Materials Synthesis and Development

Group

Precursor-Derived Ceramics

Topic

Anode material with high specific surface area.

Cathode material LiFePO4 with high specific surface area.

The development of efficient, high-performance and long-term stable Lithium ion batteries demands the use of innovative anode and cathode active materials. As an expert in synthesis and modification of precursor-derived ceramics, the focus of the group is on research and development of precursor-derived active materials via the specific and direct tuning of parameters such as material composition, structure and morphology, which play a key role in material properties.

Main topic in the research field of anode active materials are silicon-based, polymer-derived materials possessing high specific charge/discharge capacities. Research on cathode materials is focused on materials such as LiFePO4, LiMnPO4 und LiFexMn1-xPO4.

In cooperation with system and technology developers, synthesis and processing of electrode materials are optimized for industrial scaled processing routes.


Services offered
 

  • Synthesis of precursor-derived anode and cathode materials
  • Thermal treatment/conversion in inert and reactive atmospheres
  • Wet chemical and solid state reaction based synthesis of materials
  • Solvothermal conversion of precursors to inorganic materials
  • Optimization of specific surface area
  • Coating of active materials with carbon to improve electrical properties


Technical equipment
 

  • Fully equipped chemical laboratories, glove box and Schlenk technique for synthesis under inert conditions
  • Furnaces equipped for pyrolysis in inert and reactive atmosphere
  • Autoclaves for solvothermal treatments with volumes ranging from 100 ml to 2 l