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Implications of Local Cathode Structure in Solid-State Batteries...

Publication Type
Book Chapter
Publication Date
Page Numbers
113 to 132
Publisher Name
American Chemical Society
Publisher Location
Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America

Solid-state batteries (SSBs) are promising candidates for energy storage systems—specifically for automotive applications—owing to their higher energy density and supreme safety. SSBs currently must improve area-specific cathode loadings as well as the electro-chemo-mechanical stability at high voltages. Composite cathodes in SSBs are comprised of active material, ion and electronic conductors, binders, and electronic conducting materials. In addition to experimental limitations with engineering thick cathode architectures, low utilization and chemomechanical degradation of the cathodes limit the performance of composite cathodes. Composite cathodes must optimize several parameters simultaneously to achieve high performances that include loading, electrochemically active surface area, mechanical resilience, and porosity. This chapter summarizes the current state-of-the-art applications with regard to composite cathodes for SSBs and provides insights into cathode architectures using geometric packing models. Tailoring ion and electron transport pathways within the electrode while mitigating operational stresses is crucial for achieving energy-dense cathode structres for SSBs.