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As the production of green electricity is exploding worldwide, so is the demand for more efficient electricity storage methods. The global market for batteries is growing fast, particularly as high power and high capacity cells are needed for large-scale applications such as automotive and household. In parallel, the demand for miniaturization and high performance in personal electronic devices is not abating. In this context, the lithium-ion technology is quickly gaining pace over older energy storage technologies such as lead-acid.

The electrodes in lithium-ions batteries are not solid structures but consist of a mixture of active materials in particulate form. Both the chemical composition and the particle size of the electrode material crucially influence battery performance. Here we investigated the particle size of carbon black, a commonly used cathode component, and of crystalline silicon, an innovative anode material.

During electrode production, the raw materials are processed into slurry before being deposited onto current collectors. The electrodes’ electrochemical properties depend both on the mixing ratio of the active materials and on the particle size distribution. Optimizing the particle size of the raw materials will thus ensure that the diffusion of the lithium ions is optimal and that electrode lithiation and delithiation are rapid and constant. In addition, checking particle size is also required to investigate the possible presence of agglomerates, as these might negatively impact electrode performance.

An experiment run by Anton Paar demonstrates how their Litesizer is a useful tool for the quality control of battery material.

Click on the link above and download their report to find out the interesting key findings of this experiment.

Anton Paar Ltd

Anton Paar develops, produces and distributes highly accurate laboratory instruments and process measuring systems, and provides custom-tailored automation and robotic solutions.

Anton Paar develops, produces and distributes highly accurate laboratory instruments and process measuring systems, and provides custom-tailored automation and robotic solutions.

It is the world leader in the measurement of density, concentration and CO2 and in the field of Rheometry. Other areas of specialty are: Viscometry, Polarimetry, Refractometry, Microwave Sample Preparation & Synthesis, Chemical and Mechanical Surface and Nanostructure Analysis.

With over 2200 employees at the headquarters in Graz (Austria) and the 25 sales subsidiaries worldwide, Anton Paar ensure that their products live up to their excellent reputation. The core competence of the company – high-precision production – and close contact to the scientific community form the basis for the quality of Anton Paar’s instruments.

A strong sales network in more than 110 countries guarantees customers rapid support and answers to their application and service queries.

Innovation is the basis for progress and every year Anton Paar invests more than 20 percent of the annual turnover in R&D.

Anton Paar Limited, a subsidiary of Anton Paar GmbH, provides sales, application support and service to users across the UK and Ireland.

With an office in St Albans (UK) and Dublin (Ireland) and a team of over 30 dedicated employees, Anton Paar Limited aims to provide first-class service at every stage in the customer relationship, ensuring our products live up to their excellent reputation.

Anton Paar Ltd
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St Albans
AL4 0LA
UK

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