Junichi Niwa 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).
Abstract: The present invention is one which provides a production process for lithium-silicate-system compound, the production process being characterized in that: a lithium-silicate compound being expressed by Li2SiO3 is reacted with a substance including at least one member of transition-metal elements that is selected from the group consisting of iron and manganese at 400-650° C. in a molten salt of a carbonate mixture comprising lithium carbonate and at least one member of alkali-metal carbonates that is selected from the group consisting of potassium carbonate, sodium carbonate, rubidium carbonate and cesium carbonate in a mixed-gas atmosphere including carbon dioxide and a reducing gas; and a positive-electrode active material for lithium-ion secondary battery that comprises a lithium-silicate-system compound being obtained by the aforesaid process.
Abstract: An active material for non-aqueous-system secondary battery according to the present invention is characterized in that it comprises a mixture of an alkali metal salt and a transition metal, and it carries out reversible oxidation-reduction by means of charging-discharging, oxidation-reduction in which an alkali metal is eliminated from a compound being made by reacting the alkali metal salt with the transition metal, and oxidation-reduction in which the alkali metal salt and the transition metal are reproduced from the compound into which the alkali metal has been inserted. It becomes feasible to make a non-aqueous-system secondary battery exhibit a higher capacity by using this active material for the non-aqueous-system secondary battery. Moreover, since the active material for non-aqueous-system secondary battery according to the present invention includes an alkali metal that works as electrolyte ions, another active material that is used for the counter electrode is not limited.
Abstract: Provided is a sulfur-modified polyacrylonitrile manufacturing method that is characterized in that a starting base powder that comprises sulfur powder and polyacrylonitrile powder is mixed and the mixture is heated in a non-oxidizing environment while outflow of sulfur vapor is prevented. Also provided are a cathode for lithium batteries that uses, as the active substance, the sulfur-modified polyacrylonitrile manufactured with the method, and a lithium secondary battery that includes the cathode as a component element. This enables the practical use of an inexpensive sulfur-based material as the cathode material for lithium secondary batteries, and in particular, a sulfur-based cathode material that enables higher output and has excellent cycle life characteristics, as well as other characteristics, and secondary lithium batteries using the same can be obtained.
October 15, 2009
August 18, 2011
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
Abstract: The present invention is characterized in that, in a negative electrode for lithium-ion secondary battery, the negative electrode being manufactured via an application step of applying a binder resin and an active material onto a surface of collector, the binder resin is an alkoxysilyl group-containing resin that has a structure being specified by formula (I); and the active material includes a lithium-inactive metal that does not form any intermetallic compounds with lithium, or a silicide of the lithium-inactive metal, and an elemental substance of Si. It is possible to upgrade cyclic characteristics by means of using the negative electrode for lithium-ion secondary battery according to the present invention. wherein “R1” is an alkyl group whose number of carbon atoms is from 1 to 8; “R2” is an alkyl group or alkoxyl group whose number of carbon atoms is from 1 to 8; and “q” is an integer of from 1 to 100.