Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Karen Lozano

Second Advisor

Dr. Mataz Alcoutlabi

Third Advisor

Dr. Javier Ortega


Lead acid batteries have been a very reliable rechargeable battery since its inception in the mid-1800s. Lithium-Ion batteries have been sought out for their light-weight and capacity of holding large amounts of energy in a small amount of space. Few studies have been conducted in the use of lead in lithium-ion batteries.

In this thesis, lead-doped carbon nanofibers were produced by using the Forcespinning® method and used as an anode on a lithium-ion battery. The morphology, material characterization and thermal properties of the anode material were analyzed using the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). Electrochemical studies on the batteries cells were cycle performance, cyclic voltammetry and rate performance.


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