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Cabot Corporation, a leading global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, has been by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in an advanced vehicle technologies research project that is part of a large, $80-million funding package (earlier post). Cabot will leverage its novel process technology to contribute to the research and development of low-cobalt active cathode formulations for next-generation lithium-ion batteries.

Cobalt is an expensive, foreign-sourced critical material that could pose a supply risk in the future. Research projects such as Cabot’s are designed to explore more sustainable, affordable options, and ultimately improve access to electric vehicle technology.

The DOE is investing in a total of 42 projects to support advanced vehicle technologies that can enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce dependence on foreign sources of critical materials, and enhance U.S. economic growth. Of the $80 million, nearly $32 million has been allocated for battery and electrification initiatives, including $2.9 million for Cabot’s research in aerosol manufacturing technology for low-cobalt lithium-ion battery cathodes.

Cabot already has an established presence in batteries through our conductive additive formulations and aluminas for cathodes and separators. We are eager to leverage our novel process technologies and battery materials expertise to drive further innovation for next generation batteries, with the goal of enabling low-cobalt or no-cobalt cathode formulations. This work will also help enable the production of low-cost, sustainable batteries for electric vehicles, energy storage and other applications.

—Miodrag Oljaca, technology director, Cabot Energy Materials

Cabot will partner with researchers at Argonne National Lab and SAFT for this project. Argonne will assist in the synthesis of low-Cobalt cathode compositions, while SAFT will assist in the manufacture of batteries to validate performance of novel low-Cobalt cathode formulations.

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