Canada’s Simon Fraser University has entered a collaboration with Nano One Materials Corp. focused on improving the performance of lithium ion battery technologies.
The two-year collaboration will study the physical and chemical characteristics of lithium ion batteries as they charge and discharge. “This project will help us characterize how battery materials change over time,” said Dr. Stephen Campbell, principal scientist at Nano One Materials. “We will be in a better position to explain performance improvements in our cathode formulations and this will help us optimize process parameters and develop new materials.”
The research team at SFU will be led by associate professor Dr. Byron Gates and Dr. Campbell. with financial support from the Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. “My team will be developing new analytical techniques to characterize lithium ion battery materials while they charge and discharge,” said Dr. Gates. “This will advance the field, not only in the battery space, but also for related technologies to improve our understanding of these materials and their performance. Nano One will be closely involved and will be able to utilize this knowledge and the newly developed techniques to guide their own developments of new materials for lithium ion batteries.”
Nano One is developing patented technology for the low-cost production of high performance battery materials used in electric vehicles, energy storage and consumer electronics. The processing technology addresses fundamental supply chain constraints by enabling wider raw materials specifications for use in lithium ion batteries. The company is currently building a pilot plant to demonstrate high volume production.
Mitacs is a not-for-profit that works with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and Canadian government offices to build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Source: Investor Intel