Characterization of the 3-dimensional microstructure of a graphite negative electrode from a Li-ion battery

P.R. Shearing, L.E. Howard, Peter Stanley Jørgensen, N.P. Brandon, S.J. Harris

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    Abstract

    The 3-dimensional microstructure of a porous electrode from a lithium-ion battery has been characterized for the first time. We use X-ray tomography to reconstruct a 43 × 348 × 478 μm sample volume with voxel dimensions of 480 nm, subsequent division of the reconstructed volumes into sub-volumes of different sizes allow us to determine microstructural parameters as a function of sub-division size. We show that the minimum size for a representative volume element is about 43 × 60 × 60 μm for volume-specific surface area, but as large as the full sample volume for porosity and tortuosity.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalElectrochemistry Communications
    Volume12
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)374-377
    ISSN1388-2481
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
    • Fuel Cells and hydrogen

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