With Insulating Separator, Spacer Or Retainer Means Patents (Class 429/246)
  • Patent number: 11233242
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a positive electrode slurry composition, and a positive electrode for a secondary battery and a lithium secondary battery which include the positive electrode slurry composition, and particularly, to a positive electrode slurry composition which includes a positive electrode active material, a fluorine-containing polymer, a conductive agent, a solvent, and a polymer or oligomer containing a unit represented by Formula 1, and a positive electrode for a lithium secondary battery and a lithium secondary battery which include the positive electrode slurry composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: LG Energy Solution, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo Sung Lee, Yun Feng Xue, Myung Soo Ko, In Seong Chang
  • Patent number: 11158857
    Abstract: A lithium electrode including: a lithium metal layer; an aluminum oxide layer on the lithium metal layer; and a carbon layer on the aluminum oxide layer, and a lithium secondary battery including the same. The aluminum oxide layer can prevent a direct reaction between a non-aqueous electrolyte and a lithium metal layer, and particularly, since the aluminum oxide layer does not have electrical conductivity, lithium deposition occurs between the lithium metal layer and aluminum oxide layer. Thus lithium metal is not deposited on the protection layer. In addition, the carbon layer functions for producing a stable solid electrolyte interface film thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Kyung Hwa Woo, Jeong Woo Shon, Jong Keon Yoon, Hoejin Hah
  • Patent number: 11145861
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for pre-conditioning or pre-treating the surface of a metal (e.g., lithium) electrode such that the cycle life and efficiency of the electrode within an electrochemical cell are improved through the prevention of dendrite growth. The pretreatment process includes the use of an alternating current to modify the surface properties of the metal electrode, such that a more uniform flux of metal ions is transferred across the electrode-electrolyte Interface in subsequent electrodeposition and electrodissolution processes. As a result, an electrode treated with such a process exhibits improved performance and durability, including markedly lower overpotentials and largely improved metal (e.g., lithium) retention in strip plate tests as compared with untreated electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Neil P. Dasgupta, Kevin N. Wood, Kuan-Hung Chen, Eric Kazyak
  • Patent number: 11133508
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a secondary battery and an electrode plate. The electrode plate includes a current collector, an active material layer, and a first protective layer. The current collector includes an insulating layer and a conductive layer disposed on the insulating layer. The conductive layer has a main body portion covered by the active material layer and a protrusion portion uncovered by the active material layer. The first protective layer is disposed on a side of the protrusion portion facing away from the insulating layer. The electrode plate further includes a conductive structure, which has a connecting portion fixed on the main body portion, and a first extending portion exceeding an end of the protrusion portion away from the main body portion. The first protective layer is disposed on a side of the connecting portion close to the active material layer along a height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Yaru Zhou, Qingrui Xue, Zige Zhang, Miao Jiang, Jing Li, Wei Li, Long Wang
  • Patent number: 11133562
    Abstract: The invention relates to integrated electrode separators (IES), and their use in lithium ion batteries as replacements for free standing separators. The IES results from coating an electrode with a fluoropolymer aqueous-based emulsion or suspension, and drying the coating to produce a tough, porous separator layer on the electrodes. The aqueous fluoropolymer coating may optionally contain dispersed inorganic particles and other additives to improve electrode performance such as higher ionic conduction or higher temperature use. The IES provides several advantages, including a thinner, more uniform separator layer, and the elimination of a separate battery component (separator membrane) for a simpler and cost-saving manufacturing process. The aqueous separator coating can be used in combination with a solvent cast electrode as well as an aqueous cast electrode either in two separate process steps, or in a one-step process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Arkema Inc.
    Inventors: John Schmidhauser, Scott R. Gaboury, Ramin Amin-Sanayei, Christophe Roger, Wensheng He, Rosemary Heinze
  • Patent number: 11108118
    Abstract: The present application discloses a cell and an electrochemical device. The cell includes: a first electrode sheet, a first electrode tab, a second electrode sheet, and a second electrode tab. The first electrode sheet includes a first current collector and a first active material layer. The first current collector includes a first end portion, and two sides of the first end portion are provided with the first active material layer. The second electrode sheet includes a second current collector and a second active material layer. The first end portion has a width being one third of a width of the first electrode tab. In a first direction, the cell has a thickness t at the first end portion, the cell has a thickness T at the first electrode tab or the second electrode tab, and t is greater than or equal to 95% of T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: NINGDE AMPEREX TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xiangrong Chen, Zhiyuan Liu, Huiqin Wang, Ying Wang
  • Patent number: 11101502
    Abstract: A battery includes a first portion and a second portion, in which the first portion includes a first positive electrode layer, a first negative electrode layer, and a first solid electrolyte layer located between the first positive electrode layer and the first negative electrode layer, in which the second portion includes a second positive electrode layer, a second negative electrode layer, and a second solid electrolyte layer located between the second positive electrode layer and the second negative electrode layer, in which the first portion and the second portion are in contact with each other, the second portion is more sharply bent than the first portion, and at least one of Cp1<Cp2, Ce1<Ce2, and Cn1<Cn2 is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Izuru Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11065460
    Abstract: In some examples, a battery assembly for an implantable medical device may include an electrode stack comprising a plurality of electrode plates. The plurality of electrode plates may comprise a first electrode plate including a first tab extending from the first electrode plate and a second electrode plate including a second tab extending from the second electrode plate, an alignment member extending through the first tab and the second tab, and a weld on a side of the electrode stack extending from the first tab to the second tab, wherein the weld penetrates into the alignment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Hailiang Zhao, Steven J. May
  • Patent number: 11063299
    Abstract: A secondary battery for cycling between a charged and a discharged state is provided. The secondary battery has an electrode assembly having a population of anode structures, a population of cathode structures, and an electrically insulating microporous separator material. The electrode assembly also has a set of electrode constraints that at least partially restrains growth of the electrode assembly. Members of the anode structure population have a first cross-sectional area, A1 when the secondary battery is in the charged state and a second cross-sectional area, A2, when the secondary battery is in the discharged state, and members of the cathode structure population have a first cross-sectional area, C1 when the secondary battery is in the charged state and a second cross-sectional area, C2, when the secondary battery is in the discharged state, where A1 is greater than A2, and C1 is less than C2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ENOVIX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert S. Busacca, Murali Ramasubramanian, Bruno A. Valdes, James D. Wilcox, Christopher J. Spindt, Geoffrey Matthew Ho, John F. Varni, Kim Han Lee, Richard J. Contreras, Thomas John Schuerlein, Ashok Lahiri
  • Patent number: 11050059
    Abstract: Particles including a core and a coat covering at least part of the core surface. The core has more than 50% of an acidic metal oxide and the core coating is based on a polymer, preferably based on a solid polymer with high electrochemical stability. The particle has a solubility rate (ds), in fixed time, of the metal oxide migrating towards the electrolyte, per cycle, which is less than 5 per 10000. The particles are obtained by mixing the polymer and a metal oxide, via dry process with addition of solvent. The electrodes constituting an electrode substrate at least partly coated with a mixture consisting of at least 40 of those particles have remarkable electrochemical properties, in particular regarding the lifetime of batteries in which they are incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HYDRO-QUÉBEC
    Inventors: Patrick Charest, Michel Perrier, Martin Dontigny, Michel Petitclerc, Abdelbast Guerfi, Karim Zaghib
  • Patent number: 11050121
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a ceramic-based separator onto an electrode is disclosed. A separator is formed on the electrode via a dry, solvent-free application of a ceramic-based separator to the electrode. An electrode is provided to an application area via a feed mechanism and a separator layer is then applied to the electrode that is comprised of a binder including at least one of a thermoplastic material and a thermoset material and an electrically non-conductive separator material, with the separator layer being applied to the electrode via a dry dispersion application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Eskra Technical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael David Eskra, Paula Margaret Ralston
  • Patent number: 11043718
    Abstract: A porous polyimide film has an acid value within a range of 7 mgKOH/g to 20 mgKOH/g determined by acid-base titration, contains a metal group including alkali metals excluding Li, an alkaline earth metals, and silicon at a total content of 100 ppm or less relative to the porous polyimide film, and has a moisture absorption ratio of 0.5% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVATION CORP.
    Inventors: Kosaku Yoshimura, Yasunobu Kashima, Hajime Sugahara, Hidekazu Hirose
  • Patent number: 11018370
    Abstract: The invention discloses a separator with a wide temperature range and a low heat shrinkage and a method for preparing the same. The invention belongs to the field of electrochemistry. The separator of the invention includes: an irradiation crosslinked fluoropolymer A with a melting point above 150° C. and/or a polymer B containing a benzene ring in its main chain; an ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene having a molecular weight of 1.0×106-10.0×106, and a high density polyethylene having a density in the range of 0.940-0.976 g/cm3; the temperature difference between pore closing temperature and film breaking temperature of the separator is 80-90° C., preferably 85-90° C., the heat shrinkage of the separator is 2.0% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SHANGHAI ENERGY NEW MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Alex Cheng, Lei Xiong, Honggui Deng, Fangbo He, Weiqiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10998536
    Abstract: A separator for a lithium battery having (a) a porous polymeric layer, such as a polyethylene layer; and (b) a nanoporous inorganic particle/polymer layer on both sides of the polymeric layer, the nanoporous layer having an inorganic oxide and one or more polymers; the volume fraction of the polymers in the nanoporous layer is about 15% to about 50%, and the crystallite size of the inorganic oxide is 5 nm to 90 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Optodot Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Avison, Steven A. Carlson, Benjamin Sloan
  • Patent number: 10998599
    Abstract: A lithium secondary battery includes a plurality of electrode cells, each of which includes a first electrode, a second electrode having a different polarity from that of the first electrode and a separation layer interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, and at least one ion permeation barrier between neighboring ones of the electrode cells. The ion permeation barrier has an air permeability less than that of the separation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SK Innovation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Hyun Cho, Jae Woong Kim, Min Gu Kang, Young Hoon Do, Whee Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 10985373
    Abstract: Provided is cathode active material layer for a lithium battery. The cathode active material layer comprises multiple cathode active material particles and an optional conductive additive that are bonded together by a binder comprising a high-elasticity polymer having a recoverable tensile strain from 5% to 700% (preferably from 10% to 100%) when measured without an additive or reinforcement in said polymer and a lithium ion conductivity no less than 10?5 S/cm (preferably and typically from 1.0×10?5 S/cm to 5×10?2 S/cm) at room temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Global Graphene Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Baofei Pan, Hui He, Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z. Jang
  • Patent number: 10971753
    Abstract: A negative electrode for a lithium metal battery, the negative electrode including: a lithium metal layer including lithium metal or a lithium metal alloy; and a protective layer on at least a portion of the lithium metal layer, wherein the protective layer includes a plurality of composite particles having a particle size of greater than about 1 micrometer to about 100 micrometers or less, wherein a composite particle of the plurality of composite particles comprises a particle comprising an organic particle, an inorganic particle, an organic-inorganic particle, or combination thereof; and a coating layer disposed on at least a portion of a surface of the particle, the coating layer including an ion conductive material including an ion conductive oligomer including an ion conductive unit, an ion conductive polymer including an ion conductive unit, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yonggun Lee, Saebom Ryu, Yooseong Yang, Toshinori Sugimoto, Taehwan Yu
  • Patent number: 10971783
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to providing an electrode assembly which improves the thermal safety of a battery by preventing shrinking of a separator adjacent to electrode tabs. The electrode assembly includes a positive electrode plate having a positive electrode tab at one end thereof, a negative electrode plate having a negative electrode tab at one end thereof, and a separator interposed between the positive electrode plate and the negative electrode plate, wherein the positive electrode plate and the negative electrode plate are stacked so that each of the tabs may be positioned in the same direction, and the separator has a gradient in thickness so that the thickness of one side having the electrode tabs are larger than that of the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Dae-Soo Kim, Min-Kyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10964952
    Abstract: A positive electrode for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes a positive electrode current collector, a protective layer provided on a surface of the positive electrode current collector, and a positive electrode composite material layer containing a positive electrode active material provided on a surface of the protective layer. The protective layer includes an insulating filler, a binder, and a conductive material. The protective layer is composed of a central portion and an end portion in a plan view as seen from the stacking direction. The ratio of the conductive material in the end portion of the protective layer is smaller than the ratio of the conductive material in the central portion of the protective layer. The ratio Sc/S of the area Sc of the end portion of the protective layer to the total area S of the protective layer in plan view is 0.12 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Torita, Shuji Tsutsumi, Yusuke Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 10938066
    Abstract: A phosphodiester salt is added to the electrolytic solution to form a nonaqueous electrolytic solution for a secondary battery. The nonaqueous electrolytic solution has excellent storage characteristics in a temperature load environment. Deterioration of the charge-discharge characteristics of the nonaqueous electrolytic solution and increase in internal resistance of the nonaqueous electrolytic solution are suppressed during storage. A secondary battery having a positive electrode and a negative electrode makes use of this electrolytic solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: STELLA CHEMIFA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshitaka Sakaguchi, Yoshifumi Katsura, Tetsuo Nishida
  • Patent number: 10930914
    Abstract: A composition for a non-aqueous secondary battery porous membrane including inorganic particles and a particulate polymer, wherein a volume-average particle diameter d0 of the inorganic particles is 0.1 ?m or more and 1.0 ?m or less, a weight ratio between the inorganic particles and the particulate polymer is within a range of 95:5 to 50:50, and a volume-average particle diameter d1 of the particulate polymer and the volume-average particle diameter d0 of the inorganic particles satisfy d1/d0>1; and a non-aqueous secondary battery including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ZEON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takumi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10916766
    Abstract: Provided is a rechargeable alkali metal-sulfur cell comprising an anode active material layer, an electrolyte, and a cathode active material layer containing multiple particulates of a sulfur-containing material selected from a sulfur-carbon hybrid, sulfur-graphite hybrid, sulfur-graphene hybrid, conducting polymer-sulfur hybrid, metal sulfide, sulfur compound, or a combination thereof and wherein at least one of the particulates is composed of one or a plurality of sulfur-containing material particles being embraced or encapsulated by a thin layer of a high-elasticity ultra-high molecular weight polymer having a recoverable tensile strain no less than 2%, a lithium ion conductivity no less than 10?6 S/cm at room temperature, and a thickness from 0.5 nm to 10 ?m This battery exhibits an excellent combination of high sulfur content, high sulfur utilization efficiency, high energy density, and long cycle life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Global Graphene Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z. Jang
  • Patent number: 10897047
    Abstract: A non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery includes at least an electrode composite material layer, an intermediate layer, and an electrode current collector. Intermediate layer is interposed between electrode composite material layer and electrode current collector. Intermediate layer contains at least insulating particles and conductive particles. Each insulating particle has an arc shape in a cross section of intermediate layer along a thickness direction. More conductive particles are present on an outer-circumference side of each arc shape than on an inner-circumference side of the arc shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryo Hanazaki, Akihiro Ochiai, Yusuke Fukumoto, Harunari Shimamura
  • Patent number: 10897058
    Abstract: A secondary battery includes a first electrode assembly comprising a first separator in a serpentine form and first and second electrode plates that are respectively located on two surfaces of the first separator at different positions; and a second electrode assembly comprising a second separator in a serpentine form and third and fourth electrode plates that are respectively located on the second separator at different positions, wherein the first separator, to which the first and second electrode plates are combined, is bent with respect to ends of the first and second electrode plates so that the portion of the first separator is located on the second separator, and the second separator, on which the third and fourth electrode plates are combined, is bent with respect to ends of the third and fourth electrode plates so that the portion of the second separator is located on the first separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaekyung Cho, Jinho So, Daewook Ki, Gisung Kim
  • Patent number: 10886528
    Abstract: Provided is a lithium battery cathode electrode comprising multiple particulates of a cathode active material, wherein at least a particulate comprises one or a plurality of particles of a cathode active material being encapsulated by a thin layer of a sulfonated elastomer, wherein the encapsulating thin layer of sulfonated elastomer has a thickness from 1 nm to 10 ?m, a fully recoverable tensile strain from 2% to 800%, and a lithium ion conductivity from 10?7 S/cm to 5×10?2 S/cm. The encapsulating layer may further contain an electron-conducting additive and/or a lithium ion-conducting additive dispersed in the sulfonated elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Global Graphene Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Baofei Pan, Hui He, Bor Z. Jang
  • Patent number: 10862093
    Abstract: Provided is a separator including: a substrate; and a surface layer formed on at least one surface of the substrate, and having a higher porosity than that of the substrate. It is preferable that the surface layer includes: a first layer having convexities and concavities existing as cavities; and a second layer formed between the first layer and the separator, and the second layer has a higher porosity than that of the substrate, and the first layer has a higher porosity than that of the second layer. In this case, it is preferable that the porosity of the substrate is from 25% to 40%, the porosity of the first layer is from 60% to 90%, and the porosity of the second layer is from 40% to 65%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhito Hatta, Toshitsugu Ono
  • Patent number: 10847803
    Abstract: A lithium-ion secondary battery that includes an electricity-generating unit that includes: a positive electrode having a positive electrode collector, and a positive electrode mixture layer formed on a surface of the positive electrode collector; a negative electrode having a negative electrode collector, and a negative electrode mixture layer formed on a surface of the negative electrode collector; and a separator disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode. At least one of the positive electrode mixture layer and the negative electrode mixture layer has a high-density portion of high mixture density, and a low-density portion having a lower mixture density than the high-density portion and being in contact with the high-density portion. The low-density portion has a smaller area than the high-density portion when viewed in plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazufumi Miyatake, Toshifumi Nagino
  • Patent number: 10840502
    Abstract: Provided is an anode active material layer for a lithium battery. The anode active material layer comprises multiple anode active material particles and an optional conductive additive that are bonded together by a binder comprising a high-elasticity polymer having a recoverable or elastic tensile strain no less than 10% when measured without an additive or reinforcement in the polymer and a lithium ion conductivity no less than 10?5 S/cm at room temperature. The anode active material preferably has a specific lithium storage capacity greater than 372 mAh/g (e.g. Si, Ge, Sn, SnO2, Co3O4, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Global Graphene Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Baofei Pan, Hui He, Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z. Jang
  • Patent number: 10840553
    Abstract: Free-solvent-free lithium sulfonimide salt compositions that are liquid at room temperature, and methods of making free-solvent-free liquid lithium sulfonimide salt compositions. In an embodiment, the methods include mixing one or more lithium sulfonimide salts with one or more ether-based solvents and then removing the free solvent(s) under suitable vacuum, temperature, and time conditions so as to obtain a free-solvent-free liquid lithium sulfonimide salt composition that is liquid at room temperature. In an embodiment, the only solvent molecules that remain in the liquid lithium sulfonimide salt composition are adducted with lithium sulfonimide salt molecules. An example automated processing system for making free-solvent-free liquid lithium sulfonimide salts is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SES Holdings Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Rajendra P. Singh, Shubha Nageswaran, Qichao Hu
  • Patent number: 10804539
    Abstract: A negative electrode for a lithium-metal secondary battery and a lithium-metal secondary battery including the same are provided which have an excellent life characteristic and have less irregular resin phases formed on the surface the negative electrode. The negative electrode includes a polymer layer arranged in a lattice structure having vacant spaces, so that the specific surface area of the negative electrode can be increased, a uniform current density distribution can thereby be achieved, the negative electrode has excellent life characteristics, and the formation of irregular resin phases can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hee Won Choi, Sang Wook Woo, Oh Byong Chae, Eun Kyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10797277
    Abstract: A double-sealed thin film electrochemical pouch cell, comprising a cathode current collector, a cathode, an electrolyte, an anode, and an anode current collector, which is double-sealed by a first inner laminate layer forming a primary seal covered by a second outer polymer layer forming a secondary seal The second outer polymer layer comprises embedded particles to increase the thermal conductivity of the second outer polymer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTROVAYA INC.
    Inventors: Rakesh Bhola, Rajshekar Das Gupta, Sankar Das Gupta
  • Patent number: 10756321
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to electrochemical energy storage devices such as Li-ion batteries, and more particularly to a method of providing uniform ceramic coatings with controlled thicknesses for separators in such storage devices. Some embodiments of the invention utilize a layer by layer coating of nano/micro-sized particles dispersed in a solvent, which can be aqueous or non-aqueous. Other embodiments of the invention utilize a dry process such as PVD for depositing a ceramic film on a porous polyolefin separator. According to certain aspects of the invention, advantages of this approach include the ability to achieve a denser more uniform film with better controlled thickness with less waste and higher yield than current ceramic coating technology. An advantage of a ceramic coated separator is increased safety of cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Subramanya P. Herle, Joseph G. Gordon
  • Patent number: 10750486
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a terminal device including a reception unit configured to receive a first set of information used for permitting simultaneous transmission of a CSI and a HARQ-ACK using PUCCH format (3), and receive a second set of information used for permitting simultaneous transmission of a CSI and a HARQ-ACK using PUCCH format (4). The terminal device may also include a transmission unit for transmitting a HARQ-ACK and/or a CSI. Based at least on whether the first set of information, the second set of information, and the HARQ-ACK correspond to a PDSCH transmission on a secondary cell with a cell index less than or equal to a first predetermined value or whether the HARQ-ACK corresponds to a PDSCH transmission on a secondary cell with a cell index greater than the first predetermined value, processing operations related to HARQ-ACK and/or CSI transmission may be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsushi Aiba, Shoichi Suzuki, Kazunari Yokomakura, Hiroki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10743335
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a terminal device including a transmission unit configured to transmit a HARQ-ACK using a first PUCCH resource and a PUCCH format (3) with respect to PDSCH transmission on a secondary cell having a cell index less than or equal to a first predetermined value, and transmit a HARQ-ACK by using a second PUCCH resource and a PUCCH format (4) with respect to PDSCH transmission on a secondary cell having a cell index greater than the first predetermined value. The first predetermined value may be the value of a fourth cell index when arranging the values of the cell indices set by a base station device in ascending order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsushi Aiba, Shoichi Suzuki, Kazunari Yokomakura, Hiroki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10717890
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a binder which can be used in a lithium-ion battery, comprising at least one polyvinylidene fluoride and at least one acrylic copolymer including monomers having functional groups which have an affinity for metals or are capable of fixing to the metals. According to the invention, in a characteristic manner, said polyvinylidene fluoride is such that a solution of N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone containing 5 wt % of said polyvinylidene fluoride has a viscosity, measured at 23° C. with an imposed shear rate of 30 rpm, of 125 mPa·s to 1500 mPa·s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ARKEMA FRANCE
    Inventors: Stéphane Bizet, Anthony Bonnet, Jérôme G. Chauveau, Nadine Rivas
  • Patent number: 10718057
    Abstract: A method and electrolysis cell for producing lithium metal at a low temperature. The method includes combining (i) phenyl trihaloalkyl sulfone and (ii) an organic cation bis(trihaloalkylsulfonyl)imide or organic cation bis(trihalosulfonyl)imidic acid in a weight ratio of (i) to (ii) about 10:90 to about 60:40 to provide a non-aqueous electrolyte composition. A lithium compound selected from the group consisting of LiOH, Li2O and Li2CO3 is dissolved in the electrolyte composition to provide a soluble lithium ion species in the electrolyte composition. Power is applied to the electrolyte composition to form lithium metal on a cathode of an electrolysis cell. The lithium metal is separated from the cathode has a purity of at least about 95 wt. %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC
    Inventor: John W. Freiderich
  • Patent number: 10693128
    Abstract: An electrode for a nonaqueous electrolyte battery of the embodiment includes a current collector; and an active material layer which includes an active material and is formed on the current collector. The active material layer includes at least one of a silicon particle and a silicon oxide particle. The active material layer has a plurality of cracks extending in a thickness direction of the active material layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takayuki Fukasawa, Kenji Essaki, Tomokazu Morita, Takashi Kuboki
  • Patent number: 10680222
    Abstract: A thermally-stable composite separator for an electrochemical cell that cycles lithium ions is provided, along with methods of making the composite separator. The method includes contacting one or more surface regions of a coated substrate with a coagulant. The coated substrate includes an insulating porous substrate and at least one non-porous polymeric layer including a polymer, one or more nanoparticles, one or more sub-micron particles, and a solvent. Contacting the coated substrate with the coagulant medium removes the solvent causing the polymer to precipitate forming at least one substantially uniform porous polymer layer in place of the at least one non-porous polymeric layer. The coagulant medium has a viscosity greater than that of the solvent and a solubility parameter distance between the polymer and the coagulant medium is less than that between the polymer and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Xiaosong Huang, Hamid G. Kia
  • Patent number: 10673059
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for manufacturing a positive electrode including a positive electrode substrate made of aluminum foil and a positive electrode active material layer containing a positive electrode active material on the positive electrode substrate. This method includes the steps of forming the positive electrode active material layer on the positive electrode substrate; forming a protective layer on the positive electrode substrate; stretching an exposed region of the positive electrode substrate after the steps of forming the active material layer and the protective layer; and compressing the positive electrode active material layer after the stretching step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Fukunaga, Ryosuke Shirota, Kazuya Nishio, Haruya Nakai
  • Patent number: 10665839
    Abstract: The present invention relates to new, improved or modified polymer materials, membranes, substrates, and the like and to new, improved or modified methods for permanently modifying the physical and/or chemical nature of surfaces of the polymer substrate for a variety of end uses or applications. For example, one improved method uses a carbene and/or nitrene modifier to chemically modify a functionalized polymer to form a chemical species which can chemically react with the surface of a polymer substrate and alter its chemical reactivity. Such method may involve an insertion mechanism to modify the polymer substrate to increase or decrease its surface energy, polarity, hydrophilicity or hydrophobicity, oleophilicity or oleophobicity, and/or the like in order to improve the compatibility of the polymer substrate with, for example, coatings, materials, adjoining layers, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Celgard, LLC
    Inventors: Kristoffer K. Stokes, Karl F. Humiston
  • Patent number: 10637096
    Abstract: An electrochemical battery cell having a negative electrode, an electrolyte containing a conductive salt, and a positive electrode, the electrolyte being based on SO2 and the intermediate chamber between the positive electrode and the negative electrode being implemented such that active mass deposited on the negative electrode during the charging of the cell may come into contact with the positive electrode in such manner that locally delimited short-circuit reactions occur on its surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hambitzer GmbH
    Inventors: Guenther Hambitzer, Laurent Zinck, Heide Biollaz, Markus Borck, Christiane Ripp
  • Patent number: 10622618
    Abstract: In the present invention there is provided an MnO2 electrode with improved electrochemical properties, and a method of preparation of an electrode, wherein there anode comprises a substrate at least partially coated with MnO2 nanosheets (MnNSs) forming additive free MnO2 thin films. The method includes providing MnO2 nanosheets (MnNSs) suspension with diameters less than 50 nm; printing the MnNSs suspension on substrates to form MnO2 thin films (MnTFs); and annealing the MnTFs at 260-320° C. for at least 100 minutes. Energy storage device comprising the MnO2 electrode such as a Na-ion cell, and a Li-ion cell are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Inventors: Jiasheng Qian, Shu Ping Lau
  • Patent number: 10529989
    Abstract: Provided is a binder composition for a secondary battery electrode that has excellent binding capacity and can cause a secondary battery to display excellent rate characteristics and cycle characteristics. The binder composition for a secondary battery electrode contains: a first particulate polymer having a degree of swelling in electrolysis solution of at least 400 mass % and no greater than 900 mass % and a glass transition temperature of at least ?60° C. and no higher than ?15° C.; a second particulate polymer having a degree of swelling in electrolysis solution of greater than 100 mass % and no greater than 200 mass % and a glass transition temperature of at least ?10° C. and no higher than 30° C.; and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ZEON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Kaneda, Kentaro Hayasaka, Yusaku Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10522873
    Abstract: A Li or Li-ion or Na or Na-ion battery cell is provided that comprises anode and cathode electrodes, a separator, and a solid electrolyte. The separator electrically separates the anode and the cathode. The solid electrolyte ionically couples the anode and the cathode. The solid electrolyte also comprises a melt-infiltration solid electrolyte composition that is disposed at least partially in at least one of the electrodes or in the separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SILA NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Gleb Yushin, Adam Kajdos, Eugene Berdichevsky, Bogdan Zdyrko
  • Patent number: 10497964
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for a flexible battery. The systems, methods, and computer-readable media described herein may improve user experiences and prolong the battery's life. In an example embodiment described herein, a flexible battery may include a battery laminate comprising a cathode layer having a first surface coated with an active material and a second surface coated with inactive material, wherein the second surface comprises a first segment oriented in a first orientation and a second segment connected to the first segment and oriented in a second orientation different from the first orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Holmdahl, James Robert Lim, Jonathan Fought, Yuting Yeh, David Wang
  • Patent number: 10483533
    Abstract: Provided is particulate of a cathode active material for a lithium battery, comprising one or a plurality of cathode active material particles being embraced or encapsulated by a thin layer of a high-elasticity polymer having a recoverable tensile strain no less than 5%, a lithium ion conductivity no less than 10?6 S/cm at room temperature, and a thickness from 0.5 nm to 10 ?m, wherein the polymer contains an ultrahigh molecular weight (UHMW) polymer having a molecular weight from 0.5×106 to 9×106 grams/mole. The UHMW polymer is preferably selected from polyacrylonitrile, polyethylene oxide, polypropylene oxide, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, polyacrylamide, poly(methyl methacrylate), poly(methyl ether acrylate), a copolymer thereof, a sulfonated derivative thereof, a chemical derivative thereof, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Global Graphene Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z. Jang
  • Patent number: 10483585
    Abstract: A glass ceramic containing lithium-ions and having a garnet-like main crystal phase having an amorphous proportion of at least 5% is disclosed. The garnet-like main crystal phase preferably has the chemical formula Li7+x?yMxIIM3?xIIIM2?yIVMyVO12, wherein MII is a bivalent cation, MIII is a trivalent cation, MIV is a tetravalent cation, MV is a pentavalent cation. The glass ceramic is prepared by a melting technology preferably within a Skull crucible and has an ion conductivity of at least 5·10?5 S/cm, preferably of at least 1·10?4 S/cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Meike Schneider, Oliver Hochrein, Wolfgang Schmidbauer, Miriam Kunze
  • Patent number: 10468711
    Abstract: A layered electrode group according to the present invention includes a positive electrode plate, a negative electrode plate, and a separator. The positive electrode plate is formed into a substantial U-shape by disposing two active material retaining portions retaining the positive active material opposite to each other. The negative electrode plate is formed into a substantial U-shape by disposing two active material retaining portions retaining the negative active material opposite to each other. The positive electrode plate and the negative electrode plate are layered such that at least one active material retaining portion at the positive electrode plate is sandwiched between two active material retaining portions at the negative electrode plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GS Yuasa International Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Kanemoto, Tadashi Kakeya, Mitsuhiro Kodama
  • Patent number: 10446824
    Abstract: A nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery in accordance with the present invention is provided with an electrode body 20 including a positive electrode 30 and a negative electrode 50, and a nonaqueous electrode. The electrode body 20 is constituted by a plurality of different constituent members. At least two constituent members among the plurality of constituent members constituting the electrode body 20 include respective particulate polymers 38, 28 having a melting point within a temperature range from 80° C. to 120° C., with these two members being different from each other. The electrode body 20 is provided with the positive electrode 30 including a positive electrode active material layer 34 on a positive electrode collector 32, the negative electrode 50 including a negative electrode active material layer 54 on a negative electrode collector 52, separators 70A, 70B interposed between the positive electrode 30 and the negative electrode 50, and nonaqueous electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Morita, Yusuke Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 10411264
    Abstract: Provided is a cathode active material layer for a lithium battery. The cathode active material layer comprises multiple particulates of a cathode active material, wherein a particulate is composed of one or a plurality of cathode active material particles being fully embraced or encapsulated by a thin layer of a high-elasticity polymer having a recoverable tensile strain from 2% to 700% (preferably from 5% to 500%) when measured without an additive or reinforcement, a lithium ion conductivity no less than 10?5 S/cm (preferably and typically from 1.0×10?5 S/cm to 5×10?2 S/cm) at room temperature, and a thickness from 0.5 nm (essentially a molecular monolayer) to 10 ?m (preferably from 1 nm to 100 nm).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Global Graphene Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Baofei Pan, Hui He, Aruna Zhamu, Bor Z. Jang