Effect of Binder Content on Silicon Microparticle Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Anita Li, Jacob L. Hempel, Michael P. Balogh, Yang Tse Cheng, Alan I. Taub

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Formulation strongly influences the structure, properties, and electrochemical performance in composite electrodes. The role of polymeric binders is especially critical for electrodes containing high volume change active materials, such as silicon. In this study, we investigated the impact of polyimide binder in silicon microparticle electrodes. The impact of binder content on electrode adhesion to the current collector, cohesion, porosity, electrical resistivity, local electrical connectivity, and silicon utilization was characterized in pristine and cycled electrodes to elucidate the mechanisms driving the electrochemical performance during rate and cycle life tests of Si-NMC622 full cells. We observed that capacity retention improved with increasing binder content, but rate performance suffered with excess binder content, indicating that there is an optimal binder weight fraction to balance the trade-off between these two metrics. Our research reveals important design principles for the optimization of binder content in silicon electrode formulations and can be applied to the development of electrodes containing other active materials and conductive additives.

Original languageEnglish
Article number010533
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published on behalf of The Electrochemical Society by IOP Publishing Limited.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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