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Lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries: Materials, Technology, and New Applications

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ISBN-13: 978-3527319831
ISBN-10: 3527319832
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Lithium ion batteries are both an established commercial market as well as a field of constant research and crucial for technological leadership. For example, battery duration is an extremely important selling point with almost any portable or handheld electronic device. Notebook computers, digital cameras, mobile phones, PDAs, mp3-players all rely on lithium ion batteries. Ultimately, powerful batteries are needed in vehicles to supplement or even entirely replace combustion engines.
Starting out with an introduction to the fundamentals of lithium ion batteries, this book begins by describing in detail the new materials for all four major uses as cathodes, anodes, separators, and electrolytes. It then goes on to address such critical issues as self-discharge and passivation effects, highlighting lithium ion diffusion and its profound effect on a battery's power density, life cycle and safety issues.

From the contents:
* Lithium Insertion Materials Having Spinel-Framework Structure for advanced Batteries
* Iron-Based Rare-Metal Free Cathodes
* Thermodynamics of Electrode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries
* Raman Microspectroscopy applied to the Study of Electrode Materials for Lithium Batteries
* Development of Lithium Ion Batteries: from the viewpoints of importance of the Electrolytes
* Characterization of Solid Polymer Electrolytes and Fabrication of All Solid-State Lithium Polymer Secondary Batteries
* Thin Film Metal Oxide Electrodes for Lithium Microbatteries
* Research and Development Work on Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries for High-Performance Environmental Vehicles

The monograph concludes with a detailed chapter on lithium ion battery use in hybrid electric vehicles.
Invaluable reading for materials scientists, electrochemists, physicists, and those working in the automobile and electrotechnical industries, as well as those working in computer hardware and the semiconductor industry.

About the Author

Kazunori Ozawa is President and CEO of Enax Inc. in Tokyo, Japan. Having studied physics and metallurgy at Tokyo and Pennsylvania Universities, he obtained his doctoral degree of engineering from Tohoku University with research on magnetic thin films. He spent most of his career working at the Sony Corporation in the field of ceramics, magnetic materials and batteries. He founded ENAX, Inc. in 1996, a specialist lithium ion battery company based in Tokyo that cooperates with numerous well-known international corporations. In 1994 he received both the Technology Paper Award from the Electrochemical Society (ECS) in Japan and the United States' ECS Technology Award, as well as in 2006 the IBA Technology Award.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527319832
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527319831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,549,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lithium-ion batteries are now in widespread use and while research and development continues at a fast pace to further understand the underlying science and continually improve the technology, this book unfortunately only focuses on the research aspect.

The list of contributors shows that 17 of the 20 individuals are from academia and this sets the tone for the entire book. The coverage of the underlying science of cathode materials is excellent, electrolytes less so and the anode coverage, limited to carbon materials and neglecting the emerging titanate compounds, is frankly quite poor. As for battery technology, the book fails miserably. When Benjamin Franklin coined the term "battery", he did so because the battery he saw for the first time to him resembled a "battery of cannon". It seems the editor of this book allows the term, as many do nowadays, to mean cell as well as battery. This is unfortunate, as the title of this book is thus misleading. You will not find any discussion of cell-balancing, charge regimes, thermal management, or any other battery related topic. Even the final chapter, from an affiliate of the Nissan company, focuses on the cell issues that need to be addressed for an electric vehicle application. One would have hoped for a discussion of battery life testing, depth of discharge, end of charge voltage cut-off, and other engineering topics so relevant to today's applications, but these are not included.

This is an up to date book on lithium-ion research activities and is of a high scientific standard. It should be considered a "must have" for researchers and students of the technology. Each chapter contains extensive references and all key contributors to the science and technology over the past thirty years are cited. Engineers, however, will be disappointed that battery systems and applications are not covered in any depth, and those with a limited budget may well choose to omit this book from their personal libraries.
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