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Mesoscale origin of the enhanced cycling-stability of the Si-conductive polymer anode for Li-ion batteries.

  • Author(s): Gu, Meng;
  • Xiao, Xing-Cheng;
  • Liu, Gao;
  • Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai;
  • Baer, Donald R;
  • Zhang, Ji-Guang;
  • Liu, Jun;
  • Browning, Nigel D;
  • Wang, Chong-Min
  • et al.

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Electrode used in lithium-ion battery is invariably a composite of multifunctional components. The performance of the electrode is controlled by the interactive function of all components at mesoscale. Fundamental understanding of mesoscale phenomenon sets the basis for innovative designing of new materials. Here we report the achievement and origin of a significant performance enhancement of electrode for lithium ion batteries based on Si nanoparticles wrapped with conductive polymer. This new material is in marked contrast with conventional material, which exhibit fast capacity fade. In-situ TEM unveils that the enhanced cycling stability of the conductive polymer-Si composite is associated with mesoscale concordant function of Si nanoparticles and the conductive polymer. Reversible accommodation of the volume changes of Si by the conductive polymer allows good electrical contact between all the particles during the cycling process. In contrast, the failure of the conventional Si-electrode is probed to be the inadequate electrical contact.

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