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The College of Engineering: Integrative Systems + Design

Battery Manufacturing

The U-M Battery Lab: Where invention and manufacturing meet
Nov 18—21, 2019
4 days
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
USD 2500
USD 625 per day

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Learn the Key Skills Needed to Scale Up Battery Innovations

This four-day course covers the fundamentals of battery cell manufacturing, giving you an understanding of energy storage technologies and teaching you the skills to scale up battery innovations at your organization. Through hands-on sessions in the University of Michigan Battery Lab and instruction from faculty and industry experts, you will gain exposure to the aspects of building a battery from start to finish.

Program Agenda

Day 1:

  • Introduction to Battery Design and Safety
  • Mixing and Rheology

Day 2:

  • Battery Electrochemistry
  • Hands on in the Battery Lab: Slurry Preparation and Coating

Day 3:

  • Intro to Battery Packs and BMS
  • Intro to Solid-state battery chemistries
  • Hands on in the Battery Lab: Coating, Calendering, Cell Assembly

Day 4:

  • Overview of Battery Testing
  • Cell Safety and Nail Penetration Demonstration

Learning Objectives

Through multiple learning methods, participants will gain insight into the various aspects related to battery manufacturing, including design and safety, mixing and rheology, electrochemistry, and testing. The course combines classroom instruction with experience building batteries in the University of Michigan Battery Lab.

Who should attend

Participants in this unique program will gain the key skills needed to scale up battery innovations. Engineers, chemists, and material scientists will benefit from this course, particularly those that work for companies developing batteries for a range of applications: automotive, consumer products, grid-scale storage, and more.


Larry Beck has twelve years of experience in energy storage and lithium-ion battery development. He has lead several battery projects from early state R&D, through scale-up and into global manufacturing. As a Principal Scientist at A123Systems, Larry was the co-inventor of high-power NanoPho...
Education/Degree: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology About The growing demand for energy world-wide has brought increasing attention to developing clean, efficient, renewable fuels. Challenges inherent in the production, storage, and transport of energy are perfectly suited to be sol...
Greg Less is the Technical Director at the Energy Institute’s Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the laboratory. Greg received a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Energy Institute, he was a...
Dr. Tal Sholklapper is the CEO and co-founder of Voltaiq, Inc. Prior to founding Voltaiq, he worked as the lead engineer on a DOE ARPA-E funded project at the CUNY Energy Institute, developing an ultra low-cost grid-scale battery. Before joining CUNY, Dr. Sholklapper co-founded Point Source Power...
Jeffrey Sakamoto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining UM, he was a faculty at Michigan State University for six years. Prior to that, he was a Senior Engineer at the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion...
Currently, I am working as a Research Scientist in the Mechanical Engineering deptartment at the University of Michigan. I received my Ph.D. in 2010, MS in 2006 and BS in Electrical Engineering in 2004 at the University of Michigan. My hobbies include working on antique cars, building furniture...


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