Lithium-ion Battery Anode Materials – Everything to Know!

Why Did Lithium-Ion Battery Developers Turn To The Novel ANODE Materials After Focusing On Cathode Improvements?

Many field exponents believe that in the realm of available battery materials, the time for optimal use of anode components has arrived.

Anode aptly absorbs a large proportion of lithium-ion charges during every charge. And the available high-performance anode battery portfolio includes –

  • Natural & Artificial Graphite Anode
  • Carbon Black Anode
  • Conductive Additives
  • High-Performance Powdered Graphene Anode
  • LTO – Lithium Titanate Oxide
  • And Surface- Functionalized Silicon Anode

(BUT THERE IS MORE TO THIS…)

And right here in this post is where you will learn all about it. So, continue reading the following section below to know more about lithium-ion anode materials.

A Comprehensive Coverage on Lithium-ion Anode Materials

For your knowledge… the majority of existing lithium-ion batteries makes use of graphite powder as its anode component. These graphite components are either mined from the ground (to procure natural graphite) or produced synthetically to achieve artificial graphite.

They are properly processed and baked onto a copper foil to be used as anodes. Ideally, graphite anodes (be it natural or artificial) aptly meet the necessary voltage requirements of most lithium-ion cathodes. Plus, they are also very cost-convenient, porous, durable and very light.

Discussing Custom Produced Anode Materials Available For Your Different Requirements

·         Lithium Titanium Oxide Powder  

LTO or (Li4Ti5O12) is mainly an electrode material consisting of impressive electrochemical stability. Often they are used as an anode in lithium-ion batteries particularly for applications needing long-cycle life, higher-efficiency and high rate or power output.

Moreover, LTO lithium batteries are very safe for use, and they even consist of a wider operating temperature range.

(LTO is also manufactured as lithium titanium oxide anode electrode sheets. But besides them, alternatives like activated carbon and graphite anode electrode sheets are also manufactured and used in lithium-ion batteries).

  • Custom Anode Components

Some manufacturers even use particle morphologies which consist of nanoscale particle engineering for creating customized anode materials to be used in lithium-ion batteries.

  • SBR – Styrene-Butadiene Rubber for Lithium-ion Battery Anode –

The SBR or Styrene-Butadiene Rubber is another popular material which is used in the manufacture of the lithium-ion anode battery anode. It prepares for anodes as a water-based binder and are commonly seen used for smartphones and laptops.

The SBR helps improve the battery’s durability during low temperatures and cycle stabilities.

Its Specifications Include As Follows –

  • Appears as a milky white liquid emission
  • Its PH is 5.0-7.0
  • And its total solid (wt.%) is 48.0-49.0
  • PTFE – Polytetrafluoroethylene for Lithium-ion Battery Anode –

The PTFE or Polytetrafluoroethylene is employed in lithium-ion batteries in the form of a separator. And honestly, they are a better choice to Polymer nano-fibre separator and inorganic separator simply because it is not prone to short-circuiting in cells and doesn’t consist of a strong hygroscopicity.

What’s more, PTFT suspensions come with impressive chemical stability and quality adhesiveness. As form nanoparticles, PTFE serves the role of a quality adhesive and works to keep the active components together. And it is because of its impressive chemical inertness, biological compatibility and thermal stability; they meet numerous applications in the medical, chemical and electronic sectors.

(MORE INFO…) Featuring Other Lithium-ion Battery Anode Materials & an Overview of Its Market Report…

(Other Lithium-ion Battery Anode Materials…)

  • The Use of Nickel Tabs for Lithium-ion Battery Anode

You will also discover vivid varieties of nickel tabs, alloys and materials molded and meticulously used in the manufacture of lithium-ion cells. Different stripes off nickel materials are combined as the electrode to the cell and used in several forms.

Here’s a look at its standard specifications

  • Its thickness measures 0.10 – 0.150mm
  • Its tolerance measures 10% (+/-) on its thickness
  • Its width measures 1.0-10mm
  • Anode Foils

Several notable manufacturers also use copper foils based on the lithium-ion battery application. Generally speaking, they use a rolled RA-type foil created using wrought CU for achieving high-power applications, namely – for power tools and drive train.

In addition to this, manufactures alternatively use ED- (Electro-deposited) foils to achieve high-energy packed but low-power use lithium-ion batteries. They are mainly used for powering/recharging laptops, user appliances, electronics and smartphones.

  • AND, Silicon-Based Lithium-ion Battery Anode Material –

“Silicon-Based Anode Materials Deliver More Stability In Comparison To Lithium & More Energy Density than Graphite…!”

Check Out This Table Comparison…

ANODE MATERIALSPECIFIC CAPACITY (IN MA H/G)% CHANGE IN VOLUMEADVANTAGESVARIOUS CHALLENGES
SILICON3600320%High-Energy DensityExpansion/ contraction damages causes capacity fade/failure  
Lithium3862NoneHighest energy densityUnstable with a slow charging rate
Aluminium2235604Energy density better than GraphitePoor energy density and more expansion than Silicon
Graphite37210Stable and hence popularly usedLow energy density
Tin990252More stable than SiliconLower energy density than Silicon

(Now a Look into Its MARKET REPORT…)

“As per reports, the global lithium-ion anode materials market is forecasted to reach 9.0 billion USD in 2024. And its CAGR is expected to be 9.5%.”

Much of this is due to the rising use of portable devices and electric vehicles which has adequately contributed in driving the lithium-ion anode materials market.

Who Will Be the Key Players in Lithium-ion Battery Anode Materials?

According to the accumulated data feeds, the key players involved in the manufacture of lithium-ion battery anode materials will be –

  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • JFE Chemical Corporation
  • Umicore
  • Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd
  • Nippon Carbon Co Ltd
  • Targray Technology International Inc.
  • Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • XGSciences
  • Kureha Corporation
  • ShowaDenko
  • Posco Chemtech
  • GS Energy
  • Dae Joo Electronic Materials
  • Iljin Electric
  • Aekyung Petrochemical
  • BTR
  • ShanShan
  • Easpring
  • Changsha Xingcheng
  • Zichen
  • Zhengtuo

How Will Be The Market Segmented On The Basic Of Materials?

With what is known so far from market research reports – the lithium-ion battery anode market will be segmented on the basic of different materials.

And Those Materials Will Mainly Include –

  • Lithium Titanate
  • Carbon – which includes Graphite, Soft & Hard Carbon
  • Silicon composites
  • Graphene
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene
  • Styrene-Butadiene Rubber
  • Anode Foils
  • Nickel Tabs, Alloys & Materials

And Based On Their Wide Range of Industry-Specific Applications, the Lithium-Ion Battery Anode Market Will Be Segmented Into –

  • Cylindrical cell
  • Prismatic cell,
  • Pouch cell

And so on…!

What Will Be the Lithium-ion Anode Material Market as per Different Application?

The popular applications in the lithium-ion anode material market will involve-

  • Medical Equipment
  • Consumer Electronic Products
  • Power Tools
  • Off-Shore Products
  • IoT Solutions
  • Industrial Automation
  • Products, devices and high-end systems for the Military

Where Are the Top Lithium-ion Anode Material Markets by Region?

Follow the table properly to know about the biggest lithium-ion battery anode material markets by region.

REGIONTOP MARKETS FOR LITHIUM ION BATTERY ANODE MATERIAL MANUFACTURING.
ASIA PACIFICChina, Japan, Korea, India, Taiwan, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines
NORTH AMERICAUSA, Mexico & Canada.
EUROPEFrance, Germany, Italy, Spain, The UK, Turkey. Russia & other areas of Europe.
SOUTH AMERICAArgentina, Brazil, Columbia & other regions of South America.
AFRICA & MIDDLE EASTSaudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria other regions of the Middle East & Africa.

Who All Will Be the Key Stakeholders in This Ever Growing Lithium-Ion Anode Market?

  • Raw material providers
  • Importers and exporters
  • Distributors/traders/suppliers/wholesalers
  • Regulatory bodies like Government Agencies, Consulting Firms & NGO
  • Commercial Research & Development Organizations
  • Industry bodies & Trade Associations
  • High-End industries

It Is True That Several Start-Ups & Established Manufacturing Houses Are Turning Towards The Novel Anode Materials Due To An Increased Potential Of Energy Density In Lithium-Ion Batteries?

A market report even points out that there are numerous start-ups and established manufacturing firms who are turning towards using the novel anode materials more for lithium-ion batteries.

The reports even point out the reason behind it. As it turns out, these firms have come to grasp the real potential of anode material simply because it holds approximately 10 times the total electrons in comparison to graphite.

And due to this, their manufactured lithium-ion batteries show the potential of 30-40% increase in their overall energy density. Keeping these developments in mind, the top market players are looking for ways to implement this novel anode material in several portable devices, grid energy storage units and electrical cars.

Several key players have also declared more innovations and introduction of product line in the lithium-ion anode material battery segment through new plant establishments. Furthermore, continual innovations and development, along with possible opportunities for expansion, will ever remain a trending point among these top market players in the lithium-ion anode material market.

And each of these factors will expectedly continue to empower the lithium-ion anode material battery market from present to 2027.

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