Current collectors are the substrates on which anode and cathode active materials are deposited in a lithium ion battery. They do NOT contribute to battery energy density. Their role is to transport electrons from the location of redox reactions in the active material towards wiring tabs and through the load (cell phone or electric motor, etc). Traditionally, current collectors need high transverse electron conductivity parallel to the sheet plane as well as flexibility and high mechanical strength to allow for tight electrode winding into cells, under high tension. In addition, current collectors need to block any ion transport across the foil which would short the cell. These requirements have traditionally limited a choice of current collector materials to metallic foils such as copper and aluminum, circa 10 micron in thickness. It is desirable to reduce the weight of current collectors which currently can account for as high as 50% of electrode weight in a lithium ion cell. This podcast discusses professor Gogotsi’s invention of mxene based, 2D, light current collectors.
Published by Claudiu “Bobby” Bucur
Claudiu B. Bucur obtained his Ph.D. in 2008 from Florida State University under the mentorship of distinguished Leo Mandelkern Professor of Polymer Science, Joseph B. Schlenoff. He studied the manner in which polyelectrolyte multilayers assemble, and how doping them with ions changes their mechanical and thermodynamic properties. In 2010 he completed his postdoctoral studies at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Labs, where he investigated corrosion inhibition via biomembranes. Dr. Bucur then joined the Post Lithium Ion Research Group at the Toyota Research Institute of North America, where he focused on metallic anodes such as magnesium, lithium, sodium, and their electrolytes as well as high capacity conversion cathodes such as the sulfur cathode. He expanded upon his experience with polymers, corrosion, and interfaces and was able to advance many areas in the battery field. Currently, Dr. Bucur is Chief Engineer for new battery and solid electrolyte projects at Great Wall Motor, the largest SUV manufacturer in China. He is fascinated by energy storage and dreams of creating the ultimate battery. View all posts by Claudiu “Bobby” Bucur