Lithium Australia’s (ASX:LIT) batteries subsidiary VSPC appoints new lead scientist

Image Source: LIT update, 8 July 2021 


  • Lithium Australia has onboarded a new lead scientist to head the research and product development programme of its wholly owned subsidiary VSPC. 
  • Dr Anand Bhatt, a highly experienced electrochemist and materials scientist, has previously worked with the CSIRO, CEC, and the AEMC. 
  • VSPC has been committed to developing Australian technology to manufacture lithium-ion battery cathode powders. 

Lithium Australia NL (ASX:LIT) has announced the appointment of Dr Anand Bhatt as the new lead scientist for its wholly owned subsidiary, VSPC Ltd.

Since 1999, VSPC has been developing its technology to manufacture lithium-ion battery cathode powder at its pilot plant and research facility in Brisbane, Queensland. VSPC is a developer of advanced, world-leading battery materials, including lithium ferro phosphate (‘LFP’) and lithium manganese ferro phosphate (LMFP) cathode powders.  

A highly experienced electrochemist and materials scientist, Dr Anand Bhatt, would lead the research and product development programme of the VSPC team.

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Meanwhile, Ms Merrill Gray will retire as executive director of VSPC, effective 15 October 2021.

Triggered by the significant update, LIT shares surged 4.3% from the previous close, trading at AU$0.12, as on 6 October 2021 (AEST: 12:49 PM). 

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A snapshot of Dr Bhatt’s significant experience 

Dr Anand Bhatt brings a wealth of experience in developing, evaluating, and recycling next-generation lithium-ion battery technology. He also has expertise related to electrochemicals, battery materials and circular-battery economy. 

Dr Bhatt has led teams managing large-scale, multi-partner projects focused on developing next-generation battery materials and integrating battery storage and renewable energy generation, and battery recycling technology. 

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He has 12 years of experience with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), where he worked as an energy-sector expert in best-practice battery testing and recycling and safety/handling. This included the development of standards and best practices within the energy community. 

His work with the Clean Energy Council (CEC) and the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) was focused on the development of residential battery standards, technology forecasting and setting testing.

Meanwhile, Dr Bhatt has also worked with the Smart Energy Council to develop Australian performance standards for PV-connected batteries. 

In addition, more than 60 journals with over 2,800 citations have been authored by Dr Bhatt, who is also named in six patents covering ionic liquids, electrolytes, devices, and battery recycling. LIT believes Dr Bhatt’s expertise would be invaluable to VSPC as it continues to expand.

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