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Battery chemistries and components

Individual course

Course consists of interactive lectures using online system, project work from the given topic and self-learning material. Course contains an interactive part related to battery cell assembling.

Detailed course description:  

Lecture 1: Introduction to rechargeable batteries

  • Traditional technologies for rechargeable batteries (Lead-acid, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH etc.)
  • Lithium ion batteries; operation principle

Lecture 2: Anode materials used in lithium ion batteries

  • Negative electrode materials
  • Graphite anodes
  • LTO, Si-C
  • Environmental viewpoint

Lecture 3: Positive electrode materials used in lithium ion batteries

  • LCO, NCM chemistries
  • LFP etc.
  • Environmental viewpoint

Lecture 4: Electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries

  • Liquid electrolytes
  • Solid electrolytes
  • Environmental viewpoint, safety issues
  • Improved battery safety through chemistry

Lecture 5: Other significant components for lithium-ion batteries

  • Separators
  • Binders and solvents
  • Conductive carbon

Lecture 6: Preparation of a single battery cell

  • Video installation
  • Evaluation from recyclability viewpoint

Lecture 7: Overview of other potential battery technologies

  • New battery technologies, metal-air (zinc-air), vanadium redox-flow batteries, sulfur-flow-battery, etc.

Lecture 8: Sustainable battery cell assembling

  • Battery recycling viewpoint (metals recovery and reuse)
  • Battery long-life time

After the course, the student

  • will have learned the basic knowledge of the battery materials and structures
  • understands the operation principle of Li-ion battery, its structure, cell assembling
  • will have learned how to improve the battery performances and especially, battery development from green chemistry viewpoint
  • will be familiarised with basics of chemistry and components in the battery system

Responsible teacher

University of Oulu
Ulla Lassi , Professor

Contact person for applications

Pilvi Lempiäinen , Service designer
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Energy storages
Chemistry and materials of energy storages
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Host university:
University of Oulu
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
Degree student
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General prerequisites:
B.Sc. level knowledge, basic skills in chemistry.