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Title: The structural design of electrode materials for high energy lithium batteries.

Abstract

Lithium batteries are used to power a diverse range of applications from small compact devices, such as smart cards and cellular telephones to large heavy duty devices such as uninterrupted power supply units and electric- and hybrid-electric vehicles. This paper briefly reviews the approaches to design advanced materials to replace the lithiated graphite and LiCoO{sub 2} electrodes that dominate today's lithium-ion batteries in order to increase their energy and safety. The technological advantages of lithium batteries are placed in the context of water-based- and high-temperature battery systems.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
EE
OSTI Identifier:
969910
Report Number(s):
ANL/CSE/JA-60670
Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9592; JCEJAQ; TRN: US201002%%879
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: J. Chem. Eng. Jpn.; Journal Volume: 40; Journal Issue: 13 ; 2007
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
ENGLISH
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; AVAILABILITY; DESIGN; ELECTRODES; GRAPHITE; LITHIUM; SAFETY; TELEPHONES

Citation Formats

Thackeray, M., and Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division. The structural design of electrode materials for high energy lithium batteries.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1252/jcej.07WE180.
Thackeray, M., & Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division. The structural design of electrode materials for high energy lithium batteries.. United States. doi:10.1252/jcej.07WE180.
Thackeray, M., and Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division. Mon . "The structural design of electrode materials for high energy lithium batteries.". United States. doi:10.1252/jcej.07WE180.
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abstractNote = {Lithium batteries are used to power a diverse range of applications from small compact devices, such as smart cards and cellular telephones to large heavy duty devices such as uninterrupted power supply units and electric- and hybrid-electric vehicles. This paper briefly reviews the approaches to design advanced materials to replace the lithiated graphite and LiCoO{sub 2} electrodes that dominate today's lithium-ion batteries in order to increase their energy and safety. The technological advantages of lithium batteries are placed in the context of water-based- and high-temperature battery systems.},
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