Hassen Jaafar

Different recycling possibilities of Li-ion batteries (LIBs)

Blog Post created by Hassen Jaafar on May 15, 2020

It is possible to use classic pyrometallurgy processing to recover most of transition metals in the battery's electrode composition (Co, Ni, Cu, ...) but unlikely the Lithium or Aluminum which are generally getting burned since this process runs near a temperature of 1500 °C.

However, Chinese groups are using chemical leaching (less energy cost and running below 100 °C) to extract metals containing electrodes but the drawbacks of this method is the use of harmful solvents like strong acids (HCl, HNO3, H2SO4, ...) or hydrogen peroxide.


More highlights on this topic and the possible improve in LIBs recycling operations can be found in this recent article published by C&EN. It’s time to get serious about recycling lithium-ion batteries


Source: Argonne National Laboratory               Credit: Mitch Jacoby/C&EN


Review on Hydrometallurgical Recycling of LIBs and other features :
Progress and Status of Hydrometallurgical and Direct Recycling of Li-Ion Batteries and Beyond

Recycling Chain for Spent Lithium-Ion Batteries 

Rare earth extraction and purifying processes using ligand-assisted chromatography 


More highlights and recent progress towards All-solid-state LMBs (Li-Metal Batteries) :

Towards better Li metal anodes: Challenges and strategies 

Lithium Fluoride LiF to repair the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) 

Lithium dendrite suppression strategies in all-solid-state batteries