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Battery chemistries and components

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Learning outcomes:

The student will learn the basic knowledge of the battery materials and structures. The student understands the operation principle of Li-ion battery, its structure, cell assembling. Further, student will learn how to improve the battery performances and especially, battery development from green chemistry viewpoint. The student will familiarize basics of chemistry and components in the battery system.


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.

Students workload:

Total workload 135 h of which scheduled studies 30 h, project work 30 h, autonomous studies 75 h

Recommended or required reading:

Material given by the lecturer

Mode of delivery/teaching methods:

Interactive lectures using on-line system, project work from the given topic, self-learning material. Course contains (interactive part) related to battery cell assembling.

Assessment methods:

Examination and project work


  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
Monica Sandberg , Student services specialist
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Host university:
University of Oulu
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
Degree student
Teaching methods:
General prerequisites:
B.Sc. level knowledge, basic skills in chemistry.
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