# Influence of Carbon Black as a Conductor on Electrode Characteristics for Lithium Secondary Battery

• Yoon, Se-Rah (Dept. of Chemical Eng., Hongik University) ;
• Lee, Joong-Kee (Eco-Nano Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology) ;
• Ju, Jae-Beck (Dept. of Chemical Eng., Hongik University) ;
• Cho, Byung-Won (Eco-Nano Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology) ;
• Park, Dal-Keun (Eco-Nano Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology)
The electrochemical behavior of the $LiCoO_2$ electrode, containing carbon black as a conductor, depends upon the nature and characteristics of carbon black. In this study, six different kinds of carbon blacks were employed to investigate the relationship between the properties of carbon blacks and electrochemical characteristics of the electrode. The larger amount of surface oxygen functional groups brought the lower electrical conductivity for the carbon blacks. The electrical conductivity of carbon blacks was closely related to the impurities such as ash and volatile content. The rate capability and cyclability of the electrode were improved with the higher conductivity of carbon blacks used. So, it can be concluded that high conductive carbon black plays an important role as a conductor for high rate of charge-discharge capability and initial efficiency.