Design of Scalable, Next-Generation Thick Electrodes: Opportunities and Challenges

Adam M. Boyce, Denis J. Cumming, Chun Huang, Stanislaw P. Zankowski, Patrick S. Grant, Dan J.L. Brett, Paul R. Shearing*

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Abstract

Lithium-ion battery electrodes are on course to benefit from current research in structure re-engineering to allow for the implementation of thicker electrodes. Increasing the thickness of a battery electrode enables significant improvements in gravimetric energy density while simultaneously reducing manufacturing costs. Both metrics are critical if the transition to sustainable transport systems is to be fully realized commercially. However, significant barriers exist that prevent the use of such microstructures: performance issues, manufacturing challenges, and scalability all remain open areas of research. In this Perspective, we discuss the challenges in adapting current manufacturing processes for thick electrodes and the opportunities that pore engineering presents in order to design thicker and better electrodes while simultaneously considering long-term performance and scalability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18624-18632
Number of pages9
JournalACS Nano
Volume15
Issue number12
Early online date6 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2021

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