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Scaling-up of ICP technology for continuous production of Metallic nanopowders for Battery Applications

Objective

Although the development of nanoparticles-based materials has advanced rapidly in recent years, industrial production techniques have not kept pace. At this point there is a substantial need for safe production facilities, enabling the synthesis of large amounts of metallic nanoparticles with controlled and uniform quality (particle size, particle size distribution, chemical composition, etc.). This project will respond to this need by developing an industrial production line including on-line monitoring systems, assuring at the same time safety for the operating personnel as well as for the surrounding environment. The nano-structured materials of interest for this project are silicon and silicon-based alloyed nanoparticles, which have a huge potential as anode material in battery applications. With the aim to realise long life, high capacity Li-ion batteries, a new anode material with a volumetric capacity three times higher than the standard graphite anode has to be developed. The potential to replace 50% of turnover of the battery graphite market will generate a business of min 200 Mio € per year. The overall objective of this project is to transfer the ICP processing knowledge and technology investigated at a lab-scale to an industrial scale apparatus for the continuous production of tailored oxygen-free Si-based nanopowders at a production rate between 1and 10 kg/hour.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UMICORE
Address
Rue Du Marais 31
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 853 401
Administrative Contact
Stijn Put (Mr.)

Participants (5)

EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 639 200
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patrik Hoffmann (Dr.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 505 789
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Verdiana Bandini (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 444 325
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
DACS DVORAK ADVANCED COATING SOLUTIONS
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 252 330
Address
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
3602 Thun
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Dvorak (Dr.)
SAFT SA
France
EU contribution
€ 174 230
Address
Rue Sadi Carnot 12
93170 Bagnolet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Frene (Ms.)