Future of e-Mobility is in the Hands of Chemicals & Materials Companies
Jul 8, 2019
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As the market grows for Electric Vehicles (EVs) and new technologies, material solutions will play an important role to meet new requirements and overcome design challenges. There has been a shift from graphite-based anodes to silicon-based anodes to improve battery charge capacity, as silicon has a high density of energy per unit of material and can store 10 times the charge as compared to graphite and improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. Next-generation batteries, such as sodium-ion and lithium-sulfur, are currently under development and are expected to replace the lithium-ion batteries in EVs; however, lithium-sulfur batteries become unstable over time and their electrodes deteriorate, thereby limiting their widespread adoption. With the advent of next-generation batteries, there would be a demand for more specific chemicals and materials that could function as binders to control the swelling and cracking of electrodes as well as act as a protective coating for them.