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Effect of complexing agents on the electrochemical performance of LiFePO4/C prepared by sol-gel method

Rong Yang12, Erwei Kang2, Bailing Jiang2 and Jou-Hyeon Ahn1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Research Institute for Green Energy Convergence Technology, Gyeongsang National University, 900 Gajwa-dong, Jinju, 600-701, Korea

2 Department of Applied Chemistry, Xi'an University of Technology, Xi'an, 710048, Shaanxi, People's Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:40  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-40

Published: 5 January 2012


LiFePO4/C is synthesized via sol-gel method using Fe3+ as iron sources and different complexing agents, followed by sintering at high temperature for crystallization. The amount of carbon in these composites is less than 6.8 wt.%, and the X-ray diffraction experiment confirms that all samples are pure single phase indexed with the orthorhombic Pnma space group. The particle size of the LiFePO4/C synthesized by acetic acid as a complexing agent is very fine with a size of 200 nm. The electrochemical performance of this material, including reversible capacity, cycle number, and charge-discharge characteristics, is better than those of LiFePO4/C synthesized by other complexing agents. The cell of this sample can deliver a discharge capacity of 161.1 mAh g-1 at the first cycle. After 30 cycles, the capacity decreases to 157.5 mAh g-1, and the capacity fading rate is 2.2%. The mechanism is studied to explain the effect of a complexing agent on the synthesis of LiFePO4/C by sol-gel method. The results show that the complexing agent with a low stability constant may be proper for the synthetic process of LiFePO4/C via sol-gel method.

lithium-ion batteries; cathode material; lithium iron phosphate; sol-gel method; complexing agent