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The development of lithium intercalation materials and techniques for their characterisation

Objective

This proposed Network is concerned with the development of an enabling techno within the context of work on very thin films that are electrochemically active, produced or modified by electrochemical means. The techniques of choice for the analysis and chemical characterization of thin films in general are X-ray photo- electron spectroscopy (XPS), or SIMS. These methods are UHV and highly suited for characterization of films produced in-vacuum but many of the active materials are air-sensitive and it is necessary to use protected transfer from a bench-top cell or, better still, to use an in-spectrometer electrochemical cell. The proposed Network will address, on the one hand, the problem of specimen transfer and, on the other hand, the realization of opportunities stemming from production of high quality thin films and their characterization In parallel with the drive for improved vehicle batteries there is a view that high speed integrated circuits may, in future, require incorporation of micro-batteries at nodal points within the circuit in order to minimize the power loses associated with power distribution along interconnects of ever decreasing dimensions. Microbatteries would also be necessary to power Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) Such batteries would be based on thin film technology. In addition to the use of Li intercalation for battery applications an area of increasing importance is found in optical devices in which modulation of the dielectric properties such as refractive index is required. Typical applications of this technology are smart windows and antiglare screens, in which thin films serve as source and sink for lithium ions. In addition to the development of a cache of trained young researchers, the work undertaken by the Network Participants can be expected to augment, significantly, the European understanding and perspective on lithium ion batteries. In terms of the Priorities given for the Framework 6 Funding Progra

Funding Scheme

NET - Research network contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Address

GU2 7XH Guildford
United Kingdom

Participants (5)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie 11
75005 Paris
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DE CHIMIE DE PARIS
France
Address
Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie 11
75231 Paris
UNIVERSITAET DARMSTADT/TU
Germany
Address
Petersenstrasse, 23
64287 Darmstadt
UNIVERSITY OF ROME "LA SAPIENZA"
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DELLA BASILICATA
Italy
Address
Via Nazario Sauro 85
85100 Potenza