Hydrothermal synthesis of LiCoO2 for lithium rechargeable batteries

Alexander Burukhin, Oleg Brylev, Pascal Hany, Bulat R. Churagulov

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Ultrafine powders of LiCoO2 were prepared under mild hydrothermal conditions. Reactant mixtures of aqueous solutions of cobalt (II) nitrate, lithium hydroxide and hydrogen peroxide with different Co/Li and Co/H2O2 ratios were hydrothermally treated at 150-250 °C for 0.5-24 h in a Teflon-lined autoclave. Only HT-LiCoO2 phase was observed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) electron microscopies revealed the formation of well-crystallized hexagonal platelike particles with average size 70-200 nm. The increase in LiOH concentration results in better crystallinity. Annealing of hydrothermally prepared LiCoO2 at 230 °C leads to decreasing initial capacity from 130 down to 120 mA h/g, but improves cyclability (fade rate drops from 3.1 to 1.6 mA h/g per cycle). Submicrometric particle size and high surface area results in good electrochemical properties for high discharge rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-263
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Ionics
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventSSP- 2000 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 11 Dec 200013 Dec 2000


  • Hydrothermal synthesis
  • LiCoO
  • Lithium batteries


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