Meet some of our battery partners

Making better batteries

Matt Boot Handford \ July 28, 2021
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BORON MOLECULAR

Specialty chemical and polymer manufacturer Boron Molecular is drawing on its chemical synthesis and large-scale production expertise to develop improved electrolytes for new batteries.

Established in 2001, Boron Molecular is a leading specialist chemical manufacturer. The team consists of chemists and chemical engineers with a wide range of expertise across a number of chemical and related industries. Boron Molecular’s core business is the synthesis and production of multi-kilo quantities of specialty chemicals for export to global pharmaceutical industries.

Working alongside Calix and Deakin University, Boron Molecular is actively developing a blueprint for the advanced manufacturing hub of nano-active materials, ionic liquid electrolytes and packing technology.

 

Dr Olivier Hutt – Director of Business Development at Boron Molecular

What’s the involvement of Boron Molecular in the collaboration?

The opportunity for collaboration via the CRC-P (Co-operative Research Centre Project) for Advanced Battery Materials is to develop a technology package that enables us to manufacture batteries here in Australia. Calix will be providing the electrodes, Boron Molecular will be providing the electrolytes and Deakin University will be assembling those components and then testing different configurations for efficiencies.

 

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY

Institute for Frontier Materials and BAT-TRI Hub, Deakin University

Prof. Patrick Howlett, and Dr Prof. Maria Forsyth, both Research Fellows at Deakin University, lead the Battery Technology Research and Innovation Hub (BatTRI-Hub) within Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM).

BatTRI-Hub is a unique, world class research and innovation centre focused on advanced battery prototyping and the commercialisation of energy storage technologies.

Calix’s battery development programs draw on Deakin’s world-leading expertise in ionic liquid electrolytes, which have an outstanding ability to withstand high temperatures of operation, as well as being non-volatile and less toxic than traditional electrolytes.

Professor Maria Forsyth – Professor – Research Deakin University

“BatTRI-Hub’s cutting-edge prototyping facility will be used in the project to produce pouch cell batteries, optimise their performance and provide batteries for trials with global customers. We are thrilled to be working with Calix and Boron Molecular to utilise the materials manufactured in regional Victoria as the next step towards developing next generation batteries in Australia.”

 

Dr Patrick Howlett – Professor – Research Deakin University

How does battery research serve our race for a more sustainable world?

“A sustainable energy future requires electricity to be generated and transmitted efficiently from widely distributed and located renewable sources. The transmission of renewable electricity could in part be done via a distribution network, but we also need electricity when the sun is not shining or the wind not blowing. The problem of renewable energy intermittency is solved by energy storage solutions such as batteries.”

Watch the full video

Listen to what our people and partners have to say about Calix BATMn Reactor, designed to make a range of nano-active materials for advanced batteries, where the need for precision control of the process conditions is critical for electrochemical performance.

BATMn will be a key provider of next-generation electrode materials for the recently announced CRC-P for Advanced Hybrid Batteries which Calix leads in collaboration the Institute for Frontier Materials and BAT-TRI Hub at Deakin University and specialist chemicals manufacturer Boron Molecular Ltd Pty.

 

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