Processing Magazine’s Ask the Expert: Advanced Lithium Processing Makes for Better Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries power many of today’s hottest technologies, including electric vehicles, energy storage, and portable electronics. Manufacturers of the rechargeable batteries are not only experiencing soaring demand, but also consumer pressure to improve their products. For the processors of raw materials within those batteries, this means constantly refining and improving their systems and processes.

Organizations that produce battery materials, or build chemical factories to make them, often turn to experts to strategically design their processing systems, test their materials, size and specify their equipment, and fabricate the equipment to the highest standards to help the organizations be successful in their goals.

Christopher Paulsworth is the manager of the chemicals, minerals, and metals division at Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems, which develops equipment and designs processes for factory applications such as battery materials manufacturing. We asked for his thoughts on the predominant battery material trends and technologies driving the battery industry today.