Necsa develops low-cost pentafluoride production method
June 17, 2014 Editor 0
Scientists from the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and Necsa fluorochemical subsidiary Pelchem have developed a lower-cost method to produce high-purity phosphorus pentafluoride (PF5), which is used to manufacture lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6) – the electrolyte used in most lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. The work was completed as part of a doctoral thesis at the University of Pretoria and a patent had been filed for the new process.
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