Cabot Working with D.O.E. to Enable Next Gen of Lead Acid and Lithium-ion Batteries

At Cabot, we are committed to advancing the energy industry

In that spirit, we are participating in two important U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory research projects for lithium-ion and lead acid battery materials.


We were also selected by the DOE to participate in an $80 million investment in advanced vehicle technologies research. We will leverage our novel process technology to contribute to the research and development of low-cobalt active cathode formulations for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Cobalt is an expensive, foreign-sourced critical material that could pose a supply risk in the future. Research projects like this are designed to explore more sustainable, affordable options, and ultimately improve access to electric vehicle technology. We will partner with researchers at Argonne National Lab and SAFT for this project: Argonne will assist in the synthesis of low-Cobalt cathode compositions, while SAFT will assist in the manufacture of batteries to validate performance of novel low-Cobalt cathode formulations.


In the lead acid space, Cabot, along with our fellow U.S. members of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC), is funding research by Argonne National Lab aiming to gain critical knowledge needed to create the next-generation of lead batteries. The goal of this project is to unlock some long held mysteries regarding the complex chemical interactions inside lead acid batteries and therefore increase their performance and longevity. Lead acid technology is a critical component of automotive and stationary energy storage batteries, but current and future applications demand increased battery life and performance that they haven't yet achieved. Once the inner workings of lead acid batteries are better understood, current performance challenges can be addressed by the industry and they can be adapted to provide economical, recyclable and rechargable energy storage.

To learn more about this research, check out the project Fact Sheet.

To learn more about how Cabot’s solutions are helping to deliver increased performance and durability, while at the same time reducing total system cost, visit