Chalmers University of Technology

Genetically Designed Biomimetic Membranes for Energy-Efficient Recovery of Lithium in Lithium-ion Battery Recycling

  • Circularity and Replacement
  • Energy
  • Synthesis & Processing
Industrial project

Research question

With the increasing number of electrical vehicles and use of lithium-ion batteries, the way scarce resources are handled has become increasingly important. As of today, the lithium in lithium-ion batteries cannot be sufficiently recycled and most of it is discarded after use. This project focuses on designing a new separation technology to enhance Li-ion recycling. The key component of the project is the development of a separation membrane based on an ion channel capable of selectively transporting lithium. The separation membrane is designed for direct use in existing lithium-ion battery recycling processes.

Sustainability aspects

Being able to recycle lithium in lithium-ion batteries more extensively will enhance the prospects for sustainable resource management. Considering the increasing demand of energy storage, lithium-ion batteries will play an essential role in sustainable solutions of the future. Consequently, developing additional methods to utilize the lithium that is readily available in form of used batteries is crucial.

Chalmers University of Technology

Martin Andersson


Retein AB

Simon Isaksson


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