Batteries, especially secondary (rechargeable) batteries have greatly contributed to not only the growth of the consumer electronics market, but the emergence of green markets such as the electric vehicle (EV) market through the ability to store large amounts of energy. The carbon neutral future thus depends on the continued research and development in key aspects of batteries such as energy density, cost and safety.
Li-ion batteries have become the most common form of secondary batteries due to their high operating voltage, high energy density and good fast-charging capabilities. Despite this, for higher EV adoption, there is still a need to develop higher energy density Li-ion batteries that are both safer and have a longer lifespan. Thus, research on next-generation Li-ion batteries is increasingly more active, with cathodes (e.g. Li-rich, High-Ni), anodes (e.g. Li Metal, Si) and electrolytes (e.g. Solid State) seeing constant breakthroughs and developments.
In our lab, our research is focused on the development of next-generation Li-ion battery materials, such as Li-rich Layered Oxide Cathodes (LLC), Li Metal Anodes and Solid State Electrolyte batteries. Our priority lies in meeting the aforementioned needs of the next-generation Li-ion batteries through novel material synthesis and modification, which is validated through chemical, physical and electrochemical analytical techniques.