. (2005); the BCSJ Award Article (2009); and the Research Award, Japanese Association of Inorganic Phosphorus Chemistry (2011).


Kisuk KangKisuk Kang
Seoul National Laboratory, Republic of Korea


Simple Metal Oxide as a New Cathode for Lithium Ion Batteries

In our continuing efforts of redox composite electrode, we identify that simple metal oxides in the redox composite can function as excellent cathode for lithium ion batteries via a new lithium storage mechanism, so called "surface conversion reaction".

Kisuk Kang is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University where he received his BS. He did his PhD and postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before he joined SNU, he was a professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) until 2010. From 2013, he is a tenured professor at SNU. His research lab at SNU focuses on developing new materials for LIB, post-Li battery chemistries—such as Na, Mg batteries and metal-air batteries—using combined experiments and ab initio calculations. For the past 5 years, he has published more than 150 international journals and issued more than 20 patents on this field.

His accomplishments were recognized by ISE (International Society of Electrochemistry) Young Investigator Award (2011), Inaugural Energy and Environmental Science Lectureship Award (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012), PBFC Award (Korean Electrochemical Society, 2013) and the prestigious Korean Young Scientist Award by the President of Korea (2013).


Ryoji KannoRyoji Kanno
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan


Developments of Lithium Solid Electrolytes and their Application to all Solid-state Batteries

Lithium solid electrolytes promise the potential to replace organic liquid electrolytes and thereby improve safety of the next-generation batteries. Among the electrolytes proposed, the sulphide system is a candidate for practical batteries because of their high ionic conductivity; the Li10GeP2S12 (LGPS) phase exhibits high ionic conductivity of over 10-2 S cm-1 at room temperature and is promising for applications requiring batteries with high powers and energy densities. The present study focuses on several topics of the all solid-state system using the inorganic electrolytes. (i) Material varieties of the LGPS system may provide suitable combinations of the electrodes and the electrolyte. To improve the materials variety, the substitution systems with the LGPS type structure were examined, and their phase diagram, structure and ionic conduction were studied. (ii) The combination with high-voltage electrode or high-capacity electrode may provide high capacity systems. The all solid-state batteries using various electrode materials were examined. (iii) The reaction at the electrolyte/electrode interface is the important issue to improve the stability and rate capabilities. High resistance at the interface of the solid-state system might prevent their usage for high current battery systems. Reactions at the interface were also examined. Based on these experimental results, the battery characteristics of the all solid-state system using LGPS electrolytes will be discussed.

Ryoji Kanno has been investigating materials for electrochemical energy conversion devices, particularly on lithium batteries and solid oxide fuel cells, since 1980. His ambition for new materials development is finding an oxide perovskite as cathode material for solid oxide fuel cells. He has developed new materials for all solid-state batteries for the next generation. He also developed mechanistic studies on lithium battery materials of layered rock salt, olivine, and thin-film model electrodes. Based on fundamental studies on solid-state chemistry, he developed many new materials for energy conversion and trying to indicate a new direction of the future battery system.


Chisu KimChisu Kim
Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec, Canada


In Operando Studies for the Strategic Development of High Performance Lithium/Sulfur Batteries

Characterization results from in-situ SEM, in-situ UV-VIS spectroscopy and in-situ RAMAN spectroscopy will be presented in connection with the reaction mechanism and failure modes of Li/S battery.

Chisu Kim is a senior researcher at Hydro-Québec, where she is responsible for the development of advanced material for next generation lithium batteries. She obtained her B.S. (1994), M.S. (1996), and PhD (2000) in electrochemistry from Seoul National University in South Korea. Before joining Hydro-Québec, she worked for battery industry for 12 years and developed lithium batteries for various applications ranging from mobile devices to electric vehicles.


Hee-Tak KimHee-Tak Kim
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea


Hybrid Ion Conductor: Polysulfide Exclusion for Advanced Lithium Sulfur Batteries

Lithium sulfur battery, although it is regarded as a promising next generation secondary battery, has yet to overcome problems that limit their commercialization. In this talk, Prof. Kim will deliver recent results which show how the concept of hybrid ion conductor can address the one of the major problems of lithium sulfur battery, polysulfide shuttle.

Hee-Tak Kim Kim is an associate professor of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He received his B.S (1993), MS (1995), and PhD (1999) in Chemical Engineering at KAIST. His PhD thesis was photo-induced liquid crystal alignment layer. He had developed his industrial carrier as a senior engineer at Institute of Advanced Engineering (IAE) (1999~2000), a principle engineer at NESS (2000~2002), and a senior/principle engineer at Samsung SDI (2003~2013). During his industrial carrier, he had been involved in the R&D of various electrochemical devices including lithium sulfur battery, lithium ion polymer battery, direct methanol fuel cell, and polymer electrolyte fuel cell. He led lithium sulfur battery development at IAE and NESS, and membrane electrode assembly development at SAMSUNG SDI. He joined KAIST on July, 2013, and, currently leads electrochemical energy device laboratory. His research lab. focus on developing next generation lithium batteries including lithium sulfur, lithium oxygen, and lithium metal ion batteries, redox flow batteries (vanadium, Zn/Br), and polymer electrolyte fuel cells. He has published more than 70 papers in SCI journal and hold more than 90 patents.


Il-Seok (Stephen) KimIl-Seok (Stephen) Kim
Samsung SDI, Republic of Korea


Materials for High Energy Lithuim Ion Batteries

Advancement of smart electronics, evolution of wearable devices, and growing interest in electric vehicles have created significant needs for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) with high energy density that provide longer usage time, smaller size, and extended driving range, respectively. Since its introduction to market in 1991, the energy density of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) has increased significantly, which has been possible through innovation in materials technologies and cell engineering. To meet market’s expectation for LIBs as power sources for electric vehicles and next generation mobile devices, however, further breakthroughs are needed, especially in active materials. In this presentation, recent status and progress in active materials in commercial high energy density LIBs will be discussed.

Il-Seok (Stephen) Kim received his BS and MS degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea and Ph. D in MSME from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh . His Ph. D. thesis was on Si and Sn Electrochemically Active Nanocomposite Materials for LIBs. He then joined Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow, where he worked on thin film solid state battery and its fabrication processes. He later on continued his career in LIB at Duracell Tech Center from 2007 till 2014. His research was focused mostly on fast charging LiB system and materials for consumer electronics applications. He currently has been working at Samsung SDI RnD center and is leading the effort to develop next generation high energy materials and cell development.


Shinichi KomabaShinichi Komaba
Tokyo University of Science, Japan


Towards Na-ion and K-ion Batteries

We have been studying electrode and electrolyte materials for Li-ion batteries. In the past 10 years, we have also studied the materials for Na-ion batteries. Indeed we succeeded high-capacity or high-energy positive / negative electrode materials including binders and electrolytes. Recently, we expand our research target to K-ion batteries, which is potentially expected to show higher-power and higher-voltage than those of Li- and Na-ion batteries. We will talk about our recent achievement on electrode and electrolyte materials and surface chemistry for Na-ion and K-ion batteries and will discuss similarity and difference compared with Li-ion ones.

Shinichi Komaba is a Professor of Applied Chemistry at Tokyo University of Science and a Project Professor at Kyoto University. After he received his PhD from Waseda University, he joined Iwate University in 1998. From 2003 to 2004, he also worked at Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux, France, as a post-doctoral research fellow. In 2005, he moved to Tokyo University of Science as a faculty member and focused on lithium-ion as well as sodium-ion batteries. Professor Komaba received the 2014 Resonate Award for his research in energy storage, which is aimed at making batteries safer, more efficient and affordable, from the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech. He has developed anode and cathode materials and electrolytes, additives, and binders for sodium-ion batteries and safer lithium-ion battery systems. Breakthroughs in these systems show promise towards realizing zero-emission vehicles and mitigating the power variability of incorporating renewable energy into the grid. He has produced more than 170 original papers. Because of his distinguished and pioneering achievement of next generation batteries, he is also honored with JSPS (The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Prize and German Innovation Award in 2015.


Yukinari KotaniYukinari Kotani
Toyota, Japan


Challenges to All-Solid State Battery for Sustainable Mobility

For a practical electric vehicle to be widely accepted in the market, development of next generation batteries with high energy density is critical. So far, Toyota is promoting battery R&D from both the engineering and scientific point of view, and we believe All-Solid State battery using an inorganic solid electrolyte has great potential as a candidate for beyond Li-Ion battery technology. There are several benefits such as no potential for leakage, a wide electrochemical window, and high thermal stability and these properties enable the design of a series, multi-layer cell, which would result in a high voltage and robust energy device even in harsh environments. In my presentation, I will introduce the current challenges and update some results of Toyota’s All-Solid State battery program.

Yukinari Kotani is Vice President for Toyota Research Institute – North America (TRI-NA) at Toyota Technical Center (TTC) is a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America, Inc. (TEMA). Mr. Kotani joined TTC in July 2013 as Vice President of TRI-NA. His current responsibilities include overseeing Materials, Electronics and Future Mobility Research. Prior to TTC, Mr. Kotani employed by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in Japan in the managerial position of Project General Manager, Battery Research Division. He has been engaged in managing TMC’s research activities on batteries and related projects since January 2007. Mr. Kotani graduated from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and joined TMC in April 1992.


Maksym KovalenkoMaksym Kovalenko
ETH Zürich, Switzerland


Nanoscale Anode and Cathode Materials for (Li/Na/Mg/Al)-ion Batteries

For a practical electric vehicle to be widely accepted in the market, development of next generation batteries with high energy density is critical. So far, Toyota is promoting battery R&D from both the engineering and scientific point of view, and we believe All-Solid State battery using an inorganic solid electrolyte has great potential as a candidate for beyond Li-Ion battery technology. There are several benefits such as no potential for leakage, a wide electrochemical window, and high thermal stability and these properties enable the design of a series, multi-layer cell, which would result in a high voltage and robust energy device even in harsh environments. In my presentation, I will introduce the current challenges and update some results of Toyota’s All-Solid State battery program.

Maksym Kovalenko has been a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at ETH Zürich since July 2011. His group is also partially hosted by EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) to support his highly interdisciplinary research program. He completed graduate studies at Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria, 2004–2007, with Prof. Wolfgang Heiss), followed by postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago (USA, 2008–2011, with Prof. Dmitri Talapin). His present scientific focus is on the development of new synthesis methods for inorganic nanomaterials, their surface chemistry engineering and assembly into macroscopically large solids. His ultimate, practical goal is to provide novel inorganic materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries, post-Li-batteries, photovoltaics and optoelectronics. He is the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant 2012 and Ruzicka Preis 2013.


Amo KwadeAmo Kwade
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany


Ecological Friendly Recycling of Lithium Ion Batteries – the Lithorec Process

The increasing demand of lithium ion batteries requires the recovery of active materials from spent lithium ion batteries and production rejects in order to prevent a future shortage of lithium and other valuable raw materials. In contrast to existing recycling processes, the main goal of the LithoRec process is to achieve a high recycling yield and a low ecological impact as well as to efficiently recover all battery materials at battery grade quality. The project spams the entire recycling process starting from the discharging and disassembly stages, and following through with mechanical, chemical and thermal processing (e.g. crushing, grinding, classification, sorting, and extraction) used to separate the battery into recyclable fractions. In order to match the high purity standards of hydro-metallurgical processes for the production of battery active materials, the battery active materials have to be separated from the current collector foil very purely. For that purpose, a new patented separation process has been developed which show a very high separation rate at high purity. The entire process was set up in pilot scale and operated with spent different spent battery systems. Results of this pilot trials will be discussed in the paper. Subsequently, new battery active materials have been produced and characterized in battery test cells.

Arno Kwade worked 9 years in industry as head of a consultancy and general manager of a medium sized company in the field of particle comminution, dispersing, mixing and handling prior to taking over the Directorship of the Institute and Chair for Particle Technology of the Technische Universität Braunschweig (Brunswick) in 2005. Based on deep understanding of mechanical processes as milling, mixing, dispersing and compression of bulk solids as head of the institute he focused the research on developing processes and process chains for innovative particulate products like especially pharmaceutics and battery electrodes. He was and is head of several joint research projects on pharmaceutics development as well as production and recycling of lithium ion battery cells, e.g. a joint lower Saxony graduate school on battery cells, head of the European working group on comminution and member of several boards like the Beirat Batterie forum Deutschland. From 2011 to 2013 he was Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and from 2013 to 2015 member of the University Senate.


Peter LampPeter Lamp
BMW Group, Germany


Advanced Materials for Future Generations of Automotive Batteries: Potential and Limits

New mobility concepts are required to balance the individual need for mobility and the sustainable utilization of natural resources as well as the protection of the environment. Technology improvements are necessary that allow the transition towards mobility concepts based on renewable energies. Today the electrification of drive trains, ranging from hybrid vehicles to plug-in hybrids, and finally to pure electric vehicles, is the commonly accepted next step in this direction. BMW is strongly committed to this path.

The electric energy storage is the key technology for electrification. Energy and/or power density of the storage system define the fuel reduction potential as well as the customer acceptance. To make it a success story, care has to be taken to fulfill the present and future customer expectations, in particular with regard to safety and reliability, performance and costs. One of the major factors for a high market penetration of electric vehicles is the ratio between driving range and costs. More than 90% of the world wide vehicle market falls in the price range below 50.000$; on the other hand, a driving range above 400 km is needed. That requires energy density targets above 250 Wh/kg or 400 Wh/l for a battery pack, with costs as low as 150 $/kWh.

Different strategies are nowadays considered which enable a considerable increase in the electric range. These include the optimization of cell and electrode design. But the largest impact on the energy density is the introduction of novel cathode and anode materials for Li-ion cells. There are a number of materials in development which may give an improvement in energy density. But only a few seem to have the potential to meet automotive requirements in particular regarding lifetime and safety. For most of the material developments considerable improvements are needed before a possible industrialization of the new generations of batteries for automotive application can be envisaged.

This presentation will outline the potential and limits of present material concepts from a car manufacturer point of view. In particular it will address open issues to be solved in the future development of electric energy storage technologies for automotive applications.

Peter Lamp received his degree and PhD in general physics from the Technical University of Munich (PhD done at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics, Munich; finalized in 1993). Since 1994 he has held different positions in non-profit research organizations as well as industry; continuously working on applied research in the field of energy storage and conversion. Dr. Lamp joined BMW in 2001 as development engineer for fuel cell systems. From 2008 to 2012 he was responsible for product development of Li-Ion cells. Since 2012 he has been head of the department ‚Research Battery Technology‘. His present focus is research on next generation electrical energy storage systems and strategy for application at BMW.


Hong Li Hong Li
IOP/CAS, China


Interfacial Behaviors of Metal Lithium Anode in Solid Lithium Batteries

Variation of morphology and composition of metal lithium contacted with gas, liquid and solid plays the key role for achieving high cyclic performance and safety for high energy density rechargeable lithium batteries. In this talk, our investigations on metal lithium anodes in rechargeable solid lithium batteries with and without liquid additive are reported. Several strategies for dealing with lithium pulverization, interfacial resistance and volume variation are evaluated.

Hong Li received Ph.D degree in 1999 in the Institute of Physics, CAS. He is currently a professor in the same institute. He serves as Deputy Director of Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics. He is in charge of the “High energy density Li batteries for electrical vehicles” project, a CAS strategic priority research program. Hong Li’s research is focused on developing nano-Si/C anode materials for high energy density Li-ion batteries. Recent interest includes failure analysis of Li-ion batteries and rechargeable solid metal lithium batteries. Hong Li holds over forty patents and 220 peer-reviewed papers.


Bernard LestriezBernard Lestriez
Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN), France


Multi-Scale Characterization of Electronic and Ionic Limitations to Power Performance of Composite Electrodes Toward Ultra-High Surface Capacities

By using a set of advanced techniques such as the broad band dielectric spectroscopy, X-Ray and FIB-SEM computed tomography, it will be described which factor(s) (material properties, engineering parameters) mainly influence the rate discharging behavior of NMC- or LFP-based composite electrodes. This fundamental understanding will be rationalized to disclose ultra-high surface capacities electrodes (more than 10 mAh / cm²) with reasonable rate performance.

Bernard Lestriez is a chemical engineer and obtained his PhD in the field of polymer based composite materials in 2000. Since 2001 he is assistant-professor at the University of Nantes in France and does his research in the group headed by D. Guyomard at the IMN. He is mostly known for his expertise about the design of the formulation and the processing of composite electrodes for lithium batteries (aqueous processing of LiFePO4-based electrodes, critical role of binders and conductive additives for Si-based electrodes). In 2007 he started a fundamental study of the electronic and ionic limitations to power performance of composite electrodes, in close collaboration with an expert in the broad band dielectric spectroscopy technique, J.-C. Badot. Today, he is sharing the responsibility of the battery group at the IMN and is leading several French top-level research programs (Pepite, Tours 2015 …) about new electrode designs for lithium ion and lithium metal batteries and microbatteries, as well as numerous industrial research collaborations with international groups (Solvay, Renault, Umicore, STMicroelectronics …). 73 publications, 15 patents, 3 book chapters.


Aramugam ManthiramAramugam Manthiram
University of Texas at Austin, USA


Lithium- and Sodium-sulfur Cells with High Sulfur Loading

Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) and sodium-sulfur (Na-S) batteries are promising candidates as the next-generation energy-storage systems because of the high charge-storage capacity, natural abundance, and environmental friendliness of sulfur. However, the practical utility of Li-S and Na-S cells is hampered by low electrochemical utilization of sulfur and severe polysulfide diffusion, resulting in low discharge capacity and poor cycle life. Efforts to overcome the persistent problems often result in low-sulfur-loading cathodes, defeating the purpose of Li-S and Na-S cells replacing the current lithium-ion technology. Recognizing that the traditional cathode configuration borrowed from commercial insertion-compound cathodes may not allow the pure sulfur cathode to put its unique materials chemistry to good use or reach high active-material loading, this presentation will focus on unique approaches in engineering the sulfur cathodes with active material loading as high as 10 mg/cm2. For instance, binder-free layer-by-layer sulfur cathodes as well as omurice-type electrodes, supporting high sulfur loading, long life, and high gravimetric, volumetric, and areal capacities, will be presented. In addition, the use of solid electrolyte membranes to suppress polysulfide migration and alkali-metal dendrite growth will be presented.

Aramugam Manthiram is currently the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering and Director of the Texas Materials Institute and the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Texas at Austin. He received B.S. (1974) and M.S. (1976) degrees in chemistry from Madurai University, India, and a PhD degree in chemistry in 1980 from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras. After working as a Lecturer at Madurai Kamaraj University in India and as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), he became a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT-Austin in 1991.

Dr. Manthiram’s current research is in the area of rechargeable batteries and fuel cells, with a focus on low-cost, efficient materials, novel chemical synthesis and processing approaches, and fundamental understanding of the structure-property-performance relationships. He has authored more than 560 publications and 9 patents, with 14 patent applications currently pending. He is the Regional (USA) Editor of Solid State Ionics and is serving as an editorial board member for 5 other journals. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the Electrochemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the World Academy of Materials and Manufacturing Engineering. He received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (university-wide single award per year) in 2012, Battery Division Research Award from the Electrochemical Society in 2014, and Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2015.


Huanyu MaoHuanyu Mao
YouLion Battery, China


Fail-Safe System for High Energy Density Power Li-Ion Batteries

As longer driving range becomes an important feature for pure electric vehicles, higher energy density power batteries are needed. However, the battery safety for higher energy density power batteries has been an obstacle. An idea of “Fail-Safe” and its measures can largely reduce the risk of using high energy density power Li – Ion batteries. This talk will describe how our Fail-Safe system working to prevent the overall packs disasters when few cell had thermo runaway inside the battery pack.

Huanyu Mao earned his PhD in Electrochemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. He joined Moli Energy in Vancouver in 1991 as a Research Scientist working in developing of Lithium Ion batteries. His patents of electrolyte additives in 1993 created Functional Electrolyte technology, that has been widely used in today’s Li-Ion battery industry. As a co-founder, Dr. Mao Started Tianjin Lishen Batteries in China in 1997. He jointed Shenzhen BAK battery in 2004 as CTO and COO. He works in Suzhou Youlion Battery as Chairman and CEO since 2014.


Christian MasquelierChristian Masquelier
University of Picardie, France


Operando Diffraction During Li Battery Operation using Neutron and Synchrotron X-Ray Radiations

We recently designed an electrochemical cell manufactured with a completely neutron-transparent (Ti,Zr) alloy able to provide good electrochemical properties and Neutron Diffraction patterns operando, with good statistics and no other Bragg peaks than those of the electrode material of interest. Importantly, this allows detailed structural determinations by Rietveld refinements from data recorded during battery operation. Complementary experiments using high resolution synchrotron diffraction reveal subtle phenomena previously disregarded for important battery materials.

Christian Masquelier is currently a Full Professor in Chemistry at Université Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France and has been working for 25 years on the crystal chemistry of sodium ion conductors and positive electrode materials for Li-ion batteries, in particular phosphate-based positive electrodes. He graduated (PhD) from Paris-XI Orsay University in 1991, spent two years as a Post-Doc at the Osaka National Research Institute, Japan and two additional years as a Post-Doc at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He became Associate Professor in Chemistry in 1996 and joined the Université de Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens in 2000. He is the co-author of ~130 publications and 15 international patents in this field.


Wenjuan Liu MattisWenjuan Liu Mattis
Microvast Inc., China


Nonflammable, Fast Charging & Superb Cycle Life Battery Technology For Automotive Applications

Li-ion batteries are one of the most potential candidates as the energy storage devices mainly due to their high energy densities with fairly good rate capabilities and a fairly long cycle life. Currently, Lithium-ion batteries are nearing their theoretical energy density limit and battery manufacturers are beginning to focus on improving manufacturing methods and increasing safety. In this presentation, I will introduce Microvast’s non-flammable battery technology for lithium-ion batteries resolves battery safety issues through a multi-level approach from materials to the system level. The new technology takes both active and passive protection measures in order to enhance product safety, including improvements to the battery's electrolyte, separator and protection system. Meanwhile, the fast charging and superb cycle life are maintained for the automotive application. The nonflammable, fast charging & superb cycle life battery technology can solve the current key constraints in electric vehicle development and to redesign electric vehicle power systems to the mass adoption of electric vehicles.

Wenjuan Liu Mattis received her Ph.D. degree in Material Science and Engineering Department at The Pennsylvania State University in 2010 and joined the Dow Energy Material Department at The Dow Chemical Company in Mar. 2010. At Dow, she was working on advanced battery technology development - research and development of novel cathode, anode, electrolyte, electrolyte additives of high energy and high power lithium ion batteries for application in HEV, PHEV, EV and consumer electronics. In Oct. 2013, she joined Microvast Inc. Currently, as the VP of R&D, she is leading the R&D efforts developing high energy electrode materials and advanced batteries, targeting safer, cheaper and higher performance energy storage devices, including but not limited to lithium ion batteries, for the applications in EV, HEV, PHEV and EESS. She work with multiple businesses and core R&D to maximize the innovation pipeline for Microvast R&D function, and works on cross-department communication & coordination, raising and executing IP strategy of Microvast, and taking charge of all aspects of the global intellectual property portfolio.


Bryan McCloskeyBryan McCloskey
University of Berkeley, USA


Ion Solvation Effects in the Nonaqueous Li-O2 Electrochemistry

Multiple directions in battery research are now being pursued in hopes of advancing beyond the specific energy limits imposed by conventional Li-ion electrode materials. For example, ‘beyond Li-ion’ battery chemistries, such as Li-O2, Li-S, and Mg-ion, are currently being explored as potential successors to Li-ion batteries given their very high theoretical specific energies; yet severe technical challenges have prohibited them from becoming a practical reality. The objective of this presentation is to provide an assessment of such challenges, in particular, instabilities of the electrolyte and cathode, and Li2O2 electronic conductivity limitations, facing the nonaqueous Li-O2 battery cathode. Results will be presented on the characterization of the Li2O2 formation mechanism and how the mechanism can be manipulated through electrolyte engineering to potentially alleviate problems associated with Li2O2 deposition on the cathode.

Bryan McCloskey holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at UC, Berkeley and as a Faculty Scientist in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (BATT program) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His laboratory broadly focuses on electrochemical systems and energy storage. More information can be found at Prof. McCloskey’s website: http://chemistry.berkeley.edu/faculty/cbe/mccloskey. He was a postdoctoral researcher (2009-2011) and Research Staff Member (2012-2013) at IBM Almaden Research Center, where he studied fundamental characteristics of electrochemical processes occurring in Li-O2 batteries. His PhD thesis, supervised by Benny Freeman at the University of Texas at Austin, focused on molecular transport through microporous and dense polymeric membranes, with a particular emphasis on membranes for water purification.


Y. Shirley MengY. Shirley Meng
University of California San Diego, USA


Making the Invisible Visible – Advanced Diagnosis Methods for Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery Materials

Scanning electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy (STEM/EELS) offers unprecedented spatial resolution, which has enabled nanoscale imaging and chemical analysis of battery materials - their surfaces, grain boundaries and phase boundaries. Combining the state-of-the-art in situ operando analytical electron microscopy with first principles (FP) computational data analysis, we reveal some insights that could not be possible to see in the past. On the other hand coherent x-ray diffractive imaging (CXDI), a lensless form of microscopy capable of discerning electron density and strain with 20 nm resolution, can be used to map the strain evolution of a single cathode particle in a functional battery material as it is cycled in-situ. The evolution of compressive/tensile strain reveals a number of interesting phenomena. For instance, strain can be quantitatively correlated to the Lithium amount in the initial cycles, eventually becoming uncorrelated upon long-term cycling. We demonstrate that CXDI is a powerful diagnostic tool to reveal correlation between strain and electrochemistry at the single particle level and offers valuable information for electrode/battery modeling and future battery design. By combining electron based and X-ray based novel imaging techniques, we showcase the state-of-the-art diagnostic tools developed for probing functional battery materials in operando.

Y. Shirley Meng received her PhD in Advance Materials for Micro & Nano Systems from the Singapore-MIT Alliance in 2005, after which she worked as a postdoc research fellow and became a research scientist at MIT. Shirley is currently the Associate Professor of NanoEngineering and Materials Science, University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is the founding Director of Sustainable Power and Energy Center (http://spec.ucsd.edu). Shirley received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2011, UCSD Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Award in 2013 and Frontier of Innovation Award in 2014, as well as Science Award in Electrochemistry by BASF and Volkswagen in 2014. Her research group - Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion (LESC) – focuses on functional nano and micro-scale materials for energy storage and conversion. The more recent programs include the design, synthesis, processing, and operando characterization of energy storage materials in advanced rechargeable batteries; new intercalation materials for sodium ion batteries; and advanced flow batteries for grids large scale storage. Shirley is the author and co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 book chapter and two patents. She is the founding director of Sustainable Power and Energy Center (SPEC) at UCSD, which focuses on making breakthroughs in distributed energy generation, storage and accompanying power-management systems.


Ted MillerTed Miller
Ford Motor Company, USA


Battery Safety Performance and Modeling

Advanced lithium ion batteries are a critical enabler to vehicle electrification. However, there are technology challenges which must be understood in order to ensure battery safety. Battery behavior in the event crush due to a crash, and other safety issues such as overcharge, short circuit, and overheating, must be understood and addressed in the vehicle system design. This talk will focus on the development of a battery safety performance simulation tool which can provide insight into battery safety behavior under a range of mechanical, electrical, and thermal extremes. When complete, the modeling tool will allow vehicle and battery system designers to simulate a wide spectrum of abuse conditions. Dedicated work in this important area has been undertaken by the Ford Energy Storage and Materials Research Team for the past several years, including a multi-year contract with the DOT/NHTSA on the Safety Performance of Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems. Ford’s present effort on the development and validation of a battery safety performance simulation tool is also supported the U.S. Department of Energy.

Ted Miller is Ford's Senior Manager of Energy Storage and Materials Strategy and Research. His team is responsible for energy storage strategy, research and development for all Ford hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric, vehicles. Mr. Miller's team supports global prototype and production vehicle development programs. They are involved in every aspect of energy storage design and use from raw materials to end-of-life recycling. His team also sponsors collaborative energy storage research projects at Stanford, MIT, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, where they also sponsored the development a battery fabrication and characterization lab which opened in October of 2015, and many other major universities worldwide. Mr. Miller is Chairman of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Management Committee. He holds a number of energy storage technology patents, is the author of many published papers in the field, and an experienced speaker on advanced energy storage technology and materials.


Toshiyuki MommaToshiyuki Momma
Waseda University, Japan


Suppression of Polysulfide Transfer by Polypyrrole Modification on Cathode in Lithium-Sulfur Battery

The issues to realize the Li-S battery includes dissolution of polysulfide generated during the charge-discharge operation of cathode. The dissolved polysulfide inside the battery leads chemical shortage between the cathode and the anode. Electrochemically active polymers such as electropolymerized polymer films have a feature of ion-exchange ability as well as perm-selectivity of ions transferring in the film. Polypyrrole which is formed on the S cathode and is containing soft anion by electropolymerization stops the flux of polysulfide and enables improved cycle performance. Battery performance of Polypyrrole coated S cathode will be introduced.

Toshiyuki Momma currently serves as a full professor of the Department of Applied Chemistry and Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University. His research area is in the field of electrochemical energy devices and the electrochemical impedance method.

He functionalized the electropolymerized conducting polymers with other polymers/inorganic materials to realize additional properties. He firstly found the method to enable the composite material of polypyrrole and polyanion to show electrochemical redox activity in organic electrolyte solutions and demonstrated the performance of the composite as a cathode for Li battery. He also demonstrated electrochemical sensors using the composite of electropolymerized polymers with other molecules. For the contribution to the society of electrochemistry with those research, he received Electrochemical Society of Japan Award for Young Electrochemists from the Electrochemical Society of Japan in 2001.

He was also working on the anode materials for Li batteries. His contribution on the modified SEI with CO2 enables to enhance the cycling performance of metallic Li anode. The electrochemically deposited Sn- or Si-based materials, such as Ni-Sn alloy, mesoporous Sn, co-deposited materials of Sn or Si with the decomposed products of electrolyte solvents were proposed as candidates of anodes for future Li batteries.

He is also interested in the development and improvement of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. He is currently working on the in situ electrochemical impedance analysis of rechargeable batteries and fuel cells as non-destructive diagnosis of the devices.


Linda NazarLinda Nazar
Waterloo University, Canada


Li-S Batteries at a Crossroads

This talk will provide an overview of Li-S batteries, including conventional liquid cells and the important advances that have been made in understanding the chemistry and improving upon it, and will address new opportunities in solid state sulfur cells.

Linda Nazar was educated at UBC and the University of Toronto where she received her Ph.D. degree in materials chemistry. She moved to Exxon Corporate Research to take up a Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 1987 she joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Waterloo, where she initiated her independent academic career. She was promoted to full professor in 2000 and established the Laboratory for Electrochemical Energy Materials. She has been an invited professor at the IMN/Université de Nantes, the Materials Science department in UCLA, the CNRS in Grenoble, France; and at Caltech.

Dr. Nazar has achieved international recognition as a leader in the areas of solid state chemistry, electrochemistry, energy storage and materials science. She has co-authored over 180 publications, 8 patents, and over 300 contributed international conference papers. Dr. Nazar has also presented her work in over 150 invited distinguished lectures, colloquia and seminars around the globe. She is listed in the 2014 Highly Cited Research List (Web of Science).

Dr. Nazar is the recipient of several academic and professional honors and awards, including the ECS Battery Division Research Award (2009), the IBA award (2011), the IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry award (2011), the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofman Lecture award (2013), and was a 2010 Moore Distinguished Scholar at Caltech. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2012, and made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015. Dr. Nazar is Member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, and serves on several national and international scientific boards, panels, and committees.


Petr NovakPetr Novák
Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland


A Reality Check on Battery Materials Development

The demand for cost-effective rechargeable batteries with high gravimetric and volumetric energy density will continue to grow due to the rapidly increasing integration of renewable energy into the global energy scheme. In terms of energy density, modern high-end rechargeable battery technology is reaching its fundamental limits, and no quantum leaps are expected in the advancement of the field in the foreseeable future. We describe here an energy-cost model we have developed for making a comparative evaluation of battery-cell chemistries. Among the wide variety of positive electrode materials available, only a few have sufficient potential to justify commercialization. Clearly, the immediate future will continue to be dominated by Li-ion technology. Given this scenario, this talk addresses the question as to which material types have a realistic chance of actually making it in the battery market-place.

Petr Novák is head of the Section “Electrochemical Energy Storage” of the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, Switzerland and Professor at the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). He has been working in the field of technical electrochemistry all his professional life, focusing on batteries, mainly lithium-based. Trained in technical electrochemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech Republic (with Ivo Roušar), in 1983 he joined the J. Heyrovský Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (with a short period at the Technical University of Linköping, Sweden in 1986; with Olle Inganäs), later he worked as Alexander von Humboldt-Fellow at the University of Bonn, Germany (1988-1989; with Wolf Vielstich). Since 1991 Professor Novák has been working at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland. His research interests span a wide range of topics related to battery materials’ electrochemistry and interfacial electrochemistry in nonaqueous batteries. He follows a system approach with focus on the interactions of various components in battery systems. During his career, the dominant topics included nonaqueous electrochemistry, conducting polymers, inorganic electrode materials and organic electrolytes for batteries, interfaces in nonaqueous systems, and especially the development of electrochemical in situ (operando) methods. Apart from many technical reports, he is author or co-author of 13 patents. He has published about 260 papers in leading scientific journals and has collected over 10,000 career citations (Career h Index: 46).


Shigeto OkadaShigeto Okada
Kyushu University, Japan


Possibility of Composite Cathodes with Sacrificial Salts

Recently, Na3V2(PO4)2F3 phosphofluoride and alluaudite-type Na2Fe2(SO4)3 have been reported as high voltage cathode materials for sodium-ion battery. Both of them, the rechargeable capacities are more than 100 mAh/g and the discharge voltages are almost 4 V against Na. So, the cathode performance of the Li counterparts against Li should be also interesting. Nevertheless, there is no report about the direct synthesis of Li3V2(PO4)2F3 and Li2Fe2(SO4)3.

In the presentation, the electrochemical properties of the composite cathodes such as 3LiF-2VPO4 and Li2SO4-2FeSO4 are introduced as for the alternatives.

Shigeto Okada is a Professor at the Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University. He has previously been a Professor in the Department of Automotive Science, Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences (Kyushu University); Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research (Kyoto University); Research and Education Center for Advanced Energy Materials, Devices, and Systems (Kyushu University); Department of Applied Science for Electronics and Materials (Kyushu University) and the Division of Advanced Device Materials (Kyushu University). Prior to these posts, he was an Associate Professor at the Institute of Advanced Material Study, Kyushu University. He received his D. Science from Osaka University and his M. Science from Hokkaido University.

Professor Okada has previously served as Chairman, the Organizing Committee of the 58th Battery Symposium of Japan; Member, the Selection Committee for the Prizes of the Committee of Battery Technology; Board Member, the Electrochemical Society of Japan; and Chairman, Kyushu Branch of the Electrochemical Society of Japan.

In 2013 he was awarded both the 11th Minister Award of MEXT, Japan, and the International Battery Material Association Battery Technology Award.


M. Rosa PalacínM. Rosa Palacín
Instituto de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, Spain


On the Road Towards Ca-based Batteries

The development of a rechargeable battery technology using light electropositive metal anodes would bring in a breakthrough in energy density, especially if it involves multivalent charge carriers. Yet, this is challenged by the feasibility of reversible plating/stripping of the corresponding metals. The talk will revisit these aspects discussing the feasibility of calcium plating using conventional organic electrolytes which impacts the prospects of developing a new calcium based rechargeable battery technology.

M. Rosa Palacín studied chemistry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and received her PhD in materials science for the same university. After postdoctoral research at LRCS in France under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Marie Tarascon she joined the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona belonging to CSIC, the Spanish National Research Council being part of the research staff since 1999.

Her research career has been fully focused in rechargeable battery materials initially either nickel based or lithium based to more recently deviate to alternative chemistries such as sodium-ion and now also calcium. Specific emphasis is set in tailoring structure and microstructure of electrode materials to maximise electrochemical performance for traditional technologies and in the development of new electrolytes for emerging technologies.

She has led diverse battery research projects with either public or industrial funding and is actively involved in the direction of the ALISTORE European virtual Research Institute devoted to battery research, and boards of International Battery Association (IBA) or IMLB.


Stefano PasseriniStefano Passerini
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany


Conversion-alloying Anode Materials for Lithium-ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries, the most successful power source for portable electronic devices, are emerging as the most promising energy storage devices for hybrid and, most likely, full electric vehicles. In our continuous efforts to develop high capacity, conversion-alloying anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, we developed a new active material, Fe-doped SnO2 (Sn0.9Fe0.1O2, SFO), ideally characterized by low (de-)lithiation potential, high coulombic efficiency and long-term cycling stability. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on iron-doped tin oxide as active material for lithium-ion batteries. For battery applications, however, only one manuscript dealing with the utilization of molybdenum-doped SnO2 as active material for lithium-ion batteries was reported in 1999, i.e., prior to the first report on transition metal oxides as conversion materials by Poizot et al. in 2000.

Within this study it is shown as doping SnO2 with Fe leads to significantly enhanced specific capacity, cycling stability, and coulombic efficiency. SFO-C offers, after ten cycles, a reversible specific capacity of 1519 mAh g-1, i.e., about twice that of pure SnO2, due to the presence of the dopant (Fe) favoring the reversible formation of lithium oxide and, thus, enabling the beneficial combination of lithium storage by alloying and conversion

Stefano Passerini is working on the development of materials and systems for electrochemical energy storage for almost 30 years. Following his PhD in chemistry from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” he worked as a senior scientist at the University of Minnesota, USA, and later at ENEA the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Environment. In 2008 he moved to the University of Muenster where he was co-Founder and co-Director of MEET (Muenster Electrochemical Energy Technology) battery research centre. In 2014 he was appointed a Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as a member of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm, Germany. His group, summing up to more than forthy Post-Doctoral fellows and PhD students, is involved in research projects funded by German and European funding Institutions as well as German and foreign industries.

His research focusses on the fundamental understanding and development of materials for high-energy batteries and supercapacitors, such as ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes, and electrode materials. His present activities span from Li-ion (conversion-alloying anode materials, high capacity cathodes and green processing) and Na-ion (anode and cathode materials) batteries to Li-Air and Na-Seawater chemistries. Conventional and hybrid supercapacitors are also actively investigated.

Co-author of over 350 peer-reviewed publications (H Index of 54), and several book chapters and patents, he received the Research Award of the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society. From January 2015 he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Power Sources after three years as European Editor.


Zhangquan PengZhangquan Peng
Institute of Applied Chemistry, China


Oxygen Electrochemistry in Aprotic Li-Air Batteries

As a promising candidate for next generation energy storage system, Li-air battery has generated a great deal of interest over the past decade. However, realization of the practical Li-air battery is a formidable challenge, and is impeded by some fundamental key issues including the degraded capacity, limited cycle life, notoriously low round-trip efficiency and limited stability of battery components, which are currently being tackled by numerous approaches. From the viewpoint of fundamental study, a better understanding of the oxygen electrode reactions in aprotic electrolyte will be beneficial to the realization of Li-air batteries with improved electrochemical performances. Here, a mechanistic study of oxygen electrochemistry in aprotic Li+ electrolyte has been conducted using Raman spectroelectrochemistry coupled with density functional theory calculations. By spectroscopic identification of oxygen intermediates under various operating conditions, different routes for Li2O2 formation have been revealed.

Zhangquan Peng studied chemistry at Wuhan University, China. During that time he got basic training on classic electrochemistry including polarographic study of interfacial thermodynamics (electric capillary phenomenon) and charge transfer kinetics. For his MSc&PhD theses he moved to the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry (CIAC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The work, under the guidance of Prof. Erkang Wang and Prof. Shaojun Dong was on the preparation of various single-crystal electrodes, and the single-crystal electrode/electrolyte interface probed by in situ scanning probe microscopy. For postdoctoral work he joined (i) the group of Prof. Karl Kleinermanns at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany, to work on the laser chemistry (pump-probe spectroscopy) under the sponsorship of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; (ii) the group of Prof. Kim Daasbjerg at the Aarhus University, Denmark, to work on the electrochemistry of organic radicals; and (iii) the group of Prof. Peter G. Bruce FRS at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, to work on the fundamental aspects of the aprotic Li-O2 battery.

At the end of 2012 PENG moved to State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry (SKLEAC) at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, to build his own research group. His current research focuses on the in situ electrochemical study of energy storage material/electrolyte interfaces of advanced non-aqueous batteries including Li-ion, Li-O2, etc., and their aging behaviors.


Zhangquan PengChristophe Pillot
Avicenne Energy, France


Market Trend of Batteries in Consumer, Automotive, and Grid




  • The Battery market worldwide in 2015
  • The Lithium ion value Chain
  • Consumer, automotive and Stationary market forecasts (2025)

Christophe Pillot has built up considerable expertise in the area of battery market. He joined Avicenne 20 years ago and Spend 3 years in Japan making analysis on the Electronic, Mobile & Japanese battery market. Christophe gained large experience in marketing, strategy analysis, technology and financial studies for the battery and power management fields. He developed the Battery market analysis for Avicenne which counts more than 200 customers worldwide. Christophe published several annual surveys like “The rechargeable battery market 2014-2025”. He is also the founder & chairman of Batteries congress in France since 1999. He is now Director of Avicenne Energy.


Xinping QiuXinping Qiu
Tsinghua University, China


Silicon Foam Anode with Stabilized Interface for Lithium-ion Batteries

Silicon has been regarded as an optimized anode material of LIBs due to its low discharge potential and high specific capacity. Challenges from the huge volume change during the alloying reaction of silicon with lithium still obstacle the application of silicon anode, since the huge volume change causes particle pulverization, electrode disintegration and the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) film ceaseless growth. Although some nano-structured silicon anode materials, such as hollow nanospheres, silicon core-hollow carbon shell nanocomposites, 1D hollow silicon nanotubes, showed the improved cycle performance. However, the ceaseless growth of SEI film is still absence of evidence. In this work, we report a facile approach to prepare silicon foam with hollow structure with a chemical vapor deposition (CVD). With the built-in space, this silicon foam presents remarkable capacity retention and fairly high coulombic efficiency. The method combining the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to elucidate the SEI stability was developed, which confirm that silicon foam have more stabilized interface.

Xinping Qiu is a professor of Department of Chemistry of Tsinghua University. His research is focused on the advanced power sources, such as lithium ion batteries, redox flow batteries, for Electric Vehicle and electric storage applications. The main directions include new electrode materials for lithium ion battery, the porous electrode and new techniques for battery characterization. He is now the associated director of China-US Clean Energy Research Center-Clean Vehicle Consortium (CERC-CVC). He received several Chinese government awards, such as Natural Science Awards from Chinese Ministry of Education and Beijing Municipal Government. He has hold near 30 patents and has more than 150 publications.


Maarten QuixMaarten Quix
Umicore, Belgium


Closing the Battery Loop for Rechargeable Batteries

Umicore’s mission is to transform metals into “materials for a better life”. Umicore Rechargeable Battery Materials provides its customers with the best cathode active material, which leads to greater mobility and a reliable source of energy. Umicore Battery Recycling takes this to the next level by also providing a solution for these materials at the end of life. By transforming end-of-life Li-ion and NiMH batteries into metals that can be used again in cathode powders for new rechargeable batteries, the battery loop is closed.

Maarten Quix works as Head Battery Recycling, Umicore, in Hoboken, Belgium. Maarten graduated as Master in Electro Mechanical Engineering at ‘De Nayer Institute’ and Master in Business Communication at University of Antwerp. He joined Umicore Precious Metals Refining in 2001 and worked the first years in Maintenance/Engineering at the Hoboken site of Umicore. From 2007 until 2011, Maarten was project manager for his company in Brazil. After his return to Belgium Maarten worked 3 years as Manager Recycling Development. Since 2015, Maarten is heading Battery Recycling and Recycling Development at Umicore.


Yang Shao-HornYang Shao-Horn
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


Probing Reactivity at the Electrode and Electrolyte Interface

Understanding reactions at the electrode/electrolyte interface (EEI) is essential to developing strategies to enhance cycle life and safety of lithium batteries. There is limited understanding by what means different components are formed at the EEI and how they influence EEI layer properties for positive electrodes. High-capacity layered oxides, which can generate highly reactive species toward the electrolyte via oxygen anion redox, highlight the critical need to understand reactions with the electrolyte and EEI layers for advanced positive electrodes.

Yang Shao-Horn is W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT. Her research is centered on the chemical physics of surfaces with emphasis on metal oxides, searching for descriptors of catalytic activity, and reactivity between oxides and ion conductors, wetting properties and ion transport, and design materials for solar fuel and batteries including electrochemical/photoelectrochemical water splitting and CO2 reduction, ion/electron storage, and ion conductors. Professor Shao-Horn’s research includes extensive experimental components including synthesis of well-defined surfaces and nanostructured materials, and investigation of processes at the surfaces/interfaces using electrochemical methods coupled with ex situ and in situ X-ray-based and electron-based spectroscopy. These experimental components are used in conjunction with Density Functional Theory computation efforts to develop new, physically based reaction mechanisms and design principles of materials. Professor Shao-Horn has published 200+ archival journal papers (Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher 2015).


Yang-Kook SunYang-Kook Sun
Hanyang University, Republic of Korea


Advanced Cathode Material with Full Concentration Gradient for High Energy Density Lithium- and Sodium-ion Batteries

Rechargeable lithium- and sodium-ion batteries have great potential as a new large-scale power source for electric vehicles (EVs) and energy storage system due to their high energy density, high voltage, and long cycle life. However, commercialization of these batteries for the automobile and energy storage industries requires further improvements in energy density and safety. Here, we report a novel cathode material with concentration gradient of Ni, Co, and Mn ions throughout each secondary particle where the nickel concentration decreases linearly whereas the manganese concentration increases linearly from the centre to the outer layer of each particle. Using this functional full-gradient approach, we are able to harness the high energy density of the nickel-rich core and the high thermal stability and long life of the manganese-rich outer layers.

Yang-Kook Sun received his Ph.D. degree from the Seoul National University, Korea. He has worked at the Hanyang University in Korea as a professor since 2000. His research interests are the synthesis of new electrode materials for lithium ion batteries, Na ion batteries, Li-S batteries, and Li-air batteries. In 2007 and 2011, he was awarded the Energy Technology Division Research Award and Research Award in Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society. He has published more than 420 reviewed papers and has 200 patents in the field of batteries and electrochemistry. His several patents have been contracted with several Korean companies and are being used for commercial production.


Norio TakamiNorio Takami
Toshiba, Japan


12 V-Class Bipolar Lithium-Ion Battery Using Li4Ti5O12 Anode for Low Voltage System Applications

5 series lithium-ion cell using Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) anode and LiMn1-xFexPO4 (LMFP) cathode is matched with low-voltage systems in automotive and stationary power applications because of the voltage compatible with a 12 V Pb-acid battery. In this paper, we report the electrochemical characteristics, the cell performance, and safety of LTO/LMFP lithium-ion cells and the development of 12 V-class bipolar LTO/LMFP battery using a thin Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZ)-based hybrid electrolyte for low-voltage system applications.

Norio Takami was born in 1959 in Japan. He received his PhD in 1988 from Tokyo University of Science. He has been working on development of materials and technologies for new batteries at R&D center in Toshiba Corporation since 1988. He is now a chief fellow of R&D center.


Jean-Marie TarasconJean-Marie Tarascon
College De France, France


Batteries: Today’s Advances and Future Challenges

Research’s progresses in rechargeable batteries are driven by ever increasing demands for portable electronic devices as well as for powering electric vehicles and providing load-leveling for mass storage of renewable energy. This will ever increase over years to come with new business players challenging today’s traditions. Whatever, Li-ion batteries are the systems of choice for the aforementioned applications with several contenders’ technologies being presently developed. In our journey into the future we will first highlight ongoing research strategies pertaining to these various systems together with the remaining challenges prior to enter into a personal prospective mode in which new trends and new ideas, which require much collaborative and integrated work, to become a reality will be shared.

Jean-Marie Tarascon Tarascon is Professor at the College de France holding the chair “Chemistry of Solids – Energy). But much of his early career was spent in the United States where he developed (1994) the plastic Li-ion technology. Back to France in 1995, he created the European network of excellence ALISTORE-ERI of which he was head until 2010 when he took over the direction of the new LABEX “STORE-EX”. In 2011 he became in charge of the recently created French network on electrochemical energy storage (RS2E). The general scheme of his research focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and determination of structure/property relationships of electronic, superconductor and rechargeable battery materials for solid state electronic devices. Presently his activities are more devoted to Li-ion, Na-ion batteries and other chemistries with emphasis on developing new eco-efficient synthesis processes and developing novel reactivity concepts. He is the author of more than 600 scientific papers, and detains about 80 patents. During his life, he received many honours, with the latest being the ENI and Pierre Sue awards in 2011, the ABAA in 2013 prior to come foreign member of the royal society in 2014 and received the 2015 Centenary price Centenary Prize in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s.


Yoshitaka TateyamaYoshitaka Tateyama
National Institute for Materials Science, Japan


Ab-initio MD Simulations of Redox Reactions of Liquid Electrolytes and SEI Formation

Atomistic understanding of solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) formed at the interface between electrode and liquid electrolyte is still an issue of great importance. However, difficulties in experimental in-situ observations of the buried interfaces and simulations considering the liquid dynamics (fluctuation) and reaction have inhibited the progress of elucidation. We have addressed such issues by means of accurate large-scale ab-initio molecular dynamics (MD) samplings and free energy calculations on a huge supercomputer. In this talk, we will introduce our recent findings of (i) a novel role of vinylene carbonate additive on reductive decomposition of ethylene carbonate electrolyte, (ii) a novel formation mechanism of organic SEI components with near-shore aggregation, and (iii) their extensions to different electrolytes. These ab-initio studies on the atomic scale will provide a new microscopic perspective of SEI.

Yoshitaka Tateyama is the group leader of Nano-System Computational Science Group in International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS). He is also a principal investigator in the Elements Strategy Initiative for Catalysts & Batteries, Kyoto University. He received PhD degrees in physics from the University of Tokyo in 1998, and started his research carrier as a staff member in NIMS. In 2003-2004, he worked in the University of Cambridge as a visiting researcher. He was appointed as a MANA independent scientist in 2007, and promoted to a group leader in 2011.

His research focuses on (1) development of novel DFT calculation techniques for redox, interfacial and electrochemical reactions, and (2) their applications to electrochemical issues. Recently, he has intensively studied electrolyte-electrode interfaces in lithium ion batteries by means of DFT-based statistical simulations on the K computer, a flagship supercomputer in Japan, and succeeded in unveiling several atomistic mechanisms of redox reactions of electrolyte and SEI formation at the interfaces. For these contributions, he won the 7th German Innovation Award in 2015.


Michael ThackerayMichael Thackeray
Argonne National Laboratory, USA


Strategies and Advances in the Structural Design of Lithium Metal Oxide Electrodes

Structurally-integrated, high capacity xLi2MnO3•(1-x)LiMO2 (M=Mn, Ni, Co) electrodes that contain a spinel component are of interest because they offer the possibility of mitigating the voltage fade that occurs when the electrodes are continuously cycled and charged to a high potential, typically 4.6 V or higher. Advances in designing cathode materials by tailoring the structure and composition of the electrode, and by finding a compromise between capacity, cycling stability and voltage fade, will be discussed in the presentation.

Michael Thackeray is a Distinguished Fellow and senior scientist in the Electrochemical Energy Storage Department of the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He received his PhD from Cape Town University, South Africa in 1977 and undertook post-doctoral research at Oxford University, UK in 1981/82. He returned to South Africa to become manager of the Battery Unit at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa before moving to Argonne in 1994. Between 2009 and 2014, he was the Director of one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), the Center for Electrical Energy Storage with Argonne as the lead institution and Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as partners. His principal research interests include the design of lithium battery electrode materials and their structure-electrochemical property relationships. Dr. Thackeray has presented the results of his research widely at invited lectures across the globe. He has been the recipient of several notable South African and international awards, his most recent honors including the American Chemical Society E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (2016), a DSc honoris causa from the University of Cape Town (2014), a Fellowship of the Electrochemical Society (2014), and the International Battery Association Yeager Award for life-long achievements in lithium battery materials science and technology (2011).


Yoshiharu UtchimotoYoshiharu Utchimoto
Kyoto University, Japan


Operando Analyses of Reactions using Synchrotron Radiation and the Design of High Rate Capability Cathode

To improve the performance of lithium ion batteries, it is essential to understand reaction hierarchies over wide temporal and spatial ranges. To this end, operando measurement techniques have been developed that enable analysis of the electrode/electrolyte interface of the reaction site, phase transitions of active materials, and macro reactions within real electrodes over various spatial and temporal scales. These analytic techniques pioneer a new way of performing kinetic analysis by introducing axes of space and time into reaction analyses, and are applicable to various types of electrochemical devices.

Yoshiharu Utchimoto is a professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Environment, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, a position he has since 2007. He received his Doctor of Engineering degree in 1991 from Kyoto University. In 1993, he was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Prof. Uchimoto’s recent work is focused on electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices, including lithium ion batteries, post lithium-ion batteries, proton exchange membrane fuel cells, and solid oxide fuel cells. He aim at the development of state-of-the-art techniques of analysis of battery operando by using large-scale equipment, such as synchrotron radiation beam facilities, to be utilized in the enhancement of the performance of the existing lithium-ion batteries as well as the development of post lithium-ion batteries. He is the author of over 240 peer-reviewed publications in reputable journals. He has also co-authored several invited reviews, book chapters.


Claire VillevieilleClaire Villevieille
Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland


Operando Techniques to Probe Battery Materials

The Li-ion chemistry is the basis of the most advanced battery technology that offers the highest energy density, and therefore dominates the electronics field. However, its commercial success in the field of electric vehicles still requires further advances in performance, safety, and cost related issues. The same set of criteria concerns other systems based on alternative chemistries such as Na-ion and Li-S batteries. These novel systems utilizing less understood electroactive materials show new reaction mechanisms during electrochemical cycling, the understanding of which requires new characterization tools and techniques. Reliable, tailor-made electrochemical cells are employed to study the surface, the bulk, the interfaces, and finally to elucidate the reaction mechanisms. In this talk, different in situ/operando techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, X-ray absorption, and Raman spectroscopy used to characterize different systems such as Li-ion, Na-ion, and Li-S batteries will be presented.

Claire Villevieille has been the leader of the Battery Materials group at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland since 2014. Her research is especially dedicated to study the reaction mechanisms of battery systems such as Li-ion, Na-ion, Li-S, and recently all-solid-state cells by means of various operando techniques. Moreover, her work centers on the proper design and/or adjustments of the measurement cells so that they meet the requirements of selected characterization techniques. Her research involves both, in-house devices as well as large facilities such as Swiss Light Source (PSI, Switzerland), Swiss Spallation Neutron Source (PSI, Switzerland), ERSF (Grenoble, France), ILL (Grenoble, France), and Soleil (Paris, France). In 2010 she accepted the position of a scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland in the “Electrochemical Energy Storage Section” lead by Prof. Petr Novák. In 2006 she graduated with a Master degree in Materials Science (2006) at the University of Montpellier II in France. In 2009 she obtained her doctoral degree from the Science, Physics, and Chemistry Department (ICGM-AIME Laboratory) of the University of Montpellier II in France. Her doctoral studies focused on the conversion and insertion-based negative electrodes for Li-ion batteries and the elucidation of the complex reaction mechanisms using in situ X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Mössbauer spectroscopy, SQUID measurements, etc. Her primary interests include solid state synthesis, electrochemical properties, and bulk–surface relationship of the various electrode materials.


Steven ViscoSteven Visco
Polyplus Battery Company, USA


Next Generation Battery Technologies based on Reversible Lithium Metal Electrodes

In the late 1980’s a number of companies were attempting to commercialize rechargeable lithium metal batteries. Unfortunately these batteries were plagued by safety problems associated with the stripping and plating of lithium metal in liquid electrolytes. This was followed in 1991 by the highly successful commercial launch of Li-ion batteries by Sony. Although Li-ion battery technology has seen steady incremental improvements since that time, the market demand for a disruptive battery technology is undeniable. Accordingly, over the past few decades there have been significant investments in R&D targeted at next generation batteries. In this presentation we will address strategies for realizing this goal through introduction of reversible lithium metal electrodes.

Steven Visco is the Chief Executive Officer, CTO, and founder of PolyPlus Battery Company in Berkeley, California, as well as a Guest Scientist in the Materials Science Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Steven J. Visco currently holds 103 U.S. patents, more than 200 international patents and has authored over 70 journal articles, as well as books, monographs and other publications. Dr. Visco graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts in 1977 and received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Brown University in 1982. Dr. Visco then joined the staff at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Principal Investigator in the Materials Sciences Division in 1984 where his research interests have included advanced batteries and fuel cells. Steven Visco co-founded PolyPlus Battery Company in 1991. In 2013 Dr. Visco was selected by the City of Berkeley for a “Visionary Award” for his work in next generation batteries. Steve also serves on the Technical Advisory Boards for the Conrad Foundation and the CIC Energigune Institute in Miñano, Spain and was awarded the 2011 International Battery Association Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Lithium-Air and Lithium-Water Batteries.” PolyPlus Battery Company was selected by TIME magazine for its 50 Best Inventions of 2011 Issue, and was selected for a Gold Edison Award in 2012. In May 2015 Dr. Visco was elected a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society.


Jorunn VojeJorunn Voje
Elkem AS, Technology, Norway


A Cost Efficient Silicon-Carbon based Anode Material for Lithium-ion Batteries

Silicon as anode material for Li-ion batteries is interesting due to its very high theoretical capacity. However, the positive ability to accommodate up to four lithium ions per silicon atom has a corresponding downside in the extreme changes occurring in the battery, usually leading to rapid degradation. A silicon-carbon composite made by a cost-effective and environmental-friendly production of the raw materials has been tested. The effect of silicon quality, as chemical composition and particle size as well as binder composition and electrolyte additives, have been examined. Post mortem studies were performed to understand the mechanisms. The tests showed more than 1200 cycles of a 600 mAh/g total anode.

Jorunn Voje started in Elkem in 1985 as a research scientist and has been working with most of Elkems products for more than 30 years. Twenty of those years were dedicated to product development of aluminium foundry products, doing both technical customer service and product development projects together with customers. Then switched to development of silicon for solar cells and finally silicon for special applications as Li ion batteries.

Has been Head of Department for Material Characterization and Chemical Analyses, Manager R&D Aluminium Foundry Alloys, Head of Department Process and Rector Development and Project Manager R&D.

The main publications have been in the field of aluminium foundry alloys; grain refining, eutectic modification, mechanical properties, corrosion of AlMgSi alloys, heat treatment of foundry alloys and the effect of trace elements.


Chunsheng WangChunsheng Wang
University of Maryland, USA


“Water-in-Salt” Electrolyte Enabled High Voltage Aqueous Li-ion Chemistries

The application of Li-ion batteries for vehicle-electrification and grid-storage is deterred by their safety, environmental and cost concerns, which are mainly imparted from the non-aqueous electrolytes used therein. These obstacles could be circumvented by an aqueous alternative; however, narrow electrochemical stability window (1.23 V) of the latter, imposed by hydrogen and oxygen evolutions at anode and cathode, respectively, sets an intrinsic limit on the practical voltage and energy output of an aqueous Li-ion cell. Here, we report a new aqueous electrolyte, whose electrochemical stability window was expanded to ~3.0 V via super-concentration and concomitant interphasial chemistry. A full Li-ion battery of 2.3 V was demonstrated to cycle over 1000 times in this electrolyte, with nearly 100% Coulombic efficiency at both low (0.15 C) and high (4.5 C) rates. For the first time, breaking Pourbaix-limits makes it possible for an aqueous Li-ion chemistry to deliver energy density over 100Wh/kg.

Chunsheng Wang is an Associate Professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland. He received PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 1995. Prior to joining University of Maryland in 2007, he was an assistant professor in Department of Chemical Engineering at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) in 2003-2007 and a research scientist in the Center for Electrochemical System and Hydrogen Research at Texas A&M University in 1998-2003. His research focuses on reachable batteries and fuel cells. He has published more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals including Science, Nature Communications, JACS, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters. His work has been cited form more than 5400 times with H-index of 41. His work on lithium batteries have been featured in NASA Tech Brief, EFRC/DoE newsletter, C&EN etc. Dr. Wang is the recipient of the A. James Clark School of Engineering Junior Faculty Outstanding Research Award in the University of Maryland in 2013.


Masayoshi WatanabeMasayoshi Watanabe
Yokohama National University, Japan


Glyme-Li Salt Solvate Ionic Liquids for Advanced Lithium Batteries

Certain molten complexes of Li salts and solvents can be regarded as ionic liquids. In this study, the local structure of Li+ ions in equimolar mixtures ([Li(glyme)]X) of glymes (G3:triglyme and G4: tetraglyme) and different Li salts was investigated to discriminate between solvate ionic liquids and concentrated solutions. Raman spectroscopic analysis allowed us to estimate the fraction of the free glyme in [Li(glyme)]X. The amount of free glyme was estimated to be a few percent in [Li(glyme)]X with perfluorosulfonylamide-type anions, and thereby could be regarded as solvate ionic liquids. Other equimolar mixtures of [Li(glyme)]X were found to contain a considerable amount of free glyme, and they were categorized as traditional concentrated solutions. The activity of Li+ in the glyme-Li salt mixtures was also evaluated by measuring the electrode potential of Li/Li+ as a function of concentration. At a higher concentration of Li salt, the amount of free glyme diminished in the solvate ionic liquids, leading to a drastic increase in the electrode potential. Unlike conventional electrolytes (dilute and concentrated solutions), the solvation of Li+ by the glyme forms stable and discrete solvate ions ([Li(glyme)]+) in the solvate ionic liquids. This anomalous Li+ solvation had a great impact on the electrolyte properties and electrode reactions, which enhanced the utility of the solvate ionic liquids in advanced lithium batteries such as Li-S batteries

Masayoshi Watanabe is a Professor of Yokohama National University. He received his B.S. (1978), M.S. (1980), and PhD (1983) degrees from Waseda University. After a visiting scientist with Professor Royce W. Murray at University of North Carolina (1988–1990), he joined Yokohama National University in 1992 and was promoted to a full Professor in 1998. He received the Award for Creative Work from the Electrochemical Society of Japan (ECSJ) in 2006, the Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) in 2006, and Distinguished Research Award of Yokohama National University in 2012. He served and is serving as President of Ionic Liquid Research Association, Japan (2006-2010), as Vice President of ESCJ (2012-2014), and as Vice President of SPSJ (2014-2016).

Prof. Watanabe's research interest has been mainly concerned with “ionics” and “nano-structured materials”. Ionics has become an important scientific area for the realization of key materials for advanced electrochemical devices, which supports a sustainable society. He is one of research leaders in the fields of ionic liquids and polymer electrolytes in the world. Recent research activity has been expanded to nano-structured materials, including block copolymer assembly in ionic liquids. He has published 330 original research papers and 190 books and reviews in these and relating fields. Number of Citations: ca. 18,000, h-index = 67.


Martin WinterMartin Winter
University of Muenster, Germany


Electrolyte Additives - How do They Work and Why are They Efficient?

State of the art electrolyte formulations nowadays still meet challenges to fulfill the increasing demands of special applications. Electrolytes for 5V applications, with inherent safety features like non-flammability and overcharge protection as well as enhanced cycle life are the focus of worldwide research. Chemistry of liquid electrolytes and their interaction with anode and cathode materials is complex and yet not fully understood representing the delicate balance of various properties. One of the promising solutions is the application of electrolyte additives, added in small amounts to the electrolyte formulation to improve the demanded properties.

Although different electrolyte additives have found their application in improving the electrolyte performance not much is understood about their role and efficiency. Since an electrolyte has a complex starting composition consisting of inorganic fluorinated salts, organic solvents and additives analytical and electrochemical techniques have to be developed and applied for the numerous individual species that are present in the system. By means of developed analysis methods, decomposition products can be evaluated to determine operation and failure mechanisms.

Martin Winter has been researching in the field of electrochemical energy storage and conversion for 25 years. He focuses on the development of new materials, components and cell designs for batteries and supercapacitors, in particular lithium-ion batteries. Martin Winter currently holds a professorship for Applied Materials Science for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at Münster University, Germany. The full professorship developed from an endowed professorship funded by the companies Volkswagen, Evonik Industries and Rockwood Lithium from 2008 to 2012.

Furthermore, Martin Winter is the scientific head of the MEET Battery Research Center at Münster University. MEET stands for Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology. It combines outstanding equipment with an international team of about 140 scientists, engineers and technicians working on the research and development of innovative electrochemical energy storage devices. Since January 2015 he is also director of the newly established Helmholtz Institute Münster (HI MS) “Ionics in Energy Storage”.


Nae-Lih WuNae-Lih Wu
National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Polymeric Electrode Modification for Enhanced Performances of Li-Ion Batteries

The properties of the interface between electrode active materials and electrolyte have profound effects on the performance of Li-ion batteries (LIBs). A large amount of research has so far been devoted to modifying the surfaces of active materials in order to enhance the overall performance of the electrodes. Majority of the research has resorted to inorganic oxide coatings, presumably due to their chemical stability, and different beneficial effects have been claimed for both cathode and anode materials. There have relatively been far fewer studies on polymeric coating. The rich chemistry of polymeric blend intrinsically provides great flexibility for dealing with wide varieties of active materials and electrolytes for maximum performance. In this presentation, several examples using designed polymeric blend coatings on various LIB electrodes, including graphite and Si anodes and a NCM cathode, to substantially enhanced electrode capacity, rate performance and/or high-temperature cycle stability will be presented.

Nae-Lih Wu is currently a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University (NTU). Dr. Wu’s research interests include the synthesis and characterization of electrode and component materials for electrochemical energy storage devices; development of advanced in-situ/in-operando analytic methodologies based on synchrotron facilities in charactering these materials and devices; and nano-materials synthesis and applications. He pioneered in-operando synchrotron transmission X-ray microscopy analysis on working batteries, which reveals real-time microstructural evolution during charge/discharge. He has more than 120 refereed papers and over 10 Taiwanese and US patents pertaining to novel electrode materials for both supercapacitor and Li-ion battery applications.

Dr. Wu once served as a SBIR Funding Advisory Board member and consultant to the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs, and as the Funding Director of the Energy Research Center and the Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department of NTU. Dr. Wu is currently also serving as an Associate Editor for The Electrochemical Society Journals.


Xiaoxiong XuXiaoxiong Xu
Ningbo Institute of Materials Engineering, China


Sulfide Solid Electrolytes with High Lithium ion Conductivities and their Applications in All-Solid-State Batteries

All-solid-state lithium secondary batteries are strongly desired as novel candidates for EV and HEV power source, since safety issue is much more serious in large-sized lithium batteries for such applications. Replacement of combustible non-aqueous liquid electrolytes with solid electrolytes is considered to be the ultimate solution to this issue. Inorganic solid-electrolytes have several advantages over liquid, polymer or gel electrolytes, including better thermal and chemical stability, preventing safety hazard issues for energy storage systems with high energy densities.

Xiaoxiong Xu is a member of the Member of “Hundred Talent Program” in CAS, and the Solid-State Lithium Battery Research Group at the Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering (NIMTE), CAS. His research interests include:

  • Research on Solid Electrolytes with High Li-ion Conductivities;
  • Performance Modification of Cathode Materials with High Energy Density;
  • Study on All-solid-state Lithium Batteries with High Power Density;
  • Focusing on Solid-State Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

Dr. Xu has published about 40 peer-review journal papers, including Scientific Reports, Energy & Environment Science, Chem. Mater., J. Mater. Chem., J. Power Sources, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., Electrochem. Commun., Solid State Ionics and so on. His group has applied for 25 Chinese patents including 4 authorized patents.


Atsuo YamadaAtsuo Yamada
University of Tokyo, Japan


Concentrated Liquid Electrolytes

Ever-increasing demand for better batteries has set extraordinarily high standards for electrolyte materials, which are far beyond the realm of a conventional electrolyte design. Superconcentrated (or highly concentrated) solutions are emerging as a new “realistic” class of electrolytes with various unusual functionalities beneficial for advanced battery applications. In this invited contribution, we will introduce our original technical achievements towards (i) versatile salt/solution combination, (ii) ultra high-rate reaction, (iii) high voltage operation over 5 V, iv) corrosion/dissolution prevention, (v) extreme safety, and (vi) advanced high-voltage aqueous energy storage systems, none of which were realized by the conventional electrolytes. Several unique inherent features, as well as the fundamental physicochemical properties, underneath the surprisingly superior battery performance realized by concentrated liquid electrolytes, will be analyzed from the viewpoint of their peculiar solution structure, providing the firm design considerations toward better batteries.

Atsuo Yamada has been a professor at the University of Tokyo since 2009, directing multidisciplinary research on materials for energy storage and conversion. After 13 years of service as a staff scientist and laboratory head of Sony Research Center from 1990, he was appointed as an associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2002, a full professor of the University of Tokyo in 2009. He is now leading the Japanese national research project called “Elements Strategy Initiative for Catalysts and Batteries” as well as “Specially Promoted Research” in JSPS. He has served the international academic community in numerous ways, including a member of a US DOE panel to chart new direction for electrochemical energy storage, co-organizer of several international conferences such as ICMAT, MRS, ECS, and Pacifichem, as well as an associate editor of several international journals. He has published 100 patents, 20 chapters, and well over 170 refereed journal papers with total citation exceeding 10,000, delivering 110 plenary/keynote/invited presentations. He received the Spriggs Award from the American Ceramic Society in 2010 for his most valuable contribution to the science of phase equilibria.


Yong YangYong Yang
Xiamen University, China


Stabilizing High-voltage Layered Oxide Cathode Materials for Li/Na Ion Batteries

It will report our newest progress on the developing high-voltage layered cathode materials such as LiCoO2 and P2/O3 NaxNiMnO2 with suitable doping and more stable electrolytes for Li/Na ion batteries. It not only includes distinctive improvement of the electrochemical performance, but also some ex-situ and in-situ charaterization of bulk and interfacial structure of the electrode materials during charging/discharging process.

Yong Yang is the Distinguished Professor and Director of Research Institute of Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Engineering at Xiamen University. He is an Associate Editor of J Power Sources, serves as an IBA board member and advisory members of several leading international conference Lithium batteries. He received his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry at Xiamen University in 1992 and was an academic visitor at PTCL of University of Oxford, UK during 1997-1998. Up to now, he has published 290 peer-reviewed papers in the journals, 30 patents and 4 book chapters. He was awarded the IBA technology award in 2014. His major interests include research of novel electrode/electrolyte materials, in-situ studies of electrochemical reaction mechanism and interfacial properties for Li-ion and Li-metal batteries, new battery system such as Na-ion and solid state batteries.


Won Sub YoonWon Sub Yoon
Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea


Understanding the Anomalously High Capacity of Li- and Mn-Rich Cathodes for Li-Ion Batteries

The reaction mechanism of a high capacity lithium- and manganese-rich metal oxide has been investigated. High-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (HRPD) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) were used, respectively, to evaluate the electrochemical charge and discharge reactions in terms of local and bulk structural changes, and variations in the oxidation states of the transition metal ions. Ni K-edge XAS data indicate the participation of nickel in reversible redox reactions, whereas Mn K-edge absorption spectra show that the manganese ions do not participate in the electrochemical reactions. Rietveld refinements of the oxygen occupancy during charge and discharge provide evidence of reversible oxygen contribution by the host structure; this unique oxygen participation is likely the main reason for the anomalously high capacity of these electrodes. The HRPD data also show that during the early cycles, characteristic peaks of the Li2MnO3 component disappear when charged to 4.7 V, but reappear on discharge to 2.5 V, consistent with a reversible lithium and oxygen extraction process. The results provide new insights into the charge compensation mechanisms that occur when high capacity, lithium- and manganese-rich electrode materials are electrochemically cycled – a topic that is currently being hotly debated in the literature.

Won Sub Yoon is a professor in the Department of Energy Science at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU). He received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Yonsei University, Korea. He worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory in USA as a principal investigator and Kookmin University in Korea as a professor. His research group is specialized in studying electrode materials and the structural properties for energy conversion and storage systems including rechargeable batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors. Most of his publications (more than 120 papers) have been focused on developing and applying in situ synchrotron-based X-ray techniques to investigate electrode materials and the reaction mechanisms for rechargeable battery systems attacking current issues in rechargeable battery R&D. He has extensive experience with in situ synchrotron X-ray research. Especially, he has pioneered in the application of in situ time-resolved XRD, in situ temperature dependent XRD, in situ soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and in situ SAXS studying on the structural and electronic changes of ion storage materials during real time operation.


Ji-Guang ZhangJi-Guang Zhang
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA


Stable Operation of Li Metal Anode for Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable Li metal batteries are considered the “holy grail” of energy storage systems. However, dendritic metal growth and limited Coulombic efficiency (CE) during Li deposition/stripping have prevented their applications in rechargeable batteries. In this work, we will report several approaches to suppress Li dendrite growth and enhance the CE of Li deposition/stripping. New electrolyte compositions based on high concentration electrolytes and additives will be discussed. We will also demonstrate that the dendrite growth and CE of Li deposition is strongly depends on both charge and discharge protocols. Combination of stable electrolyte and appropriate operating protocols can largely suppress dendrite growth and lead to long term stable operation of Li metal batteries.

Ji-Guang Zhang is a Laboratory Fellow at the Energy and Environment Directorate of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) located in Richland, Washington. Currently, he is the group leader for PNNL’s efforts in the area of energy storage for mobile applications. He has 25-year experience in the development of energy storage and energy efficient devices, including lithium-ion batteries, lithium-air batteries, Lithium-metal batteries, Li-S batteries, thin-film solid-state batteries, and electrochromic devices. Prior to joining PNNL in June 2007, Dr. Zhang served for seven years as Chief Technology Officer of Excellatron Solid State LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. In this capacity, he led a team that developed technologies for high-throughput, low-cost production of thin-film lithium batteries and high capacity lithium-air-batteries. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the Director of Product Development at Macro Energy-Tech, Inc. in Redondo Beach, California and engaged on the development of polymer lithium-ion batteries. From 1990 to 1998, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow/Staff Scientist/Senior Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he investigated electrochromic materials/windows and lithium-ion batteries. Dr. Zhang holds 17 patents (with another 19 patents pending) and publishes more than 190 papers in refereed professional journals. He was the co-recipient of two R&D 100 awards. Dr. Zhang received his PhD in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Kentucky in 1990.


John ZhangJohn Zhang
Polypore of Asahi Kasei, USA


Ceramic Interface (Ceramic Coated Separator) and Li-Ion Safety/Performance

One of the great innovations in Li-ion batteries: ceramic interface via ceramic coated separator made the transition of its polymer based separator to ceramic coated (interface) separators during the last a couple of years. Nearly 90% Li-ion batteries in consumer electronics and 2nd generation EDV are using ceramic coated separators today. This ceramic interface via ceramic coated separator greatly enhanced Li-ion energy density (reduced oxidation of separators that enable the use of high voltage cathodes), greatly improved battery safety (reduce the thermal propagation to avoid serious thermal runaway) and battery life (ceramic react with oxidized electrolytes, H2O and HF that continuously purifies the electrolyte). The development, mechanism, specific ceramic interfaces and battery results will be presented and discussed.

John Zhang is CTO of Celgard LLC. He is recognized as the leading authority on Li-ion batteries safety and separators, and via IEEE, leads and helps the establishment of Li-ion battery industry standards (P1625, P1725 and CTIA). He has Chaired and/or organized more than 50 international conferences and delivered more than 50 invited plenary or keynote speeches at various international conferences. He has published more than 100 patents, papers and books, including some of the most cited papers (Chem. Reviews, 2004 and Li-ion safety papers 2006-now). He serves as Chairman, IEEE Cell Group, and also is Chairman of “John Zhang Energy Prize”, Univ. NCC. He is the Inventor of Ceramic Coated Separator (US 6, 432, 586) (4/2000).

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