Patents by Inventor Hiroshi Akama

Hiroshi Akama has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200243867
    Abstract: A resin current collector provides means for improving the cycle characteristics in a lithium ion battery and includes a polyolefin resin, and a conductive carbon filler. The total surface area of the conductive carbon filler contained in 1 g of the resin current collector is 7.0 m2 or more and 10.5 m2 or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Ryosuke Kusano, Yoshihiro Ikeda, Yasuhiro Tsudo, Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Yuki Kusachi, Hajime Satou, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie
  • Patent number: 10727476
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide an electrode for lithium ion batteries which exhibits excellent electrical conductivity even if its thickness is large. The electrode for lithium ion batteries of the present invention includes a first main surface to be located adjacent to a separator of a lithium ion battery and a second main surface to be located adjacent to a current collector of the lithium ion battery. The electrode has a thickness of 150 to 5000 ?m. The electrode contains, between the first main surface and the second main surface, a conductive member (A) made of an electronically conductive material and a large number of active material particles (B). At least part of the conductive member (A) forms a conductive path that electrically connects the first main surface to the second main surface. The conductive path is in contact with the active material particles (B) around the conductive path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: SANYO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD., NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Mizuno, Yasuhiro Shindo, Yasuhiro Tsudo, Kenichi Kawakita, Yuki Kusachi, Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Hajime Satou, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie
  • Patent number: 10707493
    Abstract: The present invention provides an electrode capable of reducing contact resistance between a resin current collector and the electrode, and a method of manufacturing the electrode. The electrode of the present invention includes a positive electrode current collector 11 containing a polymer material and a conductive filler, a positive electrode active material layer 13 disposed adjacent to the positive electrode current collector, and a concavoconvex shape 11c corresponding to a concavoconvex shape 13c formed on a surface of the positive electrode active material layer that is in contact with the positive electrode current collector, the concavoconvex shape being formed on a surface of the positive electrode current collector that is in contact with the positive electrode active material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Hajime Satou, Yuki Kusachi, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie, Masatoshi Okura
  • Patent number: 10700345
    Abstract: To provide an electrode for a lithium ion secondary battery capable of enhancing a charge and discharge cycle durability of an electrode that uses a resin current collector. An electrode for a lithium ion secondary battery provided with a resin current collector including a polyolefin resin matrix and a conductive filler A, and an electrode active material layer provided on the resin current collector, in which a crosslinked resin thin-film layer, which contains an Ni filler as a conductive filler B that does not alloy with Li and which has impermeability to the electrolyte solution, is arranged between the resin current collector and a negative electrode active material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Yuki Kusachi, Hajime Satou, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie, Naofumi Shoji, Masatoshi Okura
  • Patent number: 10673057
    Abstract: To provide a negative electrode for a lithium ion battery in which a volume change of a silicon-based negative electrode active material due to charging and discharging is small, and a production method therefor. Provided is a method for producing a negative electrode for a lithium ion battery, the method including a step of forming a coating film on a current collector or a separator by using a slurry containing a negative electrode active material composition, which contains a silicon-based negative electrode active material and a carbon-based negative electrode active material, and a dispersion medium, in which the method further includes a step of doping the silicon-based negative electrode active material with lithium ions and a step of doping the carbon-based negative electrode active material with lithium ions before or after the step of forming the coating film and before assembling a lithium ion battery, and the method does not substantially include a step of drying the coating film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Tsuchida, Yusuke Nakashima, Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Yuki Kusachi, Hajime Satou, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie
  • Patent number: 10658674
    Abstract: An electrode for improving the durability of a battery includes a current collector and an active material layer. The current collector has a conductive resin layer including a polymer material and a conductive filler. The electrode further includes a conductive member, which is in electrical contact with the conductive filler, between the current collector and the active material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Hajime Satou, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie, Yusuke Mizuno, Hiroshi Fukumoto, Masatoshi Okura, Yasuhiro Shindo, Yasuhiro Tsudo
  • Publication number: 20200136125
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of producing an electrode active material molded body for a lithium-ion battery suitable for the production of a lithium-ion battery, and a method of producing a lithium-ion battery using the electrode active material molded body, wherein the methods can reduce the time, work, equipment, and the like required for the production. The present invention provides a method of producing an electrode composition molded body for a lithium-ion battery, including: a molding step of molding a composition containing an electrode active material for a lithium-ion battery and an electrolyte solution into an electrode active material molded body for a lithium-ion battery as an unbound product of the electrode active material for a lithium-ion battery, wherein the composition has an electrolyte solution content of 0.1 to 40 wt % based on the weight of the composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicants: SANYO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD., NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuya SUENAGA, Kenichi KAWAKITA, Yuki KUSACHI, Yasuhiko OHSAWA, Hajime SATOU, Hiroshi AKAMA, Hideaki HORIE
  • Publication number: 20200091508
    Abstract: To provide a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery negative electrode material that can be produced even without performing a heat treatment at a high temperature such as 2,000° C. or higher and can have the discharge capacity further increased. The non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery negative electrode material according to the invention has a core portion including carbonaceous negative electrode active material particles; and a shell portion including a polyimide and silicon-based negative electrode active material particles and/or tin-based negative electrode active material particles. There is a feature that the value of the ratio of the volume average particle size (D50) of the silicon-based negative electrode active material particles and/or tin-based negative electrode active material particles with respect to the volume average particle size (D50) of the carbonaceous negative electrode active material particles is 0.001 to 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko OHSAWA, Yuki KUSACHI, Hajime SATOU, Hiroshi AKAMA, Hideaki HORIE, Naofumi SHOJI
  • Publication number: 20200058923
    Abstract: To provide a negative electrode for a lithium ion battery having high energy density and excellent rapid charging characteristics. A negative electrode for a lithium ion battery, the negative electrode including a negative electrode current collector, a negative electrode active material layer formed on the surface of the negative electrode current collector, and a non-aqueous liquid electrolyte including an electrolyte containing lithium ions and a non-aqueous solvent, in which the negative electrode active material layer includes a negative electrode active material and voids, the voids are filled with the non-aqueous liquid electrolyte, and a proportion of the battery capacity based on a total amount of lithium ions in the non-aqueous liquid electrolyte existing in the negative electrode active material layer with respect to the battery capacity based on a total amount of the negative electrode active material is 3% to 17%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya MINAMI, Yusuke NAKASHIMA, Yasuhiko OHSAWA, Yuki KUSACHI, Hajime SATOU, Hiroshi AKAMA, Hideaki HORIE
  • Publication number: 20200020926
    Abstract: To provide a negative electrode for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that can be produced even without performing a heat treatment at a high temperature such as 2,000° C. or higher and can have the discharge capacity and the cycle characteristics (capacity retention) further increased. The negative electrode for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery according to the invention has a configuration in which a negative electrode active material layer containing a negative electrode material and a binder is formed on the surface of a current collector. Further, the negative electrode material has a core portion including carbonaceous negative electrode active material particles; and a shell portion including a polyimide and silicon-based negative electrode active material particles and/or tin-based negative electrode active material particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko OHSAWA, Yuki KUSACHI, Hajime SATOU, Hiroshi AKAMA, Hideaki HORIE, Hideki NISHIMURA
  • Publication number: 20200020938
    Abstract: To provide a negative electrode for a lithium ion battery which is excellent in energy density and cycle characteristics and has a small volume change at the time of charging. Provided is a negative electrode for a lithium ion battery comprising a negative electrode active material layer, in which the negative electrode active material layer is formed from a non-bound body of a mixture containing silicon and/or silicon compound particles and carbon-based negative electrode active material particles, a volume average particle size of the silicon and/or silicon compound particles is 0.01 to 10 ?m, a volume average particle size of the carbon-based negative electrode active material particles is 15 to 50 ?m, and a mass mixing ratio of the total of the silicon and silicon compound particles and the carbon-based negative electrode active material particles contained in the mixture is 5:95 to 45:55.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke MIZUNO, Naofumi SHOJI, Yasuhiko OHSAWA, Yuki KUSACHI, Hajime SATOU, Hiroshi AKAMA, Hideaki HORIE
  • Patent number: 10511004
    Abstract: A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery has a positive electrode having a positive electrode active material layer, a negative electrode having a negative electrode active material layer, and an electrolyte layer having an electrolyte solution containing a non-aqueous solvent. At least one of the positive electrode active material layer and the negative electrode active material layer contains an electrode material for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery having a core part including an electrode active material and a shell part including a conductive material in a base material formed by a gel-forming polymer having a liquid absorption rate with respect to the electrolyte solution of 10 to 200%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Kusachi, Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie, Yuta Murakami, Kenichi Kawakita, Yusuke Mizuno, Yasuhiro Tsudo, Yasuhiro Shindo
  • Publication number: 20190355940
    Abstract: The battery pack has a laminated body in which unit cells are laminated one on another, a cell case having a first opening and containing the laminated body, and a first lid member to tightly close the first opening. The first opening is positioned to face, in connection with a unit cell laminated direction, a first face of the laminated body. The first lid member is configured to, if an internal pressure of the cell case is lower than atmospheric pressure, deform while keeping the tightly closing state, come into contact with the first face of the laminated body, and apply a pressure based on a differential pressure between atmospheric pressure and the internal pressure of the cell case to the contacting face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime SATOU, Yasuhiko OHSAWA, Yuki KUSACHI, Hiroshi AKAMA, Hideaki HORIE, Yusuke MIZUNO, Yusuke EMORI, Takahiro IMAISHI
  • Publication number: 20190348712
    Abstract: To provide a structure which allows production of an electrode, even if the film thickness of an electrode is increased; and a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko OHSAWA, Yuki KUSACHI, Hiroshi AKAMA, Hideaki HORIE, Yusuke MIZUNO, Kenichi KAWAKITA, Yasuhiro Shindo, Yasuhiro TSUDO
  • Publication number: 20190319254
    Abstract: To provide a negative electrode for a lithium ion battery in which a volume change of a silicon-based negative electrode active material due to charging and discharging is small, and a production method therefor. Provided is a method for producing a negative electrode for a lithium ion battery, the method including a step of forming a coating film on a current collector or a separator by using a slurry containing a negative electrode active material composition, which contains a silicon-based negative electrode active material and a carbon-based negative electrode active material, and a dispersion medium, in which the method further includes a step of doping the silicon-based negative electrode active material with lithium ions and a step of doping the carbon-based negative electrode active material with lithium ions before or after the step of forming the coating film and before assembling a lithium ion battery, and the method does not substantially include a step of drying the coating film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya TSUCHIDA, Yusuke NAKASHIMA, Yasuhiko OHSAWA, Yuki KUSACHI, Hajime SATOU, Hiroshi AKAMA, Hideaki HORIE
  • Patent number: 10431851
    Abstract: To provide a structure which allows production of an electrode, even if the film thickness of an electrode is increased; and a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Yuki Kusachi, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie, Yusuke Mizuno, Kenichi Kawakita, Yasuhiro Shindo, Yasuhiro Tsudo
  • Publication number: 20190267610
    Abstract: To provide a positive electrode for a lithium ion battery having high energy density and being capable of rapid discharging. A positive electrode for a lithium ion battery, the positive electrode including a positive electrode current collector, a positive electrode active material layer formed on the surface of the positive electrode current collector, and a non-aqueous liquid electrolyte including an electrolyte containing lithium ions and a non-aqueous solvent, in which the positive electrode active material layer includes a positive electrode active material and voids, the voids are filled with the non-aqueous liquid electrolyte, and a proportion of the battery capacity based on a total amount of lithium ions in the non-aqueous liquid electrolyte existing in the positive electrode active material layer with respect to the battery capacity based on a total amount of the positive electrode active material is 3.5 to 15%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya MINAMI, Yusuke NAKASHIMA, Yasuhiko OHSAWA, Yuki KUSACHI, Hajime SATOU, Hiroshi AKAMA, Hideaki HORIE
  • Patent number: 10312524
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means for improving the output performance of a battery. An electrical connection structure of the present invention includes a current collector which includes a conductive resin layer containing a polymer material and a conductive filler and a conductive member which is in electrical contact with the conductive filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., SANYO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Hajime Satou, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie, Yusuke Mizuno, Hiroshi Fukumoto, Masatoshi Okura, Yasuhiro Shindo, Yasuhiro Tsudo
  • Patent number: 10276858
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide an electrode for lithium ion batteries which exhibits excellent electrical conductivity even if its thickness is large. The electrode for lithium ion batteries of the present invention includes a first main surface to be located adjacent to a separator of a lithium ion battery and a second main surface to be located adjacent to a current collector of the lithium ion battery. The electrode has a thickness of 150 to 5000 ?m. The electrode contains, between the first main surface and the second main surface, a conductive member (A) made of an electronically conductive material and a large number of active material particles (B). At least part of the conductive member (A) forms a conductive path that electrically connects the first main surface to the second main surface. The conductive path is in contact with the active material particles (B) around the conductive path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: SANYO CHEMICAL LTD., NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Mizuno, Yasuhiro Shindo, Yasuhiro Tsudo, Kenichi Kawakita, Yuki Kusachi, Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Hajime Satou, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie
  • Patent number: 10256473
    Abstract: To provide a means for improving durability of a positive electrode for a lithium battery (in particular, a resin current collector for forming the positive electrode). The means is achieved by a positive electrode for a lithium battery having a resin current collector containing a polyolefin-based resin matrix and a conductive filler, and a positive electrode active material layer provided on the resin current collector, characterized in that an electron conductive layer is disposed on the surface of the resin current collector that is in contact with the positive electrode active material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Ohsawa, Hajime Satou, Hiroshi Akama, Hideaki Horie, Yusuke Mizuno, Hiroshi Fukumoto, Masatoshi Okura, Yasuhiro Shindo, Yasuhiro Tsudo