Patents by Inventor Taizou Sunano

Taizou Sunano 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).

  • 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: 10886534
    Abstract: A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that contains a silicon material as a negative-electrode active material has improved initial charge/discharge efficiency. A negative-electrode active material particle (10) according to an embodiment contains a base particle (13), which includes a lithium silicate phase (11) represented by Li2zSiO(2+z) {0<z<2} and silicon particles (12) dispersed in the lithium silicate phase (11). The base particle (13) has a porosity of 25% or less, preferably 15% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Minami, Taizou Sunano
  • Publication number: 20200295366
    Abstract: This positive electrode active material for non-aqueous electrolyte secondary batteries comprises: lithium transition metal oxide particles; a metal compound which contains a metal element M and adheres to the surfaces of the lithium transition metal oxide particles; and a lithium metal compound which contains lithium (Li) and the metal element M and adheres to the surfaces of the lithium transition metal oxide particles. In this connection, the metal element M is composed of at least one substance that is selected from among aluminum (Al), titanium (Ti), manganese (Mn), gallium (Ga), molybdenum (Mo), tin (Sn), tungsten (W) and bismuth (Bi).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicants: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd., Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koh Masahara, Kaoru Nagata, Takaya Tochio, Taizou Sunano, Akihiro Kawakita, Takeshi Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 10741833
    Abstract: There is provided a negative electrode active material for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery, the negative electrode active material including a base particle containing Si and SiO2, a mixed phase coating that covers a surface of the base particle and contains SiO2 and carbon, and a carbon coating that covers a surface of the mixed phase coating. The base particle is preferably formed of SiOX (0.5?X?1.5). The mixed phase coating preferably contains carbon dispersed in a phase formed of SiO2. The cycle characteristics of a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery including negative electrode active material particles containing Si and SiO2 are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Akira, Hiroshi Minami, Taizou Sunano, Yoshio Kato
  • Patent number: 10559825
    Abstract: Provided are a positive electrode active material capable of suppressing the reduction in capacity of a battery and the generation of gas during storage at high temperature in a charged state and a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery including the positive electrode active material. A positive electrode active material particle (20) includes a lithium transition metal oxide particle (21) containing a halogen atom and rare-earth compound particles (22) attached to the surface of the lithium transition metal oxide particle (21). The amount of the halogen atom present on the surface of the lithium transition metal oxide particle (21) is 5 mass percent or less of the total amount of the halogen atom contained in the lithium transition metal oxide particle (21). A rare-earth element making up the rare-earth compound particles (22) is one other than yttrium and scandium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Tamai, Taizou Sunano
  • Patent number: 10516158
    Abstract: The initial charge/discharge efficiency and cycle characteristics of a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that contains a silicon material as a negative-electrode active material are improved. A negative-electrode active material particle (10) according to an embodiment contains a base particle (13), which includes a lithium silicate phase (11) represented by Li2zSiO(2+z) {0<z<2} and silicon particles (12) dispersed in the lithium silicate phase (11). The symmetry determined by an image analysis of a backscattered electron image of a cross section of the base particle (13) is 1.5 or less. The symmetry refers to the ratio (b/a) of the half width at half maximum b of a peak on the high-gray-scale side to the half width at half maximum a of the peak on the low-gray-scale side in a histogram of color distinction based on 256 gray levels for each pixel of the backscattered electron image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihisa Yamamoto, Taizou Sunano, Hiroshi Minami, Yoshio Kato, Yohei Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10516153
    Abstract: The initial charge/discharge efficiency and cycle characteristics of a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that contains a silicon material as a negative-electrode active material are improved. A negative-electrode active material particle (10) according to an embodiment includes a lithium silicate phase (11) represented by Li2zSiO(2+z) {0<z<2} and silicon particles (12) dispersed in the lithium silicate phase (11). The silicon particles (12) have a crystallite size of 40 nm or less. The crystallite size is calculated using the Scherrer equation from the half-width of the diffraction peak of the Si (111) plane in an XRD pattern obtained by XRD measurement of the negative-electrode active material particle 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taizou Sunano, Hiroshi Minami, Yoshio Kato, Yohei Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10490812
    Abstract: A negative electrode for nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries is provided which includes SiOx and allows the cycle characteristics of batteries to be enhanced. A negative electrode according to an example embodiment includes a negative electrode current collector and a negative electrode mixture layer disposed on the current collector. The negative electrode mixture layer includes SiOx (0.5?x?1.5) particles having a carbon coating on a particle surface, carbonaceous active material particles, and a compound having at least one of a carboxyl group and a hydroxyl group and having an average number of etherifying agent moieties present per unit molecule of not more than 0.8. The carbon coating includes a first coating disposed on the surface of the SiOx and a second coating disposed on the first coating and including carbon having higher crystallinity than the carbon forming the first coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mai Yokoi, Yasunobu Iwami, Taizou Sunano
  • Patent number: 10483528
    Abstract: The initial charge/discharge efficiency and cycle characteristics of a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that contains a silicon material as a negative-electrode active material are improved. A negative-electrode active material particle (10) according to an embodiment contains a base particle (13), which includes a lithium silicate phase (11) represented by Li2zSiO(2+z) {0<z<2} and silicon particles (12) dispersed in the lithium silicate phase (11). The symmetry determined by an image analysis of a backscattered electron image of a cross section of the base particle (13) is 1.5 or less. The symmetry refers to the ratio (b/a) of the half width at half maximum b of a peak on the high-gray-scale side to the half width at half maximum a of the peak on the low-gray-scale side in a histogram of color distinction based on 256 gray levels for each pixel of the backscattered electron image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihisa Yamamoto, Taizou Sunano, Hiroshi Minami, Yoshio Kato, Yohei Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10424780
    Abstract: In a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery containing SiOX as a negative electrode active material, initial charge/discharge efficiency and cycle characteristics are increased. A negative electrode active material for nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries is provided. The negative electrode active material contains particles comprising of SiOx (0.8?X?1.2). The particles have cracks therein. SiOX preferably contains a lithium silicate phase, a Si-M compound, or an oxide of M (M is at least one selected from the group consisting of Al, Ti, Fe, and Ni). The cracks preferably extend radially from inner portions of the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Minami, Tatsuya Akira, Taizou Sunano
  • Patent number: 10312516
    Abstract: A negative-electrode active material for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery containing a silicon material, wherein the negative-electrode active material can constitute a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery having high charge capacity, high initial charge/discharge efficiency, and good cycle characteristics. A negative-electrode active material particle according to an embodiment includes a lithium silicate phase represented by Li2zSiO(2+z) {0<z<2} and particles dispersed in the lithium silicate phase. Each of the particles includes a silicon core particle and a surface layer formed of an iron alloy containing Si (FeSi alloy). In an XRD pattern of the negative-electrode active material particle obtained by XRD measurement, a diffraction peak of the FeSi alloy at 2?=approximately 45 degrees has a half-width of 0.40 degrees or more, and a diffraction peak of a Si (111) plane at 2?=approximately 28 degrees has a half-width of 0.40 degrees or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Akira, Hiroshi Minami, Taizou Sunano
  • Patent number: 10312507
    Abstract: The initial charge/discharge efficiency and cycle characteristics of a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that contains a silicon material as a negative-electrode active material are improved. A negative-electrode active material particle (10) according to an embodiment includes a lithium silicate phase (11) represented by Li2zSiO(2+z) {0<z<2} and silicon particles (12) dispersed in the lithium silicate phase (11). A lithium silicate constituting the lithium silicate phase has a crystallite size of 40 nm or less. The crystallite size is calculated using the Scherrer equation from the half-width of a diffraction peak of a (111) plane of the lithium silicate in an XRD pattern obtained by XRD measurement of the negative-electrode active material particle 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Akira, Yoshio Kato, Hiroshi Minami, Taizou Sunano
  • Patent number: 10205165
    Abstract: The invention provides a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery having a large battery capacity and excellent charge/discharge cycle characteristics. The nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes a negative electrode including a particulate negative electrode active material (33), a positive electrode and a nonaqueous electrolyte. The particulate negative electrode active material (33) includes a plurality of two-phase regions (34) in the particle wherein the two-phase regions include a first phase (A) containing silicon and a second phase (B) containing silicon oxide disposed on the periphery of the first phase, the negative electrode active material being such that the ratio of the intensity at 480 cm?1 wavelength to the intensity at 510 cm?1 wavelength in a Raman spectrum obtained by Raman spectroscopy is not more than 0.1 and the ratio of the intensity at 2?=21.6 to the intensity at 2?=28.4 in an X-ray diffraction pattern obtained by X-ray diffractometry is not more than 0.1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouhei Tuduki, Fukui Atsushi, Taizou Sunano
  • Publication number: 20190044131
    Abstract: There is provided a negative electrode active material for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery, the negative electrode active material including a base particle containing Si and SiO2, a mixed phase coating that covers a surface of the base particle and contains SiO2 and carbon, and a carbon coating that covers a surface of the mixed phase coating. The base particle is preferably formed of SiOX (0.5?X?1.5). The mixed phase coating preferably contains carbon dispersed in a phase formed of SiO2. The cycle characteristics of a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery including negative electrode active material particles containing Si and SiO2 are improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Akira, Hiroshi Minami, Taizou Sunano, Yoshio Kato
  • Patent number: 10177403
    Abstract: A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery that contains a silicon material as a negative-electrode active material has improved cycle life. A negative-electrode active material particle (10) according to an embodiment includes a lithium silicate phase (11) represented by Li2zSiO(2+z) {0<z<2}, silicon particles (12) dispersed in the lithium silicate phase (11), and a metallic compound (15) (other than lithium compounds and silicon oxides) dispersed in the lithium silicate phase (11). The metallic compound (15) is preferably selected from zirconium oxide, aluminum oxide, zirconium carbide, tungsten carbide, and silicon carbide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Minami, Taizou Sunano
  • Patent number: 10128495
    Abstract: A positive electrode for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery that does not undergo a decrease in discharge capacity in low-temperature discharge during charge and discharge after the battery is left standing at high temperature in a charged state, for example. The positive electrode for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes a positive electrode active material. The positive electrode active material includes a mixture of lithium nickel cobalt manganate and lithium cobaltate having a compound adhered to part of a surface thereof, the compound containing fluorine and at least one selected from zirconium, magnesium, titanium, aluminum, and a rare earth element; and a ratio of the lithium nickel cobalt manganate relative to a total amount of the positive electrode active material is 1% by mass or more and less than 70% by mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taiki Satow, Takao Kokubu, Taizou Sunano, Takeshi Ogasawara
  • Publication number: 20180287140
    Abstract: Negative electrode active material particles each include a composite particle containing silicon particles and a lithium silicate phase represented by LixSiOy (0<x?4, and 0<y?4); and a surface layer provided on the surface of the composite particle, and the surface layer contains a silane coupling agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Akira, Taizou Sunano, Hiroshi Minami
  • Publication number: 20180287148
    Abstract: A negative-electrode active material for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery containing a silicon material, wherein the negative-electrode active material can constitute a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery having high charge capacity, high initial charge/discharge efficiency, and good cycle characteristics. A negative-electrode active material particle according to an embodiment includes a lithium silicate phase represented by Li2zSiO(2+z) {0<z<2} and particles dispersed in the lithium silicate phase. Each of the particles includes a silicon core particle and a surface layer formed of an iron alloy containing Si (FeSi alloy). In an XRD pattern of the negative-electrode active material particle obtained by XRD measurement, a diffraction peak of the FeSi alloy at 2?=approximately 45 degrees has a half-width of 0.40 degrees or more, and a diffraction peak of a Si (111) plane at 2?=approximately 28 degrees has a half-width of 0.40 degrees or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Applicant: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Akira, Hiroshi Minami, Taizou Sunano
  • Patent number: 10090510
    Abstract: An object is to improve the safety of a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery at the time of the internal short circuit. The non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and a separator interposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode. The positive electrode includes a current collector and a positive electrode active material layer formed on the current collector. The current collector includes a metal foil having a roughened surface. The negative electrode includes a silicon-containing negative electrode active material. The metal foil is preferably a metal foil containing aluminum. The metal foil preferably has a surface roughness Ra of 0.1 to 2.0 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Suehiro, Taizou Sunano
  • Publication number: 20180248220
    Abstract: In a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery which includes an electrode assembly that includes a positive electrode including a positive electrode current collector and a positive electrode mixture layer, a negative electrode including a negative electrode current collector and a negative electrode mixture layer, and a separator, the positive electrode mixture layer contains Ni in a proportion of not less than 85 mol % relative to the total molar amount of metal element(s) except lithium, and includes a lithium transition metal oxide bearing on the surface thereof an attached element belonging to Group VI of the periodic table. The negative electrode mixture layer includes a carbon material and a silicon compound. The surface pressure present on a plane in which the positive electrode and the negative electrode are opposed to each other through the separator is not less than 0.1 MPa/cm2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriko Manabe, Kaoru Nagata, Masahiro Kinoshita, Taizou Sunano