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Argonne Lab partners with Strem Chemicals to bring next-gen battery materials to market

Strem Chemicals, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemicals founded in 1964, has licensed 23 separate pieces of intellectual property for next-generation battery materials from Argonne. Strem will manufacture and distribute nine resulting battery solvents and additives via its extensive marketing and global distribution networks.

The materials were all invented at Argonne’s Electrochemical Energy Storage Center and scaled at Argonne’s Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF). Since its founding, MERF has scaled up and distributed more than 30 kilograms of materials in the form of more than 150 different samples.

MERF was established because the DOE recognized the need for a facility that could help expedite the transfer of advanced battery materials from the bench to industry. Though current projects in the facility are focused on the development of advanced batteries for vehicle and grid storage applications, MERF can support scale-up projects for any type of material.

Strem has a range of products for energy applications and is pleased to introduce these innovative products from MERF.

—Dr. Ephraim Honig, Chief Operating Officer of Strem Chemicals

The agreement with Strem both funds and exemplifies successful technology transfer across the research spectrum: from invention at the bench, to scale-up, to use by industry, the partners said.

Through this collaboration, Argonne has transferred some sample material and technology packages to Strem that detail how to scale up the materials successfully and economically from single grams to kilogram-sized batches.

Strem has already successfully manufactured these technologies. These products are now available to purchase for R&D purposes through Strem.

MERF provided guidance on the synthesis and validation to ensure that the materials produced met the chemical purity and electrochemical performance required.

This agreement helps us get these materials out the door and into the hands of industry and researchers. It takes us one step closer to our final goal, implementation in commercial batteries. Strem will enable the research community to have greater access to these materials.

—MERF Director Greg Krumdick


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