The Origin, Development, and Future of the Lithium-ion Battery

Lithium-ion Battery Symposium flyerA special symposium on "The Origin, Development, and Future of the Lithium-ion Battery" will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at The University of Texas at Austin.

The day includes presentations by engaging and well-known speakers, with a casual atmosphere that fosters interaction between students, postdocs, faculty, representatives from industry, and national labs. The goal of this special symposium is to bring together experts and some of the original pioneers in the field from around the world to provide an opportunity to learn lessons from the development of the LIB that can be applied to today's research, and to discuss the possibilities and directions for future research. Presentations will feature some historical perspective as well as new work. The day will feature presentations by: Claude Delmas, John Goodenough, Arumugam Manthiram, Michael Thackeray, Masataka Wakihara, Rachid Yazami, Akira Yoshino, and Karim Zaghib.

The year 2011 is appropriate for the celebration of several milestones in the development of the lithium-ion battery. Over 30 years have passed since Prof. J.B. Goodenough reported the invention of LiCoO2 as a positive electrode material in 1980. Over 30 years have passed since the world's first discovery by Prof. Rachid Yazami of the reversible electrochemical intercalation of lithium into graphite in 1980, which he reported in 1981 and 1982. Twenty-five years have passed since Dr. Akira Yoshino commissioned the fabrication of a batch of prototype LIB cells in 1986, and 20 years have passed since Sony began mass-producing LIBs in 1991. The LIB has been firmly established in a wide range of electronic applications, and LIB production now amounts to some US$1.0 billion. Furthermore, this year marks the beginning of full-scale adoption of the LIB in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). The evolution of the LIB continues apace, with issues such as safety, higher capacity, cost reduction, mass production being the subject of intensive research throughout the world. The development of new battery systems based on the LIB will spur another leap in innovation.

The symposium will be held in Amphitheater 204 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, with an evening reception held a short walk away at the Student Activity Center on the UT-Austin campus. We are grateful for the sponsorship of Asahi Kasei Corporation in helping to make this possible.

Registration is open at http://lithium.eventbrite.com/.