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Developing new cathode materials for Li-ion batteries

NPL and FutureCat collaborate on battery benchmarking and protocols

As part of the project seeking to develop new cathode materials for Li-ion batteries, NPL will be developing and maintaining a suite of standard protocols for cell fabrication, testing and post mortem analysis to enable reliable inter-comparison of data.  

The use of the test protocols will facilitate validation of the performance and lifetime of candidate materials under industrially relevant conditions, bridging the gap between academia and industry.  

NPL will be disseminating best practice in measurement and testing through training, two-way secondments and round robin test programmes, helping to share expertise across all project partners and increase the likelihood of significant breakthroughs.  

Dr Gareth Hinds, Science Area Leader, Electrochemistry stated: “NPL is delighted to be participating in the FutureCat project. Our expertise in standardisation of measurement and testing will enable the project partners to generate high quality, validated datasets that will accelerate commercialisation of the most promising materials, while allowing others to ‘fail fast’. We are excited by the opportunity to work alongside some very talented and enthusiastic researchers in an area of high strategic importance to the UK.” 

Professor Pam Thomas, CEO of the Faraday Institution says: “As FutureCat and other Faraday Institution projects have progressed, it is clear that there is a need for metrology to benchmark and compare the performance of new materials as they are being produced. NPL is now working closely with the Faraday Institution, via the FutureCat project, to provide the underpinning metrological framework to ensure the quality and inter-comparability of data generated by the project. 

Through this critical benchmarking and validation role, NPL will act as an important link between academia and industry, ensuring that the gap between the laboratory and commercial application is bridged in an effective manner.” 

20 Jul 2021