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Taylor Vortex Reactor: A Scalable Advanced Chemical Reactor for Producing Li-Ion Cathode Precursors

Wednesday, 4 October 2017: 08:30
Chesapeake F (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
O. Kahvecioglu Feridun, Y. Shin, G. Krumdick, and L. Berkland (Argonne National Laboratory)
Although earlier adoption of continuous stirred tank reactors (CSTRs) were successfully employed in the synthesis of cathode precursor to day; there are still engineering challenges with the CSTRs, which makes several manufacturers to seek for alternative reactor systems. Typically, the CSTRs are modified (and still being modified based on the requirement of application) in order to overcome the common issues like: low reproducibility, product efficiency, very long stabilization times due to low mass transfer rate, hard to maintain the stability of the co-precipitation system, particle over growth by time and, etc.

Here, we report an advanced manufacturing system, Taylor Vortex Reactor (TVR), for the cathode precursor synthesis, which overcomes many complexities encountered in CSTRs. The talk will discuss the scalability of TVR as an alternative way of manufacturing cathode precursors and the outcomes of different scales will be compared.

Acknowledgement

Funding for this work from the Office of Vehicle Technologies of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is gratefully acknowledged. The submitted abstract has been created by UChicago Argonne, LLC, Operator of Argonne National Laboratory (“Argonne”). Argonne, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory, is operated under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.