Nexeon’s Chief Engineer, Dr Bill Macklin, has just celebrated his ten years with the company.
On leaving Oxford University, he worked with Professor John Goodenough, one of the early battery pioneers of Li-ion batteries. Bill became Director of R&D at AEA Technology Batteries and subsequently CTO at ABSL Power Solutions, a UK manufacturer of Li-ion cells and battery packs for military and space power applications. He is very well known in the global battery community, having published and patented extensively in the Li-ion battery field.
‘The commercialisation of silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries has proved a long-term challenge for the industry’, says Macklin, recalling that his first silicon anode patent was based on work he did in the late 1990s. ‘The market opportunities for Li-ion in the rapidly growing electrification of vehicles and established portable devices are huge. Silicon is a key part of the technical solution, and Nexeon is very well placed to exploit these demands with two strong candidate anode material technologies, especially now that we are seeing solid customer commitments.’
Dr Paul Atherton, co-Founder and past Chairman of Nexeon, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contribution to the profession. The RAE is the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology.
In their citation, the RAE noted that Paul is a world-recognised engineering nanotechnologist, inventor, product designer, successful innovator of imaging interferometers and picometre sensors and control devices, and an engineering entrepreneur who has created five high-tech businesses. He has had a major role in many more, both technically and by raising and investing over £100 million in UK engineering companies.
He lectures in engineering nanotechnology at the Universities of Cambridge and Cranfield, and is Director of the Imperial Venture Mentoring Service. He is Chairman of FungiAlert, Phase Focus, Sussex Place Ventures, a Director of Infinitesima, and was formerly a Governor of London Business School, President of euspen and a Director of Imperial Innovations.
After more than 10 years of dedicated service, Paul Atherton has decided to step down as Chairman of the Nexeon Board of Directors. Paul was a founder and early investor in the company, and has overseen its evolution from start-up to the world class silicon anode materials company it is today. The Board, the company and its investors would like to thank Paul for his stewardship and support during this time. Christina McComb OBE, senior independent director, will take Paul’s place as Chairman of the Board. Paul will take up a new position as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board. These changes are effective from today.
Paul Atherton said: “I am pleased to leave the company in a stronger position commercially and technically than at any time since I collaborated in founding it 12 years ago. I remain a passionate supporter of the business and its management team in their mission to dramatically improve the performance of Li-ion batteries.”
A new battery model is now available on this website, which is expected to be useful to battery and materials developers and users alike.
The model simulates the performance of Li-ion cells when various parameters are adjusted. Examples include: first cycle efficiency, material thickness and volumetric capacity. The model then calculates output parameters such as cell capacity, and relative performance against a reference cell.
The model is based on Nexeon’s extensive experience with Li-ion batteries, and its work with industry partners in optimising systems for specific applications.
Developers requiring more complex simulations are invited to contact Nexeon to discuss their requirements.
Nexeon – the company developing silicon materials for next generation Li-ion batteries – and its partners have been awarded £7million in Innovate UK funding for a project to develop significantly better materials for Li-ion batteries. The work is an essential step to achieving electric vehicles (EVs) with a range of 400 miles and above.
The project, named SUNRISE (after Synthomer, UCL & Nexeon’s Rapid Improvement in the Storage of Energy), will develop better battery materials based on silicon as a replacement for carbon in the cell anode, and optimise cell designs for automotive application.Read More
Nexeon has opened an office and development laboratory in Japan. Nexeon Japan K.K. is located in Yokohama, closer to many of Nexeon’s development partners and prospective customers in the electronics and automotive sectors.
Nexeon Japan K.K. will focus on customer support, applications engineering and materials and battery R&D. The company is presently recruiting Battery Scientists and Engineers.Read More