Pulsed laser deposition and electrochemical characterization of LiFePO 4-Ag composite thin films

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3885-3896
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2007


A simple approach is proposed to enhance the electrical conductivity of olivine-structured LiFePO4 thin films by uniformly dispersing small fractions of highly conductive silver (ca. 1.37 wt %) throughout the LiFePO 4 film. In this approach, a highly densified (>85 %) LiFePO 4-Ag target was first fabricated by coating conductive silver nanoparticles onto the surfaces of hydrothermally synthesized LiFePO4 ultrafine particles by a soft chemical route. Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) was then employed to deposit LiFePO4-Ag composite thin films on the Si/SiO2/Ti/Pt substrates. The PLD experimental parameters were optimized to obtain well-crystallized and olivine-phase pure LiFePO 4-Ag composite thin films with smooth surfaces and homogeneous thicknesses. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectrometry (Raman), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), DC conductivity measurements, cyclic voltammetry(CV), as well as galvanostatic measurements were employed to characterize the as-obtained LiFePO4-Ag composite films. The results revealed that after silver incorporation, the olivine LiFePO 4 film cathode shows a superior electrochemical performance with a good combination of moderate specific capacity, stable cycling, and most importantly, a remarkable tolerance against high rates and over-charging and -discharging. © 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.