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  • B-SCIENCE.NET: Solid-State Li-Ion Batteries – Key Technology Approaches & Time-to-Market

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020 | 10:00 A.M. EDT USA

    Attendees will learn which solid-state batteries have been launched already into beachhead markets, and which technology barriers for now prevent deployment in mass EV applications. Risks & opportunities identified in IP portfolios by large battery & automotive manufacturers and key startups will be compared with go-to-market & technology readiness statements. Finally, we will explain why hybrid battery packs or cells based on both liquid and solid electrolytes could potentially accelerate the automotive adoption of solid-state batteries.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Solid-state Li-ion batteries
    • Key innovation approaches & global patent literature
    • Time-to-market with respect to key applications: electronics/IoT, medical implants, automotive/rolling stock, stationary energy storage
    • Examples of solid electrolyte, cathode & anode selection
    • Combination of solid electrolytes with liquid electrolytes at the pack or cell level

    A PDF copy of the presentation will be sent to all attendees after the event.

    Dr. Pirmin Ulmann – Co-Founder & CEO,

    Dr. Pirmin Ulmann is co-founder and CEO of, an information service for the battery patent literature that is based on a supervised machine learning approach. Pirmin obtained a diploma in chemistry from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2004 and a PhD from Northwestern University (USA) in 2009, followed by a postdoc at Tokyo University (Japan). From 2010 to 2016, while working at a major Li-ion battery materials manufacturer, he was a co-inventor of 7 patent families. He holds the credential Stanford Certified Project Manager and has co-authored scientific publications with more than 1,500 citations.

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  • (FREE) VOLTAIQ: Battery Intelligence in Action – How to Launch an EV

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 10:00 A.M. EDT USA

    Launching a new EV platform is a high-stakes game, where any problems encountered during battery pack development can severely jeopardize target ship dates. Developing an EV battery pack is a lengthy process comprising multiple interconnected stages that span from choosing the right cell to integrating the full pack into the vehicle. Each of these stages is complex and involves function-specific battery testing and analysis. This webinar will walk through each stage of EV pack development in detail, and will highlight how an integrated Battery Intelligence platform can drive an on-time launch and ensure quality and traceability, while minimizing risk throughout the vehicle lifecycle.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Discuss how the battery is the most complex and costly component in the development of an EV, and is the component most likely to delay launch
    • Review the complex multi-step process required to develop an EV pack and demystify pack development from cell selection through vehicle integration
    • Showcase an interactive demonstration of key analytics

    A PDF copy of the presentation will be sent to all attendees after the event.

    Dr. Tal Sholklapper – CEO at Voltaiq

    Dr. Tal Sholklapper is a co-founder of Voltaiq and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Before co-founding Voltaiq, Dr. Sholklapper was the lead engineer on a DOE ARPA-E funded project at the CUNY Energy Institute, developing an ultra-low-cost grid-scale battery. Prior to his work at CUNY, Tal co-founded Point Source Power, a low-cost fuel-cell startup based on technology he developed while at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and UC Berkeley. Dr. Sholklapper has a BS, MS and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley.

    Voltaiq is a proud sponsor of this event.

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  • MONASH UNIVERSITY: Will Lithium-Sulfur Batteries be Part of the Future of Energy Storage?

    Wednesday, July 08, 2020 | 05:00 P.M. EDT USA

    Lithium-sulfur batteries can displace lithium-ion by delivering higher specific energy at a lower cost. Presently, however, the superior energy performance fades rapidly due to instability issues of the electrodes and the electrolyte. Extensive research and considerable progress over the past ten years have solved the instability issue of the sulfur electrode to a large extent. However, the formidable challenges of the more difficult electrode, lithium metal, (safety and cyclability) are yet to be resolved. Therefore, Lithium-Sulfur battery research programs should have at their heart, stabilizing the lithium electrode, as addressing it is predicted to ensure a rapid transition to commercial level life-spans. After all, the highest specific energy can be achieved by battery chemistries that utilize lithium metal as the negative electrode.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • What’s so good about sulfur?
    • Great capacity brings great stress!
    • Will we see the revolutionary return of Lithium metal?
    • Electrolyte challenges (we need too much of it but it’s heavy!)
    • Current status and future prospects

    A PDF copy of the presentation will be sent to all attendees after the event.

    Dr. Mahdokht Shaibani – Research Fellow at Monash University

    Dr Mahdokht Shaibani has expertise in materials synthesis, engineering, and scale-up for next-generation energy storage systems including lithium-sulfur batteries, silicon anodes, flow batteries, supercapacitors, and lithium-ion capacitors. She has conducted research in developing expansion-tolerant architectures for high capacity electrodes such as sulfur and silicon, fabrication of separators, synthesis of graphene and carbon materials for supercapacitors, and exploring the use of lithium-sulfur batteries for more sustainable and clean transportation and grid storage. Mahdokht has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on energy storage from Monash University, Australia.

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  • (FREE) LI-CYCLE: Approaches to Recovering Critical Materials From Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 10:00 A.M. EDT USA

    As the world transitions towards sustainability and low carbon emissions, lithium-ion batteries are being used across a broad spectrum of products and industries. The automotive industry, in particular, estimates 559 million of electric vehicles will be on the road by 2040. Consequently, lithium-ion battery waste is forecasted to hit over 11 million tonnes by 2030.

    How can the world deal with this oncoming tsunami of lithium-ion batteries?

    The audience will have the answer after this webinar as this presentation will walk through both global and future approaches to dealing with end-of-life batteries and explore the importance of recovering critical materials from lithium-ion batteries to meet future demand.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Global end-of-life lithium-ion battery market opportunity
    • Recycling vs reuse
    • Incumbent technologies for ‘recycling’ lithium-ion batteries
    • New technologies and techniques for recycling lithium-ion batteries
    • Comparative benefits of recycling technologies

    A PDF copy of the presentation will be sent to all attendees after the event.

    Ajay Kochhar – Co-Founder, President and CEO
    Tim Johnston – Co-Founder, Executive Chairman

    Ajay Kochhar is a Co-Founder, President and CEO of Li-Cycle Corporation, an industry leading lithium-ion battery resource recovery company. As President and CEO, Ajay is responsible for all strategic aspects of the company and overall leadership. Ajay has been pivotal in leading the company from an idea to a commercially operating lithium-ion battery recycling company.

    Tim Johnston is a Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Li-Cycle Corporation. Since 2019, Tim has lead Operations, Research & Development, and Capital Projects at Li-Cycle. Prior to that as Non-Executive Chairman, he helped support the strategic decision making and guide the R&D team through critical phases of the company’s development.

    Li-Cycle is a proud sponsor of this event.

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  • ICL: Battery Design Optimization Using Cell Cooling Coefficient

    Wednesday, August 05, 2020 | 10:00 A.M. EDT USA

    Lithium-ion cells and battery packs are not designed to maximize the performance of thermal management systems. As a result, every cell in use is performing sub optimally, and is degrading needlessly fast. The root cause of the problem is the lack of information surrounding the thermal performance of lithium-ion cells. Cell Cooling Coefficients (CCCs) have been developed to quantify the cell thermal performance. They can immediately tell the user exactly how a cell will behave in a battery pack, vital information for the design of any thermal management system. They can also be used to inform redesign, both at the cell level and at the battery pack level.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Battery heat generation: why, and why is it complex
    • Thermal management in battery packs
    • The problems with battery design: energy density above all else
    • Cell Cooling Coefficient as a universal metric
    • Using the Cell Cooling Coefficient to evaluate battery design and propose beneficial redesigns

    A PDF copy of the presentation will be sent to all attendees after the event.

    Alastair Hales – Research Associate, Imperial College London

    Alastair earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol in 2016. Prior to joining Imperial College London in 2018, Alastair worked for SUEZ Advanced Solutions UK, designing equipment closely linked to his PhD topic, and as a Research Associate at Queen Mary University of London. Alastair’s existing work is focused around the thermal management and thermal effects of lithium-ion cells. Alastair led the work introducing the Cell Cooling Coefficient as a universal metric to quantify battery thermal performance. He is now building upon this research to develop capability for cell design optimization.

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  • WPI: Experimental Investigation of Cascading Failure in Lithium Ion Cell Arrays – Impact of Cathode Chemistry

    Wednesday, September 02, 2020 | 10:00 A.M. EDT USA

    In lithium ion arrays, thermal runaway may propagate from a failing cell to neighboring cells and grow into a large-scale fire in a phenomenon referred to as cascading failure. A new experimental setup was developed to investigate cascading failure using 12 cell arrays constructed from cells of 18650 form factor. Thermal runaway was initiated in one cell using an electric heater and observed to propagate through the array using temperature sensors. Cascading failure was studied in nitrogen or air environment to elucidate the impact of combustion. The cell temperature allowed calculation of row-to-row propagation speed in arrays of different cathode chemistries. The yields of oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, total hydrocarbons and hydrogen were measured; corresponding fire hazards were assessed.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Thermal runaway propagation
    • Thermal runaway hazards
    • Failure dynamics
    • Flammability and toxicity
    • Failure Mitigation and suppression

    A PDF copy of the presentation will be sent to all attendees after the event.

    Ahmed Said – Postdoc Fellow, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Ahmed Said is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He is broadly interested in problems related to fire, combustion, and thermal sciences. He is currently engaged in several projects: fire safety of lithium ion batteries, wildland fires, and fire spread on façade systems. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2020 from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also received his BS and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University.

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