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Title: High performance binder-free SiO x/C composite LIB electrode made of SiO x and lignin

A high performance binder-free SiO x/C composite electrode was synthesized by mixing SiO x particles and Kraft lignin in a cryo-mill followed by heat treatment at 600 °C. After the heat treatment, lignin formed a conductive matrix hosting SiO x particles, ensuring electronic conductivity, connectivity, and accommodation of volume changes during lithiation/delithiation. As the result, no conventional binder or conductive agent was necessary. When electrochemically cycled, the composite electrode delivered excellent performance, maintaining ~900 mAh g -1 after 250 cycles at a rate of 200 mA g -1, and good rate capability. The robustness of the electrode was also examined by post-cycling SEM images, where few cracks were observed. The excellent electrochemical performance can be attributed to the comparatively small volume change of SiO x-based electrodes (160%) and the flexibility of the lignin derived carbon matrix to accommodate the volume change. In conclusion, this work should stimulate further interests in using bio-renewable resources in making advanced electrochemical energy storage systems.
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  1. Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States)
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0378-7753
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Power Sources
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 362; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0378-7753
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation (NSF); USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; SiOx/C composite electrode; lithium-ion battery; lignin; renewable
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