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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

Teaching methods

  • Interactive lectures using an online system (recorded)
  • Project work on the given topic
  • Self-learning material
  • The course contains an interactive part related to battery cell assembling

Assessment methods

Examination based on the course exercises.


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


  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

More information in the University of Oulu study guide.

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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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Chemistry and materials of energy storages
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General prerequisites:
B.Sc. level knowledge, basic skills in chemistry.
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