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Next Generation Batteries 2017
Next Generation Batteries 2017


The Knowledge Foundation’s Next-Generation Materials, Chemistries & Technologies conference track showcases several of the more promising chemistries and materials that are hoped to be in production and commercially viable in coming years. We discuss optimal alignment of these technologies with application and address challenges such as cell to system, supply chain and manufacturing that need to be met as we proceed.

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Tuesday, April 21

8:00 am Workshop Registration

8:30-11:30 Pre-Conference Workshops*

  • Battery Transportation Safety: Safe and Efficient Technological Strategies for Compliant Battery Transportation

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* Separate registration required.

12:00 pm Main Conference Registration

1:00 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Kang Xu, Ph.D., U.S. Army Research Laboratory


1:10 The Ultimate Limitations of Lithium Intercalation Batteries - A Reality Check on Beyond Li-Ion

M. Stanley Whittingham 

M. Stanley Whittingham, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Professor; Director, NECCES EFRC, SUNY, Binghamton

Batteries based on intercalation reactions now dominate the advanced portable energy storage market. However, there is a limit to their storage capability, around 350 Wh/kg and 1 kWh/liter at the cell level. A number of Beyond Li-Ion systems have been proposed, but it is not clear that any can exceed Li-ion on a volumetric basis. However, several can achieve perhaps double the storage on a weight basis, and where lifetime cost is paramount for stationary applications, non Li systems might be preferred.


Solid Electrolytes & Advances in Battery Structures and Processing 

1:40 Electrolytes and Interphases for Li-Ion and Beyond

Kang Xu, Ph.D., Senior Research Chemist, U.S. Army Research Laboratory

As the Li-ion battery gradually approaches its energy density ceiling allowed by the intercalation concept, onerous efforts were made to explore new charge-storage mechanisms that can store more electric charge per mass or volume of electrode. These new chemistries pursue high capacity per mass but often at the expense of the electrode structural integrity, thus presenting new challenges for both electrolytes and interphases. This talk summarizes the recent efforts in understanding the electrolyte and interphasial chemistry for Li-ion as well as a few of these advanced battery chemistries.

2:10 Solid-State Electrolytes Enabling beyond Conventional Li-Ion Batteries

Jeff SakamotoJeff Sakamoto, Ph.D., Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

This presentation will provide an overview of solid-state electrolytes and how they can revolutionize battery technology for electric vehicles, grid storage, biomedicine, micro devices, and down-hole applications. I will describe recent materials breakthroughs resulting in room temperature Li-ion conductivities comparable to liquid electrolytes. I will also discuss some of my recent research on garnet-based oxide electrolyte (Li-La-Zr-O) and the technical challenges in maturing solid-state batteries.

2:40 Status and Prospects of Next-Generation Solid-State Batteries

Josh Buettner-GarrettJosh Buettner-Garrett, Ph.D., CTO, Solid Power, Inc.

Solid-state batteries have been touted as a potential solution for higher energy density, improved safety, and lower balance-of-system cost in applications ranging from sensors to electric vehicles. This presentation provides a brief survey of current and emerging approaches to solid-state cell design. A particular emphasis is placed on Solid Power, Inc., where cells are under development that show promise for displacing Li-ion in several applications.

3:10 Manufacturing Technologies of Innovative
Flexible Li-Ion Secondary Battery for Emerging Portable Device

Koukou Suu, Ph.D., ULVAC Fellow, Global Market and Technology Strategy Office, ULVAC, Inc.

Manufacturing technologies of innovative all-solid-state flexible Li-ion secondary battery are introduced. Several new features as thin, flexible, lightweight and safety are required for batteries as power sources of emerging portable devices. All-solid-state thin film batteries manufactured by vacuum-based thin film deposition techniques have above features and are considered to be suitable for these devices. Practical battery performances as well as details of manufacturing technologies will be demonstrated in the presentation.

3:25 Solid State Battery Formulations:  Influence of Compositions and Combinations

Dee Strand, Ph.D., CSO, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Solid state batteries offer significant advantages over today’s cells containing liquid electrolytes in terms of energy density, cost, and safety. This work shows the importance of component optimization for cathode films designed to work in the absence of liquid electrolyte. In addition, Wildcat Discovery Technologies has demonstrated high throughput synthesis of cubic phase garnet LLZO with high ionic conductivity. Finally, the use of these ceramic ionic conductors in polymer composites will be discussed.

3:40 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

4:15 Chairperson’s Remarks

Kang Xu, Ph.D., U.S. Army Research Laboratory


4:20 Materials Design to Increase Energy and Improve Safety of Batteries

Yi Cui 

Yi Cui, Ph.D., Associate Professor, David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Novel materials to increase battery energy density, including silicon, phosphorus, lithium metal and sulfur will be covered. Nanostructure design and smart battery separators to enhance safety will also be presented.

4:55 Energy Storage – The Interplay between Performance, Cost and Safety

Ping Liu 


Ping Liu, Ph.D., Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

Continuous cost reduction of energy storage systems is critical to realize mass adoption of electric vehicles. The leading approach of employing high specific energy batteries requires system level designs to ensure safety. The ARPA-E RANGE program takes an alternative approach, which develops inherently safer chemistries and architectures that may also serve structural functions on a vehicle to reduce system weight. This approach opens up the possibility of a variety of low-cost novel chemistries and designs. We will highlight a diverse set of technologies including aqueous, solid state, and flow batteries, as well as multifunctional designs. Finally, emerging trends and research needs will be discussed.

5:30 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:30 Close of Day

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Wednesday, April 22

7:30 am Java and Jive Breakfast Breakout Discussion Groups

Grab coffee and breakfast and join a discussion group. These are moderated discussions with brainstorming and interactive problem solving, allowing conference participants from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and experiences and develop future collaborations around a focused topic.

The session will conclude with brief reports from each discussion group.

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Advanced Materials for Li-Ion & Manufacturing Strategies 

9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Vishal Sapru, Research Manager & Growth Consultant, North America, Energy & Power Systems, Frost & Sullivan

9:05 Considerations for the Application of Advanced Electrochemical Energy Sources in the Automotive Environment

Carrie OkmaCarrie Okma, Lithium Ion Battery Engineer, FCA US LLC


9:25 New Generation XG SiG™ Silicon-Graphene Anode for Li-Ion Batteries

Robert PrivetteRobert Privette, Vice President, Energy Markets, XG Sciences

XG Sciences has developed a new generation of its SiG silicon-graphene anode material. The new material delivers substantial improvements in cycle life and volumetric expansion compared to the first generation material resulting from changes to the material physical properties and manufacturing process. The new material is produced in the existing ton-scale manufacturing plant ensuring availability in volumes necessary for commercial cell programs. This presentation will include details of the new SiG nanocomposite anode material, dispersion and mixing developments using industrial scale equipment and full cell cycling performance information.

9:45 2D Nanomaterials for Energy Storage Application

Ram GuptaRam Gupta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Pittsburg State University

2D layer structured materials with controlled thickness down to monolayer are very attractive for unraveling and harnessing their dimension-dependent properties. The layered materials provide room for hosting a variety of intercalating atoms or ions between the layers without structural deformations, which is beneficial for energy storage devices.

10:05 Talk Title to be Announced

John Lowell, COO, ViZn Energy Inc.



10:35 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

11:00 Manufacturing High Energy and Power Density 3-Dimensionally Mesostructured Li-Ion Battery Electrodes

Paul BraunPaul Braun, Ph.D., Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Chief Scientific Advisor, Xerion Advanced Battery Company

High power and energy density 3-dimensionally mesostructured lithium-ion electrodes were manufactured and assembled into rechargeable batteries. At the most fundamental level, mesostructuring enables optimization of the trade-off between energy and power density in energy storage systems due to unavoidable ohmic and other losses that occur during charge or discharge, however, prior to our work, manufacturable strategies to obtain such structured electrodes did not exist.

Briefings & Panel: Integration of Advanced Battery Technologies 

11:20 Considerations for the Integration of Advanced Battery Technologies into Automotive Applications

Oliver GrossOliver Gross, Technical Fellow, Energy Storage System, FCA US LLC

Electrical energy storage systems are challenged with the goal of delivering vehicle performance and cost equivalent to conventional Internal Combustion (IC) engines, while permitting dramatic reductions in tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gasses. Large improvements in energy density and cost are required in order to achieve such parity, but advanced chemistries introduce additional challenges which need to be addressed by both the cell maker and the integrator.

11:30 Finding the Right New Battery Chemistry is Like Online Dating … You Find Something that Looks Great, then Find out If It Really Is

AndyKeatesAndy Keates, Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation

While we want a battery that simply doubles the energy content without impacting any other parameter, such a development remains elusive. So, each development must be seen in the light of its unique benefits to a particular application. Some applications need only modest power and seldom recharge. Others need high power capability and many hundreds of charge cycles. Cost is a factor not only in the cells themselves, but is linked to a cell’s ability to leverage the extensive array of support developed for traditional Li-ion or other prolific chemistries. What is the pain/gain relationship for THIS application?

11:40 Considerations for the Integration of Advanced Battery Technologies into Electronic Applications

Yevgen BarsukovYevgen Barsukov, Portable Power, Texas Instruments, Inc.

Changes to increase battery energy density often cause increase of impedance, which has negative effects on battery charging time and support of high power demands. A brief overview of electronic designs capable to counteract these effects is given.


11:50 Panel Q&A with Session Speakers

Moderator: Thomas D. Gregory, Borealis Technology Solutions LLC


Oliver Gross, Technical Fellow, Energy Storage System, FCA US LLC

Andy Keates, Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation

Yevgen Barsukov, Portable Power, Texas Instruments, Inc.

12:30 Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

Beyond Li-Ion - Novel Chemistries with Substantially Higher Energy Density: Lithium-Sulfur Batteries 

1:45 Chairperson’s Remarks

Yi Cui, Ph.D., Stanford University

1:50 High-Energy, Long-Life Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Arumugam ManthiramArumugam Manthiram, Ph.D., Director, Texas Materials Institute

Sulfur offers an order of magnitude higher charge-storage capacity than the currently used oxide cathodes, but the commercialization of the lithium-sulfur battery has been hampered by a few formidable challenges. This presentation focuses on strategies to overcome these problems and make the lithium-sulfur battery system a commercially viable system.

2:20 High-Capacity Composite Electrodes for Rechargeable Li-Ion and Li Batteries with Enhanced Energy Density

Gleb YushinGleb Yushin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering

Various elements have been utilized in innovative structures to enable conversion-type anodes and cathodes to increase the current energy density of Li-ion batteries. We will discuss cost, volumetric and specific capacities, energy densities, volume changes and rate performance of some of the most promising material systems. Issues, such as volume changes, cathode dissolution, anode solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) instability, low electronic and ionic conductivities, voltage hysteresis, self-discharge and irreversible structural changes as well as possible routes to mitigate those issues will be discussed.

2:50 Recent Developments at CEA-LITEN on the Lithium/Sulfur Cell

Fabien-PerduFabien Perdu, Ph.D., Manager, Innovative Batteries Laboratory, CEA Liten/DEHT/SCGE

First reported in the 1980’s, rechargeable lithium/sulfur (Li/S) batteries have received ever-increasing attention the past 10 years. Indeed, elemental sulfur (S8) is a promising positive electrode material due to its high theoretical specific capacity of 1675 mAh.g-1. Assuming full conversion of S8 to Li2S, complete Li/S cells are expected to reach practical gravimetric energy densities from 300 up to 600 Wh.kg-1. Those values, combined with low cost, non-toxicity and environmentally abundance of sulfur, make Li/S batteries one of the most promising candidates for next-generation energy storage systems. A review of the recent developments done at CEA-LITEN on the lithium/sulfur cell will be presented (catholyte, carbon nanotubes, grafting, Sulfur Li-ion, etc), at different levels starting from the optimization of coin cell components up to assembly of prototypes.

3:20 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

4:00 Lithium-Air and Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: Fundamental Challenges to Practical Batteries

Steven ViscoSteven J. Visco, Ph.D., CEO and CTO, PolyPlus Battery Company

The attractive features of the lithium-air and lithium-sulfur galvanic couples are fairly obvious, including the potential for realizing exceptionally high energy density batteries, and the natural abundance, and therefore low cost, of both sulfur and oxygen. Unfortunately, few battery researchers have succeeded in moving beyond embryonic studies of these chemistries and much of the published literature is either flawed or misleading. In this presentation we will discuss some of the key technical challenges for these technologies, the state-of-the-art, and future potential for Li-Air and Li-S batteries.

Beyond Li-Ion - Novel Chemistries with Substantially Higher Energy Density: Metal-Air Batteries 

4:30 Challenges Facing Li-Air Batteries

Bryan D. McCloskeyBryan D. McCloskey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Li-air batteries have received significant attention as a potential high specific energy alternative to current state-of-the-art rechargeable Li-ion batteries. However, numerous scientific challenges remain unsolved in the pursuit of attaining a battery with high capacity and modest Coulombic efficiency. My presentation will highlight efforts to improve Li-air battery cyclability and capacity through studies that elucidate the nature of Li-O2 electrochemistry occurring at the positive electrode.

5:00 Lithium-Air Batteries

Dan Addison, Ph.D., CEO, Co-Founder & Director, Liox Power, Inc.

5:30 Close of Next-Generation Materials, Chemistries & Technologies Conference