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Energy Storage
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Argonne National Laboratory is a global leader in the development of advanced energy storage technologies and has a portfolio of more than 125 patented advanced cathode, anode, electrolyte and additive components for lithium-ion, llithium-air, lithium-sulfur, sodium-ion, and flow batteries.

Employing some of the most respected and cited battery researchers in the world, Argonne is the U.S. Department of Energy's lead laboratory for electrochemical energy storage research and development, combined with materials synthesis and characterization capabilities.

Argonne works with existing and start-up businesses to license our patented battery technologies and to develop, analyze, test, and license new and emerging energy storage technologies. Please contact to explore how you and Argonne can work together.

The Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS) is a powerful collaborative of scientists and engineers from across Argonne that solves energy storage problems through multidisciplinary research.

Additives and Electrolytes

Long Life Lithium Batteries with Stabilized Electrodes

IN-03-047; US 7968235B2; US 8551661B2

  • Additives enable excellent specific power and energy and extended calendar life
  • Work across broad temperature range with minimal or no capacity loss

Novel Redox Shuttles for Overcharge Protection of Lithium-Ion Batteries

  • Compatible with current battery technologies
  • Provides overcharge protection, increased safety and long-term stability

Redox Shuttle Additives

  • Seven-technology suite helps reduce battery costs
  • Provides overcharge protection and increased battery safety and reliability


Anode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

IN-10-013; US 9054373B2

  • High reversible capacity and improved cyclability with minimal volume change with cycling

Composite Materials for Battery Applications

IN-10-018; US 2012/0282527 A1

  • Improved cycling performance in nano- composites through increased electrical conductivity and stabilization of structure during delithiation

Lithium-Titanium-Oxide Anodes Improve Battery Safety and Performance

  • Enhanced stability at lower cost
  • ┬áLi4Ti5O12 spinel is a promising alternative to graphite electrodes with enhanced conductivity, voltage and energy density

Negative Electrodes Improve Safety in Lithium Cells and Batteries

  • Lowers cost for enhanced stability capability
  • A new class of intermetallic material for the negative electrode that offers a significantly higher volumetric and gravimetric capacity and improves battery stability and safety

Nanotube Composite Anode Materials

  • Reduces manufacturing costs
  • Provides increase capacity, safety, long-term stability and reliability. Potential to exceed technical specifications for electric vehicles

Silicone-Graphene Anodes

  • Provides low-cost production process
  • Advanced gas phase deposition process yields anodes with five times the specific energy of carbon-made anodes, a longer cycle life and improved capacity


Composite Electrodes for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries

  • Has superior cost features compared to current state-of-the-art LiCoO2 electrodes
  • Offers high rate of charge/discharge and structural stability and prevents contamination of lithium layers by transition metal ions

Device and Method for Fluidizing and Coating of Ultrafine Particles

  • Process is scalable, less energy-intensive, and at a lower cost
  • Allows isolation of electrode from electrolyte, creating greater stability and capacity

Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries: A New Synthetic Approach

  • Lowers battery pack cost
  • Layered cathode material contains low-cost manganese, which operates at high rate and high voltage and results in a high-energy-density battery with improved stability

Electrode Structures and Surfaces for Lithium Batteries

  • A low-cost manufacturing method
  • Improves stability of composite electrode structures

Intermetallic Electrodes Improve Safety and Performance in Lithium-Ion Batteries

  • Enhances stability at a reduced cost
  • A new class of negative electrode materials that operate by lithium insertion, metal displacement reactions, or both. Materials have higher volumetric and gravimetric capacity, and improve battery stability and safety

Layered Electrodes for Lithium Cells and Batteries

  • Lowers cost to make cathodes that last longer and have decreased energy losses
  • High-capacity, rechargeable cathode capacities exceed 500 mAhg-1, giving this material a very high energy

Lithium Iron Phosphate Composites for Lithium Batteries

  • Suite of inexpensively manufactured lithium iron composite materials that can reduce manufacturing costs by 50 percent
  • Simple compound preparation that uses inexpensive precursors. Eliminates need for carbon coating

Manganese Oxide Composite Electrodes for Lithium Batteries

  • Materials costs reduced with use of manganese
  • Improves "layered-layered" lithium metal oxide electrode spinel has higher voltage, increased stability, minimized voltage fade

Methods for Preparing Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

IN-10-036; US 8591774B2

  • As applied to Lithium Ion batteries gradient cathode material allows for high energy and improved safety
  • Enables high capacity Ni center with Mn outer layer for improved safety and stability

Model for the Fabrication of Tailored Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries

  • A process technology that yields high-capacity batteries
  • Unique method creates nickel-rich particles on the inside for a high-capacity battery, and a manganese-rich exterior surface for increased safety and stability

Positive Electrodes for Lithium Batteries

  • Relates to new high-capacity cathode materials with high lithium content that can act as a reservoir for lithium
  • High capacity electrodes used in lithium batteries for: electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles; stationary energy storage devices; portable electronic devices; medical devices; and space, aeronautical, and defense-related devices

Surface Modification Agents for Lithium-Ion Batteries

  • Substantially reduces power fade and potential for explosions
  • Increases safety and life of batteries, as the surface modification prevents a catalytic reaction in lithium-ion cells that generates hydrogen gas


Innovative Cathode Coating Enables Faster Battery Charging, Discharging

  • Coating does not hinder battery performance
  • Provides two coating processes that yield surface-treated, electro-active materials for a variety of applications such as in a rechargeable lithium battery in both processes, and primary and secondary lithium battery applications in another process

Coating Active Materials for Applications in Electrochemical Devices

  • Process reduces manufacturing cost
  • Coating process produces carbon-coated metal oxides without the problems associated with reductions. Can use graphene, graphene oxide, carbon nanotubes, their derivatives, or a combination of any two or more as carbon precursors


Autogenic Pressure Reactions for Battery Materials Manufacture

  • Reduces chances that battery will short-circuit or catch fire
  • A one-step, solvent-free reaction that produces unique electrode materials that do not need further chemical processing treatments

Electroactive Materials for Rechargeable Batteries

IN-12-086; US 9012091B2

  • Method to compensate anode for initial irreversible capacity loss
  • Enables lithium- deficient cathode materials through lithium source

Materials for Use with Aqueous Redox Flow Batteries

  • A negative electrode immersed in a non-aqueous liquid negative electrolyte, a positive electrode immersed in a non-aqueous liquid positive electrolyte, and a cation-permeable separator (e.g., a porous membrane, film, sheet, or panel) between the negative electrolyte from the positive electrolyte

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