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A Search for the Optimum Lithium Rich Layered Metal Oxide Cathode Material for Li-Ion Batteries.

Mukerjee, Abraham, Ates
We report the results of a comprehensive study of the relationship between electrochemical performance in Li cells and chemical composition of a series of Li rich layered metal oxides of the general formula xLi2MnO3 · (1-x)LiMn0.33Ni0.33Co0.33O2 in which x = 0,1, 0.2, 0,3, 0.5 or 0.7, synthesized using the same method. In order to identify the cathode material having the optimum Li cell performance we first varied the ratio between Li2MnO3 and LiMO2 segments of the composite oxides while maintaining the same metal ratio residing within their LiMO2 portions. The materials with the overall composition 0.5Li2MnO3 · 0.5LiMO2 containing 0.5 mole of Li2MnO3 per mole of the composite metal oxide were found to be the optimum in terms of electrochemical performance. The electrochemical properties of these materials were further tuned by changing the relative amounts of Mn, Ni and Co in the LiMO2 segment to produce xLi2MnO3 · (1-x)LiMn0.50Ni0.35Co0.15O2 with enhanced capacities and rate capabilities. The rate capability of the lithium rich compound in which x = 0.3 was further increased by preparing electrodes with about 2 weight-percent multiwall carbon nanotube in the electrode. Lithium cells prepared with such electrodes were cycled at the 4C rate with little fade in capacity for over one hundred cycles.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1149/2.0481507jes

DOI: 10.1149/2.0481507jes

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