dV/dQ Analysis

The voltage of a Li-ion cell is the difference between the positive electrode and the negative electrode potentials as measured versus lithium metal, as shown in the Figure.  During charge discharge cycling the positive and negative electrode curves slip relative to one another

Differential voltage (dV/dQ) and differential capacity (dQ/dV) analysis can be used to measure the alignment of electrodes within a full Li-ion cell without the use of the a 3-electrode cell.  This allows cell degradation mechanisms to be understood.


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