Lithium Ion Cathode Materials – CATMAT

The CATMAT project will offer benefits for car makers and their supply chain that are both large and near-term. It includes work to understand the origins of the current limitations of nickel-rich cathodes (with low or no cobalt) and to understand the fundamental electrochemistry of lithium-rich oxygen redox cathodes. The project is exploiting this new knowledge to inform the discovery of novel cathode materials with enhanced properties. The most promising materials will be identified, before scaling up their synthesis and integrating them in full battery cells to demonstrate performance. The project will support the accelerated development of new cathode materials towards practical commercial applications.

Project presentation from the Faraday Institution Conference, November 2020


  • Discover and develop enhanced performance cathodes with high energy densities.
  • Develop deeper understanding of the properties of nickel-rich and lithium-rich cathode materials.
  • Use experiment, modelling, processing and cell performance evaluation to establish feedback between understanding of current systems and the properties of new materials.
  • Exploit new knowledge to inform the discovery of novel oxide and mixed-anion cathode materials that would increase battery energy density (to increase EV range).
  • Understand instability at the electrode/electrolyte interface and reduce performance losses using coatings or additives.
  • Connect basic science to the manufacturing process, with the most promising cathodes taken forward to synthesise at scale and assimilation in battery cells, thereby demonstrating their performance in real devices for potential commercial applications.
  • Build on partnerships with industry for pathways to technological impact.

Project funding
1 October 2019 - 30 September 2023
Principal Investigator
Professor Saiful Islam
University of Bath
Project Leader
Dr Benjamin Morgan
University of Bath
University Partners
University of Bath (Lead)
University of Birmingham
University of Cambridge
University of Liverpool
University of Oxford
University College London
Research Organisations, Facilities and Institutes
Diamond Light Source (STFC)
UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)
+ 15 Industrial Partners


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