Batteries are crucial for a variety of applications ranging from electric cars to smartphones and hearing aids. Current battery materials are being challenged trying to keep up with technological advancements and customer experience. The charging time, energy density, safety, size and weight of batteries are in need of improvement.
By nano-structuring the electrode materials several improvements can be made. Nanoparticle coatings on the electrodes increase the surface area, improving efficiency in both charging time and capacity, without adding extra weight. Nanoparticles also have less negative impact on the shelf life of the electrodes, as their volume expansion during cycling is a fraction of those of microparticles, causing less strain on the electrode material.
Redesigning the material needed for batteries also provides the opportunity to engineer less flammable materials, improving the safety of for example smartphone batteries. Other possible benefits are preventing unwanted discharge or reducing precious materials in batteries.
With VSPARTICLE tools you can create new nanostructured materials for the battery electrodes. Depositing sub 20nm nanoparticles on electrodes enables you to greatly increase surface area and make use of unique nanoparticle properties. By playing around with different materials and compositions, newly developed materials can help solve the current challenges in battery innovation.