Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Physics and Astronomy

Degree Program

Physics, MS

Committee Chair

Sumanasekera, Gamini

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Jasinski, Jacek

Committee Member

Jasinski, Jacek

Committee Member

Yu, Ming


A relatively inexpensive method for obtaining high quality lithium-CFx batteries is reported. Nickel acetate and citric acid are used to synthesize a precursor which is then annealed and subsequently etched to fabricate highly uniform 3 nm radius pristine CNCs. These CNCs are then functionalized with fluorine using an RF plasma system. The resulting fluorinated CNCs are then combined with a carbon binder and pressed onto a stainless steel mesh to form a CFx cathode. This cathode is then tested in a coin cell primary battery with a lithium anode. Results indicate that a specific capacity of 660 mAh/g was achieved for a sample with a calculated x value of 0.93.