Pending PFAS & NMP Regulations

PFAS, a class of man-made chemicals, and NMP, or n-methylpyrrolidone, are currently under scrutiny by various regulatory agencies due to their impact on health and the environment. Both the ECHA and EPA have proposed to ban certain classes of PFAS and continue to evaluate other categories for future policy. NMP is currently restricted by the ECHA and is pending EPA regulation.

Such policies have the potential to significantly impact the battery supply chain since PVDF binder, used in standard battery production, is a PFAS chemical and NMP is is a main solvent in conventional battery manufacturing.




  • January 2023: A proposal for PFAS restriction was prepared by authorities in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden and submitted to ECHA on 13 January 2023
  • The ECHA is currently reviewing public comments on the Restriction Report
  • The proposed restrictions are expected to become effective by 2027 


  • 2020: added to the REACH restricted substances list, prohibiting any consumer product on the market containing more than 0.3% NMP 




  • March 2023: Proposed to regulate 6 PFAS types (PFOA, PFOS, PFNA, PFBS, PFHxS, HFPO-DA) and continues to evaluate other categories


  • 2022: released a final revised risk determination, which “finds that NMP as a whole chemical substance, presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health under its conditions of use.” The EPA also announced that it will propose a rule to regulate NMP to prevent this unreasonable risk.

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Neocarbonix at the Core eliminates the need for PVDF, and therefore PFAS, in the battery electrode by replacing it with a 3D carbon binding structure. Without PVDF binder, NMP solvent can also be eliminated from the battery production process since its used to break down PDVF. Neocarbonix not only provides a PFAS/NMP-free solution to pending regulations, it also improves the mechanical and electrical properties of the battery.

Don't Sacrifice Performance for Compliance

Neocarbonix allows battery manufacturers to prepare for pending regulations while optimizing battery performance in a number of ways

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  • Up to 27% lower cell cost*
  • Up to 25% savings in capex*
  • Up to 30% potential production capacity increase*
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  • 35% high energy density*
  • 30% more range
  • 15 minute charge time

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  • PFAS-free
  • NMP-free
  • Reduces carbon footprint by 25%
  • Simplifies recyclability

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  • Drop-in replacement to existing production lines
  • Applicable to any battery type, chemistry, and form factor

PFAS-free, Beyond the Electrode 

A Full Battery Cell Solution with E-Lyte Innovations

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By combining Nanoramic's PFAS-free electrodes and E-Lyte's PFAS-free electrolyte, the two companies provide a full battery cell solution to supply chain issues that may be caused by a possible ban.

The Next Generation of EVs

Joint Development with General Motors

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Nanoramic and General Motors are collaborating on the development of Neocarbonix electrode technology. Through the development they are targeting improvements in EV battery cost, efficiency, and sustainability with the ultimate goal of implementing Neocarbonix batteries into GM vehicles. 

Optimization from Production to Recycling

Improving the Battery Lifecycle with RecycLiCo 

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Nanoramic and RecycLiCo are optimizing the complete life cycle of lithium-ion batteries. Nanoramic will contribute its discarded Neocarbonix® lithium-ion battery cathode electrodes for testing with RecycLiCo’s proprietary lithium-ion battery recycling process.