High energy density lithium ion cells/batteries with excellent electrochemical performance and safety - Year two

Li-ion batteries (LIBs) are currently the most important power source for a wide variety of applications such as cell phones, laptops, computers and other portable electronics. They are also considered as very promising storage/power systems for future electric/hybrid-electric powered transportation. Although clever cell design and improvements in cell subcomponents can bear potential for volume and weight reduction, major developments in high energy density cathode and anode active materials are essential. Li[Ni0.8Co0.1Mn0.1]O2, Li[Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2]O2, Li[Ni0.6Co0.2Mn0.2]O2 (NMC) and Li[Ni0.8Co0.15Al0.05]O2 (NCA) in particular are the most promising candidates for EVs among the next-generation of high energy density cells owing to their high capacity, outstanding rate capability, and low cost. Despite the advantages, increasing the Ni fraction in the NMC cathodes negatively impacts the lifetime and safety of the battery, particularly when higher cut-off voltages and high electrode packing densities are pursued. TO BE CONT'D

Intern: 
Sanaz Ketabi
Faculty Supervisor: 
Alexander McLean
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Ontario
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