BASF’s portfolio of advanced HED™ NCM cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries includes NCM-111, NCM-622 and NCM-523. Customers now have the ability to select a material that that can best meet their application requirements. These cathode materials allow higher energy density, improved safety due to higher temperature stability, and increased efficiency by enabling more discharge/charge cycles for batteries. Due to a very high degree of purity and excellent product characteristics, these materials are also well suited for evolving requirements of batteries in automotive drive-trains.

BASF is one of only two licensed suppliers of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory-patented NCM cathode materials, which employ a unique combination of lithium and manganese-rich mixed metal oxides. The license covers the broadest scope of NCM chemistry, which can be used in today's lithium-ion batteries. This includes lithium stabilization (molar ratio of lithium to other metals greater than 1) of known NCM materials, such as 111, 622, and 523, which improves power characteristics, cycle life and safety of current lithium-ion technology.

BASF and the Argonne National Laboratory received a “Deals of Distinction™” Award in 2010 for this worldwide agreement by the Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada), Inc., which noted this agreement’s significant potential to improve the environment and provide economic growth.