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Patent
Umicore AG | Date: 2016-10-27

The present invention is directed to a method for the preparation of ruthenium catalyst (PCy_(3))_(2)Cl_(2)Ru(phenylindenylidene) (Umicore catalyst M1). The method comprises a one-step reaction reacting the precursor compound (PPh_(3))_(2)Cl_(2)Ru(3-phenylindenylidene) with PCy_(3 )in a cyclic ether solvent (preferably THF) in concentrations in the range of 0.2 to 0.6 mol catalyst/l while simultaneously precipitating the product from the reaction mixture. A cyclic ether solvate product with high crystallinity and high purity is obtained.


Patent
French Atomic Energy Commission and Umicore AG | Date: 2017-02-22

The present invention relates to an electrochemically active Si-carbon composite particulate material, wherein silicon nanoparticles are entrapped in a carbon matrix material based on at least micronic graphite particles, reduced graphene platelets and amorphous carbon.


Patent
Showa Denko K.K. and Umicore AG | Date: 2017-02-22

A lithium ion battery is obtained by using a negative electrode material for lithium ion battery comprises a composite material comprising silicon-containing particles, graphitic carbon material particles, and a carbonaceous carbon material, in which the composite material has a ratio (A/B) of an area (A) of a peak near 100 eV derived from metal Si to an area (B) of a peak near 103 eV derived from silicon oxide, as measured by XPS, of not less than 0.10 and not more than 2.30.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: GV-1-2014 | Award Amount: 5.93M | Year: 2015

The FiveVB project will develop a new cell technology based on innovative materials such as high capacity anodes, high voltage cathodes and stable, safe and environmentally friendly electrolytes. Since main European industry partners representing the value chain from materials supplier to car manufacturer are involved, this program will support and enable the development of a strong and competitive European battery industry. The multidisciplinary project team will also assure not only early technology integration between materials, cells, batteries and application requirements, but also a subsequent industrialization of the developed technology. With an integrated trans-disciplinary cell development approach we will also realize an early feedback loop from battery and vehicle level to material suppliers and a feed-forward of relevant information to industrial scale cell production. Through an iterative and holistic approach two generations of cell chemistries (anode, cathode, binder and electrolyte) will be evaluated and optimized to improve electrochemical performance of active materials and related new cell technology in terms of energy density, lifetime, safety and costs. Furthermore, we will address early development and validation of test procedures for the reduction of development time from material to cell by e.g. accelerated test procedures. Among other objectives, in particular the lifetime and aging aspects will be addressed in depth in FiveVB, but also input for future European and International standardization will be provided. Thus, one major result of FiveVB is a hard case prismatic cell in PHEV1 format, developed according to automotive requirements and produced on a representative prototype facility.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SC5-11e-2015 | Award Amount: 7.91M | Year: 2016

METGROW\ will address and solve bottlenecks in the European raw materials supply by developing innovative metallurgical technologies for unlocking the use of potential domestic raw materials. The METGROW\ consortium has received an EIP RM Commitment status. The consortium is supported by internationally respected research institutes and universities. Many of the partners (9) are members of EIT KIC Raw Materials consortium as well. The value chain and business models for metal recovery from low grade ores and wastes are carefully looked after. Within this project, both primary and secondary materials are studied as potential metal resources. Economically important nickel-cobalt deposits and low grade polymetallic wastes, iron containing sludges (goethite, jarosite etc.) which are currently not yet being exploited due to technical bottlenecks, are in focus. Concurrently, METGROW\ targets innovative hydrometallurgical processes to extract important metals including Ni, Cu, Zn, Co, In, Ga, Ge from low grade ores in a cost-effective way. In addition a toolbox for metallurgical system is created in the project using new methods and combinations. The unused potential of metal containing fine grained industrial residues are evaluated, while hybrid and flexible hydrometallurgical processes and treatment methods of fines are developed for both materials. Training and education of new professionals are facilitated within the METGROW\ project. The knowledge of raw materials and sustainable technologies will attract new talents in the field who can flexibly change fields from treatment of secondary to primary resources, which also smoothens the economic ups and downs in the primary sector.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: COMPET-03-2015 | Award Amount: 997.47K | Year: 2016

Solar cells are the preferred method for powering todays satellites. The cell efficiency determines the available power and is hence of exceptional importance for any spacecraft equipment or system. Besides the efficiency that is directly linked to the solar array power (W/m2), solar cells define also further Key Performance Indicators such as specific mass (kg/m2) and manufacturing costs (EUR/W). The SiLaSpaCe proposal will address these needs by developing next generation, high performance, GaInP/GaInAs/Ge multi-junction space solar cells with reduced weight, high radiation stability and increased efficiency. This ambitious goal will be achieved by the introduction (spinning-in) of Si photovoltaic technologies which are absolutely new for space applications and which will lead to a disruptive development. These measures will furthermore allow the introduction of thinner Ge wafers and metamorphic top structures leading to increased efficiency and to reduced weight bringing GaInP/GaInAs/Ge multi-junction space solar cells significantly beyond the state-of the art which are lattice-matched GaInP/GaInAs/Ge triple-junction solar cells with a Beginning-of-Life (BOL) efficiency of 30%. In the SiLaSpaCe project GaInP/GaInAs/Ge multi-junction space solar cells shall reach a BOL efficiency of 33%. The proposal relates clearly to the EU call topic H2020-LEIT-Space-Competitiveness of the European Space Sector-2015. Its main objective is to preserve European independence and competitiveness in the space market by incorporating and developing a brand-new space solar cell technology. The proposals ambitious developments will enhance new and key enabling technologies (KET) like energy production, materials and structures as well as additive layer manufacturing techniques. Finally the proposal will attract terrestrial technologies to space systems and mobilises the new incorporation of non-space actors into the space landscape.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: NMP-05-2014 | Award Amount: 6.14M | Year: 2015

The BASMATI project will address the development of active nanomaterial and electrochemical inks for printing technologies such as screen and inkjet printing. The ink formulations will be tested on a case study through printing of a thin film battery. The general objective of the project is to scale-up the ink formulations to pilot line ensuring large volume fabrication of new products with improved properties for printing application. Especially, the particles definition at nanometer size will be one key parameter for the compatibility in ink jet printing. Moreover, knowledge will also be generated on electrochemical inks formulation and additives used in order to stabilize the ink products. The concept of nanomaterials for printing application will be applied to flexible printed electronics and more specifically to printed batteries. These printed batteries are needed as power source at the closest part and the development of printed electronics so as to as to design an all-in-one product allowing better process ability in ink jet process for 3D design and 2D screen printing process. BASMATI will also provide a new source of nanomaterials for the formulation of conductive and electrochemical inks. These nanomaterials will be metallic particle (Ni, Cu, Al) that will be usable for numerous applications of printed electronic on flexible substrate. Another type of nanomaterials will be layered positive active material such as LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 (NMC) and olivine LiFePO4 (LFP). The know-how level reached in BASMATI by research groups and transfer and up-scale to pilots (TRL 6) at SMEs and industry facilities will pave the way for future industrialization of inks formulations production for mass markets such as printed electronics. The compatible formulations in high throughput technologies will ensure a reproducible and reliable process for sophisticated fully digital micro-structured devices. Nanosafety will also be carefully considered in BASMATI project.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: NMP-20-2014 | Award Amount: 4.00M | Year: 2015

The main objective of the NanoDome project is to develop a robust model-based design and engineering toolkit for the detailed prediction of complex nanomaterial structures produced in a commercially-relevant generic bottom-up Gas-Phase (GP) synthesis process, to improve the control of the nanomaterial production and the industrially-scalable GP synthesis process for more accurate final product properties (e.g. particle size, surface area, structure, chemical composition, morphology and functionalization coatings) and provide potential end-users with a validated tool based on scientific principles that enables predictive design of novel nanomaterials and novel GP production routes thereby shortening their development process. This will be pursued by combining computational modelling, software development and systematic validation activities at lab- and industrial-scale in a three-year project. Existing meso-scale nanomaterial GP synthesis modelling approaches (Lagrangian and stochastic) will be extended and integrated with continuum-scale reactor models to provide a fully functional single discrete mesoscopic model for the evolution of the nanoparticle population inside a control volume as a function of time, together with detailed description of nanoparticle composition and internal structure (e.g. core-shell, multi-layer, radially-dependent composition), particle interaction, coagulation and morphology. Industrial and lab-scale validation will focus on a set of target materials of great impact for the EU, using technologies currently at TRL4-6. The work proposed in the NanoDome project addresses the aforementioned challenges by delivering a modelling and analysis tool for the detailed prediction of complex nanomaterial structures formation in a single-step and industrially scalable GP synthesis process, in order to optimize existing processes, shorten the development of new processes and increase the production rates.


Patent
Showa Denko K.K. and Umicore AG | Date: 2016-06-15

The present invention relates to a production method for a composite of fine particles (A) and carbon particles (B), comprising the steps of:mixing fine particles (A) formed of a substance comprising at least one kind of Si, Sn, Al, Ge and In; and molten pitch, to obtain a mixture 1;pulverizing the mixture 1 to obtain a pulverized product 2a;dry-mixing the pulverized product 2a and carbon particles (B) to obtain a mixture 3a; andfiring the mixture 3a, followed by pulverization;or comprising the steps of:adding carbon particles (B) to the mixture 1, followed by dry mixing and pulverizing, to obtain a pulverized product 2b; andfiring the pulverized product 2b, followed by pulverization. By using the composite obtained by the method, a lithium ion battery having a high capacity and excellent charge-discharge cycle characteristics can be obtained.


Patent
Umicore AG | Date: 2016-11-23

This disclosure relates to catalysts for the auto-oxidative drying of polymers, in particular for polymers used in paints or inks, based on unsaturated fatty acids, mostly from vegetal origin. A compound is divulged for use as a polymerisation agent in coatings, characterized in that it comprises a cobalt-bearing alkyd polymer, said polymer having a cobalt content of 0.5 to 6% by weight, a mean molecular weight of more than 3000, and comprising cobalt carboxylate sequences Several processes are presented to illustrate the synthesis of the cobalt-bearing polymer. These polymers retain the catalytic effect of cobalt towards the drying of polymers, while they greatly suppress the toxicity of cobalt by being essentially insoluble in water.

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