Johnson Matthey partners to advance lithium-ion batteries

07 June 2021 | Muriel Cozier

High-performance battery materials will enable electric cars to have a greater range and recharge more rapidly.

Johnson Matthey has signed a Joint Development Agreement with Nano One Materials Corp to co-develop next generation products and processes for Johnson Matthey’s eLNO nickel-rich advanced cathode materials. Nano One, a technology company, will provide its patented One-Pot process and coated nanocrystal technology, for the low-cost, low-carbon footprint production of lithium-ion battery cathode materials.

Nano One’s One-Pot Process is designed to form a type of cathode material called ‘coated single crystal’ which can deliver increased durability. The process also enables these materials to be made directly from metal powders and lithium carbonate, which addresses the issues of cost, energy and sustainability across the entire lithium-ion battery supply chain. The agreement will focus on developing materials, methods of production and a detailed commercialisation study for pre-pilot, pilot and scaled-up manufacturing.

This latest development follows the official opening of Johnson Matthey’s Battery Technology Centre, near Oxford, UK. The company said that the new centre enhances its existing battery technology and testing capabilities, accelerating the development of its eLNO materials for electric vehicle applications. The company said that its portfolio of high-performance battery materials will enable electric cars to have a greater range and recharge more rapidly.

The centre’s official opening, which took place during May, was performed by the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Speaking at the event, Kwasi Kwarteng said; ‘…This Centre has a vital role to play in our plans to drive forward new cost-effective technology that will make adopting electric vehicles more convenient for motorists as we transition away from diesel and petrol cars.’ Kwarteng added; ‘Backing new battery technology and electrifying the auto supply chain is at the heart of our plans to put the UK at the forefront of the global green industrial revolution and to build back better from the pandemic, and I am delighted Johnson Matthey is playing a key role in this endeavour.’

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