Characterization of thermally aged AlPO4-coated LiCoO2 thin films
Department of Advanced Materials Engineering, Kyonggi University, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, 443-760, Republic of Korea
Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:12 doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-12Published: 5 January 2012
The electrochemical properties and stability during storage of pristine and AlPO4-coated LiCoO2 thin films were characterized. The wide and smooth surface of the thin film electrode might provide an opportunity for one to observe surface reactions with an electrolyte. The rate capability and cyclic performance of the LiCoO2 thin film were enhanced by AlPO4 surface coating. Based on secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis and scanning electron microscopy images of the surface, it was confirmed that the coating layer was successfully protected from the reactive electrolyte during storage at 90°C. In contrast, the surface of the pristine sample was severely damaged after storage.