Highly networked nanostructured battery electrode materials offer the possibility of achieving both rapid battery charge-discharge rates and high storage capacity. Recently, lithium ion battery (LIB) electrodes based on a 2-D honeycomb architecture were shown to undergo remarkable and reversible morphological changes during the lithiation process. Charge-discharge rates in 3-D composite electrode have also been shown to benefit from sandwiching the electrolytically active material between highly conductive ion and electron transport pathways to reduce electrical resistance and solid-state diffusion lengths. In the present work we simulate and analyze the observed morphological changes in honeycomb electrodes, with and without the presence of conductive pathways, during the lithiation-delithiation process. Diffusion induced stresses are analyzed for such structures undergoing elastic-plastic deformation during cycling. The results show that such a periodic, nanostructured electrode geometry allows for the presence of buckling-like deformation modes, which effectively reduce the resulting mechanical stresses that lead to electrode failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1103-1121
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Buckling
  • Diffusion-induced stress
  • Elastic-plastic deformation
  • Intercalation-deintercalation
  • Lithium electrodes
  • Three-dimensional electrode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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