Lithium Batteries: (Adv. Funct. Mater. 10/2009)


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The cover picture is a scanning electron microscopy image of uncoated and 0.5 wt% TiO2 nanoparticle-coated LiCoO2 cathode particles, which are investigated in the research and development of lithium rechargeable batteries that require high power, high capacity, and high safety. TiO2 nanoparticles with sizes below 100 nm are mixed with LiCoO2 particles with an average particle size of 20 µm in a rotating jar at 200 rpm. The mixed particles are then fired at 1000°C for 5 h in air. The uncoated and 0.5 wt% coated particles show similar surface morphologies to each other. Despite the use of dry coating, Ti atoms appear to distribute uniformly throughout the particles. The advantage of this method is a simplified and cost-effective coating procedure, and these electrochemical enhancements can lead to versatile potential applications of the batteries, and provide breakthroughs in the power supply of mobile electronics.