Johnson Matthey obtains license for GEMX advanced battery material platform from CAMX Power
Johnson Matthey (JM) and CAMX Power LLC announced that JM has obtained a license under the intellectual property of CAMX relating to the GEMX platform of nickel-based, high-energy, high-power cathode materials for use in lithium-ion batteries, especially for electric vehicles (EVs).
The GEMX platform is based on a fundamental invention of CAMX for which broad patents have been granted in the U.S., EU, Japan, and China. The invention creates a broad class of cathode materials overarching the high-nickel material classes NMC, NCA, and LNO, the chemistries currently used and expected to be used in the next 10 years or more in lithium-ion batteries for EVs. The GEMX invention, through molecular engineering, places cobalt at the critical places of the cathode particles, resulting in the use of less cobalt but reportedly with greater stability, higher performance, and lower cost for all classes of high-nickel materials.
"We are pleased to have obtained this further license from CAMX to support JM's development of ultra-high energy density automotive battery cathode materials," commented Alan Nelson, Sector Chief Executive and CTO at JM. "This license improves and extends our intellectual property protection and supports the commercialization plans for our market-leading eLNO technology.
"Adding the GEMX platform also gives us a broader chemistry landscape to which we can apply JM's expertise in materials design, development, scale up, and manufacturing. This is how JM provides our customers, and ultimately consumers, with battery materials that have the performance characteristics required to drive an electric vehicle revolution and enable the journey to pollution-free roads.”
Dr. Kenan Sahin, President and founder of CAMX, noted that Johnson Matthey purchased a license for the CAM-7 platform of CAMX in May 2016 and, following successful development of eLNO, the company is commercializing its technology. He said, “With the GEMX license, JM can further enhance eLNO as well as take an advanced position in other material classes such as NCA and NMC." He continued, "Also with the GEMX license, which extends CAM-7, JM will now have patent protection beyond 2030 in the key jurisdictions in the world and especially in the biggest market, China."