Albemarle and 6K sign agreement to develop lithium battery materials
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Albemarle and 6K sign agreement to develop lithium battery materials

Albemarle to invest in 6K and sponsor development of UniMelt system for advanced, sustainable materials production

  • By ICN Bureau | January 14, 2022

Albemarle Corporation, a global leader in advanced lithium materials, and 6K, an emerging leader of microwave-controlled plasma technology, announced they have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to explore the use of 6K's patented UniMelt advanced, sustainable materials production platform to develop novel lithium battery materials through potentially disruptive manufacturing processes.

"Albemarle is developing advanced lithium materials to enable breakthrough levels of lithium-ion battery performance. The UniMelt plasma technology opens new reaction pathways for lithium material innovation. Our collaboration with 6K has significant potential," said Dr. Glen Merfeld, Chief Technical Officer for Albemarle Lithium.

"6K technology creates the opportunity for modular manufacturing allowing for a smaller footprint, faster construction, and new models for localization. The collaboration sets a strong foundation not only for advanced material development but also for future commercialization," Merfeld said.

"We are pleased to partner with a world leader in lithium technology and production," commented Dr. Aaron Bent, 6K's CEO. "The agreement with Albemarle highlights the commitment of both organizations to drive battery material performance enhancements while introducing more sustainable production methods. We are thrilled to welcome Albemarle to our investor group and our engineers are eager to work alongside Albemarle's team."

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