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7 June, 2021 - 13:36 By Tony Quested

Canada’s Nano One and Johnson Matthey supercharge battery revolution

Nano One Materials Corp from Canada and Cambridge UK Science & Technology gamechanger Johnson Matthey are accelerating their joint development of nextgen lithium batteries.

The companies are co-developing next generation products and processes for Johnson Matthey’s eLNO family of nickel-rich advanced cathode materials.

They will leverage Nano One’s patented One-Pot process and coated nanocrystal technology for the low-cost, low-carbon footprint production of high-performance lithium ion battery cathode materials.

JM has already made significant progress in the commercialisation of its family of nickel rich advanced cathode materials and has set a new standard in the sustainable production of battery cathode materials. 

Nano One’s patented One-Pot process is designed to form a type of cathode material known as ‘coated single crystal’ which can deliver increased durability. 

The process will also enable these materials to be made directly from metal powders and lithium carbonate to address cost, energy and sustainability objectives 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.

It is the culmination of successful technical reviews and preliminary evaluations of both Nano One’s high nickel cathode materials and IP conducted over the past year and represents a significant milestone in the business relationship between both companies.

Dan Blondal, Nano One CEO, said: “Johnson Matthey is a global leader in advanced lithium-ion cathode materials and we are proud to be working with them in the pursuit of high performance, long life cycles, low-carbon footprint and environmentally sustainable solutions.

“We share a common vision to develop and commercialise a highly differentiated and value-added cathode materials business and we are delighted to be introducing Johnson Matthey as a trusted partner and collaborating on process innovation for a new generation of lithium-ion battery materials.”

Christian Gunther, chief executive for battery materials at Johnson Matthey added: “We are encouraged by Nano One’s innovations and believe its technology has the potential to offer significant advantages in terms of product performance, sustainability and manufacturing cost for our eLNO family of advanced cathode materials.”

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