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CATHode Development For Enhanced iNterfacial Studies (CATH-DFENS)

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Project "CATHDFENS" data sheet

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city: LONDON
postcode: WC1E 6BT
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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 269˙857 €
 EC max contribution 269˙857 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2020-10-18


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 269˙857.00


 Project objective

Lithium-ion batteries have established themselves as the leading power source for mobile applications, however to meet ever increasing demands in energy density and durability, significant improvements must be realised. Whilst advances in each battery component (anode, electrolyte and cathode) are necessary, the cathode/electrolyte interface remains one of the least understood and least investigated aspects of battery design and thus provides one of the greatest opportunities to improve performance. This interface is the known location of battery degradation processes occurring at the nanometer level, however the use of appropriate investigative techniques to probe these length-scales is made difficult by complicated cathode chemistries and intricate surface geometries. Whilst there have been efforts to create ultra-low roughness (<1 nm) model experimental systems to investigate this scientifically important issue, there has been a lack in progress as to date; these samples have not been directly comparable with real battery systems with limited (or no) cyclability. The work performed in this proposal will overcome these limitations for the first time, utilising novel thin film fabrication techniques to create low surface roughness, thin film cathodes with defined crystal orientation. These films can be cycled in the same way as real electrodes meaning this important work will permit examination of cathode materials by novel scanning probe and synchrotron interfacial characterisation techniques developed at US National Laboratories for the first time. These methods are capable of probing interfacial processes occurring during battery operation with sub-nanometer resolution. The proposed undertaking represents an excellent training opportunity for the researcher; creating strong international academic collaborators and industrial partners which will aid in making him into a prominent European scientist, enabling him to secure a permanent academic position.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Rohit Satish, Kipil Lim, Nicolas Bucher, Steffen Hartung, Vanchiappan Aravindan, Joseph Franklin, Jun-Sik Lee, Michael F. Toney, Srinivasan Madhavi
Exploring the influence of iron substitution in lithium rich layered oxides Li 2 Ru 1−x Fe x O 3 : triggering the anionic redox reaction
published pages: 14387-14396, ISSN: 2050-7488, DOI: 10.1039/c7ta04194b
Journal of Materials Chemistry A 5/27 2019-12-16
2018 Sean Lubner, Sumanjeet Kaur, Joseph Franklin, Ravi Prasher
published pages: 5919-5927, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1615/ihtc16.mpe.021085
International Heat Transfer Conference 16 2019-12-16
2018 Xiao Chen, Márton Vörös, Juan C. Garcia, Tim T. Fister, D. Bruce Buchholz, Joseph Franklin, Yingge Du, Timothy C. Droubay, Zhenxing Feng, Hakim Iddir, Larry A. Curtiss, Michael J. Bedzyk, Paul Fenter
Strain-Driven Mn-Reorganization in Overlithiated LixMn2O4 Epitaxial Thin-Film Electrodes
published pages: 2526-2535, ISSN: 2574-0962, DOI:
ACS Applied Energy Materials ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2018, 1 2019-12-16

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