Air Products' 4th annual external collaboration award has been awarded to Argonne National Laboratory.

Air Products explained that they created the award to recognize collaborative research organizations and to demonstrate its commitment to building relationships and strengthening collaborations with external groups, and to stimulate the development of intellectual property with them.

The award recognizes the Battery Technology Department of Argonne's Chemical Engineering Division for their work in evaluating Air Products' new electrolyte salts, citing the group's understanding of the technology and needs of the lithium-ion battery industry, as well as the direction the industry is taking toward hybrid vehicles.

"The Argonne National Laboratory has played an important role in our battery electrolyte development programme, and we are pleased to present them with this select annual award," said John Tao, director of Corporate Technology Partnerships for Air Products.