Improving electrochemical performance of lithium ion batteries using a binder-free carbon fiber-based LiNi0.5(1-x)Mn1.5(1-x/3)CrxO4 cathode with a conventional electrolyte

Yi Hung Liu, Tsung Yu Tsai

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Abstract

A binder-free LiNi0.5(1-x)Mn1.5(1-x/3)CrxO4 (Cr-doped LNMO)/carbon fiber (CF) cathode with carbon paper as the current collector is developed via a process that involves electrochemical deposition, hydrothermal reaction, and vacuum filtration. The composite material properties are thoroughly characterized using scanning electron microscopy/transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The Cr-doped LNMO active materials are composed of submicron particles with polyhedral and spinel crystal structures with good crystallinity. The LiNi0.5(1-x)Mn1.5(1-x/3)CrxO4 (x = 0.2) configuration is found to have a higher Mn4+/Mn3+ ratio and is capable of delivering a reversible capacity of ~137 mAh g−1 at 0.2 C, due to the active Ni2+/Ni3+/Ni4+ and Cr3+/Cr4+ redox reactions. Furthermore, it exhibits an enhanced rate capability with 118 mAh g−1 at 5 C. This is evidenced by a reduction in charge transfer resistance at the solid/electrolyte interface, and accelerated ion diffusion in the host material corresponding to a high degree of cation disordering in Cr-doped LNMO. Overall, the binder-free electrode, which integrates Cr-doped LNMO and a 3D CF-based framework, facilitates the electrochemical activity of the active material. This leads to improved cycling stability with 99% capacity retention over 200 cycles against high voltage (4.9 V vs. Li/Li+).

Original languageEnglish
Article number229262
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Volume484
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Binder free
  • Carbon fiber
  • Cathode
  • Cr-doped LNMO
  • High voltage
  • Lithium ion battery

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