Applied Materials had 15 patents in batteries during Q1 2024. Applied Materials Inc has developed integrated processing tools for depositing and processing lithium metal in energy storage devices, including a reel-to-reel system for continuous sheet material. They have also patented a method for manufacturing an anode structure for lithium batteries by depositing lithium on flexible supports and combining them to form a lithium metal anode layer. Additionally, they have disclosed methods and systems for preparing lithium anodes by winding sacrificial and anode substrates together and heating them to produce a rolled anode-sacrificial substrate bundle. GlobalData’s report on Applied Materials gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Applied Materials grant share with batteries as a theme is 40% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Integrated lithium deposition with protective layer tool (Patent ID: US20240030417A1)

The patent filed by Applied Materials Inc. describes an integrated processing tool for depositing and processing lithium metal in energy storage devices. The tool includes chambers for depositing a thin film of lithium metal and a protective film on a continuous sheet of material, potentially a web tool. The method involves forming a negative electrode by depositing a lithium metal film, an interface film, and a protective film, with various options for the interface film and protective film materials.

The method outlined in the patent involves forming a negative electrode by depositing a lithium metal film on a flexible conductive substrate, followed by the application of an interface film and a protective film. The process can be carried out using physical vapor deposition techniques and includes options for the materials used in the interface and protective films. The thickness of the lithium metal film is specified, and the protective film can be a lithium-ion conducting material or other specific materials.

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