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Batteries

Battery Materials Development, Technology & Consultancy

The market for batteries has grown exponentially, but current state-of-the-art batteries are still far from perfect.

The race is on to find the next technology to replace or enhance conventional batteries and components, such as cathodes, anodes, electrolytes, sealants, and packing materials. Promising technologies including solid-state and sodium-ion batteries offer opportunities for pioneering projects and innovations that could drastically impact the future of net-zero and energy storage technologies.

Batteries

 

Capabilities

  • We perform cross-section examinations via optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), leveraging our expertise in preparation of ceramics, glasses, and metals to provide a fundamental understanding of material behaviour.
  • We characterise crystallisation temperatures, composition, and glass-to-metal interfaces. Thermal and chemical testing of the glass material and microstructural evaluations are an integral part of fuel cell development.
  • We have access to a comprehensive suite of analytical processes and techniques, including Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Laser Flash Analysis (LFA), and more. If you’d like to learn more about our equipment capabilities, submit an enquiry to us
  • We verify material performance through element and phase composition analysis. Our Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) and Karl Fischer capabilities will check if your electrolyte is contaminant-free and working as it should be. Our X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis provides detailed information regarding phase content, and our Secondary-ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) equipment allows us to carry out detailed surface analysis work.

The technologies involved

  • Lucideon hosts and manages The AMRICC Centre, the only UK facility to offer such a wide range of heating and sintering technologies under one roof. From hot-pressing, through hot-isostatic pressing, to large vacuum furnaces, we have something for every application.
  • Our unique Flash Sintering technology is used to reduce sintering time and furnace temperatures and can develop materials with novel properties. We have the UK's only Flash Sintering pilot plant and have already demonstrated the feasibility of sintering solid electrolytes. For more information, see our news story about the project.
  • Our Pilot scale powder processing and forming equipment technologies range from milling to spray drying to tape casting and 3D printing.

 

The Lucideon benefit

Lucideon's team of material experts and state-of-the-art equipment collaboratively harness unparalleled market expertise to advance the development and processing of battery materials and components, including electrolyte sealants and electrodes.

We have previous experience working with collaborators on components such as electrolytes and cathode materials, and in supporting the production of packaging materials.

Our focus is on enhancing your material performance and productivity by addressing your critical challenges.

We offer specialised formulation expertise encompassing mixing, milling, and forming processes, tailored to meet the unique requirements of battery material development. Our assessment of your choice of raw materials will give you a competitive edge.

Our product development insight allows you to adjust the critical parameters required to both generate high power densities and mitigate degradation kinetics quickly. We provide process optimisation consultancy at each stage, be it mixing, calendaring, rheometry, milling, granulation, Sol-gel, calcination and drying.

Battery development consultancy

At Lucideon we understand that fundamentally a battery can only work as hard as the materials within it. That’s why our experts can help at every stage of development. From cell level materials development to optimisation, we give you the insight to make existing technology perform better, last longer and become safer.

We develop customised materials, sintering techniques, and sintering profiles. We also characterise the resulting structures and material properties, and perform feasibility and pilot-scale trials.

Whatever your issue in getting the most out of your battery, our materials expertise, advanced analytical capabilities, and industrial know-how can help. Talk to one of our consultants and see how we can revolutionise the way people power their lives.

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Lithium-Ion Battery
White Paper

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Achieving High Performance and Optimal Life-Time at the Cell and Packaging Level