Automotive & Transportation

3M Licenses Lithium-Ion Battery Patents to Johnson Matthey

08 August 2016

Aimed at expanding the use of nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries, Johnson Matthey has taken a patent license agreement with 3M.

The agreement will help Johnson Matthey deliver NMC technologies to the market to help support and enable powertrain electrification. 3M says the cathode compositions of nickel, manganese and cobalt offer a balance of power, energy, thermal stability and cost to makers of lithium-ion batteries. These materials can also be tailored for optimized performance in both micro-hybrid systems to fully electric vehicles.

“The rapid growth of the electric vehicle market is driving the need for NMC-based cathode materials globally and especially in China,” says Christian Milker, global business manager of 3M’s Electronics Materials Solutions Division. “Johnson Matthey is well positioned to supply lithium-ion battery customers in this dynamic environment.”

Under the agreement, Johnson Matthey will gain a license to use patents US6964828, US7078128, US8241791, US8685565 and US6660432.

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