D10 Odsek za kemijo materialov



EUROLIS is a collaborative small or medium scale focused research project funded by European Union and coordinated by the National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The project has started on 1st of October 2012 and it will run for 4 years. The aim of the project is development of an advanced and sustainable lithium sulphur (Li-S) battery for automotive use. Intense collaboration between 7 research organizations (universities and research institutes) and 4 industrial partners (3 large enterprises and 1 SME) will enable a fast progress from understanding to optimisation of Li-S cells. The potential commercial use of Li-S cell will be tested within three generations of Li-S batteries.

The project includes basic research on various levels which will help understand the mechanisms governing the Li-S cell in different electrochemical environments. The applied part of research will focus on optimisation and integration of materials into 18650 cells and cell testing for their appropriateness in the automotive applications.


The research described in this proposal aims to develop a new Li-ion cell for traction purposes with the following characteristics: 'High energy density of at least 200 Wh/kg 'Low costs i. e. , a maximum of 150 Euro/kWh 'Improved safety Although the Li-ion cell appears to be the most appropriate technology to meet these goals, considerable research and development is required. For example, the much-used LiFePO4 cells cannot reach the energy density criterion, and in addition, LiFePO4 is patented, which hampers worldwide commercialisation. Many other materials are either too expensive or do not meet current safety, environmental standards (e. g. , cobalt in LiCoO2). Thus, we propose a shift from carbon to the much higher capacity silicon-based anodes, and from cobalt-based to iron and/or manganese/nickel-based cathodes, and to use novel electrolyte salts.

To successfully develop a European Li-ion technology, the R&D will start at the anode side, i. e. Si, with a LiFePO4-C material at the cathode side. This requires a new electrode formulation with respect to binder, electrolyte salt, solvent, and composition. The change in formulation at the anode and electrolyte allows for a change in the cathode materials ' and a series of both novel (e. g. , fluorosulfates, LiFeSO4F) and more established systems, will be investigated. New synthetic routes are proposed, along with an extensive characterization program. Scale-up, testing and benchmarking of optimum formulations will be performed. The outcome will be a newly developed cell, manufactured and tested by end-users. The new cell consists of i) a newly formulated Si-negative electrode, ii) newly designed low cost salts, and iii) modified positive electrodes. To achieve these goals, the consortium includes renowned universities and knowledge institutes; a SME battery producer and the car industry as end-users. Thus, the composition of the consortium covers the whole spectrum of R&D, manufacturing and testing.


The main idea behind this NECSO project is to provide tools to the end users, namely solar plants builders, to guarantee that the selective coating will work properly during 20 to 25 years. Novel experimental methods for testing materials under extreme conditions (temperature and radiation) are needed providing a deeper understanding of the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with nanomaterials, as basis for design of new spectrally selective absorber coatings. Nanoscale characterisation will correlate the nanostructure parameters with coating performance. The resulting outcomes are expected to contribute significantly to the infrastructure of the solar energy research, development and industrial activities worldwide.

Honda R&D Europe

Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH





Collaboration with the company Alanod Solar was established in 2009 when German company invest in industrial coil coating line where start the production of wet deposited selective absorber surfaces. In collaboration with Color Medvode company National institute of chemistry developed absorber paint used till today for preparation of thousands square meters of selective absorber surfaces. Demands on coloured selective paints lead to continuation of research and development. For mentioned partner also paints on sol-gel basis were made. The collaboration is still active.

BrightSource Industries (Israel) Ltd.

Collaboration with the company Brightsource Israel was established in year 2012 with the testing of their high solar absorptivity paint used now on the largest concentrated power plant,  Ivanpah project.  Continuation of the collaboration was enriched with two projects: development of high solar absorptivity paint and development of selective and high absorbtivity paint for next generation of concentrated solar power plants. During research and development more than 200 paintformulations were prepared for three different substrates (steel T-22, T-91 and Inconel 617). The result of development and testing was paint ranked as one of the winning formulations for high absorptivity coating. Beside development we offer to Brightsource company also lab support and we are in negotiation process for new project based on life time assessment. BrightSource Energy, Inc. designs, develops, and deploys solar thermal technology to produce high-value electricity and steam for power, petroleum, and industrial-process markets worldwide (http://www.brightsourceenergy.com).