The present study reports an approach by which thin films of sucrose added olivine type LiMnPO4-C composite and pristine LiMnPO4 is made by a technique of electrophoretic co-deposition in which pristine and composite samples were synthesized by a sol–gel route. These thin films with enhanced surface area is used to fabricate cathodes for rechargeable Li ion batteries. XRD confirms phase pure single crystalline orthorhombic structure. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) images shows the carbon coating over LiMnPO4 and the particle size restricted in the nano regime. The presence of sp2 hybridized carbon on LiMnPO4 particles is confirmed by X-ray Photon spectroscopy (XPS). To explore the electrochemical behavior, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and cycling studies were performed. The specific capacity for LiMnPO4-C is found to be increased by 43% in comparison to the pristine LiMnPO4. It also exhibited 86% retention in capacity compared to the pristine LiMnPO (52%). The result indicates that a proper carbon coating can significantly improve the electronic conductivity and hence the specific capacity.
, P., P., K.V., S., A., B., K.R.V., S., V.S., N., Y.S., L., and N., S., “Electrochemical performance of electrophoretically deposited nanostructured LiMnPO4-sucrose derived carbon composite electrodes for lithium ion batteries”, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2015.