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Title: In Situ X-ray Diffraction Studies of Cathode Materials in Lithium Batteries

There is an increasing interest in lithiated transition metal oxides because of their use as cathodes in lithium batteries. LiCoO{sub 2}, LiNiO{sub 2} and LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} are the three most widely used and studied materials, At present, although it is relative expensive and toxic, LiCoO{sub 2} is the material of choice in commercial lithium ion batteries because of its ease of manufacture, better thermal stability and cycle life. However, the potential use of lithium ion batteries with larger capacity for power tools and electric vehicles in the future will demand new cathode materials with higher energy density, lower cost and better thermal stability. LiNiO{sub 2} is isostructural with LiCoO{sub 2}. It offers lower cost and high energy density than LiCoO{sub 2}. However, it has much poorer thermal stability than LiCoO{sub 2}, in the charged (delithiated) state. Co, Al, and other elements have been used to partially replace Ni in LiNiO{sub 2} system in order to increase the thermal stability. LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} has the highest thermal stability and lowest cost and toxicity. However, the low energy density and poor cycle life at elevated temperature are the major obstacles for this material. In order to develop safer, cheaper, and bettermore » performance cathode materials, the in-depth understanding of the relationships between the thermal stability and structure, performance and structure are very important. The performance here includes energy density and cycle life of the cathode materials. X-ray diffraction (XRD) is one of the most powerful tools to study these relationships. The pioneer ex situ XRD work on cathode materials for lithium batteries was done by Ohzuku. His XRD studies on LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}, LiCoO{sub 2}, LiNiO{sub 2}, LiNi{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}O{sub 2}, and LiAl{sub x}Ni{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} cathodes at different states of charge have provided important guidelines for the development of these new materials. However, the kinetic nature of the battery system definitely requires an in situ XRD technique to study the detail structural changes of the system during charge and discharge. The in situ XRD technique was used by Reimers, Li,and Dahn to study the LiCoO{sub 2}, LiNiO{sub 2}, and LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} systems. Their results of these studies have demonstrated that in situ XRD can provide more detailed information about the cathode material structural changes during charge-discharge. Conventional x-ray sources were used in these studies and the beryllium windows were used in the in situ cells. Provisions were made to prevent corrosion of the beryllium windows during charge-discharge. For this reason, the in situ cells were often designed quite differently than a real battery. More seriously, the problem of beryllium corrosion restricted the voltage range of the cell below 4.5 V. This limited the use of this technique to study the effects of overcharge which is very important to the thermal stability of the cathodes. Using the plastic lithium battery technology, Amatucci, Tarascon, and Klein constructed an in situ XRD cell, which allows structural investigations at voltages greater than 5 V without any beryllium window corrosion. However, all of these in situ XRD studies using conventional x-ray sources probe the cell in reflection geometry. Therefore, the observed structural changes are predominantly from the top few microns of the electrode coating, which might not be representative for the whole coating during charge-discharge especially when the rate is high.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
770790
Report Number(s):
BNL-66158
R&D Project: KC-02-03-02; AS-114-MSD; TRN: US0406930
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-98CH10886
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2. Hawaii Battery Conference, Big Island, HI (US), 01/04/1999--01/07/1999; Other Information: PBD: 1 Nov 1998
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (US)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Research (ER) (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; BERYLLIUM; CATHODES; COATINGS; CORROSION; ELECTRODES; ENERGY DENSITY; GEOMETRY; KINETICS; LITHIUM; LITHIUM IONS; OXIDES; PLASTICS; PROBES; REFLECTION; STABILITY; TOXICITY; TRANSITION ELEMENTS; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; X-RAY SOURCES