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Materials to Electrodes

Materials to Electrodes

Link the chemical nature of battery cell components to essential storage properties

Materials to Electrodes

Duration: 4 weeks
Effort: 1.5 hours / week
100 €

How can electrical charge be stored using chemicals in an electrochemical cell? How are the charge capacity of a given material and its chemical and physical properties linked? This online course provides a deep, yet simple explanation of the operational principles of a rechargeable battery.

This course highlights the importance and discusses the fundamentals of the ‘electrochemical cell’ which is the heart of any battery system independent of the storage size. A direct link is set forth between the chemical nature of the cell components and the storage properties of interest such as ‘electromotive force’ and gravimetric and volumetric capacities. Specific attention is given to lithium ion batteries by presenting more details about the materials of choice for the anode/cathode together with their synthesis methods.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Have a big picture understanding of raw materials to electrodes in battery production
  • Identify the cell technology of a given battery of any size
  • Measure, report, and understand the status of a battery using the common technical vocabulary in the battery community
  • Understand why the voltage/EMF of different battery technologies are different and why lithium ion batteries are the state-of-the-art
  • Select the essential and right components to make a working lithium ion cell.

What will you learn?

This course has been designed to give you unparalleled, deep insights into the electrochemical processes and operation principles of batteries. More specifically, you will learn:

  • How to size a battery to a desired capacity and voltage using a given technology
  • How to calculate crucial properties of active materials such as gravimetrical and volumetric capacities
  • About the electromotive force and maximum energy content of a battery
  • About the active materials in lithium ion batteries
  • About synthesis routes relevant for the industrial production of commercial active materials for lithium-ion batteries
  • How the above influence the performance level of batteries

How will you learn?

This course is offered completely online and can be taken anywhere as long as you have connection to the internet. The course consists of 7 video lessons which is entirely self-paced. Each lesson is approximately 45 minutes long and includes relevant exercises. Business examples will be used to illustrate the learning content and there are online quizzes to test your progress. The course lasts 4 weeks and you will require approximately 1,5 hours per week to work your way through the course material.

Who will teach you?

An Hardy
Professor, Hasselt University
An Hardy is a full professor specialized in the designed synthesis of inorganic and hybrid (nano)materials for various applications including energy storage and conversion. Her fundamental research interests encompass the in-depth understanding of various synthesis routes.

Momo Safari
Associate Professor, Hasselt University
Momo Safari is an associate professor in ‘Electrochemical Engineering’ at Hasselt University, Belgium, and a battery scientist in IMO-IMOMEC and EnergyVille. Momo’s main area of activity is advanced battery technologies. His fundamental research centres around experimental/theoretical investigation of thermodynamics, kinetics and transport phenomena in batteries.

Thomas Vranken
Researcher, Hasselt University
Thomas Vranken is a researcher at Hasselt University and EnergyVille. His research interests are mainly focussed on the synthesis of battery materials, as well as well as cell design and assembly, in combination with electrochemical testing and other advanced (coupled) analysis techniques.

Is it right for you?

This course has been designed for those with a particular interest in the production of batteries. The following professionals will find this course particularly useful:

  • Process engineers
  • Quality engineers
  • Design engineers 
  • Battery material suppliers

A basic background in or knowledge of chemistry, physics and maths may be required to make the most of this course.

Who are the collaborators?

Materials to Electrodes

Duration: 4 weeks
Effort: 1.5 hours / week