Journal of The Electrochemical Society, Vol. 167, February 2020, DOI:10.1149/1945-7111/ab697a

Copper Dissolution in Overdischarged Lithium-ion Cells: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Analysis

Christopher E. Hendricks 1,2, Azzam N. Mansour 1, Daphne A. Fuentevilla 1, Gordon H. Waller 1, Jonathan K. Ko 1, and Michael G. Pecht 2
1 Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, United States of America
2 CALCE, Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20740, USA


In some applications, such as military or back-up energy applications, lithium-ion batteries can undergo storage for multiple years without use. If the batteries are not properly maintained, the pack voltage can decrease over time due to cell self-discharge, battery management system power requirements, and parasitic loads. However, lithium-ion batteries have a recommended discharge voltage limit corresponding to a nominal 0% state of charge, and if discharged below this limit, they will experience an overdischarge condition which can lead to dissolution of the copper current collector and introduce potential safety and performance issues. This paper investigates the nature of copper dissolution in overdischarged lithium-ion batteries including the relative concentration and chemical state of the copper found in overdischarged batteries through characterization by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy.

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