Argonne National Laboratory

Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson

- Chemical Sciences and Engineering

Christopher Johnson is an internationally recognized chemist with more than 19 years of experience conducting chemical and electrochemical research and development on battery materials at Argonne National Laboratory.

His areas of expertise include research in cathode materials for lithium ion batteries, sodium ion batteries and polyvalent systems, the discovery, design and synthesis of battery materials—anodes, cathodes, and electrolytes, physiochemical characterization (X-ray, neutron, electrochemistry, Raman spectroscopy), designing and engineering of in-situ batteries, dendrimer-based polymer electrolytes, and applying nanoscience to batteries.

Awards, Honors, and Memberships

  • Gordon Research Conference – Batteries; session chair (2012)
  • Science Advisory Board – Center for Electrochemical Energy Research (CEER; Ohio University). 2010+
  • Multiple Symposium Organizer – National Electrochemical Society Meetings
  • Co-editor, NATO ARW Series Book (Springer, published 2006): “New Carbon Materials for Electrochemical Energy Storage:  Batteries, Fuel Cells, and Supercapacitors”
  • Board Member, International Battery Association (IBA), (2003-present)
  • Chairman, NATO Advanced Carbon Research Workshop and Conference at Argonne National Laboratory, 2003
  • Co-organizer, program subcommittee, IBA-HBC, 2003, E. B. Yeager Memorial Symposium
  • Co-organizer, IBA Manganese Oxide Battery Materials Symposium, Argonne, 2000
  • ITE Battery Letters, Editorial Board (1999-present)
  • Active Member: The Electrochemical Society (ECS), Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC), and International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Peer reviewer – international journals such as Nature, Advanced Materials, Energy and Environmental Science,  and Journal of American Chemical Society
  • DOE program reviewer – SBIR and STTR proposals, EpSCOR
  • Elected Treasurer, Battery Division, The Electrochemical Society (ECS), 2010
  • Co-inventor – Argonne ‘Layered-Layered’ Composite Oxide Cathodes
  • Multiple licensing arrangements in place with Fortune 100 companies
  • R&D 100 Award (“Composite Cathode Materials”), 2009
  • Elected Member-At-Large, Battery Division, The Electrochemical Society (ECS), 2008
  • International Battery Materials Association (IBA) Research Award, 2006

Publications & Patents

  • “Layered Electrodes for Lithium Cells and Batteries”, Christopher S. Johnson, M. M. Thackeray, J. T. Vaughey, A. J. Kahaian, J.-S. Kim, U.S. Patent 7,358,009, Apr. 15, 2008
  • “Lithium Metal Oxide Electrodes for Lithium Batteries”, M. M. Thackeray, J.-S. Kim, Christopher S. Johnson, U.S. Patent, 7,314,682, Jan. 1, 2008
  • “Manganese Oxide Composite Electrodes for Lithium Batteries”, M. M. Thackeray, Christopher S. Johnson, Naichao Li, U.S. Patent, 7,303,840, Dec. 4, 2007
  • “Protective Coating on Positive Lithium-Metal-Oxide Electrodes for Lithium Batteries”, Christopher S. Johnson, Michael Thackeray, Arthur J. Kahaian, U.S. Patent 7,049,031, May 23, 2006.
  • “Lithium Metal Oxide Electrodes for Lithium Cells and Batteries- Manganese”. Michael Thackeray, Christopher S. Johnson, Jaekook Kim, and Kahlil Amine. U. S. Patent, 6,667,082, January 13, 2004.
  • Enabling Sodium-Ion Batteries Using Lithium-Substituted Sodium Layered Transition Metal Oxide Cathodes, D. Kim, S.-H. Kang, M. Slater, S. Rood, J. Vaughey, N. Karan, M. Balasubramanian, C. S. Johnson, Advanced Energy Materials, 1, 333 (2011)
  • High-Energy and High-Power Li-rich Nickel Manganese Oxide Electrode Materials, D. Kim, S.-H. Kang, M. Balasubramanian, Christopher S. Johnson, Electrochemistry Communications, 12, 1618 (2010)
  • Synthesis, Characterization and Electrochemistry of ‘Composite’ Lithium Battery Electrodes: xLi2MnO3·(1 − x)LiMn0.333Ni0.333Co0.333O2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.7) Christopher S. Johnson, Naichao Li, Christina Lefief, John T. Vaughey, and Michael M. Thackeray, Chemistry of Materials, 20, 6095-6106 (2008)
  • Development and Utility of Manganese Oxides as Cathodes for Lithium Batteries C. S. Johnson J. Power Sources, 165, 559 (2007)
  • Li2MnO3-stabilized LiMO2 (M = Mn, Ni, Co) electrodes for lithium-ion batteries Michael M. Thackeray, Sun-Ho Kang, Christopher S. Johnson, John T. Vaughey, Roy Benedek    and S. A. Hackney J. Mater. Chem. 17, 3112-3125 (2007)
  • Anomalous Capacity and Cycling Stability of xLi2MnO3 · (1 − x)LiMO2 Electrodes (M = Mn, Ni, Co) in Lithium Batteries at 50 °C Christopher S. Johnson, Naichao Li, Christina Lefief and Michael M. Thackeray, Electrochem. Commun., 9, 787 (2007)