AEROSIL® fumed silica and AEROXIDE® fumed metal oxides for lithium ion batteries

Lithium ion batteries (LIB) are used for various applications including consumer electronics and power tools but also as large battery assembly in the new up-coming market of electric vehicles.

Li-ion battery technology offers distinct advantages over other batteries especially their excellent energy-to-weight ratio and low self-discharge rate. Therefore they are thinner, lighter and generally achieve longer operating times than many other rechargeable batteries. Lithium polymer batteries are a sub-class of Li-ion batteries, featuring a solid or gelled, non-flammable and spill proof electrolyte.

AEROXIDE® fumed metal oxides are used in lithium-ion batteries to increase the battery safety. The fumed alumina particles can be applied as ceramic coating or filler for microporous separators. The use of AEROXIDE® aluminum oxide for LIB separators results in the following beneficial effects:

  • Decrease of the separator shrinkage at higher temperature

  • Increase in mechanical strength

  • Increase in electrolyte wettability

Furthermore, AEROXIDE® fumed alumina is used as additive for the coating of cathode materials to enhance the following properties:

  • Increase of capacity retention

  • Improvement of battery cycle life

AEROSIL® fumed silica as well as AEROXIDE® fumed alumina is applied as additive in lithium polymer batteries for the following beneficial effects:

  • Increase in battery capacity and rate capability

  • Improvement of battery efficiency at lower working temperatures

  • Increase in battery life time

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