Controlling Binder Adhesion to Impact Electrode Mesostructures and Transport
I Srivastava and DS Bolintineanu and JB Lechman and SA Roberts, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 12, 34919-34930 (2020).
The complex three-phase composition of lithium-ion battery electrodes, containing an ion-conducting pore phase, a nanoporous electronconducting carbon binder domain (CBD) phase, and an active material (AM) phase, provides several avenues of mesostructural engineering to enhance battery performance. We demonstrate a promising strategy for engineering electrode mesostructures by controlling the strength of adhesion between the AM and CBD phases. Using high-fidelity, physics-based colloidal and granular dynamics simulations, we predict that this strategy can provide significant control over electrochemical transport-relevant properties such as ionic conductivity, electronic conductivity, and available AM- electrolyte interface area. Importantly, the proposed strategy could be experimentally realized through surface functionalization of the AM and CBD phases and would be compatible with traditional electrode manufacturing methods.
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