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Bill Macklin Reaches Tenth Year

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.’


Fellowship for Paul Atherton

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.


New Chair for Nexeon

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.”


Nexeon Makes Battery Model Freely Available

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 Leads Major Project Aimed at Doubling Range of Next Generation EVs

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 Establishes Base in Asia

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


Nexeon Raises £30 million for Next Generation Li-ion Batteries

Nexeon has successfully completed a £30 million funding round. The company received funding from existing investors and a new investor, Woodford Investment Management.

Nexeon will use the new funds to acquire IP and complementary technology, to open a development lab in Asia near its key customers, and to begin work on the design of a larger manufacturing facility. These initiatives will further strengthen Nexeon’s ability to achieve world-leading levels of battery energy density, and to satisfy the demand for superior battery performance in applications ranging from smart phones, wearables, drones and other mobile consumer devices to e-bikes and electric vehicles.

Dr Paul Atherton, Nexeon Chairman, said: “We are delighted at the confidence shown by our existing investors and by our new investor, Woodford Investment Management, who clearly share our belief in the potential for silicon anode technology and acknowledge the strength of our management and product development teams.”

Nexeon CEO, Dr Scott Brown added: “It is now widely accepted that silicon materials are the key to improved energy densities in Li-ion batteries, and that the winning technology will be both high performance and low cost. This investment will allow us to progress our technology, our low-cost manufacturing capability and our commercial partnerships”.

“We believe this new funding will allow the Company to establish even closer links with its target markets in Asia”, said Russ Cummings, CEO of Imperial Innovations. “…as well as to capture complementary intellectual property which will help it to consolidate its position at the forefront of the race to commercialise silicon as an alternative to carbon-based battery anode systems.”


Nexeon Completes Commissioning of State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility

Nexeon has just completed the construction and commissioning of a state-of-the art process development and manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Oxfordshire. The plant is capable of producing over 20 tonnes of product a year, and has been built to be highly versatile and able to handle a wide range of materials and reagents.

In addition to the manufacturing capability, the new facility includes integrated laboratories for Process Development and Material Characterisation. The plant is certified to ISO9001 and ISO14001, and includes a Quality Assurance lab to ensure consistent quality of customer materials. End use applications planned include hybrid and electric vehicles and consumer electronic devices.Read More


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