Lithium-ion batteries are becoming increasingly important to meet the energy-storage needs of new technologies such as electric cars and household-level storage of solar energy. In order to achieve higher capacities and better cycling stability for the Li-ion batteries, new electrode compounds are needed.
The aim of the proposed project is the discovery and characterization of novel Li-containing materials (Zintl phases) for Li-ion batteries. We focus on the relatively unexplored material compositions including lithium, silver, copper, silicon, and germanium. The work to be carried out is an innovative combination of experimental (Fässler/TUM) and computational chemistry (Karttunen/Aalto).