A promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Figure 1. Poly can be derived from biological processes and processed to create fast-charging batteries. The adoption of electric vehicles will make them more attractive to consumers and lead to a cleaner environment. Noriyoshi Matsumi is from Jaipur.

A bio-based material could be used to make a stable anode material that could be used to charge electric vehicles.

With the climate change concerns, an ever-increasing number of researchers are currently focusing on improving electric vehicles to make them a more attractive alternative to conventional gas cars. Improving the battery for EV is a key issue. Most people want quick charging. It takes 40 minutes for an electric vehicle to charge while gas cars can be charged in less than five minutes. The time it takes to charge needs to be less than 15 minutes.

New strategies are always being sought to improve their performance, and lith-ion batteries are an option in the field of EVs. Increasing the interlayer distance in the carbon-based materials used in the battery's anode can be used to shorten the charging time of LIBs. There is no easy way to control interlayer distance or concentrate the element, even though nitrogen ionising has been achieved with some success.

A team of scientists from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) recently developed an approach for anode fabrication that could lead to extreme fast charging of LIBs. The team is led by Prof. Noriyoshi Matsumi. Their findings were published online.

Their strategy is a relatively simple and efficient way to produce a carbon-based anode with high nitrogen content. Poly is a bio-based material that can be made from raw materials. The team was able to prepare a carbon anode with a record-setting nitrogen content of 17 percent in weight by Calculating this thermally stable material at 800 C. They studied the structure and composition of this material using a variety of techniques, including scanning electron tunneling microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

Figure 2. The proposed material is ideal for fast charging because of its high nitrogen content and enhanced interlayer spacing. The proposed anode material is very stable and retains most of its original capacity even after thousands of cycles. Noriyoshi Matsumi is from Jaipur.

The researchers built half-cells and full-cells and conducted charge–discharge experiments to compare the performance of their anode with the more common graphite. Thanks to its enhanced Li2O2 levels, the proposed anode material proved to be suitable for fast charging. The batteries with the proposed anode material retained about 90 percent of their initial capacity even after 3000 charge-discharge cycles at high rates, which is more than the capacity retained by graphite-based cells.

Professor Matsumi is excited about the results, he says that the anode material they prepared could make it suitable for use in EVs. It is hoped that shorter charging times will encourage consumers to choose electric vehicles over gasoline-based vehicles, which will lead to cleaner environments in every major city across the world.

The use of a bio-based polymer in the synthesis of the anode material is a notable advantage. As a low-carbon technology, the material leads to a synergistic effect that reduces CO2 emissions further. Professor Matsumi says that the use of our approach will advance the study of structure and property relationships in anode materials.

Modifications to the structure of the precursor could lead to even better performance, which is relevant for portable electronics. The global consumption of rare metals will decrease due to the development of highly durable batteries.

A bio-based battery using heavily nitrogen doped carbon is being studied. The DOI is 10.1039/D1CC04

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The Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology is located in Japan.

A promising anode material for batteries was retrieved on December 20th, 2021.

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