Electrode side reactions, capacity loss and mechanical degradation in lithium-ion batteries

Jiagang Xu, Rutooj D. Deshpande, Jie Pan, Yang Tse Cheng, Vincent S. Battaglia

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For advancing lithium-ion battery (LIB) technologies, a detailed understanding of battery degradation mechanisms is important. In this article, experimental observations are provided to elucidate the relation between side reactions, mechanical degradation, and capacity loss in LIBs. Graphite/Li(Ni1/3Mn1/3Co1/3)O2 cells of two very different initial anode/cathode capacity ratios (R, both R > 1) are assembled to investigate the electrochemical behavior. The initial charge capacity of the cathode is observed to be affected by the anode loading, indicating that the electrolyte reactions on the anode affect the electrolyte reactions on the cathode. Additionally, the rate of "marching" of the cathode is found to be affected by the anode loading. These findings attest to the "cross-talk" between the two electrodes. During cycling, the cell with the higher R value display a lower columbic efficiency, yet a lower capacity fade rate as compared to the cell with the smaller R. This supports the notion that columbic efficiency is not a perfect predictor of capacity fade. Capacity loss is attributed to the irreversible production of new solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) facilitated by the mechanical degradation of the SEI. The higher capacity fade in the cell with the lower R is explained with the theory of diffusion-induced stresses (DISs).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A2026-A2035
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2015

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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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