Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Microelectronics-Photonics (MS)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graphene, Lithium Cobalt Oxide, Lithium Ion Batteries
One of the objectives of this thesis work was to investigate the cathode performance of lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) incorporated with graphene powder in lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Graphene powder was incorporated into cathode materials to enhance the performance of LIBs. The other objective was to impede the construction of a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) sheet using graphene sheet coating on its cathode.
The results of this work show that adding graphene powder improved the performance of LiCoO¬2 as a cathode material. With the incorporation of different weight percentages of graphene powder, the LiBs showed distinct changes in their charging and discharging characteristics. The cell with its cathode incorporated with a 0.5 wt.% graphene powder exhibited the highest discharge capacity at currents 0.1 C and 0.5 C, The incorporation of 1 wt.% graphene powder contributed the most stable performance of the cathode at currents from 0.1 C to 2 C. In addition, the cell with its cathode incorporated with 2 wt.% graphene powder exhibited a higher discharge capacity of the cathode.
Conversely, the cathodes coated with one graphene sheet exhibited lower discharge capacity than that of the pristine cathode. This can be explained by the transfer limit of lithium ions as the graphene sheet blocked the electrolyte immersing into cathode materials, thus only part of cathode materials participate in the process of lithium ion transfer.
Wang, K. (2018). The Incorporation of Graphene to Lithium Cobalt Oxide as a Cathode to Improve the Performance of Lithium Ion Batteries. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/2780