Original Agenda

We are actively working with our speakers to confirm their availability for our new dates and will share the updated program once it is available. Initial response from our speakers has been very positive so we are quite optimistic the July agenda will be as valuable as the March. In fact, we are thrilled to share that all five Plenary Keynotes have already confirmed their participation!


Next-Generation Battery Research, July 28-29 2020, Orlando FL

Cambridge EnerTech’s

Next-Generation Battery Research

Advances in Chemical, Material, and Electrochemical Engineering

NEW DATES - July 28-29, 2020

Have lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) reached their technical limit? A revolutionary paradigm is required to design new stable anode, cathode, and electrolyte chemistries and engineer separator materials to provide LIBs with higher energy, higher power, longer lifetime, and superior safety. Coordinated efforts in fundamental research and advanced engineering are needed to effectively combine new materials, electrode architectures, and manufacturing technologies.

Monday, july 27

7:00 am - 3:00 pm Tutorial, Training Seminar, and Partnering Forum* Registration Open

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Pre-Conference Tutorials, Training Seminar, and Partnering Forum

*Best Value or separate registration required for Tutorials, Training Seminar or Partnering Forum.

Tuesday, july 28

7:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee

Increasing Energy Density: Anodes

8:05 Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Mary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech

8:10 Chairperson’s Remarks

Yunfeng Lu, PhD, Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

8:15 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Materials and Interface Design for the Next Generation of Batteries**

Yi Cui, PhD, Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford University

I will present more than a decade of research to address the challenges of next generation of batteries: 1) materials design for Li metal anodes and S cathodes; 2) interfacial design to enhance cycling efficiency; 3) nanocomposite solid electrolyte; and 4) a breakthrough tool of cryogenic electron microscopy applied to battery materials research.

8:45 High Performance Anodes with High Energy and Power Density

Lu_YunfengYunfeng Lu, PhD, Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

There are increasing demands for high-performance electrochemical-energy-storage devices, such as lithium ion batteries and fuel cells, for microelectronics, electrical vehicles, and other applications.  Generally, such devices are operated through charge separation in one electrode, during which electrons and ions are transported respectively through the external circuit and the electrolyte and recombined in the other electrode, accomplished through the redox reactions occurred in the electrodes.  Material design that lead to better charge separation, transport, and recombination, in this context, holds great promise towards better electrochemical-energy-storage devices.  In this presentation, the design of electrode materials and electrolytes, which lead to lithium-ion batteries with improved energy and power density will be discussed. 


9:15 High Performance Li-Ion Cells with Silicon Nanowire Anode

Stefan_IonelIonel Stefan, PhD, CTO, Amprius, Inc.

The silicon nanowire anode technology addresses silicon swelling by enabling silicon to expand and contract internally, in a very robust mechanical structure. As a result, over 1200 Wh/L and 400 Wh/kg levels of energy density were achieved in lithium-ion cells with a cycle life in the hundreds of cycles, enabling new devices and applications.

9:45 Networking Coffee Break

Increasing Energy Density: Materials

10:15 Chairperson’s Remarks

Yunfeng Lu, PhD, Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

10:20 Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Made Ultra-Thin Coatings for Li-Ion Battery Components

Mane_AnilAnil Mane, PhD, Principal Materials Science Engineer, Applied Materials Division, Argonne National Laboratory

In this presentation, we will share the ALD coating approach and results from ALD coating on battery components, such as cathode, anode, solid electrolyte, etc. By utilizing ultra-thin ALD coatings, we can stabilize the cathode materials, and hence improve the cycle life and fast charging, and are able to use low-cobalt cathodes (NMCs, LLS, LMO, etc.).

10:50 Enhancing Oxygen Stability in Low-Cobalt Layered Oxide Cathode Materials by Three-Dimensional Targeted Doping

Xin_HuolinHuolin Xin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine

The price of cobalt, a key element within lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) for stability, has nearly tripled over the past few years. The reduction or the elimination of cobalt is essential for reducing the cost and assuring the supply of lithium-ion batteries. This talk will report on the development of a novel three-dimensional (3D) doping approach that is poised to resolve some long-standing challenges in fundamental doping effects on high-Ni Co-free battery materials, plus reduce the cost and improve the safety, energy density, and lifetime of LIBs.

11:20 Printable Lithium Technology for LIB and SSB Applications

Yakovleva_MarinaMarina Yakovleva, MSc, MBA, Senior Global Commercial Manager, New Product and Technology Development, Livent

Livent has been supplying the Li-ion industry high-quality lithium products, including carbonate, hydroxide, and metal since the 1950s. To meet the world’s growing demand for portable electronics, electric cars, and large-scale stationary storage facilities, Livent focuses its R&D on testing and understanding new ways to improve energy storage and lithium delivery. Livent’s printable lithium technology paves the way for the commercialization of the next generation of advanced lithium-ion and solid-state batteries.

11:50 Slot Die-Coated Electrodes: How to Get the Highest Quality Anode and Cathode Coatings

Zwierlein_ScottScott Zwierlein, Coating Process Engineer, Coating and Drying Equipment, Frontier – A Delta ModTech Company

As battery technology advances, it is important to consider the methods used to make the battery. To keep up with the accuracy and precision required of new advanced battery materials, the electrode coating method should be evaluated for the same levels of accuracy and precision.

CAMXpower 12:05 pm Crystallite Surface Engineering in Polycrystalline High Nickel Cathode Materials

Kenan Sahin, PhD, President, CAMX Power

CAMX has been focused on high nickel cathode materials for over a decade, engineering the interior of the secondary particle, having received global patents for the inventions. We will present in more detail our paths to lower cobalt, improve temperature performance, reduce impedance growth, mitigate cracking, and expand SOC operation.

12:20 Grand Opening Walking Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

1:25 PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSION: Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech


1:30 Shep Wolsky Battery Innovator Award


StanleyWhittingham-nobel901:40 The Li Battery: From Its Origin to Enabling an Electric Economy

M. Stanley Whittingham, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Member, National Academy of Engineering, Director, NECCES EFRC at Binghamton, SUNY at Binghamton

50 years ago, a rechargeable battery achieving an energy density exceeding 100Wh/kg at room temperature was just a dream. Today, cells are exceeding 250Wh/kg. These cells have revolutionized electronic devices, have made EVs feasible, are dominating grid storage, and enabling renewable energy. Yet the components of these intercalation-based cells have not changed significantly since the 1990s, and the cells still do not exceed 25% of theoretical capacity. Some of the challenges that need to be addressed to doubling the energy density will be discussed.

Jeff Dahn2:10 An Unavoidable Challenge for Ni-Rich Positive Electrode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries

Jeff Dahn, FRSC, PhD, Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science, NSERC/Tesla Canada Industrial Research Chair, Canada Research Chair, Dalhousie University



2:40 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Comprehending the Complexities of Li-Ions: Alternative Models and Materials

3:25 Chairperson’s Remarks

Evan Reed, PhD, Associate Professor, Principal Investigator, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

3:30 Identification of 11 New Solid Lithium-Ion Conductors with Promise for Batteries Using Data Science Approaches

Reed_EvanEvan Reed, PhD, Associate Professor, Principal Investigator, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University

We discover several new crystalline solid materials with fast single crystal Li-ion conductivity at room temperature, discovered through density functional theory simulations guided by machine learning-based methods. In this work, we perform a guided search of materials space with a machine learning (ML)-based prediction model for material selection and density functional theory molecular dynamics (DFT-MD) simulations for calculating ionic conductivity.

4:00 Development of Machine Learning Models for the Simulation of Complex Battery Materials with Non-Crystalline Structures

Artrith_NongnuchNongnuch Artrith, PhD, Research Scientist, Chemical Engineering, Columbia University

The properties of batteries are often determined by complex phases and interfaces that are challenging to investigate with experiments or first-principles calculations. Simulations based on accurate and efficient machine-learning (ML) models trained on first-principles data can provide insight into atomic-scale phenomena in such phases. The current state-of-the-art ML models will be demonstrated for nanostructured amorphous LiSi alloys and amorphous LiPON electrolytes.

4:30 Toward Low Cost and High Energy Batteries: K-Polyanion Cathodes

Kim_HaegyumHaegyeom Kim, PhD, Staff Scientist, Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

K-ion batteries have recently emerged as an alternative energy storage system because of their potential low cost. However, their energy density is limited when layered oxides, which are commercialized for Li-ion batteries, are used as cathodes because of strong K-K interaction in the layered structure. This presentation will demonstrate how strong K-K interaction limits the energy density of the K-layered oxides and why K-polyanion compounds have higher energy density than the K-layered oxides.

5:00 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:00 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups

The breakouts are informal, moderated discussions with brainstorming and interactive problem solving, allowing participants from diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas and experiences and develop future collaborations around a focused topic. Each topic is led by a moderator who ensures focused conversation around the key issues of that topic. Attendees choose to join a specific group. View list of topics here.

7:00 Close of Day

Wednesday, july 29

8:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee

Increasing Energy Density: Cathodes

8:25 Chairperson’s Remarks

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

8:30 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Cobalt-Free Li-Excess Disordered Rocksalt Cathodes with High Energy Density

Ceder_GerbrandGerbrand Ceder, PhD, Daniel M. Tellep Distinguished Professor of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; Senior Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Recently discovered disordered rocksalt (DRX) compounds are dense cathodes with high energy density and present a cobalt and nickel-free alternative to the layered NMC-style cathode materials used in much of Li-ion technology. In addition, these materials can be fluorinated through simple solid-state reactions for enhanced safety, cyclability, and stability at high potential. This presentation will show performance and issues with this exciting new class of compounds.

9:00 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Vanadium Disulfide Flakes with Nanolayered Titanium Disulfide Coating as Cathode Materials in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Koratkar_NikhilNikhil Koratkar, PhD, Clark and Crossan Chair Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Unlike the vast majority of transition metal dichalcogenides which are semiconductors, vanadium disulfide is metallic and conductive. This makes it particularly promising as an electrode material in lithium-ion batteries. However, vanadium disulfide exhibits poor stability due to large Peierls distortion during cycling. Here we report that vanadium disulfide can be rendered stable in a lithium-ion battery by conformally coating it with a titanium disulfide nanolayer.

9:30 Engineered Particles for the Development of High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries

Isaiah Oladeji, PhD, CTO, Sisom Thin Films

Sisom and ULVAC are collaborating to develop engineered particles that will enable the use of both Li and Si as stable anode materials with more than 3000 mAh/g capacity. These engineered particles can also be used in fabricating the cathode. The combination of engineered particles based anode and engineered particles based cathode will lead to safe, high energy density, and long cycle life batteries needed for widespread adoption of consumer electronics and electric vehicles.

10:00 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

10:45 Lithium Sulfur Battery Case Studies

Crittenden_MarkMark Crittenden, MEng, PhD, Head, Battery Development and Integration, OXIS Energy

At half the weight of lithium-ion, lithium sulfur is seen by many as the next-generation battery technology. Here presented will be: 1) an overview of lithium sulfur; 2) strengths and weaknesses of the technology for different applications; 3) case studies of batteries developed and being developed for these applications; and 4) how production of both the cell components and cells are being scaled up and the associated timescales.

11:15 Improvements to Disordered Rocksalt Li-Excess Cathode Materials

Strand_DeeDee Strand, PhD, CSO, Technology, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Disordered rocksalt Li-excess structures, such as Li3NbO4, have been demonstrated to achieve capacities of greater than 300 mAh/g reversible capacities at elevated temperatures. The high capacity is believed to be due to reversible redox chemistry of the oxide anions. This new class of high-energy cathode materials provides an opportunity for a step change increase in cell-level energy density. In this presentation, we demonstrate material improvements which enable high specific capacity and cycle life.

11:45 Cross Talk in Lithium Metal Batteries: Unraveling the Influence of the Transition Metal Cathode on the Deposition/Dissolution Behavior and Morphology of Lithium

betz_johannesJohannes Betz, MSc, Research Associate, MEET Battery Research Center, University of Münster

Research for lithium metal batteries is often conducted in Cu || Li or symmetrical Li || Li cells. However, the influence of different cathode materials on the Li metal electrode is demonstrated to be caused by the cross-over of transition metals dissolved in the electrolyte, especially visible for LNMO || Li cells. This revelation supports the need for thorough investigations of Li metal anodes in full cells with a transition metal cathode.

EVE_NEW 12:15 pm Plated Luncheon

1:15 Dessert Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

1:45 PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSION: Organizer’s Opening Remarks

Craig Wohlers, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge EnerTech


Bob Galyen1:50 The Fast-Changing World of Battery Applications

Bob Galyen, CTO, Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL)

Today’s advanced battery technologies have enabled a myriad of new applications unthought of only a few decades ago. Let’s take a walk through the world of applications to see how this has transpired and where it will take us into the future. The enabling doctrines of the GOLDEN RULES of electrification will also be reviewed.

Celina Mikolajczak2:20 The New NFPA 855 Standard for Installation of ESS

Celina Mikolajczak, Vice President, Battery Technology, Panasonic Energy of North America




2:50 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

3:45 Close of Next-Generation Battery Research


**Presentations delivered via a live, interactive video conferencing platform.**