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Solid Electrolytes: Are we there yet?

Solid Electrolytes for Lithium-ion and Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: A Safer Solution Lithium-ion batteries have provided a lightweight energy-storage solution that has enabled many of today’s high-tech devices – from smartphones to electric cars.

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DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Highlights NANOMYTE® SSE-10 Solid Electrolyte

A Safer Replacement for Highly Flammable Liquids Currently Used in Li-ion Batteries

NEI replaced liquid with solid material that allows for a no-liquid battery.

“An all-solid lithium-ion battery architecture, based on the solid electrolyte developed at NEI, will lead to safer, high-energy batteries that are needed for consumer and industrial applications. These applications include hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles, portable consumer customer electronics (laptops, tablets, digital cameras, smart phones, etc.), renewable energy technologies (solar and wind energy) that use electrochemical storage, and power tools.”

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Read the full article on the DOE website: http://science.energy.gov/sbir/highlights/2015/sbir-2015-11-b/

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NEI Expands NANOMYTE® Lithium Battery Product Line

September 9, 2015

Somerset, New Jersey (USA) – NEI Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of specialty cathode, anode, and electrolyte materials for Lithium-ion batteries, has announced an expansion of its NANOMYTE® Lithium Battery Product Line. The new products include:

NEI also offers oxide and sulfide electrolyte powders and dispersions, such as:

Specialty compositions and particle morphologies of your choice can also be custom produced.

About NEI Corporation:
NEI offers cost-effective, comprehensive materials development, characterization, & electrochemical testing services to its customers. As a long, trusted source for materials used in lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors, we are also well positioned to reproducibly synthesize small and large quantities of custom cathode, anode, and solid electrolyte compositions. We create a custom materials solution to meet your requirements through a structured approach involving specified milestones, and all work is done in a highly confidential manner.

We look forward to serving your battery needs!

For more information, contact:
Ms. Krista Martin
+1 (732) 868‐3141
sales@neicorporation.com
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NEI Introduces Custom-Produced Solid Electrolyte Materials


June 17, 2015

Somerset, New Jersey (USA) – NEI Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of specialty cathode, anode, and electrolyte materials for Lithium-ion batteries, has announced an expansion of its services for producing Custom Solid Electrolyte Materials. Most commercial Lithium-ion batteries usually contain an electrolyte that is dissolved in flammable solvents. The use of a solid electrolyte eliminates the flammability issue associated with currently used liquid electrolytes. Customers can now purchase solid electrolyte materials with the composition of their choice. Whether it is an oxide material (e.g., LATP, LLTO, LNBO or any other mixed metal oxide) or a sulfide material (e.g., LPS, LSPS, or composites of sulfide containing compounds), NEI can produce powders anywhere in the range of small lot quantities to multiple kilograms. Additionally, the primary particle size can be reduced further into the ultrafine or nanoscale regime, if needed.

NEI has also developed processes to combine cathode particles and solid electrolyte materials. For example, in a composite morphology, the cathode and solid electrolyte particles are in intimate contact with each other and evenly distributed throughout the material. Customers can specify the cathode and solid electrolyte compositions of interest, and NEI can custom produce powders with the composite morphology. Similarly, the solid electrolyte material can be deposited as a conformal film on cathode particles. Ionic conductivity measurements indicate that the ionic conductivity of the pristine solid electrolyte is largely preserved when it is combined with the cathode materials (the ionic conductivity of pristine solid electrolyte is 8 x 10-4 S/cm, whereas the ionic conductivity of solid electrolyte combined with a cathode is 5 x 10-4 S/cm). Finally, the composite material can be mixed with an ionically conducting binder and cast as a dense film. By making solid state electrolyte materials available in a more useable form, it is our intent to make it easy for Li-ion battery researchers to develop the next generation all-solid-state Li-ion batteries.

NEI Custom Solid ElectrolytesNEI’s Custom Solid Electrolyte Materials services build upon NEI’s patent-pending, ready-to-cast, solid electrolyte materials. Over the past year, NEI has supplied multi-kilogram quantities of their newly developed solid electrolyte powder, NANOMYTE® SSE-10 (Li10SnP2S12 or LSPS). NANOMYTE® SSE-10, which has been used by a number of scientists and engineers for developing and prototyping “all solid” Lithium batteries, has also been made available in the form of a slurry (dispersion), NANOMYTE® SSE-10D, which can be cast into flexible tapes. SSE-10D is composed of surface-modified LSPS particles dispersed in organic solvent, which can be removed after the tape or film is formed.

CSE_Fig4Post Process Solid Electrolyte and Composite Powder into a Slurry and Tape

NEI Corporation has been a long trusted source for customized cathode and anode materials used in lithium batteries. The company specializes in developing new compositions and particle morphologies, including nanoscale particle engineering. NEI also has an extensive battery research and characterization facility, which includes multi-channel cell testers. The introduction of NEI’s service for custom produced solid electrolytes will provide new capabilities to lithium battery developers and manufacturers to enable practical solid state batteries.

For more information, see our slideshow on Custom Produced Solid Electrolytes »


About NEI Corporation:

NEI Corporation is an application driven company that utilizes nanotechnology to develop and produce advanced materials. The company’s core competencies are in synthesizing nanoscale materials and prototyping products that incorporate the advanced materials. NEI Corporation offers cathode and anode materials (both powders and coated electrodes), and solid state electrolytes for use in lithium-ion batteries. The company produces battery materials through a scalable and economical synthesis process, which is adaptable to different materials compositions and particle morphologies.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Krista Martin
+1 (732) 868‐3141
sales@neicorporation.com
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NEI Announces Ready-to-Cast Solid Electrolyte Slurry for Lithium Ion Batteries


January 21, 2015

Somerset, New Jersey (USA) – NEI Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of specialty cathode, anode, and electrolyte materials for Lithium-ion batteries, announced today that they are expanding their offering of patent-pending, solid electrolyte materials. Over the past year, NEI has supplied multi-kilogram quantities of their newly developed solid electrolyte powder, NANOMYTE® SSE-10 (Li10SnP2S12 or LSPS). SSE-10, which has now been used by a multitude of scientists and engineers for developing and prototyping “all solid” Lithium batteries, is now being made available in the form of a slurry or dispersion that can be cast into flexible tapes. NANOMYTE® SSE-10D is composed of surface-modified LSPS particles dispersed in organic solvent, which can be removed after the tape or film is formed.

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NANOMYTE® SSE-10D is a ready-to-cast and practical solid electrolyte material for lithium-ion batteries

Cathode Tape Comprising Lithium Cobalt Oxide and NANOMYTE® SSE-10D, cast on aluminum current collector

Cathode Tape Comprising Lithium Cobalt Oxide and NANOMYTE® SSE-10D, cast on aluminum current collector

Lithium Tin Phosphorous Sulfide (LSPS) belongs to a family of “superionic” solids, which have demonstrated high conductivity for lithium ions at room temperature. Commercial Lithium-ion batteries usually contain an electrolyte that is dissolved in flammable solvents. The use of a solid electrolyte eliminates the flammability issue associated with currently used liquid electrolytes. Sulfur-based superionic solids with high Li-ion conductivity (10-3 S/cm) at room temperature (and more than an order of magnitude higher at 60 oC) were not commercially available until more than a year ago, when NEI first introduced LSPS in powder form. Since then, SSE-10 powder has been tested by industrial corporations (automotive, electronics, oil & gas) as well as academic and research institutes. By offering the material in slurry form, SSE-10D is readily castable into films & tapes and provides more options for cell designers to combine with suitable cathode and anode active materials. Additionally, SSE-10D allows limited atmospheric stability to the solid electrolyte particles, which otherwise need to be handled in a controlled environment.

NANOMYTE® SSE-10D is available in small as well as bulk quantities, and it can be supplied in customized formulations, with the addition of an active material (such as LCO, LFP, NCA, LMNO, graphite, and LTO).

NEI Corporation has been a long trusted source for customized cathode and anode materials used in lithium batteries. The company specializes in developing new compositions and particle morphologies, including nanoscale particle engineering. NEI also has an extensive battery research and characterization facility, which includes multi-channel cell testers. The introduction of NANOMYTE® SSE-10 last year, and now SSE-10D, will provide new capabilities to lithium battery developers and manufacturers to enable practical solid state batteries.

For more information, see NANOMYTE® SSE-10D’s Technical Data Sheet and Material Safety Data Sheet.


About NEI Corporation:
NEI Corporation is an application driven company that utilizes nanotechnology to develop and produce advanced materials. The company’s core competencies are in synthesizing nanoscale materials and prototyping products that incorporate the advanced materials. NEI Corporation offers cathode and anode materials (both powders and coated electrodes), and solid state electrolytes for use in lithium-ion batteries. The company produces battery materials through a scalable and economical synthesis process, which is adaptable to different materials compositions and particle morphologies.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Krista Martin
+1 (732) 868‐3141
sales@neicorporation.com
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NEI Corporation and PneumatiCoat Technologies Sign Agreement to Jointly Develop and Market New Materials for Lithium-ion Batteries

September 9, 2014

Somerset, New Jersey (USA) – NEI Corporation (NEI) and PneumatiCoat Technologies (PCT) have initiated a collaboration to develop, produce, and market coated battery materials – cathodes, anodes, and solid electrolytes. The partnership will help serve the needs of customers interested in enhancing the performance of batteries through the use of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) coatings of active material particles. Key features of ALD-coated particles include improved cycle life, enhanced safety, and greater stability and abuse tolerance, particularly under higher temperature and voltage operation.

NEI Corporation has been a long trusted source for customized cathode and anode materials used in lithium batteries. The company specializes in developing new compositions and particle morphologies, including nanoscale particle engineering. NEI also has extensive battery research and characterization facility, which includes multi-channel cell testers. PneumatiCoat Technologies is a pioneer in autonomous coating systems that allow for high-rate manufacturing of ALD protected particles used in batteries and related energy storage devices. The ALD platform was originally developed in Europe, and PCT is now facilitating the transition of the ALD platform from slow and expensive to economical, robust and industrially-viable.

The NEI–PCT agreement allows customers access to ALD coatings on a variety of battery material compositions, including mixed metal oxides (Lithium Manganese Nickel Oxide – LMNO, NMC, LMO, NCA); phosphates, silicates, titanates, sulfides, graphite and silicon-based active materials. Customers have the flexibility to not only investigate new compositions and chemistries, but also consider the use of different ALD coatings, both passive and lithium-ion conducting. The NEI–PCT relationship provides customers with access to the technology cost-effectively.

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About NEI Corporation:

NEI Corporation is an application driven company that utilizes nanotechnology to develop and produce advanced materials. The company’s core competencies are in synthesizing nanoscale materials and prototyping products that incorporate the advanced materials. NEI Corporation offers cathode and anode materials (both powders and coated electrodes), and solid state electrolytes for use in lithium-ion batteries. The company produces battery materials through a scalable and economical synthesis process, which is adaptable to different materials compositions and particle morphologies. NEI’s products are sold under the registered trademark NANOMYTE®.

About PneumatiCoat Technologies LLC:
PneumatiCoat Technologies is the exclusive manufacturer of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems that operate using the low-cost spatial ALD production process, a must-have for integrating surface-customized materials into differentiated products in a cost-effective manner. The powder-on-demand system uses the principles of lean manufacturing to produce ALD-coated particles and objects. PCT provides services, systems, and products to support product customization and continuous improvement initiatives across a wide array of industries, and its innovative IP portfolio also includes exclusive rights to develop and manufacture ALD-enabled battery materials. PCT uses the trade name PICOSHIELD™.


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NEI Corporation Initiates Development of Water-based Lithium-ion Batteries

May 20, 2014

Somerset, New Jersey (USA) – NEI Corporation is developing a lithium-ion battery where the electrolytes are dissolved in water instead of an organic solvent. The aqueous-based lithium-ion battery has the potential to eliminate the risks associated with state of the art lithium-ion batteries, where the organic solvents are highly flammable. In the event of a battery overcharge or a short circuit, the organic solvents pose serious safety hazards. A number of cases of lithium batteries catching fire have been reported in recent years. Aqueous-based lithium-ion batteries also have the potential to significantly reduce cost, measured in terms of $/kWh.

Environmentally-friendly, non-flammable, Li-Ion batteries

Environmentally-friendly, non-flammable, Li-Ion batteries

While the concept of a lithium-ion cell using a water-based electrolyte has been known and studied, a major limitation is the narrow electrochemical stability window for water, which restricts the cell voltage. For example, the electrochemical stability window for water is within the range of 0 to 1.25V; electrolysis of water occurs outside this voltage range. In contrast, organic solvent-based electrolytes are stable up to at least 4V. The lower the cell voltage is, the lower the energy density is, and consequently, water-based lithium-ion batteries have had low energy densities. Recently, scientists and engineers at NEI Corporation have developed new materials concepts that can overcome the voltage stability issue of water-based lithium-ion systems. The innovations pertain to the composition and morphology of the materials used in the lithium-ion cell. The aqueous-based technology is being developed with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

NEI has been a long trusted source for customized cathode and anode materials used in lithium batteries. The company specializes in developing new compositions and particle morphologies, including nanoscale particle engineering and surface modification. NEI’s MATCH service – Materials Analysis, Testing and Characterization – also plays a critical role in assisting new materials development. NEI has an extensive battery characterization and research facility, which includes multi-channel cell testers, as well as conventional and customized electrode material manufacturing capabilities using both solid state and solution-based methods. By offering cost-effective products, comprehensive materials development, characterization, & electrochemical testing services to its customers, NEI is able to accommodate to a variety of customer needs.

NEI Corporation welcomes the opportunity to partner with a battery manufacturer to co-develop, test and qualify the water-based lithium-ion batteries.

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About NEI Corporation:

NEI Corporation is an application driven company that utilizes nanotechnology to develop and produce advanced materials. The company’s core competencies are in synthesizing nanoscale materials and prototyping products that incorporate the advanced materials. NEI Corporation offers cathode and anode materials (both powders and coated electrodes), and solid state electrolytes for use in lithium-ion batteries. The company produces battery materials through a scalable and economical synthesis process, which is adaptable to different materials compositions and particle morphologies.

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NEI Product Update for Solid Electrolyte Powder – NANOMYTE® SSE-10 (Li10SnP2S12)

October 22, 2013

Somerset, New Jersey – NEI Corporation announced today that over the past five months since the product launch of NANOMYTE® SSE-10, it has further enhanced the ionic conductivity of the solid electrolyte powder by an order of magnitude higher at room temperature. The ionic conductivity at room temperature, in a compact pellet form, is 12 mS/cm (Conductivity vs. T). The ionic conductivity is similar to that of a liquid electrolyte, but the use of a solid state electrolyte, such as SSE-10, eliminates the flammability issue associated with currently used liquid electrolytes. The updated materials specification sheet for SSE-10 can be found here.

On May 14th, 2013, NEI Corporation had announced that the patent pending new material, Lithium-Tin-Phosphorous-Sulfide (Li10SnP2S12 or LSPS), was available for sale in powder form. LSPS belongs to a family of “superionic” solids which conduct lithium-ions at room temperature. Sulfide compounds with high Li-ion conductivity are not commonly available, and as such, the development of solid state electrolyte–based Li-ion batteries has been plagued by the lack of widespread availability of these difficult-to-produce materials. NEI has utilized its extensive background in the synthesis of advanced materials to develop a process for producing sulfide materials in a form that allows them to be used in Li-ion cells.

“By making solid state electrolyte powders readily available, our intent is to make it easy for Li-ion battery researchers to develop the next generation of all-solid-state Li-ion batteries,” said Dr. Ganesh Skandan, CEO of NEI Corporation. He added, “The NEI process is amenable to synthesizing variants of LSPS, such as compositional, morphology, and particle size changes.”

About NEI Corporation:
NEI Corporation is an application driven company that utilizes nanotechnology to develop and produce advanced materials. The company’s core competencies are in synthesizing nanoscale materials and prototyping products that incorporate the advanced materials. NEI Corporation offers cathode and anode materials (both powders and coated electrodes), and solid state electrolytes for use in lithium-ion batteries. We produce battery materials through our scalable and economical solid state synthesis process, which is adaptable to different materials compositions and particle morphologies.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Krista Martin
NEI Corporation
(732) 868‐3141
sales@neicorporation.com
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NEI Corporation to exhibit at the 29th Battery Seminar and Exhibit in Fort Lauderdale, FL on March 12‐15, 2012

February 16, 2012

Somerset, New Jersey (USA) – NEI Corporation announced today that the company will showcase its products and services at Booth No. 5 at the 29th Battery Seminar and Exhibit in Fort Lauderdale, FL on March 12‐15, 2012. More information on the Seminar and Exhibit can be found at www.powersources.net. Both technical and business development representatives from NEI Corporation will be present at the booth to meet with current and potential customers for discussions.

NEI Corporation produces specialty cathode and anode materials for the battery industry. Some of the compositions have been developed in‐house, while others are specified by NEI’s customers. Both micron‐scale and nano‐scale powders can be produced by NEI’s versatile manufacturing process. NEI Corporation is uniquely suited to custom develop electrode materials for battery developers and manufacturers. The cathode and anode powders can also be processed into electrode tapes, making it easy for the customers to test in different cell formats. NEI also offers half‐cell and full‐cell electrochemical testing services at ambient and controlled temperatures.

Dr. MuMu Moorthi, VP of Business Development at NEI Corporation said, “In the past twelve months, we have serviced the needs of over two dozen customers. We are pleased with the positive feedback from the corporations and institutions we have served.” He added, “We look forward to expanding our role in the industry as a key contributor to the development of advanced batteries.”

About NEI Corporation 

Founded in 1997, NEI Corporation develops, manufactures, and distributes nanoscale materials for a broad range of industrial customers around the world. The Company’s products incorporate proprietary nanotechnology and advanced materials science to create significant performance improvements in manufactured goods. NEI’s products include advanced protective coatings, high performance battery electrode materials and specialty nanoscale materials for diverse applications. NEI has created a strong foundation in the emerging field of nanotechnology that has enabled the Company to become a leader in selected markets. The Company is based in Somerset, NJ.

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