Novel manufacturing routes for solid state batteries

New ideas for manufacturing the electrodes used in Li ion and other batteries will be investigated in order to produce improvements in one or more of energy density, power density, cycle life, safety and reduced cost. The research involves developing new ideas and equipment for layer-by-layer, 3D printing, patterning and other types of fabrication for the various parts of a battery, with each layer optimised for its specific function and location in the device. For example, using layer-by-layer processing to adjust the electrode microstructure progressively during fabrication to improve ion mobility from place to place in the electrode, in order to reduce charge and discharge times for electric vehicle applications. The project will involve a combination of novel processing and equipment development, modelling of battery behaviour, detailed microstructural characterisation and energy storage measurements.

Graded electrode

Manufacturing Graded Electrodes


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