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Chin. Phys. B, 2016, Vol. 25(1): 014601    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/25/1/014601
Special Issue: TOPICAL REVIEW — Fundamental physics research in lithium batteries
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Mechanics of high-capacity electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

Ting Zhu
Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332, USA

Rechargeable batteries, such as lithium-ion batteries, play an important role in the emerging sustainable energy landscape. Mechanical degradation and resulting capacity fade in high-capacity electrode materials critically hinder their use in high-performance lithium-ion batteries. This paper presents an overview of recent advances in understanding the electrochemically-induced mechanical behavior of the electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries. Particular emphasis is placed on stress generation and facture in high-capacity anode materials such as silicon. Finally, we identify several important unresolved issues for future research.

Keywords:  lithium-ion batteries      mechanics      electrochemistry      silicon  
Received:  15 August 2015      Revised:  14 November 2015      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  46.50.+a (Fracture mechanics, fatigue and cracks)  
  62.20.-x (Mechanical properties of solids)  
  82.45.Fk (Electrodes)  

Project support by the NSF (Grant Nos. CMMI 1100205 and DMR 1410936).

Corresponding Authors:  Ting Zhu     E-mail:

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Ting Zhu Mechanics of high-capacity electrodes in lithium-ion batteries 2016 Chin. Phys. B 25 014601

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