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They have shown an impressive increase in the lifetime of these batteries by incorporating graphene as a carbon conductive matrix. By extensive and thorough characterizations, they have been able to understand the influence of graphene incorporation in the anode material. Indeed, SiNPs are readily destroyed by mechanical and chemical constrains associated to insertion-extraction of lithium and electrolyte decomposition during cycling processes. Graphene realizes a resilient wrapping of the SiNPs, keeping good electrical contacts whatever the volume changes. It also avoid direct contact with the electrolyte, limiting thus its degradation.
The final result is an electrode with a very high capacity (2000 mAh/g) after more than 200 cycles, one of the best results ever published in the literature. Another essential advantage is that these results have been achieved with an active mass loading close to what is used on an industrial scale.
Thesis presented March 26, 2021 by Thomas Clément.
Thesis presented December 18, 2020 by Diana Zapata Dominguez.
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