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South African Journal of Chemistry

On-line version ISSN 1996-840X
Print version ISSN 0379-4350

Abstract

SNYDERS, Charmelle D.; FERG, Ernst E.; SCHUELEIN, Julian  and  LOEWE, Holger. A Review of using spray pyrolysis through Sol-gel materials in the synthesis of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. S.Afr.j.chem. (Online) [online]. 2016, vol.69, pp.88-97. ISSN 1996-840X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/0379-4350/2016/v69a11.

Over the years, new synthesis routes of the cathode electrochemical active material for lithium-ion batteries have improved remarkably to optimize their capacity and cycle life performance. This review study focused on the use of some techniques to synthesize the common cathode materials (LiCoO2, LiMn2O4, LiFePO4). The most common and simplest synthesis method was the mixing of powders in their solid-state form and heating them at relatively high temperatures over long periods. Other methods included the formation of sol-gel products that could be either heat-treated more or could be used directly by means of a spray pyrolysis method producing the desired active material. The spray pyrolysis method showed that suitable cathode oxide materials formed in shorter periods, resulting in small homogenous particles with narrow particle size distribution. The spray pyrolysis method allowed for making doped or coated cathode materials easily of the various base forms LiCoO2, LiMn2O4 and LiFePO4, with doping elements such as Zr, Mn, Ni, Co, B or Mg. Coating of the particles could also be done with materials such as glassy lithium boride oxide, TiO2 or carbon. These additives to the cathode material improved the active material's physical morphology and electrochemical properties.

Keywords : LiCoO2; LiMn2O4; LiFePO4; sol-gel; spray pyrolysis method.

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