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

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

University of Texas at Austin
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
October 22, 2011

Registration is now open. Click here for options and early registration discounts.

See you in Austin! The Center for Electrochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin hosts a special symposium on "The Origin, Development, and Future of the Lithium-ion Battery." The event will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2011 on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. We anticipate a day of great 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 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.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Meeting Level Two – Amphitheater room 204

7:30-8:30a Check-in (in front of Room 204) and continental breakfast (in the Tejas Room)
8:30-8:40 Introductory remarks, Allen J. Bard, The University of Texas at Austin
8:45-9:25 John Goodenough, The University of Texas at Austin
Li-ion Batteries: Challenges Old and New.
9:30-10:10 Claude Delmas, CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, ICMCB
The Layered Oxides in Lithium-ion Batteries: Thirty Years of Improvements.
10:10-10:35 break
10:35-11:15 Michael Thackeray, Argonne National Laboratory
Manganese Oxides for Lithium Batteries: Past to Present.
11:20-12:00p Rachid Yazami, Nanyang Technological University
The Graphite Anode; From Discovery to Implementation: A Long and Widening Road.
12:00p-1:45p lunch break
1:45-2:25 Arumugam Manthiram, The University of Texas at Austin
High Energy Density Electrode Materials for Next Generation Lithium-ion Batteries.
2:30-3:10 Akira Yoshino, Asahi Kasei Corporation
Course of Development of Lithium-ion Battery and Recent Technological Trends.
3:10-3:30 break
3:30-4:10 Karim Zaghib, Institut de Recherche d’Hydro-Quebec (IREQ)
Fifteen Years of R&D at Hydro-Québec on Olivine: From the Material to the System.
4:15-4:55 Masataka Wakihara, Tokyo Institute of Technology
The Development of Nonflammable Lithium-ion Battery using a New All-Solid Polymer Electrolyte.
4:55-5:15 Closing remarks, break, and short walk over to the Student Activity Center on campus.
5:15-8:00p Reception, Student Activity Center – Ballroom


IYC 2011 logo (International Year of Chemistry)An IYC 2011 Event:

The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme “Chemistry—our life, our future,” IYC 2011 offers a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages.

Our sponsor: Asahi Kasei logo

This symposium is made possible in part by a generous gift from Asahi Kasei Corporation.


The workshop will be held in Amphitheater 204 at the new AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the University of Texas campus at Austin, Texas, with state-of-the-art technology and communication services. The evening reception will be held a short walk away, in the ballroom at the new Student Activity Center building on the UT-Austin campus.

The AT&T Conference Center is located on the University of Texas campus and near to the many recreational and cultural attractions of the Austin Hill Country. 

The Austin campus is the site of 17 libraries and several world-class museums, and just a short walk or ride away from  central Austin attractions: the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, the Texas State Capitol, Congress Avenue, and the 6th Street and Warehouse shopping and entertainment districts.

Known as "The Live Music Capital of the World," Austin is a vibrant mix of Texas friendliness and cosmopolitan sophistication, with opportunities for outdoor recreation activities. The weather in Austin during October is generally mild: the average high is 82 F (28 C) and the average low is 55 F (13 C).


The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (+1 512-404-3600 or online at will likely sell out of rooms very rapidly, as there are other large events on campus that weekend.

Nearby (about 1 mile away) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin - University Area, a limited number of rooms have been set aside for this symposium. This block of discounted rooms for the "Lithium Battery Symposium" has been reserved for October 21-23. The special room rate will be available until September 21 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. To check availability or book one of these rooms, please click through here.

Maps, parking, and transportation:

Please visit the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center's page at this link.

Doubletree Hotel University Area Austin, 1617 N Interstate 35 Austin, TX 78702
(866) 444-0664‎

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705-5611
(512) 404-1900‎

Workshop Expenses:

Due to the generous sponsorship of Asahi Kasei Corp. we can offer discounted registration (according to the schedule below) to the first 150 people that register early.

Standard registration for everyone will be $125.00 after the early registrations sell out.

    Early registration discounts:
    * Industry and general public $ 100.00
    * Employees of CEC Industrial Affiliates $ 50.00
    * University (non-UT) faculty, government employees, national lab personnel $ 50.00
    * University of Texas faculty $ 25.00
    * Student or postdoc from UT or any university $ 10.00

Join the Industrial Affiliates program, and all attendees from your company enjoy discounted early registration for the symposium.

Online Registration:

Online Registration is now available.

  1. By credit card through
  2. With a University account by IDT using TXSHOP

For more information contact workshop secretary:

Angie Nelson
Senior Administrative Associate
Center for Electrochemistry
(512) 471-3761