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Methods for fabricating lithium rechargeable batteries

United States Patent Application

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There are provided novel methods of fabricating batteries, particularly rechargeable lithium ion batteries comprising a microporous polymeric gel layer on one or more electrodes of the batteries. The methods include laminating a gellable polymer film to at least one electrode and forming a microporous gellable polymer layer from the laminated film on the electrode. The microporous gellable polymer layer can be produced by extracting plasticizer from the polymer with a solvent. The polymeric gel on the electrode can be formed by exposing the microporous gellable polymer layer to an electrolyte solution which includes a lithium salt.
Oh, Bookeun (Waltham, MA), Amine, Khalil (Downers Grove, IL)
The University of Chicago
11/ 135,101
May 23, 2005
[0001] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of Chicago representing Argonne National Laboratory.