We are part of several innovative projects

The LION-HD project

ABCR Labs is one of the members of the consortium of the LION-HD project "Industrial research on strategic materials for energy-dense, cost-optimised lithium-ion batteries for sustainable electromobility".

The main objective of this project is to significantly improve the energy density, cost and sustainability of lithium-ion batteries through novel research into advanced active and inactive materials and their synergistic combinations for the different components of the electrochemical cell (anode, electrolyte and cathode), overcoming their current limits, thus facilitating the evolution and transformation of the transport sector towards sustainability, decarbonisation and a drastic reduction in emissions.

The LION-HD project has been financed by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), in the 2019 call of the MISSIONS Programme, within the framework of the State Programme for Business Leadership in R&D&I, of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2017-2020, with the support of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The ECO-SMART BATT project

ABCR Labs participates in the project called "ECO-SMART BATT: Sustainable manufacturing 4.0 of nanocomposites and ionogels for high energy density batteries (IN854A 2020/04)".

The main objective of the project is to significantly improve the energy density, cost and sustainability of lithium-ion batteries thus facilitating the transformation of the transport sector towards sustainability, decarbonization and emission reduction.

This objective will be achieved through:

  • Novel research in sustainable and smart manufacturing of advanced active and inactive materials and their synergistic combinations for the different components of the electrochemical cell (anode, electrolyte, and separators) and,
  • Research in monitoring, control and simulation technologies that allow the design of new, more efficient, and profitable production processes for the different materials and electrochemical cells that will be obtained during the project.

Progress achived:

  • 2021 - ABCR Labs scope was to improve properties of Silicon based anodic materials. We were able to supply the consortium with an array of modified micro-silicon that were electrochemically tested.
  • 2022 - ABCR Labs focused was the synthesis of ionogel electrolytes with micelles of ionic liquids within an organosilane polymer matrix. In coordination with the consortium, we studied mechanisms of charge transfer processes and the formation of the SEI boundary layer.
  • 2023 - ABCR Labs was able to meet the production objectives for this new family of compounds. Through process development and optimization, we were able to supply high quality materials to produce first class of pouch cells.

Doutoramento industrial 2022

ABCR Labs participates in the project called “Doutoramento Industrial 2022”.

The main objective of the project is to create, generate and retain talent to address the social and digital challenges and the digital and sustainable transformation of the region of Galicia.

This objective will be achieved through:

  • Promote effective collaboration and the transfer of knowledge between the universities of the Sistema Galego Universitario (SUG) and the business fabric through the signing of conventions or agreements that regulate the development of an industrial research project.
  • Promote the recruitment of young researchers so that they develop research projects in the companies that hire them and that allows them to obtain an industrial doctorate in sectors of regional strategic interest.
  • Enable the incorporation of young doctoral staff into companies, once the aid ends and, in this way, open up new career paths for them.
  • Strengthen the collaboration between the companies and the universities of the SUG.

The SILIFE Project

ABCR Labs participated in the project called “SILIFE project: Production of quartz powders with reduced crystalline silica toxicity”.

The SILIFE project designed and developed a pilot quartz treatment for reducing the risks associated with Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) in the workplace. This represents a major step towards producing commercial quartz powders that show very little or no RCS toxicity, which can be used in many industrial processes.

  • Firstly, relevant data on the processes and raw materials were collected. Then, a selection of the best candidate silanes for surface-treating dry quartz powder was made.
  • The pilot prototype was designed and the project partner Bulk Cargo Logistics adapted the equipment for its requirements. Sufficient quantities of the different quartzes provided by the end-user partners were treated with the developed technology, and then, sent back to the respective facilities for testing.
  • By the end of the project, the silane coating was proven to reduce the toxicity of RCS, but from the legal point of view the coated RCS remains catalogued as RCS. In this framework, the SILIFE process can be a complementary measure, but not an overall solution. SILIFEs key innovation was to adapt the coating technology developed in the SILICOAT project to obtain dry powders. Therefore, SILIFE has introduced, at industrial scale, a technology that had never been applied before. The project also comprised several significant demonstration activities regarding the feasibility of use of the treated quartz powders by end-users. In particular, a series of quartz end-users were gathered into the project, belonging to the following sectors: foundries, frits and ceramic glazes, plastics, adhesives, and specialty inorganic chemicals.


ABCR Labs participated in the project called "RECYVAL-NANO: NMP2-SE-2012-310312 Development of recovery processes for recycling of valuable components from FPDs (In, Y, Nd) for the production of high added value NPs".

The main objective of the project was to further develop recycling processes of Flat Panel Display wastes with the aim to recover high added value metals already in short supply for direct reuse in the synthesis of high added nanoparticles to develop high technologies. In order to fulfil this ambitious and innovative objective, three major objectives were established:

  • To develop and demonstrate complete recycling processes of FPD wastes by introduction of competitive separation technologies and strategies in order to enable recovery of smaller but high valuable streams ensuring safe procedures, versatile technologies and industrial viability
  • To develop more efficient metal extraction processes based on solvent extraction technologies in order to recover valuable metals in metallorganic precursors through modification and development of tailored solvent extraction agents based, reducing recovery steps and secondary waste stream.
  • To develop and optimise the production of advanced nanoparticles by Flame Spray Pyrolysis methods starting from recycled metallorganic precursos, promoting new highly efficient applications of the recovered materials, increasing the added value of the products from which waste was recycled and therefore ending the complete cycle.