Lithium-Ion Development & Commercialization, March 30-31, 2022

Cambridge EnerTech’s

Lithium-Ion Battery Development & Commercialization

Delivering Higher Performance with Greater Efficiency

MARCH 30 - 31, 2022 | ALL TIMES EDT

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) represent a multibillion-dollar industry. Many of the recent research efforts to improve lithium-ion batteries have focused on developing anode, cathode, or electrode materials that can hold more charge in a given volume and lead to higher energy densities. A diverse mix of disciplines is required to meet this goal, and includes chemistry, electrochemistry, materials science, physics, engineering, and manufacturing. Transforming basic discovery science into battery design, research prototyping, and manufacturing is critical for rapid improvements in performance and cost after commercialization. The Lithium-Ion Battery Development & Commercialization conference spans the continuum from cells to packs, covering basic materials research and electrochemical engineering to scale up processes ultimately utilized by industry.

Wednesday, March 30

12:45 pm Networking Luncheon (Sponsorship Available) (Pacifica 6)
1:45 pm Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)



2:25 pm

Organizer's Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Enertech

Building Gigafactories – Lessons Learned and the Future of EV Battery Manufacturing

Panel Moderator:
Celina Mikolajczak, Chief Manufacturing Officer, QuantumScape

The transition to vehicle electrification has generated a rapidly increasing demand for battery cells and packs. The key to producing cells at the volumes that will be required will be the building and implementation of gigafactories on a global scale. This panel of international experts who have been directly involved in building existing gigafactories will share their insights on what they have learned and how they see the future of electrification.

Kenzo Nagai, Process Engineer, Cell Engineering, Hatch
Ken Zemach, PhD, Vice President Quality, Northvolt
Hailong Ning, PhD, Head of Battery Manufacturing Technology and Engineering, Nio
Victor Prajapati, PhD, Senior Director, Cell Engineering, Rivian
Evan Horetsky, Partner, Mckinsey & Company
3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)

ROOM LOCATION: Pacifica 1-5


4:15 pm

Organizer's Remarks

Mary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Healthtech Institute
4:20 pm

Chairperson's Remarks

Xin Li, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Tim Holme, PhD, CTO, QuantumScape Battery Corporation

QuantumScape is developing a solid-state battery with a lithium-metal anode to enable long-range, faster charging, low-cost EVs. This talk will highlight recent developments in solid-state batteries as well as the challenges in commercializing a new battery technology. QuantumScape was founded in 2010 with a mission to revolutionize energy storage to enable a sustainable future.

Bob Zollo, Solution Architect R&D, Battery Testing Automotive & Energy Solutions, Keysight Technologies

Various defects can appear in the cell, introduced by material or process problems, assembly problems, and formation. This presentation will explore 3 measurements for early detection of defect structures in cells: 1. High Voltage Separator Defect Detection 2. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) 3. Direct Self-Discharge Measurement (SDM) Using a sophisticated physics-based model of the cell, these measurements can be analyzed and interpreted to determine if defect structures exist in the cell.

5:25 pm

Dynamic Stability Design for Solid-State Battery Applications

Xin Li, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Solid-state batteries pose new challenges to the battery design due to the unique solid-solid interfaces at battery cathode and anode. However, these interfaces, upon critical understanding and design, also form the new opportunity to unlock advanced battery performances. We design the dynamic stability of the battery based on the mechanical constriction principle and the constrained ensemble computational description, demonstrating a stable cycling against the lithium dendrite penetration at performance-relevant conditions.

5:55 pm

Solid-State Batteries for Automotive Applications

Alvaro Masias, Supervisor, Cell Technology Research, Ford Motor Company

Solid state batteries hold great promise as a next-generation battery technology for automotive applications. This technology may be able to offer future electric vehicles improvements in cell level energy and safety characteristics. A review and comparison of this new emerging technology with that of existing liquid lithium ion batteries will be shown.

6:25 pm Close of Day

Thursday, March 31

7:30 am Registration & Morning Coffee (Pre-Function West)

ROOM LOCATION: Pacifica 1-5


9:00 am

Chairperson's Remarks

David L. Wood III, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist, Energy Science and Technology Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
9:05 am

Decoupling Battery Performance from Environmental Conditions with the Thermally Modulated Cell Design  

Eric Rountree, PhD, Head, Business Development & Special Projects, R&D, EC Power LLC

Claims of fast-charging batteries abound, but all are tied to specific temperature requirements. We have demonstrated temperature independent fast-charging and all-climate vehicle range in a chemistry agnostic fashion via the use of the thermally modulated cell design. In this talk, we will discuss how we decouple battery performance from the ambient condition and will present a vision of the future as the technology combines with solid-state and lithium metal systems.

9:35 am

Thicker Cathodes, Lower-Cost Processing, High Power Density, and Extreme Fast Charging Enabled by Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes

David L. Wood III, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist, Energy Science and Technology Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

SkyNano is producing high-performance, low-cost multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) additives for lithium secondary batteries derived from CO2 direct air capture (DAC) and molten carbonate electrolysis.  This indirect electrochemical reduction of CO2 provides MWCNTs that may be easily blended with other carbon morphologies and offer advantages for cathode design from both an advanced processing and cell performance standpoint.  These key advantages are significantly reduced NMP usage, increased cathode areal capacity, higher cell capacity at high discharge rate, and extreme fast-charging assistance.

Ji Chen, PhD, Director of Engineering-Battery Technology, Nanoramic Laboratories

The current battery performance is limited by the conventional PVDF-NMP processing based cathode. Nanoramic has re-invented how electrodes are manufactured by completely removing PVDF binder (and the toxic NMP solvent) from the active layer of electrode. This dramatically improves Li-ion battery cell performance while decreasing the cost of manufacturing and the capital expenditures related to coating and drying, NMP solvent recovery.

10:35 am Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)
11:20 am

Extended Cycle Life Implications of Fast Charging for Lithium-Ion Battery Cathodes

Tanvir Tanim, Battery R&D Engineer and Group Lead, Energy Storage Technology Group, Idaho National Laboratory

The presentation will provide a comprehensive understanding of the cycle life effects of extreme fast charging (XFC, 10 to 15 min charging) on different variants of NMC (NMC532 and NMC811) cathodes using well-defined electric vehicle relevant Lithium-ion battery cells. The key cathode aging modes and mechanisms will be discussed, followed by potential pathways to mitigate them. While the two chemistries share similar aging pattern, their extent and resultant effects on cathode and/or battery performance found to be starkly different.

11:50 am

Breaking the Energy-Power Trade-Off with Multilayer Electrodes

Adrian Yao, Co-Founder & CTO, Enpower, Inc.

EnPower designs and manufactures multilayer electrodes that break away from the classic engineering trade-off between energy and power. Multilayer anodes with strategically designed porosity, tortuosity, and other profiles can facilitate rapid ion transport through the thickness of electrodes to balance the SOCs of materials and mitigate lithium plating. Multilayer electrodes improve fast charge cycling, reduce DCIR, and increase discharge performance without adding cost to the unit cell. You can learn more about EnPower's manufacturing process and expansions plans at

12:20 pm

Overcoming Generations of Innovation Roadblocks to Create and Commercialize the Next-Gen Lithium-Ion Battery

Ashok Lahiri, CTO, ENOVIX Corp.

Breakthroughs in advanced Lithium-ion battery technology have been stagnant for decades. Enovix CTO, Ashok Lahiri, will share how the company has overcome roadblocks through years of R&D to produce the first 100% active silicon anode battery that is designed to deliver up to double the energy density of batteries in several categories of currently available devices.

12:50 pm Enjoy Lunch on Your Own
1:40 pm Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Pacifica 7-12)


2:20 pm

Chairperson's Remarks

Manuel Wieser, Head of Energy Business, AnteoTech
2:25 pm

Binder Networking Made Easy: Drop-In Cross-Linker Additives for High Silicon Content Anodes

Manuel Wieser, Head of Energy Business, AnteoTech

Anode chemistry is rapidly evolving with anodes featuring metallurgical micro-silicon, silicon/carbon composites and silicon oxide all being considered as potential pathways to boost anode capacity. The integrity of the anode coating network is largely facilitated by the binder, which plays an even greater role when more silicon is incorporated. AnteoTech will present a cost-effective and unique approach for the use of a cross-linker additive (AnteoX) for pairing with water-based binders, achieving enhancements of the underlying base binder without complex chemical synthesis. The cross-linker additive strategy is applied to a high silicon content anode design demonstrating significant improvements in anode performance.

2:55 pm

Evaluation of Electronic Conductivity of Lithium-Ion Battery Negative Electrode Slurry via AC Impedance Analysis

Naomichi Miyairi, Product Marketing Engineer, Tech Marketing, Hioki USA

We report a novel impedance analysis method for quantifying the conductivity of electrons flowing through conductive materials in a Lithium-ion battery electrode slurry. This method consists of a novel algorithm that identifies three key indicators for the negative electrode slurry and describes the electrical properties of the electrode slurry. We demonstrated excellent correlation between our algorithm and experimental data derived from Nyquist (Cole-Cole) curves.

Daniel Tishman, Attorney, Patent Litigation, Fish & Richardson
Ralph Phillips, Attorney, Patent Litigation, Fish & Richardson

The worldwide transition to electric vehicles has resulted in a major increase in the development of intellectual property for battery technologies, leading to a notable increase in patent filings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As more companies enter the marketplace and seek patent protection, the IP space becomes increasingly complex and disputes among competitors are heating up.  This talk will address winning IP strategies, both defensive and offensive.

3:55 pm

LFP Batteries for E-Bike

He Li, PhD, Chilwee Group Co. Ltd.

LiFePO4 (LFP) is a popular cathode material because of its low environmental footprint, intrinsic safety, high power capabilities, and potential for a low cost. We proposed an easily scalable synthesis method, it improves electrochemical proprieties, and has a low environmental impact and cost. Chilwee produces LFP batteries for e-bikes. In 2021, Chilwee Group achieved a gross sales of 1.6 billion dollars, and its overall strength will be ranked first among the top 10 battery manufacturers in China.

4:25 pm Transition to Closing Session


4:35 pm

Organizer's Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Enertech

Roadmap to 2030: Opportunities & Illusions

Panel Moderator:
Brian Barnett, PhD, President, Battery Perspectives

The prospects for lithium-ion are justifiably receiving major attention. Projected growth rates are impressive and numerous market drivers and trends within vehicle electrification, stationary and consumer electronics markets reinforce the potential for even higher growth. Responding to the challenge, Li-ion technology has been steadily improving even as costs have been decreasing. Requirements for even higher energy are stimulating massive R&D efforts to bring next-generation materials to market. The roadmap to 2030 offers many opportunities, but not without major challenges. A panel of experts will discuss forecasts for 2030, providing insights about opportunities, challenges, barriers, and key factors shaping the 2030 roadmap.

Bob Taenaka, xEV Battery Senior Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company
Viktor Irle, Co-Founder & Market Analyst, EV Volumes
Jeremy Carlson, Battery Technology Engineer, Lenovo
5:40 pm Close of Conference