Review: Recent research progress in surface modification of LiFePO4 cathode materials

Le LI, Lu WU, Fang WU, Shipai SONG, Xiaoqing ZHANG, Chen FU, Dingding YUAN, Yong XIANG

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The olivine structure lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) is considered as one of the promising lithium ion batteries cathode materials for its high theoretical specific capacity, excellent reversibility, thermal stability, environmental friendliness, and low cost. However, the application of LiFePO4 in vehicle power battery was hindered by its poor electronic and ionic conductivity. To solve these problems, various strategies, including surface coating, element doping, and particle size reduction were proposed. In this review, we summed up some recent researches on surface modification of LiFePO4 and explained the mechanisms of modification. Moreover, the defects and advantages of these modification methods were discussed. Finally, an outlook for the surface modifications of LiFePO4 cathode materials was given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A2138-A2150
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number9
Early online date21 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The authors grateful acknowledge the support from National Natural Science Foundation of China, grant No. 51472044.


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