Inorganic particulate film/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/inorganic particulate film trilayer separators are prepared by means of simple dip-coating of inorganic particle layers on to both sides of PMMA thin films. The mechanical, thermal and electrochemical characteristics of the trilayer are investigated using scanning electron microscopy, a universal tensile machine, a thermal shrinkage test and a charge-discharge test. As a polymer matrix, PMMA has exceptional compatibility with the carbonate-based liquid electrolyte, which can result in improved battery/cell performance. When inorganic Al 2O3 particles are used to coat the PMMA film, drawbacks associated with gel-type membranes, namely, poor dimensional stability and thermal stability are greatly improved. This inorganic trilayer membrane is believed to be an inexpensive, novel separator for application in lithium-ion batteries.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government(MEST) (NRF-2009-C1AAA001-2009-0094157).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering