Project Details


Lithium-ion battery (LiB) performance is dependent on how fast lithium ions can move between the electrodes through the electrolyte and the chemical stability of the electrodes to store the lithium ions. If the electrochemical properties are wrong then the batteries cannot store energy effectively, they have a limited lifetime, and take a long time to charge. For an electric vehicle, this means reduced range, regular battery replacement and long wait times for users upon “refuelling”. Thus, the electrolyte and its interaction with the electrodes are critical to LiB deployment. Current LiBs are nearing their theoretical performance limits and employ expensive raw materials, such as cobalt, that limit the cost reduction needed for their widespread uptake.
In the BetterLiBs project, the project partners will use novel polymerizable zwitterion monomers (ZIMONS) to improve LiB performance. ZIMONS have equal numbers of positive- and negatively-charged functional groups, have high thermal stability and are polymerizable to protect the electrode surfaces. With these properties, we expect they will reduce the cost of LiBs by up to 33%, increase maximum number of cycles by to 2,500, increase energy density up to 700 Wh/kg and decrease charging time to 30mins for EV-type 80 Wh battery.
Effective start/end date01/01/202130/09/2024

Collaborative partners

  • Biomodics Aps
  • Custom Cells Itzehoe GMBH
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Uppsala University


  • EUDP: DKK10,995,667.00


  • Lithium-ion battery
  • electrochemical energy storage
  • electric vehicle


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