Patents Examined by Angela J. Martin
  • Patent number: 11081721
    Abstract: A secondary electrochemical cell comprises an anode, a cathode including electrochemically active cathode material, a separator between the anode and the cathode, and an electrolyte. The electrolyte comprises at least one salt dissolved in at least one organic solvent. The separator in combination with the electrolyte has an area-specific resistance of less than about 2 ohm-cm2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: DURACELL U.S. OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Nikolai Nikolaevich Issaev, Alexander Kaplan, Junan Kao, Kirakodu S. Nanjundaswamy, Michael Pozin, Fan Zhang
  • Patent number: 11075387
    Abstract: A power storage device having flexibility is provided. A power storage device of which the capacity is not likely to deteriorate even when being curved is provided. A power storage device includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and an electrolytic solution. The first electrode and the second electrode overlap with each other. The first electrode includes a first current collector and a first active material layer. The first current collector has a first surface and a second surface. The first active material layer is provided on the first surface. The first current collector has a first bent portion with the second surface inside. The second surface includes a first region and a second region. The first region overlaps with the second region. The first region is connected to the second region at a portion different from the first bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryota Tajima, Junpei Momo
  • Patent number: 11075428
    Abstract: A separator and an electrochemical battery, the separator including a porous substrate; and a porous bonding layer on one surface or both surfaces of the porous substrate, wherein the porous bonding layer includes a first polyvinylidene fluoride-based polymer, the first polyvinylidene fluoride-based polymer including a polyvinylidene fluoride-based homopolymer or a polyvinylidene fluoride-based copolymer that includes a vinylidene fluoride repeating unit and a hexafluoropropylene repeating unit, and a second polyvinylidene fluoride-based polymer, the second polyvinylidene fluoride-based polymer including a vinylidene fluoride repeating unit and a (meth)acrylate repeating unit, or a vinylidene fluoride repeating unit and a repeating unit of a monomer that includes at least one of an epoxy group, a hydroxy group, a carboxyl group, an ester group, or an acid anhydride group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung-Soo Kim, Sangho Lee, Jihyun Chun, Daehyun Hong, Seyeong Kang, Jinseong Park, Imhyuck Bae
  • Patent number: 11050087
    Abstract: Silane functionalized ionic liquids are disclosed as a part of an electrolyte for an electrical energy storage device including an aprotic organic solvent; an alkali metal salt; an additive; and an ionic compound including an anion and cation, wherein the cation is attached to a functional group including a silane functional group according to the base Formula (I)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: NOHMS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Surya Moganty, Gabriel Torres, Luigi Abbate, John Sinicropi, Xiaojing Zhu
  • Patent number: 11043665
    Abstract: In a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery containing a silicon material as a negative electrode active material, the initial charge-discharge efficiency is improved. Negative electrode active material particles (10) according to an embodiment each contain a lithium silicate phase (11) represented by Li2zSiO(2+z) (where 0<z<2) and silicon particles (12) dispersed in the lithium silicate phase (11). In base particles (13) each containing the lithium silicate phase (11) and the silicon particles (12), preferably, a peak originating from SiO2 is not observed at 2?=25° in an XRD pattern obtained by XRD measurement of the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Minami, Kouhei Tuduki, Atsushi Fukui, Taizou Sunano, Yoshio Kato
  • Patent number: 11027978
    Abstract: A silicon nanoparticle-containing hydrogen polysilsesquioxane calcined product to be covered by the invention, represented by general formula SiOx2Hy2 (0.3<x2<1.5, 0.01<y2<0.35), containing 5% by weight to 65% by weight of silicon nanoparticles having a volume-basis mean particle size of more than 10 nanometers and less than 500 nanometers, having a chemical bond between a surface of the silicon nanoparticles and a silicon oxide structure derived from hydrogen polysilsesquioxane, having a Si—H bond, and substantially containing no carbon is silicon oxide applicable to a negative electrode active material for a secondary battery having excellent discharging capacity, initial charging and discharging efficiency and cycle characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignees: JNC CORPORATION, JNC PETROCHEMICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihito Takano, Tetsuro Kizaki, Hirotsuna Yamada, Masakazu Kondo, Akira Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11011751
    Abstract: A compound having a layered structure that is used for a positive electrode active material for a lithium ion secondary battery achieves both a high energy density and a high cyclability. The positive electrode active material for a lithium ion secondary battery contains a compound having a layered structure belonging to a space group R-3m, in which the compound having a layered structure is represented by a compositional formula: Li1+aM1O2+? wherein M1 represents a metal element or metal elements other than Li, and contains at least Ni, ?0.03?a?0.10, and ?0.1<?<0.1, a proportion of Ni in M1 is larger than 70 atom %, and a site occupancy of a transition metal or transition metals at a 3a site obtained by structural analysis by a Rietveld method is less than 2%, and a content of residual lithium hydroxide in the positive electrode active material is 1 mass % or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI METALS, LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Gunji, Tatsuya Toyama, Shin Takahashi, Takashi Nakabayashi, Shuichi Takano, Xiaoliang Feng, Sho Furutsuki, Hisato Tokoro
  • Patent number: 11011738
    Abstract: Provided is a method for producing a negative electrode by using a negative electrode active material and ceramic particles, the method ensuring satisfactory coatability of the paste and high peel strength and hardness of the obtained negative electrode active material layer. The method for producing a negative electrode disclosed herein includes a step of coating a negative electrode paste including a negative electrode active material and ceramic particles on a negative electrode current collector; a step of drying the coated negative electrode paste to form a negative electrode active material layer; and a step of pressing the negative electrode active material layer. The ceramic particles have an aspect ratio of 1.5 or more and 20 or less. The ceramic particles have a short side length of ? or less of an average particle diameter of the negative electrode active material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Takeda, Yuji Yokoyama, Keisuke Ohara
  • Patent number: 11011743
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a lithium ion secondary battery enabling improvement of output characteristics at the time of charge and discharge at low temperature and at room temperature. A lithium ion secondary battery according to the present invention for achieving the above object includes a positive electrode plate (11) including a positive electrode mix layer, and a negative electrode plate (12) including a negative electrode mix layer (45). The negative electrode mix layer (45) contains a graphite-type material (42), metal oxide (44), and a conductive assistant (43). The conductive assistant (43) is a carbon material that does not dope or dedope lithium ions, and a mixing ratio of the conductive assistant (43) is 0.4 weight % or more and less than 1.2 weight % of weight of the negative electrode mix layer (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: VEHICLE ENERGY JAPAN INC.
    Inventors: Hironori Sasaki, Shuichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10998575
    Abstract: An inorganic solid electrolyte glass phase composite is provided comprising a substance of the general formula La2/3-xLi3xTiO3 wherein x ranges from about 0.04 to about 0.17, and a glass material. The glass material is one or more compounds selected from Li2O, Li2S, Li2SO4, Li3PO4, P2O5, P2O3, Al2O3, SiO2, CaO, MgO, BaO, TiO2, GeO2, SiS2, Sb2O3, SnS, TaS2, P2S5, B2S3, and a combination of two or more thereof. A lithium-ion conducting solid electrolyte composite is disclosed comprising a lithium-ion conductive substance of the general formula La2/3-xLi3xTiO3—Z wherein x ranges form about 0.04 to 0.17, and wherein “Z” is the glass material identified above. A battery is disclosed having at least one cathode and anode and an inorganic solid electrolyte glass phase composite as described above disposed on or between at least one of the cathode and the anode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: West Virginia University
    Inventors: Hui Zhang, Xingbo Liu, Yinglu Jiang
  • Patent number: 10978740
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide an electrolyte solution of which electrolyte salt concentration is high and by which cycle characteristics hardly deteriorate and battery lifetime can be extended, and a lithium ion secondary battery which contains the above electrolyte solution. The electrolyte solution of the present invention comprises an electrolyte salt and a solvent, wherein a concentration of the electrolyte salt is more than 1.1 mol/L, the electrolyte salt contains a compound represented by the following formula (1): (XSO2) (FSO2)NLi (1) (wherein X is a fluorine atom, a C1-6 alkyl group or a C1-6 fluoroalkyl group), and the solvent contains a cyclic carbonate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mizuno, Kazuhisa Hirata, Takeo Kawase, Izuho Okada, Hiromoto Katsuyama, Miwako Tominaga, Masayuki Okajima
  • Patent number: 10978721
    Abstract: A battery separator includes a polyolefin microporous membrane and a porous layer placed on at least one surface of the polyolefin microporous membrane. The polyolefin microporous membrane has a variation range of an F25 value in a longitudinal direction of 1 MPa or less. The F25 value indicates a value obtained by dividing a load value measured at 25% elongation of a specimen with use of a tensile tester by a cross-sectional area of the specimen. The porous layer contains a fluorine-based resin and an inorganic particle and has an average thickness T(ave) of 1 to 5 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Naoki Mizuno, Masami Sugata
  • Patent number: 10971722
    Abstract: A method of producing a powder mass for a lithium battery, comprising: (a) mixing graphene sheets and a sulfonated elastomer or its precursor in a liquid medium or solvent to form a suspension; (b) dispersing a plurality of particles of an anode active material in the suspension to form a slurry; and (c) dispensing the slurry and removing the solvent and/or polymerizing or curing the precursor to form the powder mass comprising multiple particulates, wherein at least one of the particulates is composed of one or a plurality of the particles encapsulated by a thin layer of a sulfonated elastomer/graphene composite having a thickness from 1 nm to 10 ?m, a fully recoverable tensile strain from 2% to 500%, a lithium ion conductivity from 10?7 S/cm to 5×10?2 S/cm and an electrical conductivity from 10?7 S/cm to 100 S/cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Global Graphene Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z. Jang
  • Patent number: 10964936
    Abstract: Provided is an anode active material electrode for a lithium battery. This electrode layer comprises multiple particulates of an anode active material, wherein at least a particulate is composed of one or a plurality of particles of an anode active material being encapsulated by a thin layer of sulfonated elastomer/graphene composite having from 0.01% to 50% by weight of graphene sheets dispersed in a sulfonated elastomeric matrix material, wherein the encapsulating shell composite has a thickness from 1 nm to 10 ?m, a lithium ion conductivity from 10?7 S/cm to 5×10?2 S/cm, and an electrical conductivity from 10?7 S/cm to 100 S/cm when measured at room temperature. The anode active material is preferably selected from Si, Ge, Sn, SnO2, SiOx, Co3O4, Mn3O4, etc., which has a specific capacity of lithium storage greater than 372 mAh/g (the theoretical lithium storage limit of graphite).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Global Graphene Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z. Jang
  • Patent number: 10957902
    Abstract: The invention relates to novel material comprising X/hard carbon composite and to a process for their preparation, the process comprising the steps: a) forming a mixture comprising i) one or more hard carbon-starting materials, ii) one or more starting materials which comprise one or more of the component elements of X, and optionally iii) one or more secondary carbon-containing materials; and b) heating the resulting mixture at 100° C. to 1500° C. to yield the material comprising the X/hard carbon composite; wherein X comprises one or more component elements selected from antimony, tin, phosphorus, sulfur, boron, aluminium, gallium, indium, germanium, lead, arsenic, bismuth, titanium, molybdenum, selenium, tellurium, cobalt and nickel and wherein X is present in an amount of at least 5% by weight of the material comprising the X/hard carbon composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: FARADION LIMITED
    Inventors: Jeremy Barker, Yang Liu
  • Patent number: 10950905
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery module, as well as a battery pack and a vehicle comprising the same. The battery module includes a plurality of battery cells arranged side by side to face each other in at least one direction, a cooling plate located below the plurality of battery cells, and a heat transfer tape adhered to the battery cells to transfer heat of the battery cells to the cooling plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mi-Geum Choi, Dal-Mo Kang, Jeong-O Mun, Yoon-Koo Lee
  • Patent number: 10938068
    Abstract: This application provides a lithium-ion battery and an apparatus. The lithium-ion battery includes an electrode assembly and an electrolyte. The electrode assembly includes a positive electrode plate, a negative electrode plate, and a separator. A positive active material of the positive electrode plate includes Lix1Coy1M1-y1O2-z1Qz1, where 0.5?x1?1.2, 0.8?y1<1.0, 0?z1?0.1, M is selected from one or more of Al, Ti, Zr, Y, and Mg, and Q is selected from one or more of F, Cl, and S. The electrolyte contains an additive A, an additive B, and an additive C. The additive A is a polynitrile six-membered nitrogen-heterocyclic compound with a relatively low oxidation potential. The additive B is an anhydride compound. The additive C is a halogen substituted cyclic carbonate compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Yao Jiang, Chunhua Hu, Tiancheng Yi, Shushi Dou, Chengdu Liang
  • Patent number: 10938064
    Abstract: Sulfide-type compound particles microparticulated, having an argyrodite-type crystal structure, and including lithium (Li), phosphorus (P), sulfur (S), and a halogen (Ha). As sulfide-type compound particles that can inhibit generation of hydrogen sulfide gas even upon contact with moisture in the atmosphere, provided are sulfide-type compound particles having D50 in a volume-basis particle size distribution of 50 ?m or less and having an occupancy of sulfur (S) and the halogen (Ha) in the S3 (4a) site, as calculated by a neutron diffraction measurement, of 85% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Ito, Tsukasa Takahashi, Masaru Hyakutake, Teruaki Yagi
  • Patent number: 10930915
    Abstract: A battery assembly includes a battery cell with leads extending from the battery and a circuit including a substrate and contacts that extend from the substrate. The leads are coupled to the contacts by mechanical or adhesive bonds located on sections of the contacts extending from the substrate. In various implementations, the circuit may include a variety of different components coupled to the substrate. Such components may be operable to perform a variety of functions such as regulating, monitoring, controlling, and/or otherwise managing the battery cell. Such components may include one or more battery management units, safety circuits, capacity gauges, and/or other components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Charles W. Werley, Richard M. Mank, Xiaoyun Hu, Thai T. Ton, George V. Anastas, Vijayasekaran Boovaragavan
  • Patent number: 10930980
    Abstract: An additive formulation for a lithium ion battery is provided, which includes an ionic conductor and a compound having a maleimide structure. An electrode slurry composition is also provided, which includes an active material, a conductive additive, an adhesive, and an additive formulation containing an ionic conductor and a compound having a maleimide structure modified by a compound having a barbituric acid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yu-Han Li, Li-Chun Chen, Ming-Yi Lu, Jen-Chih Lo, Guan-Lin Lai, Chang-Rung Yang, Jung-Mu Hsu