Deterministic Design of Chemistry and Mesostructure in Li-Ion Battery Electrodes

Paul V. Braun, John B. Cook

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All battery electrodes have complex internal three-dimensional architectures that have traditionally been formed through the random packing of the electrode components. What is now emerging is a new concept in battery electrode design, where the important electronic and ionic pathways, as well as the chemical interactions between the components of the electrode, are deterministically designed. Deterministic design enables far better properties than are possible through random packing, including dramatic improvements in both power and energy. Such a design approach is particularly attractive for emerging high-energy-density materials, which require available free volume as they swell during cycling. In addition to controlled structure, another important facet of the design of such systems is the stable chemical linkages between the active material and the conductive network that survive the lithiation and delithiation processes. In this Perspective, we discuss and provide our views on deterministically designed battery electrodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3060-3064
Number of pages5
JournalACS Nano
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 24 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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