Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 1–7

Oxidation processes on conducting carbon additives for lithium-ion batteries

Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10800-012-0499-9

Cite this article as:
La Mantia, F., Huggins, R.A. & Cui, Y. J Appl Electrochem (2013) 43: 1. doi:10.1007/s10800-012-0499-9


The oxidation processes at the interface between different types of typical carbon additives for lithium-ion batteries and carbonates electrolyte above 5 V versus Li/Li+ were investigated. Depending on the nature and surface area of the carbon additive, the irreversible capacity during galvanostatic cycling between 2.75 and 5.25 V versus Li/Li+ could be as high as 700 mAh g−1 (of carbon). In the potential region below 5 V versus Li/Li+, high surface carbon additives also showed irreversible plateaus at about 4.1–4.2 and 4.6 V versus Li/Li+. These plateaus disappeared after thermal treatments at or above 150 °C in inert gas. The influence of the irreversible capacity of carbon additives on the overall performances of positive electrodes was discussed.


Lithium-ion batteries Conductive additives High voltage positive electrode Electrolyte stability window Solid electrolyte interphase 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Zentrum für Elektrochemie, Ruhr-Universität BochumBochumGermany

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