Composite Cathodes

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Solid state electrolytes (SSEs) have attracted significant attentions. Compared to conventional liquid electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries, SSEs can eliminate most safety issues by avoiding the use of flammable organic chemicals.

One of the major challenges of SSEs is the high interfacial resistance. The interfacial contact between SSE and an electrode will be further deteriorated during the expansion and shrinkage of the electrode during cycling. To reduce the resistance, it is critical to create ionic conduction pathways between solid electrolytes and electrodes interface as well as reduce the stress at the interface caused by expansion during charging and discharging. Using composite cathodes is one of the interfacial modification techniques. Composite cathodes are composed of active materials, electronic conductive additives and ionic conductive fillers such as SSE which can provide ionic pathway.

Composite cathodes have a substantial influence on transport phenomena which can  consequently affect electrochemical performance. However, composite cathode optimization is often overlooked.

All ceramic composite cathodes

All ceramic composite cathodes have higher safety, but it can lead to higher interfacial resistance due to their poor binding properties.

Ceramic solid electrolytes can further be categorized into two types: oxide-based and sulfide-based materials. Below are some applications for different types of composite cathodes and their performance.

Cell Configuration

Composite Cathode

Test condition

Discharge capacity




LLZO+LCO + carbon


at 80



Porous LLZO scaffold with solution infiltration



LLZO+LCO + carbon


at 50


(50 mA cm-2)

Solid-state sintering





at R.T.

110 mAh/g

(64 µA/cm²)

Cold press method



LNO-coated NCM111+



at R.T.

140 mAh/g

(0.13 mA/cm-2)




MSE Supplies offers various cathode materials and solid state electrolyte materials such as LLZO, LPSCL etc.

Semi-crystalline polymer

Using semi-crystalline polymer electrolytes as catholytes is a common strategy to formulate composite cathodes. The polymers can have a better interfacial contact and act as more effective binders than ceramics.

Cell Configuration

Composite Cathode

Test Condition

Discharge capacity



Li/PEO-LiTFSI + LLZO nanowires/ LFP

LFP+ PEO-LiTFSI+ carbon black


at 60 °C


158.8 mAh/g

(0.5 C)




NMC 622+ super P+ PEO-LiClO4-LLZO

at 55 °C

166 mAh/g






at 70 °C


143 mAh/g





NCM523, PVDF, Super P, LiTFSI and SCN 

2.5-4.3 V

at 25 °C

146.9 mAh/g


SCN can improve ion conductivity; PVDF provides mechanical stability



MSE Supplies also offers materials for fabricating semi-crystalline polymer composite cathode.





Polyethylene Oxide 

dissolved in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)

commonly used as Li-ion source in electrolyte


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