The Faraday Institution’s CATMAT project on ‘Next Generation Lithium-Ion Cathode Materials’ is led by the Universities of Oxford and Bath, with six other universities and twelve industry partners. The biggest performance gains in the near-term optimisation of lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles are likely to arise from changing the chemistry of the cathode.

The overall aims of the CATMAT project are:

  • To understand the fundamental mechanisms acting within cathodes that currently prevent the use of nickel-rich cathode materials (with low/ no cobalt) and lithium-rich cathodes.
  • To exploit this new knowledge to aid the discovery of novel cathode materials with enhanced properties.
  • To scale up the synthesis of the most promising new materials and assimilate them fully into battery cells to demonstrate performance.

CATMAT is led by Professor Saiful Islam of the University of Oxford. Other academic partners are the University of Bath, University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool, University College London and Diamond Light Source.

Recent Highlights

Congratulations to Prof. Emma Kendrick and Lizzie Driscoll, who received Royal Society of Chemistry awards in June

Nature Energy paper on the Role of O2 in O-redox Cathodes for Li-ion Batteries (2021). [Journal link] [FI news release link]

JACS Paper on Redox Chemistry and the Role of Trapped Molecular O2 in Li-Rich Disordered Rocksalt Oxyfluoride Cathodes (2020) [Journal Link]

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