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High Precision Coulometry of Commercial PAN-Based Carbon Fibers as Electrodes in Structural Batteries
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemical Engineering and Technology, Applied Electrochemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2029-4945
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemical Engineering and Technology, Applied Electrochemistry. Swerea KIMAB AB, Sweden.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemical Engineering and Technology, Applied Electrochemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9203-9313
2016 (English)In: Journal of the Electrochemical Society, ISSN 0013-4651, E-ISSN 1945-7111, Vol. 163, no 8, p. A1790-A1797Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Carbon fibers have the combined mechanical and electrochemical properties needed to make them particularly well suited for usage as electrodes in a structural lithium-ion battery, a material that simultaneously works as a battery and a structural composite. Presented in this paper is an evaluation of commercial polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fibers in terms of capacity and coulombic efficiency, as well as a microstructural and surface evaluation. Some polyacrylonitrile based carbon fibers intercalate lithium ions, resulting in a similar capacity as state-of-the-art graphite based electrodes, presently the most commonly used negative electrode material. Using high precision coulometry, we found a capacity of around 250-350 mAh/g and a very high coulombic efficiency of over 99.9% after ten cycles, which is even higher than a commercial state-of-the art graphitic electrode evaluated as reference. The high coulombic efficiency is attributed to the very low surface area of the carbon fibers, resulting in a small and stable solid-electrolyte interface layer. A highly graphitized ultra high modulus carbon fiber was evaluated as well and, compared to the other fibers, less lithium was inserted (corresponding to approximately 150 mAh/g). We show that the use of carbon fibers as an electrode material in a structural composite battery is indeed viable.

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2016. Vol. 163, no 8, p. A1790-A1797
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Chemical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-190528DOI: 10.1149/2.0041609jesISI: 000379688000041Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84978063168OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-190528DiVA, id: diva2:952999
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Swedish Energy Agency, 37712-1
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QC 20160816

Available from: 2016-08-16 Created: 2016-08-12 Last updated: 2018-05-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Carbon Fibres for Multifunctional Lithium-Ion Batteries
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Carbon Fibres for Multifunctional Lithium-Ion Batteries
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The transportation industry today faces many challenges because of the rapid movement towards electrification. One major challenge is the weight of the battery, which limits the effectiveness of the vehicles. One of the possible routes to reduce the weight on a system-level is introducing structural batteries, batteries that simultaneously storeenergy and hold a mechanical load. Placing these batteries in a load-bearing part of the structure reduces weight and increases effectiveness on a system level. Carbon fibres are especially suited for structural batteries because of the high performance as reinforcement material in a polymer composite, as well as the ability to insert lithium to function as negative electrodes in batteries.

Another field that has attracted attention the latest years is flexible batteries due to the emerging of flexible displays and wearable electronics. Carbon fibres can be a suitable material in flexible batteries due to the good conductivity, mechanical integrity and ability to forman integrated flexible film with cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) as binder.

This thesis focuses on the usage of carbon fibres in structural and flexible batteries. Lignin based and commercial carbon fibres are evaluated as negative electrodes using a combination of electrochemical methods, material characterization and mechanical testing. Further, the diffusion is characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, revealing an inequality of axial and radial diffusion in carbon fibres. The carbon fibres with a largely disordered structure show most promise as a negative electrode, with a capacity similar to graphite and having a high coulombic efficiency.

Carbon fibres used as current collectors are evaluated as well, both continuous LiFePO4 coated carbon fibres with electrophoretic deposition for structural positive electrode applications and chopped carbonfibres bounded by CNF as a layer in a flexible electrode. The LiFePO4 coated carbon fibres show promise as a structural electrode with moderatecapacity, high coulombic efficiency, good rate performance and good adhesion between fibres and coating. The flexible electrodes with carbon fibres as current collectors perform well with a high capacity, good rate performance, low weight and high flexibility. The electrodes withstand bending for 4000 times without any performance degradation.

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Kungliga tekniska högskolan, 2018. p. 78
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Other Chemical Engineering
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Chemical Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-227296 (URN)978-91-7729-763-5 (ISBN)
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2018-05-30, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Swedish Energy Agency, 37712-1
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QC 20180507

Available from: 2018-05-07 Created: 2018-05-07 Last updated: 2018-05-07Bibliographically approved

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