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Battery chemistries and components

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Course contents

  • Battery types and history
  • Lithium ion battery and principle
  • Anode and cathode materials used in lithium ion batteries
  • Electrolytes and other significant components for lithium-ion batteries
  • Preparation of a single battery cell
  • Battery cell assembling
  • Overview of other potential battery technologies

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the students will

  • learn the basic knowledge of the battery materials and structures.
  • understand the operation principle of Li-ion battery, its structure, cell assembling.
  • learn how to improve the battery performances and especially, battery development from green chemistry viewpoint.
  • be familiar with the basics of chemistry and components in the battery system.

Recommended or required reading

Material given by the lecturer.

Teaching methods

Interactive lectures using an online system, project work on the given topic, self-learning material. The course contains an interactive part related to battery cell assembling.

Assessment methods

Examination and project work.

Workload

Total workload is 135 h of which scheduled studies 30 h, project work 30 h and independent studies 75 h.

Lectures

  1. Introduction to rechargeable batteries
  • Traditional technologies for rechargeable batteries (Lead-acid, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH etc.)
  • Lithium ion batteries, operation principle
  1. Anode materials used in lithium ion batteries  
  • Negative electrode materials
  • Graphite anodes
  • LTO, Si-C
  • Environmental viewpoint
  1. Positive electrode materials used in lithium ion batteries
  • LCO, NCM chemistries
  • LFP etc.
  • Environmental viewpoint
  1. Electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries
  • Liquid electrolytes
  • Solid electrolytes
  • Environmental viewpoint, safety issues
  • Improved battery safety through chemistry
  1. Other significant components for lithium-ion batteries
  • Separators
  • Binders and solvents
  • Conductive carbon
  1. Preparation of a single battery cell
  • Video installation
  • Evaluation from recyclability viewpoint
  1. Overview of other potential battery technologies
  • New battery technologies, metal-air (zinc-air), vanadium redox-flow batteries, sulfur-flow-battery, etc.
  1. Sustainable battery cell assembling
  • Battery recycling viewpoint (metals recovery and reuse)
  • Battery long-life time

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Responsible teacher

University of Oulu
Ulla Lassi, Professor

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Category:
Energy storages
Topic:
Chemistry and materials of energy storages
Course code:
782608S
Credits:
5 ECTS
Price:
0 €
Level:
Teaching period:
10.1.–15.3.2022
Application deadline:
Application period has ended
Host university:
University of Oulu
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
Degree student
Teaching methods:
Online
Language:
English
General prerequisites:
B.Sc. level knowledge, basic skills in chemistry.
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