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  1. Negative Electrodes for Li-Ion Batteries

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    Kinoshita, Kim; Zaghib, Karim

    2001-10-01

    Graphitized carbons have played a key role in the successful commercialization of Li-ion batteries. The physicochemical properties of carbon cover a wide range; therefore identifying the optimum active electrode material can be time consuming. The significant physical properties of negative electrodes for Li-ion batteries are summarized, and the relationship of these properties to their electrochemical performance in nonaqueous electrolytes, are discussed in this paper.

  2. Long life lithium batteries with stabilized electrodes

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    Amine, Khalil; Liu, Jun; Vissers, Donald R.; Lu, Wenquan

    2009-03-24

    The present invention relates to non-aqueous electrolytes having electrode stabilizing additives, stabilized electrodes, and electrochemical devices containing the same. Thus the present invention provides electrolytes containing an alkali metal salt, a polar aprotic solvent, and an electrode stabilizing additive. In some embodiments the additives include a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic or spirocyclic hydrocarbon containing at least one oxygen atom and at least one alkenyl or alkynyl group. When used in electrochemical devices with, e.g., lithium manganese oxide spinel electrodes or olivine or carbon-coated olivine electrodes, the new electrolytes provide batteries with improved calendar and cycle life.

  3. Methods testing electrodes for advanced batteries

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    Novák, V.; Vondrák, Jiří

    Vol. 2. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2000 - (Vondrák, J.; Sedlaříková, M.), s. 13.1-13.4 ISBN 80-214-1615-7. [Advanced Batteries and Accumulators /1./. Brno (CZ), 28.08.2000-01.09.2000] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4032002 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4032918 Keywords : electrodes * batteries * electrochemistry Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  4. Nanowire Electrodes for Advanced Lithium Batteries

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    Lei eHuang

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Since the commercialization of lithium ion batteries (LIBs in the past two decades, rechargeable LIBs have become widespread power sources for portable devices used in daily life. However, current demands require higher energy density and power density of batteries. The electrochemical energy storage performance of LIBs could be improved by applying nanomaterial electrodes, but their fast capacity fading is still one of the key limitations and the mechanism needs to be clearly understood. Single nanowire electrode devices are considered as a versatile platform for in situ probing the direct relationship between electrical transport, structure change, and other properties of the single nanowire electrode along with the charge/discharge process. The results indicate the conductivity decrease of the nanowire electrode and the structural disorder/destruction during electrochemical reactions which limit the cycling performance of LIBs. Based on the in situ observations, some feasible structure architecture strategies, including prelithiation, coaxial structure, nanowire arrays and hierarchical structure architecture, are proposed and utilized to restrain the conductivity decrease and structural disorder/destruction. Further, the applications of nanowire electrodes in some beyond Li-ion batteries, such as Li-S and Li-air battery, are also described.

  5. Phase Transformation Dynamics in Porous Battery Electrodes

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    Ferguson, Todd R.; Bazant, Martin Z.

    2014-01-01

    Porous electrodes composed of multiphase active materials are widely used in Li-ion batteries, but their dynamics are poorly understood. Two-phase models are largely empirical, and no models exist for three or more phases. Using a modified porous electrode theory based on non-equilibrium thermodynamics, we show that experimental phase behavior can be accurately predicted from free energy models, without artificially placing phase boundaries or fitting the open circuit voltage. First, we simul...

  6. Lithium battery electrodes with ultra-thin alumina coatings

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    Se-Hee, Lee; George, Steven M.; Cavanagh, Andrew S.; Yoon Seok, Jung; Dillon, Anne C.

    2015-11-24

    Electrodes for lithium batteries are coated via an atomic layer deposition process. The coatings can be applied to the assembled electrodes, or in some cases to particles of electrode material prior to assembling the particles into an electrode. The coatings can be as thin as 2 .ANG.ngstroms thick. The coating provides for a stable electrode. Batteries containing the electrodes tend to exhibit high cycling capacities.

  7. Manganese oxide composite electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Johnson, Christopher S.; Kang, Sun-Ho; Thackeray, Michael M.

    2009-12-22

    An activated electrode for a non-aqueous electrochemical cell is disclosed with a precursor thereof a lithium metal oxide with the formula xLi.sub.2MnO.sub.3.(1-x)LiMn.sub.2-yM.sub.yO.sub.4 for 0.5electrode and 0.ltoreq.y<1 in which the Li.sub.2MnO.sub.3 and LiMn.sub.2-yM.sub.yO.sub.4 components have layered and spinel-type structures, respectively, and in which M is one or more metal cations. The electrode is activated by removing lithia, or lithium and lithia, from the precursor. A cell and battery are also disclosed incorporating the disclosed positive electrode.

  8. Graphene-based battery electrodes having continuous flow paths

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    Zhang, Jiguang; Xiao, Jie; Liu, Jun; Xu, Wu; Li, Xiaolin; Wang, Deyu

    2014-05-24

    Some batteries can exhibit greatly improved performance by utilizing electrodes having randomly arranged graphene nanosheets forming a network of channels defining continuous flow paths through the electrode. The network of channels can provide a diffusion pathway for the liquid electrolyte and/or for reactant gases. Metal-air batteries can benefit from such electrodes. In particular Li-air batteries show extremely high capacities, wherein the network of channels allow oxygen to diffuse through the electrode and mesopores in the electrode can store discharge products.

  9. Phase Transformation Dynamics in Porous Battery Electrodes

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    Ferguson, Todd R

    2014-01-01

    Porous electrodes composed of multiphase active materials are widely used in Li-ion batteries, but their dynamics are poorly understood. Two-phase models are largely empirical, and no models exist for three or more phases. Using a modified porous electrode theory based on non-equilibrium thermodynamics, we show that experimental phase behavior can be accurately predicted from free energy models, without artificially placing phase boundaries or fitting the open circuit voltage. First, we simulate lithium intercalation in porous iron phosphate, a popular two-phase cathode, and show that the zero-current voltage gap, sloping voltage plateau and under-estimated exchange currents all result from size-dependent nucleation and mosaic instability. Next, we simulate porous graphite, the standard anode with three stable phases, and reproduce experimentally observed fronts of color-changing phase transformations. These results provide a framework for physics-based design and control for electrochemical systems with comp...

  10. Lithium electronic environments in rechargeable battery electrodes

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    Hightower, Adrian

    This work investigates the electronic environments of lithium in the electrodes of rechargeable batteries. The use of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) in conjunction with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a novel approach, which when coupled with conventional electrochemical experiments, yield a thorough picture of the electrode interior. Relatively few EELS experiments have been preformed on lithium compounds owing to their reactivity. Experimental techniques were established to minimize sample contamination and control electron beam damage to studied compounds. Lithium hydroxide was found to be the most common product of beam damaged lithium alloys. Under an intense electron beam, halogen atoms desorbed by radiolysis in lithium halides. EELS spectra from a number of standard lithium compounds were obtained in order to identify the variety of spectra encountered in lithium rechargeable battery electrodes. Lithium alloys all displayed characteristically broad Li K-edge spectra, consistent with transitions to continuum states. Transitions to bound states were observed in the Li K and oxygen K-edge spectra of lithium oxides. Lithium halides were distinguished by their systematic chemical shift proportional to the anion electronegativity. Good agreement was found with measured lithium halide spectra and electron structure calculations using a self-consistant multiscattering code. The specific electrode environments of LiC6, LiCoO2, and Li-SnO were investigated. Contrary to published XPS predictions, lithium in intercalated graphite was determined to be in more metallic than ionic. We present the first experimental evidence of charge compensation by oxygen ions in deintercalated LiCoO2. Mossbauer studies on cycled Li-SnO reveal severely defective structures on an atomic scale. Metal hydride systems are presented in the appendices of this thesis. The mechanical alloying of immiscible Fe and Mg powders resulted in single-phase bcc alloys of less than 20

  11. Lithium metal oxide electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Thackeray, Michael M.; Johnson, Christopher S.; Amine, Khalil; Kang, Sun-Ho

    2010-06-08

    An uncycled preconditioned electrode for a non-aqueous lithium electrochemical cell including a lithium metal oxide having the formula xLi.sub.2-yH.sub.yO.xM'O.sub.2.(1-x)Li.sub.1-zH.sub.zMO.sub.2 in which 0lithium metal ion with an average trivalent oxidation state selected from two or more of the first row transition metals or lighter metal elements in the periodic table, and M' is one or more ions with an average tetravalent oxidation state selected from the first and second row transition metal elements and Sn. The xLi.sub.2-yH.sub.y.xM'O.sub.2.(1-x)Li.sub.1-zH.sub.zMO.sub.2 material is prepared by preconditioning a precursor lithium metal oxide (i.e., xLi.sub.2M'O.sub.3.(1-x)LiMO.sub.2) with a proton-containing medium with a pH<7.0 containing an inorganic acid. Methods of preparing the electrodes are disclosed, as are electrochemical cells and batteries containing the electrodes.

  12. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

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    Liu, Gao; Xun, Shidi; Battaglia, Vincent S; Zheng, Honghe

    2014-10-07

    A family of carboxylic acid group containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  13. Porous graphite electrodes for rechargeable ion-transfer batteries

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    Novak, P.; Scheifele, W.; Haas, O. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-06-01

    The influence of preparation pressure and pore-forming additives on the properties of graphite-based, Li{sup +}-intercalating electrodes for ion-transfer batteries have been investigated. The electrochemical performance of graphite electrodes could be improved by adjusting the porosity. Specific charge of >300 Ah/kg (with respect to the graphite mass) could be achieved. (author) 4 figs., 2 refs.

  14. Preparation and Electrode Performance of Ferrihydrites For Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

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    WANG Hong; LAI Xiao-yong; XIA Wei; YU Ran-bo; MAO Dan; XING Chao-jian; YAO Jian-xi; WANG Dan; LI Xiao-tian

    2008-01-01

    @@ Now LiCoO2 is the most widely used electrode material in commercial rechargeable lithium-based batteries; however, the toxicity of cobalt and the scarcity of cobalt sources, as well as the limited charge/discharge capacity(130-140 mA·h·g-1) of LiCoO2 electrode drive many efforts to develop various alternative electrode materials, including diverse transition metal oxides and their lithiated counterparts[1-3].

  15. Electrode Materials for Lithium/Sodium-Ion Batteries

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    Shen, Yanbin

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis of electrode materials for lithium/sodium ion batteries and their structural stability during lithium/sodium insertion/extraction are the two essential issues that have limited battery application in the fields requiring long cycle life and high safety. During her PhD studies, Yanbin...... Shen systematically investigated the controlled synthesis of electrode materials for lithium/sodium ion batteries. She also investigated their formation mechanisms and structural evolution during the operation of batteries using in situ/operando X-ray diffraction techniques. The research findings...... provide insights into formation mechanisms of Li4Ti5O12 anode material from both hydrothermal and solid-state reaction. The results also contribute to a thorough understanding of the intercalation and decay mechanisms of O3/P2 layered sodium cathode materials in sodium ion batteries....

  16. Recovery Of Electrodic Powder From Spent Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs

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    Shin S.M.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This study was focused on recycling process newly proposed to recover electrodic powder enriched in cobalt (Co and lithium (Li from spent lithium ion battery. In addition, this new process was designed to prevent explosion of batteries during thermal treatment under inert atmosphere. Spent lithium ion batteries (LIBs were heated over the range of 300°C to 600°C for 2 hours and each component was completely separated inside reactor after experiment. Electrodic powder was successfully recovered from bulk components containing several pieces of metals through sieving operation. The electrodic powder obtained was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS, and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AA and furthermore image of the powder was taken by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. It was finally found that cobalt and lithium were mainly recovered to about 49 wt.% and 4 wt.% in electrodic powder, respectively.

  17. Electrode assembly for a lithium ion battery, process for the production of such electrode assembly, and lithium ion battery comprising such electrode assemblies

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    Mulder, F.M.; Wagemaker, M.

    2013-01-01

    The invention provides an electrode assembly for a lithium ion battery, the electrode assembly comprising a lithium storage electrode layer on a current collector, wherein the lithium storage electrode layer is a porous layer having a porosity in the range of -35 %, with pores having pore widths in the range of 1-100 [mu]m, and having a porous layer thickness in the range of 5-500 [mu]m. The invention also provides a lithium ion battery comprising such electrode assemblies as anode and cathod...

  18. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

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    Liu, Gao; Xun, Shidi; Battaglia, Vincent S.; Zheng, Honghe; Wu, Mingyan

    2015-07-07

    A family of carboxylic acid groups containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. Triethyleneoxide side chains provide improved adhesion to materials such as, graphite, silicon, silicon alloy, tin, tin alloy. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  19. Electronically conductive polymer binder for lithium-ion battery electrode

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    Liu, Gao; Battaglia, Vincent S.; Park, Sang -Jae

    2015-10-06

    A family of carboxylic acid groups containing fluorene/fluorenon copolymers is disclosed as binders of silicon particles in the fabrication of negative electrodes for use with lithium ion batteries. Triethyleneoxide side chains provide improved adhesion to materials such as, graphite, silicon, silicon alloy, tin, tin alloy. These binders enable the use of silicon as an electrode material as they significantly improve the cycle-ability of silicon by preventing electrode degradation over time. In particular, these polymers, which become conductive on first charge, bind to the silicon particles of the electrode, are flexible so as to better accommodate the expansion and contraction of the electrode during charge/discharge, and being conductive promote the flow battery current.

  20. Lithium metal oxide electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Thackeray, Michael M.; Kim, Jeom-Soo; Johnson, Christopher S.

    2008-01-01

    An uncycled electrode for a non-aqueous lithium electrochemical cell including a lithium metal oxide having the formula Li.sub.(2+2x)/(2+x)M'.sub.2x/(2+x)M.sub.(2-2x)/(2+x)O.sub.2-.delta., in which 0.ltoreq.xbatteries containing the electrodes.

  1. Frequency response measurements in battery electrodes

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    Thomas, Daniel L.

    1992-01-01

    Electrical impedance spectroscopy was used to investigate the behavior of porous zinc, silver, cadmium, and nickel electrodes. State of charge could be correlated with impedance data for all but the nickel electrodes. State of health was correlated with impedance data for two AgZn cells, one apparently good and the other bad. The impedance data was fit to equivalent circuit models.

  2. Reliable reference electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    La Mantia, F.

    2013-06-01

    Despite the high attention drawn to the lithium-ion batteries by the scientific and industrial community, most of the electrochemical characterization is carried out using poor reference electrodes or even no reference electrode. In this case, the performances of the active material are inaccurate, especially at high current densities. In this work we show the error committed in neglecting the polarizability of lithium counter electrodes, and we propose two reference electrodes to use in organic electrolytes based on lithium salts, namely Li4Ti5O12 and LiFePO 4. In particular, it was observed that, the polarizability of the metallic lithium counter electrode has a relevant stochastic component, which renders measurements at high current densities (above 1 mA·cm - 2) in two electrode cells non reproducible.

  3. Hierarchically structured nanocarbon electrodes for flexible solid lithium batteries

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    Wei, Di

    2013-09-01

    The ever increasing demand for storage of electrical energy in portable electronic devices and electric vehicles is driving technological improvements in rechargeable batteries. Lithium (Li) batteries have many advantages over other rechargeable battery technologies, including high specific energy and energy density, operation over a wide range of temperatures (-40 to 70. °C) and a low self-discharge rate, which translates into a long shelf-life (~10 years) [1]. However, upon release of the first generation of rechargeable Li batteries, explosions related to the shorting of the circuit through Li dendrites bridging the anode and cathode were observed. As a result, Li metal batteries today are generally relegated to non-rechargeable primary battery applications, because the dendritic growth of Li is associated with the charging and discharging process. However, there still remain significant advantages in realizing rechargeable secondary batteries based on Li metal anodes because they possess superior electrical conductivity, higher specific energy and lower heat generation due to lower internal resistance. One of the most practical solutions is to use a solid polymer electrolyte to act as a physical barrier against dendrite growth. This may enable the use of Li metal once again in rechargeable secondary batteries [2]. Here we report a flexible and solid Li battery using a polymer electrolyte with a hierarchical and highly porous nanocarbon electrode comprising aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and carbon nanohorns (CNHs). Electrodes with high specific surface area are realized through the combination of CNHs with CNTs and provide a significant performance enhancement to the solid Li battery performance. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  4. Microwave synthesis of electrode materials for lithium batteries

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    M Harish Bhat; B P Chakravarthy; P A Ramakrishnan; A Levasseur; K J RAO

    2000-12-01

    A novel microwave method is described for the preparation of electrode materials required for lithium batteries. The method is simple, fast and carried out in most cases with the same starting material as in conventional methods. Good crystallinity has been noted and lower temperatures of reaction has been inferred in cases where low temperature products have been identified.

  5. Lithium sulfide compositions for battery electrolyte and battery electrode coatings

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    Liang, Chengdu; Liu, Zengcai; Fu, Wunjun; Lin, Zhan; Dudney, Nancy J; Howe, Jane Y; Rondinone, Adam J

    2013-12-03

    Methods of forming lithium-containing electrolytes are provided using wet chemical synthesis. In some examples, the lithium containing electroytes are composed of .beta.-Li.sub.3PS.sub.4 or Li.sub.4P.sub.2S.sub.7. The solid electrolyte may be a core shell material. In one embodiment, the core shell material includes a core of lithium sulfide (Li.sub.2S), a first shell of .beta.-Li.sub.3PS.sub.4 or Li.sub.4P.sub.2S.sub.7, and a second shell including one or .beta.-Li.sub.3PS.sub.4 or Li.sub.4P.sub.2S.sub.7 and carbon. The lithium containing electrolytes may be incorporated into wet cell batteries or solid state batteries.

  6. High voltage and high specific capacity dual intercalating electrode Li-ion batteries

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    West, William C. (Inventor); Blanco, Mario (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    The present invention provides high capacity and high voltage Li-ion batteries that have a carbonaceous cathode and a nonaqueous electrolyte solution comprising LiF salt and an anion receptor that binds the fluoride ion. The batteries can comprise dual intercalating electrode Li ion batteries. Methods of the present invention use a cathode and electrode pair, wherein each of the electrodes reversibly intercalate ions provided by a LiF salt to make a high voltage and high specific capacity dual intercalating electrode Li-ion battery. The present methods and systems provide high-capacity batteries particularly useful in powering devices where minimizing battery mass is important.

  7. Toward Uniformly Dispersed Battery Electrode Composite Materials: Characteristics and Performance.

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    Kwon, Yo Han; Huie, Matthew M; Choi, Dalsu; Chang, Mincheol; Marschilok, Amy C; Takeuchi, Kenneth J; Takeuchi, Esther S; Reichmanis, Elsa

    2016-02-10

    Battery electrodes are complex mesoscale systems comprised of electroactive components, conductive additives, and binders. In this report, methods for processing electrodes with dispersion of the components are described. To investigate the degree of material dispersion, a spin-coating technique was adopted to provide a thin, uniform layer that enabled observation of the morphology. Distinct differences in the distribution profile of the electrode components arising from individual materials physical affinities were readily identified. Hansen solubility parameter (HSP) analysis revealed pertinent surface interactions associated with materials dispersivity. Further studies demonstrated that HSPs can provide an effective strategy to identify surface modification approaches for improved dispersions of battery electrode materials. Specifically, introduction of surfactantlike functionality such as oleic acid (OA) capping and P3HT-conjugated polymer wrapping on the surface of nanomaterials significantly enhanced material dispersity over the composite electrode. The approach to the surface treatment on the basis of HSP study can facilitate design of composite electrodes with uniformly dispersed morphology and may contribute to enhancing their electrical and electrochemical behaviors. The conductivity of the composites and their electrochemical performance was also characterized. The study illustrates the importance of considering electronic conductivity, electron transfer, and ion transport in the design of environments incorporating active nanomaterials. PMID:26765041

  8. High-performance battery electrodes via magnetic templating

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    Sander, J. S.; Erb, R. M.; Li, L.; Gurijala, A.; Chiang, Y.-M.

    2016-08-01

    In lithium-ion batteries, the critical need for high-energy-density, low-cost storage for applications ranging from wearable computing to megawatt-scale stationary storage has created an unmet need for facile methods to produce high-density, low-tortuosity, kinetically accessible storage electrodes. Here we show that magnetic control of sacrificial features enables the creation of directional pore arrays in lithium-ion electrodes. The directional pores result in faster charge transport kinetics and enable electrodes with more than threefold higher area capacity (for example, >12 mAh cm‑2 versus <4 mAh cm‑2 in conventional electrodes) at practical charge–discharge rates. We demonstrate these capabilities in laboratory cells under various test conditions, including an electric vehicle model drive cycle.

  9. Characterization of gas diffusion electrodes for metal-air batteries

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    Danner, Timo; Eswara, Santhana; Schulz, Volker P.; Latz, Arnulf

    2016-08-01

    Gas diffusion electrodes are commonly used in high energy density metal-air batteries for the supply of oxygen. Hydrophobic binder materials ensure the coexistence of gas and liquid phase in the pore network. The phase distribution has a strong influence on transport processes and electrochemical reactions. In this article we present 2D and 3D Rothman-Keller type multiphase Lattice-Boltzmann models which take into account the heterogeneous wetting behavior of gas diffusion electrodes. The simulations are performed on FIB-SEM 3D reconstructions of an Ag model electrode for predefined saturation of the pore space with the liquid phase. The resulting pressure-saturation characteristics and transport correlations are important input parameters for modeling approaches on the continuum scale and allow for an efficient development of improved gas diffusion electrodes.

  10. Effect of Calendering on Electrode Wettability in Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Yangping eSheng

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Controlling the wettability between the porous electrode and the electrolyte in lithium ion batteries can improve both the manufacturing process and the electrochemical performance of the cell. The wetting rate, which is the electrolyte transport rate in the porous electrode, can be quantified using the wetting balance. The effect of the calendering process on the wettability of anode electrodes was investigated. A graphite anode film with an as-coated thickness of 59 μm was used as baseline electrode film and was calendered to produce films with thickness ranging from 55 to 41 µm. Results show that wettability is improved by light calendering from an initial thickness of 59 μm to a calendered thickness of 53 μm where the wetting rate increased from 0.375 to 0.589 mm/s0.5. Further calendering below 53 µm resulted in a decrease in wetting rates to a minimum observed value of 0.206 mm/s0.5 at a calendered thickness of 41 μm. Under the same electrolyte, wettability of the electrode is controlled to a great extent by the pore structure in the electrode film which includes parameters such as porosity, pore size distribution, pore geometry and topology. Relations between the wetting behavior and the pore structure as characterized by mercury intrusion and electron microscopy exist and can be used to manipulate the wetting behavior of electrodes.

  11. Nanostructured Ion Storage Electrode Materials for Lithium Batteries and Supercapacitors

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    S.R.S.Prabaharan

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Performance of lithium-ion batteries, electrochemical capacitors, and other electric-energy storage devices is not only determined simply by macroscopic chemical composition of their electrode, but also strongly affected by shape and size of the active materials. Nanostructured materials are distinguished from conventional polycrystalline materials by the nanometer size of the structural units that compose them, and they often exhibit properties that are drastically different from the conventi...

  12. Microfibrous nickel substrates and electrodes for battery system applications

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    Zhu, Wenhua H.; Durben, Peter J.; Tatarchuk, Bruce J.

    The use of microfibrous nickel substrates is advantageous for increasing the surface area available for the deposition of active material and reducing the substrate weight and consequently, yields a higher specific capacity for nickel hydroxide electrodes. Porous, microfiber-based nickel substrates were produced by sintering a composite preform. The preforms, consisting of nickel fibers with diameters as small as 2 μm and cellulose fibers, were formed using a papermaking process. The fabricated nickel electrodes that included a supporting nickel mesh in the substrate tested in a 26% KOH half-cell delivered a specific capacity of more than 250 mAh/g of the electrode weight (i.e. fibrous substrate, nickel mesh, and active material) at a 1.0 C discharge rate. An Auburn electrode without a nickel mesh tested in the same half-cell attained a higher specific capacity of 268 mAh/g at a 1.37 C discharge rate. The substrates used in these electrodes had porosities of 95-97%, and greatly improved the specific capacity of the nickel electrode. With the use of the microfibrous electrode, improved specific energies of nickel-based cell and battery designs are possible. When assembled in a nickel-hydrogen (Ni-H 2) boilerplate cell, the specific capacity of nearly 230 mAh/g was observed for the nickel electrode at a 0.5 C rate during the 127th cycle test. The results of high specific capacity and quick rise in utilization of microfibrous nickel hydroxide electrodes make these electrodes good candidates for significantly improving the energy density and performance of nickel-hydrogen cells.

  13. Internally folded expanded metal electrode for battery construction

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    Korinek, Paul D. (Inventor); Morgan, Maurice C. (Inventor); Pierce, Doug C. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    A battery system is disclosed which includes folded grids of expanded metal inserted through non-conductive substrates and pasted with electrochemically active materials. In the most preferred embodiment, a frame is provided with a plastic insert, and slots are provided in the latter to receive the expanded metal grid. After suitable coinage of the grid and insertion through the plastic film, the grid is sealed and pasted on opposite sides with positive and negative active material. A battery is assembled using one or a plurality of the resulting electrode elements, with separators, to produce a high-power, lead-acid battery. The folded grid provides many of the design benefits of standard bipolar construction.

  14. Understanding electrode materials of rechargeable lithium batteries via DFT calculations

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    Tianran Zhang; Daixin Li; Zhanliang Tao; Jun Chenn

    2013-01-01

    Rechargeable lithium batteries have achieved a rapid advancement and commercialization in the past decade owing to their high capacity and high power density. Different functional materials have been put forward progressively, and each possesses distinguishing structural features and electrochemical properties. In virtue of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we can start from a specific structure to get a deep comprehension and accurate prediction of material properties and reaction mechanisms. In this paper, we review the main progresses obtained by DFT calculations in the electrode materials of rechargeable lithium batteries, aiming at a better understanding of the common electrode materials and gaining insights into the battery performance. The applications of DFT calculations involve in the following points of crystal structure modeling and stability investigations of delithiated and lithiated phases, average lithium intercalation voltage, prediction of charge distributions and band structures, and kinetic studies of lithium ion diffusion processes, which can provide atomic understanding of the capacity, reaction mechanism, rate capacity, and cycling ability. The results obtained from DFT are valuable to reveal the relationship between the structure and the properties, promoting the design of new electrode materials.

  15. Sandwich electrode designed for high performance lithium-ion battery

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    Zhao, Chunsong; Luo, Xi; Chen, Chengmeng; Wu, Hui

    2016-05-01

    We fabricated a sandwich structure Li-ion battery electrode by trapping micron-sized silicon between a copper current collector and a graphene coating. During dynamic electrochemical cycles, the volume change of the silicon can be buffered by the coating through the deformation of soft graphenes. This structure can effectively prevent the silicon particles from escaping from the current collector while keeping the buffered graphene coating integrated and unbroken during deformation. The electrodes could be maintained for 400 cycles at a constant charge capacity of 1000 mA h g-1.We fabricated a sandwich structure Li-ion battery electrode by trapping micron-sized silicon between a copper current collector and a graphene coating. During dynamic electrochemical cycles, the volume change of the silicon can be buffered by the coating through the deformation of soft graphenes. This structure can effectively prevent the silicon particles from escaping from the current collector while keeping the buffered graphene coating integrated and unbroken during deformation. The electrodes could be maintained for 400 cycles at a constant charge capacity of 1000 mA h g-1. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr09049k

  16. Hierarchically Porous Graphene as a Lithium-Air Battery Electrode

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    Xiao, Jie; Mei, Donghai; Li, Xiaolin; Xu, Wu; Wang, Deyu; Graff, Gordon L.; Bennett, Wendy D.; Nie, Zimin; Saraf, Laxmikant V.; Aksay, Ilhan A.; Liu, Jun; Zhang, Jiguang

    2011-11-09

    Functionalized graphene sheets (FGS) are successfully utilized as a novel air electrode for Li-O2 batteries. An extremely high capacity of 15,000 mAh/g was achieved by using the as-prepared graphene air electrode at a current density of 0.1 mA/cm2 in the pure oxygen environment. Although there is no pore in the two-dimensional FGS the as-prepared graphene air electrode consists of randomly arranged graphene nano-sheets which automatically form tunnels with different sizes. The large tunnels work as highways for the oxygen to quickly flow into the air electrode while the small pore-like tunnels can be considered as the numerous exits where the discharge products are accumulated. Combined with an appropriate electrolyte, the ideal discharge product Li2O2 is obtained without any carbonates byproducts in this system. Even when operated in ambient environment with a relative humidity of ~20% the specific capacity delivered from the pouch type cell achieves more than 5000 mAh/g making the graphene-based air electrode extremely attractive in the energy storage applications.

  17. Advanced Electrodes for High Power Li-ion Batteries

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    Christian M. Julien

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available While little success has been obtained over the past few years in attempts to increase the capacity of Li-ion batteries, significant improvement in the power density has been achieved, opening the route to new applications, from hybrid electric vehicles to high-power electronics and regulation of the intermittency problem of electric energy supply on smart grids. This success has been achieved not only by decreasing the size of the active particles of the electrodes to few tens of nanometers, but also by surface modification and the synthesis of new multi-composite particles. It is the aim of this work to review the different approaches that have been successful to obtain Li-ion batteries with improved high-rate performance and to discuss how these results prefigure further improvement in the near future.

  18. Development of a benchmarking model for lithium battery electrodes

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    Bergholz, Timm; Korte, Carsten; Stolten, Detlef

    2016-07-01

    This paper presents a benchmarking model to enable systematic selection of anode and cathode materials for lithium batteries in stationary applications, hybrid and battery electric vehicles. The model incorporates parameters for energy density, power density, safety, lifetime, costs and raw materials. Combinations of carbon anodes, Li4Ti5O12 or TiO2 with LiFePO4 cathodes comprise interesting combinations for application in hybrid power trains. Higher cost and raw material prioritization of stationary applications hinders the breakthrough of Li4Ti5O12, while a combination of TiO2 and LiFePO4 is suggested. The favored combinations resemble state-of-the-art materials, whereas novel cell chemistries must be optimized for cells in battery electric vehicles. In contrast to actual research efforts, sulfur as a cathode material is excluded due to its low volumetric energy density and its known lifetime and safety issues. Lithium as anode materials is discarded due to safety issues linked to electrode melting and dendrite formation. A high capacity composite Li2MnO3·LiNi0.5Co0.5O2 and high voltage spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode with silicon as anode material promise high energy densities with sufficient lifetime and safety properties if electrochemical and thermal stabilization of the electrolyte/electrode interfaces and bulk materials is achieved. The model allows a systematic top-down orientation of research on lithium batteries.

  19. Ionic Conduction in Lithium Ion Battery Composite Electrode Governs Cross-sectional Reaction Distribution

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    Orikasa, Yuki; Gogyo, Yuma; Yamashige, Hisao; Katayama, Misaki; Chen, Kezheng; Mori, Takuya; Yamamoto, Kentaro; Masese, Titus; Inada, Yasuhiro; Ohta, Toshiaki; Siroma, Zyun; Kato, Shiro; Kinoshita, Hajime; Arai, Hajime; Ogumi, Zempachi; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu

    2016-05-01

    Composite electrodes containing active materials, carbon and binder are widely used in lithium-ion batteries. Since the electrode reaction occurs preferentially in regions with lower resistance, reaction distribution can be happened within composite electrodes. We investigate the relationship between the reaction distribution with depth direction and electronic/ionic conductivity in composite electrodes with changing electrode porosities. Two dimensional X-ray absorption spectroscopy shows that the reaction distribution is happened in lower porosity electrodes. Our developed 6-probe method can measure electronic/ionic conductivity in composite electrodes. The ionic conductivity is decreased for lower porosity electrodes, which governs the reaction distribution of composite electrodes and their performances.

  20. Ionic Conduction in Lithium Ion Battery Composite Electrode Governs Cross-sectional Reaction Distribution.

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    Orikasa, Yuki; Gogyo, Yuma; Yamashige, Hisao; Katayama, Misaki; Chen, Kezheng; Mori, Takuya; Yamamoto, Kentaro; Masese, Titus; Inada, Yasuhiro; Ohta, Toshiaki; Siroma, Zyun; Kato, Shiro; Kinoshita, Hajime; Arai, Hajime; Ogumi, Zempachi; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu

    2016-01-01

    Composite electrodes containing active materials, carbon and binder are widely used in lithium-ion batteries. Since the electrode reaction occurs preferentially in regions with lower resistance, reaction distribution can be happened within composite electrodes. We investigate the relationship between the reaction distribution with depth direction and electronic/ionic conductivity in composite electrodes with changing electrode porosities. Two dimensional X-ray absorption spectroscopy shows that the reaction distribution is happened in lower porosity electrodes. Our developed 6-probe method can measure electronic/ionic conductivity in composite electrodes. The ionic conductivity is decreased for lower porosity electrodes, which governs the reaction distribution of composite electrodes and their performances. PMID:27193448

  1. Polyphase alloys as rechargeable electrodes in advanced battery systems

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    Huggins, Robert A.

    1987-01-01

    The rechargeability of electrochemical cells is often limited by negative electrode problems. These may include loss of capacity, increased impedance, macroscopic shape change, dendrite growth, or a tendency for filamentary or whisker growth. In principle, these problems can be reduced or eliminated by the use of alloys that undergo either displacement or insertion reactions at reactant species activities less than unity, rather than pure elements. The fundamental reasons for some of these problems with elemental electrodes, as well as the basic principles involved in the different behavior of alloys, are briefly discussed. More information is now available concerning the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of a number of alloys of potential interest for use as electrodes in elevated temperature lithium battery systems. Recent results have extended these results down to ambient temperatures, indicating that some such materials may be of interest for use with new low temperature molten salt electrolytes, or with organic solvent electrolytes. The all solid mixed conductor matrix concept is also reviewed.

  2. Synthesis of Graphene from a Used Battery Electrode

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    Kumar, M. K. Punith; Srivastava, Chandan

    2016-01-01

    Graphene was produced by electrochemical exfoliation of a used battery electrode. Aqueous solutions of cationic (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide), anionic (sodium dodecyl sulphate), and nonionic (poly vinyl pyrrolidone) surfactants, along with NaCl and combinations of these surfactants with NaCl, were used as the electrolyte. The following observations were made: (I) up to several micrometer sized graphene sheets were produced, (II) the addition of NaCl into the electrolytes significantly enhanced the yield of the exfoliated graphene, (III) the type of surfactant affected the defect density of the exfoliated product, and (IV) electrochemical impedance spectroscopy provided insight into the reason for the changes in the defect density ratio between the graphene samples.

  3. Progress towards high-power Li/CFx batteries: electrode architectures using carbon nanotubes with CFx.

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    Zhang, Qing; Takeuchi, Kenneth J; Takeuchi, Esther S; Marschilok, Amy C

    2015-09-21

    Carbon monofluoride (CFx) has a high energy density, exceeding 2000 W h kg(-1), yet its application in primary lithium batteries is limited by its power capability. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are appealing additives for high-power batteries, due to their outstanding electronic transport properties, high aspect ratio necessitating low volume fraction for percolation, and high tensile strength. This perspective describes the current state of the art in lithium-carbon monofluoride (Li/CFx) batteries and highlights the opportunities for the development of high-power Li/CFx batteries via utilization of carbon nanotubes. In this report, we generated several electrode architectures using CFx/CNT combinations, and demonstrated the effectiveness of CNTs in enhancing the rate capability and energy density of Li/CFx batteries. First, we investigated the resistivity of CFx combined with CNTs and compared the CFx/CNT composites with conventional carbon additives. Second, we built CFx-CNT electrodes without metallic current collectors using CNTs as substrates, and compared their electrochemical performance with conventional CFx electrodes using aluminum foil as a current collector. Furthermore, we fabricated multi-layered CNT-CFx-CNT composite electrodes (sandwich electrodes) and studied the impact of the structure on the performance of the electrode. Our work demonstrates some of the opportunities for utilization of CNTs in CFx electrodes and the resultant implementation of CFx as a battery cathode in next-generation high-power batteries. PMID:26280394

  4. Electrochromic & magnetic properties of electrode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Zheng-Fei, Guo; Kun, Pan; Xue-Jin, Wang

    2016-01-01

    Progress in electrochromic lithium ion batteries (LIBs) is reviewed, highlighting advances and possible research directions. Methods for using the LIB electrode materials’ magnetic properties are also described, using several examples. Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) film is discussed as an electrochromic material and insertion compound. The opto-electrical properties of the LTO film have been characterized by electrical measurements and UV-Vis spectra. A prototype bi-functional electrochromic LIB, incorporating LTO as both electrochromic layer and anode, has also been characterized by charge- discharge measurements and UV-Vis transmittance. The results show that the bi-functional electrochromic LIB prototype works well. Magnetic measurement has proven to be a powerful tool to evaluate the quality of electrode materials. We introduce briefly the magnetism of solids in general, and then discuss the magnetic characteristics of layered oxides, spinel oxides, olivine phosphate LiFePO4, and Nasicon-type Li3Fe2(PO4)3. We also discuss what kind of impurities can be detected, which will guide us to fabricate high quality films and high performance devices. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2015AA034201) and the Chinese Universities Scientific Fund (Grant No. 2015LX002).

  5. Prismatic sealed nickel-cadmium batteries utilizing fiber structured electrodes. II - Applications as a maintenance free aircraft battery

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    Anderman, Menahem; Benczur-Urmossy, Gabor; Haschka, Friedrich

    Test data on prismatic sealed Ni-Cd batteries utilizing fiber structured electrodes (sealed FNC) is discussed. It is shown that, under a voltage limited charging scheme, the charge acceptance of the sealed FNC battery is far superior to that of the standard vented aircraft Ni-Cd batteries. This results in the sealed FNC battery maintaining its capacity over several thousand cycles without any need for electrical conditioning or water topping. APU start data demonstrate superior power capabilities over existing technologies. Performance at low temperature is presented. Abuse test results reveal a safe fail mechanism even under severe electrical abuse.

  6. Mechanics of high-capacity electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Ting, Zhu

    2016-01-01

    Rechargeable batteries, such as lithium-ion batteries, play an important role in the emerging sustainable energy landscape. Mechanical degradation and resulting capacity fade in high-capacity electrode materials critically hinder their use in high-performance lithium-ion batteries. This paper presents an overview of recent advances in understanding the electrochemically-induced mechanical behavior of the electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries. Particular emphasis is placed on stress generation and facture in high-capacity anode materials such as silicon. Finally, we identify several important unresolved issues for future research. Project support by the NSF (Grant Nos. CMMI 1100205 and DMR 1410936).

  7. Improved Positive Electrode Materials for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Conry, Thomas Edward

    The introduction of the first commercially produced Li-ion battery by Sony in 1990 sparked a period of unprecedented growth in the consumer electronics industry. Now, with increasing efforts to move away from fossil-fuel-derived energy sources, a substantial amount of current research is focused on the development of an electrified transportation fleet. Unfortunately, existent battery technologies are unable to provide the necessary performance for electric vehicles (EV's) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV's) vehicles at a competitive cost. The cost and performance metrics of current Li-ion batteries are mainly determined by the positive electrode materials. The work here is concerned with understanding the structural and electrochemical consequences of cost-lowering mechanisms in two separate classes of Li-ion cathode materials; the LiMO2 (M = Ni, Mn, Co) layered oxides and the LiMPO4 olivine materials; with the goal of improving performance. Al-substitution for Co in LiNizMnzCo1-2zO 2 ("NMC") materials not only decreases the costly Co-content, but also improves the safety aspects and, notably, enhances the cycling stability of the layered oxide electrodes. The structural and electrochemical effects of Al-substitution are investigated here in a model NMC compound, LiNi0.45 Mn0.45Co0.1-yAlyO2. In addition to electrochemical measurements, various synchrotron-based characterization methods are utilized, including high-resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD), in situ X-ray diffraction, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Al-substitution causes a slight distortion of the as-synthesized hexagonal layered oxide lattice, lowering the inherent octahedral strain within the transition metal layer. The presence of Al also is observed to limit the structural variation of the NMC materials upon Li-deintercalation, as well as extended cycling of the electrodes. Various olivine materials, LiMPO4 ( M=Fe,Co) are produced using a custom-built spray pyrolysis system. Spray

  8. Fabrication of a three-electrode battery using hydrogen-storage materials

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    Roh, Chi-Woo; Seo, Jung-Yong; Moon, Hyung-Seok; Park, Hyun-Young; Nam, Na-Yun; Cho, Sung Min; Yoo, Pil J.; Chung, Chan-Hwa

    2015-04-01

    In this study, an energy storage device using a three-electrode battery is fabricated. The charging process takes place during electrolysis of the alkaline electrolyte where hydrogen is stored at the palladium bifunctional electrode. Upon discharging, power is generated by operating the alkaline fuel cell using hydrogen which is accumulated in the palladium hydride bifunctional electrode during the charging process. The bifunctional palladium electrode is prepared by electrodeposition using a hydrogen bubble template followed by a galvanic displacement reaction of platinum in order to functionalize the electrode to work not only as a hydrogen storage material but also as an anode in a fuel cell. This bifunctional electrode has a sufficiently high surface area and the platinum catalyst populates at the surface of electrode to operate the fuel cell. The charging and discharging performance of the three-electrode battery are characterized. In addition, the cycle stability is investigated.

  9. Effect of surface modification of metal hydride electrode on performance of MH/Ni batteries

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    YANG Kai; WU Feng; CHEN Shi; ZHANG Cun-zhong

    2007-01-01

    A novel method was applied to the surface modification of the metal hydride(MH) electrode of MH/Ni batteries. Both sides of the electrode were plated with a thin silver film about 0.1μm thick using vacuum evaporation plating technology, and the effect of the electrode on the performance of MH/Ni batteries was examined. It is found that the surface modification can enhance the electrode conductivity and decrease the battery ohimic resistance. After surface modification, the discharge capacity at 5C (7.5A) is increased by 212 mA·h and the discharge voltage is increased by 0.11 V, the resistance of the batteries is also decreased by 32%. The batteries with modified electrode exhibit satisfactory durability. The remaining capacity of the modified batteries is 89% of the initial capacity even after 500 cycles. The inner pressure of the batteries during overcharging is lowered and the charging efficiency of the batteries is improved.

  10. Recent research progress on iron- and manganese-based positive electrode materials for rechargeable sodium batteries

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    Large-scale high-energy batteries with electrode materials made from the Earth-abundant elements are needed to achieve sustainable energy development. On the basis of material abundance, rechargeable sodium batteries with iron- and manganese-based positive electrode materials are the ideal candidates for large-scale batteries. In this review, iron- and manganese-based electrode materials, oxides, phosphates, fluorides, etc, as positive electrodes for rechargeable sodium batteries are reviewed. Iron and manganese compounds with sodium ions provide high structural flexibility. Two layered polymorphs, O3- and P2-type layered structures, show different electrode performance in Na cells related to the different phase transition and sodium migration processes on sodium extraction/insertion. Similar to layered oxides, iron/manganese phosphates and pyrophosphates also provide the different framework structures, which are used as sodium insertion host materials. Electrode performance and reaction mechanisms of the iron- and manganese-based electrode materials in Na cells are described and the similarities and differences with lithium counterparts are also discussed. Together with these results, the possibility of the high-energy battery system with electrode materials made from only Earth-abundant elements is reviewed. (review)

  11. Thin film lithium-based batteries and electrochromic devices fabricated with nanocomposite electrode materials

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    Gillaspie, Dane T; Lee, Se-Hee; Tracy, C. Edwin; Pitts, John Roland

    2014-02-04

    Thin-film lithium-based batteries and electrochromic devices (10) are fabricated with positive electrodes (12) comprising a nanocomposite material composed of lithiated metal oxide nanoparticles (40) dispersed in a matrix composed of lithium tungsten oxide.

  12. Application of Carbon Nanomaterials in Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

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    Jaber-Ansari, Laila

    Carbon nanomaterials such as single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and graphene have emerged as leading additives for high capacity nanocomposite lithium ion battery electrodes due to their ability to improve electrode conductivity, current collection efficiency, and charge/discharge rate for high power applications. In this work, the these nanomaterials have been developed and their properties have been fine-tuned to help solve fundamental issues in conventional lithium ion battery electrodes. Towards this end, the application of SWCNTs in lithium-ion anodes has been studied. As-grown SWCNTs possess a distribution of physical and electronic structures, and it is of high interest to determine which subpopulations of SWCNTs possess the highest lithiation capacity and to develop processing methods that can enhance the lithiation capacity of underperforming SWCNT species. Towards this end, SWCNT electronic type purity is controlled via density gradient ultracentrifugation, enabling a systematic study of the lithiation of SWCNTs as a function of metal versus semiconducting content. Experimentally, vacuum filtered freestanding films of metallic SWCNTs are found to accommodate lithium with an order of magnitude higher capacity than their semiconducting counterparts. In contrast, SWCNT film densification leads to the enhancement of the lithiation capacity of semiconducting SWCNTs to levels comparable to metallic SWCNTs, which is corroborated by theoretical calculations. To understand the interaction of the graphene with lithium ions and electrolyte species during electrochemical we use Raman spectroscopy in a model system of monolayer graphene transferred on a Si(111) substrate and density functional theory (DFT) to investigate defect formation as a function of lithiation. This model system enables the early stages of defect formation to be probed in a manner previously not possible with commonly-used reduced graphene oxide or multilayer graphene substrates. Using ex

  13. Carbon nanotube/Co3O4 composite for air electrode of lithium-air battery

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    Yoon, Taek Han; Park, Yong Joon

    2012-01-01

    A carbon nanotube [CNT]/Co3O4 composite is introduced as a catalyst for the air electrode of lithium-air [Li/air] batteries. Co3O4 nanoparticles are successfully attached to the sidewall of the CNT by a hydrothermal method. A high discharge capacity and a low overvoltage indicate that the CNT/Co3O4 composite is a very promising catalyst for the air electrode of Li/air batteries.

  14. Benefits of Nanostructuring Electrodes for High-Energy and High-Power Lithium Batteries

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    Joachim; Maier

    2007-01-01

    1 Results One of the greatest challenges for our society is providing powerful electrochemical energy storage devices with both high energy and high power densities. Rechargeable lithium-based batteries are amongst the most promising candidates in terms of energy density,the achievement of high power density is hindered by kinetic problems of the electrode materials.This contribution that emphasizes the power of nanostructuring for electrodes in lithium-based batteries,deals with several nanostructured ...

  15. Communications: Elementary oxygen electrode reactions in the aprotic Li-air battery

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    Hummelshøj, Jens Strabo; Blomquist, Jakob; Datta, Soumendu; Vegge, Tejs; Rossmeisl, Jan; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer; Luntz, A. C.; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel; Nørskov, Jens Kehlet

    2010-01-01

    We discuss the electrochemical reactions at the oxygen electrode of an aprotic Li-air battery. Using density functional theory to estimate the free energy of intermediates during the discharge and charge of the battery, we introduce a reaction free energy diagram and identify possible origins of...

  16. Si composite electrode with Li metal doping for advanced lithium-ion battery

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    Liu, Gao; Xun, Shidi; Battaglia, Vincent

    2015-12-15

    A silicon electrode is described, formed by combining silicon powder, a conductive binder, and SLMP.TM. powder from FMC Corporation to make a hybrid electrode system, useful in lithium-ion batteries. In one embodiment the binder is a conductive polymer such as described in PCT Published Application WO 2010/135248 A1.

  17. R&D on lithium batteries in the USA: high-energy electrode materials

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    Owens, Boone B.; Smyrl, William H.; Xu, Jun John

    Recent trends in R&D on lithium battery technology in the USA continue to focus on high-performance batteries, polymer electrolyte systems and the development and production of batteries for specialty markets. Research on sol-gel derived amorphous vanadium and manganese oxides as high capacity, high-energy electrode materials has shown these morphologies are capable of reversibly intercalating very large amounts of lithium and they are attractive cathode candidates. Methods to improve the kinetics of these positive electrodes are showing promise.

  18. A nanostructured bifunctional Pd/C gas-diffusion electrode for metal-air batteries

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    McKerracher, R.D.; Alegre, C.; Baglio, V.; Aricò, A.S.; Ponce de León, C.; Mornaghini, F.; Rodlert, M.; Walsh, F. C.

    2015-01-01

    Designing a bifunctional air electrode which catalyses both the oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions is an essential part of progress towards fully rechargeable metal-air batteries, such as the iron-air battery which is environmentally friendly, low cost, and does not suffer risk of thermal runaway like lithium-ion batteries. This paper reports the development of a lightweight carbon-based bifunctional air electrode, catalysed by a small (0.5 mg cm?2) loading of 30 wt.% palladium o...

  19. Gradient porous electrode architectures for rechargeable metal-air batteries

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    Dudney, Nancy J.; Klett, James W.; Nanda, Jagjit; Narula, Chaitanya Kumar; Pannala, Sreekanth

    2016-03-22

    A cathode for a metal air battery includes a cathode structure having pores. The cathode structure has a metal side and an air side. The porosity decreases from the air side to the metal side. A metal air battery and a method of making a cathode for a metal air battery are also disclosed.

  20. Surface modification of battery electrodes via electroless deposition with improved performance for Na-ion batteries.

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    Lahiri, Abhishek; Olschewski, Mark; Gustus, René; Borisenko, Natalia; Endres, Frank

    2016-06-01

    Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are emerging as potential stationary energy storage devices due to the abundance and low cost of sodium. A simple and energy efficient strategy to develop electrodes for SIBs with a high charge/discharge rate is highly desirable. Here we demonstrate that by surface modification of Ge, using electroless deposition in SbCl3/ionic liquids, the stability and performance of the anode can be improved. This is due to the formation of GexSb1-x at the surface leading to better diffusion of Na, and the formation of a stable twin organic and inorganic SEI which protects the electrode. By judicious control of the surface modification, an improvement in the capacity to between 50% and 300% has been achieved at high current densities (0.83-8.4 A g(-1)) in an ionic liquid electrolyte NaFSI-[Py1,4]FSI. The results clearly demonstrate that an electroless deposition based surface modification strategy in ionic liquids offers exciting opportunities in developing superior energy storage devices. PMID:27189079

  1. Solvent-Free Manufacturing of Electrodes for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Brandon Ludwig; Zhangfeng Zheng; Wan Shou; Yan Wang; Heng Pan

    2016-01-01

    Lithium ion battery electrodes were manufactured using a new, completely dry powder painting process. The solvents used for conventional slurry-cast electrodes have been completely removed. Thermal activation time has been greatly reduced due to the time and resource demanding solvent evaporation process needed with slurry-cast electrode manufacturing being replaced by a hot rolling process. It has been found that thermal activation time to induce mechanical bonding of the thermoplastic polym...

  2. Nanostructured Composite Electrodes for Lithium Batteries (Final Technical Report)

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    Meilin Liu, James Gole

    2006-12-14

    The objective of this study was to explore new ways to create nanostructured electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries. Of particular interests are unique nanostructures created by electrochemical deposition, etching and combustion chemical vapor deposition (CCVD). Three-dimensional nanoporous Cu6Sn5 alloy has been successfully prepared using an electrochemical co-deposition process. The walls of the foam structure are highly-porous and consist of numerous small grains. This represents a novel way of creating porous structures that allow not only fast transport of gas and liquid but also rapid electrochemical reactions due to high surface area. The Cu6Sn5 samples display a reversible capacity of {approx}400 mAhg-1. Furthermore, these materials exhibit superior rate capability. At a current drain of 10 mA/cm2(20C rate), the obtainable capacity was more than 50% of the capacity at 0.5 mA/cm2 (1C rate). Highly open and porous SnO2 thin films with columnar structure were obtained on Si/SiO2/Au substrates by CCVD. The thickness was readily controlled by the deposition time, varying from 1 to 5 microns. The columnar grains were covered by nanoparticles less than 20 nm. These thin film electrodes exhibited substantially high specific capacity. The reversible specific capacity of {approx}3.3 mAH/cm2 was demonstrated for up to 80 cycles at a charge/discharge rate of 0.3 mA/cm2. When discharged at 0.9 mA/cm2, the capacity was about 2.1 mAH/cm2. Tin dioxide box beams or tubes with square or rectangular cross sections were synthesized using CCVD. The cross-sectional width of the SnO2 tubules was tunable from 50 nm to sub-micrometer depending on synthesis temperature. The tubes are readily aligned in the direction perpendicular to the substrate surface to form tube arrays. Silicon wafers were electrochemically etched to produce porous silicon (PS) with honeycomb-type channels and nanoporous walls. The diameters of the channels are about 1 to 3 microns and the depth of the

  3. Study on microstructures of electrodes in lithium-ion batteries using variational multi-scale enrichment

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    Lee, Sangmin; Sastry, Ann Marie; Park, Jonghyun

    2016-05-01

    Performance and degradation of a Li-ion battery reflect the transport and kinetics of related species within the battery's electrode microstructures. The variational multi-scale principle is adapted to a Li-ion battery system in order to improve the predictions of battery performance by including multi-scale and multiphysics phenomena among the particle aggregates in the electrode; this physics cannot be addressed by conventional homogenized approaches. The developed model is verified through the direct numerical solutions and compared with the conventional pseudo-2D (P2D) model method. The developed model has revealed more dynamic battery behaviors related to the variation of the microstructure-such as particle shape, tortuosity, and material composition-while the corresponding result from P2D shows a monotonous change within different structures.

  4. Multi-phase lattice Boltzmann simulations of transport processes in porous gas diffusion electrodes for lithium-air batteries

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    Danner, Timo; Schulz, Volker; Latz, Arnulf

    2015-01-01

    Lithium-air batteries have the potential to become the future energy source for electric vehicles. Typically, the battery consists of a lithium metal negative electrode, a porous separator soaked with liquid electrolyte, and a porous air electrode where oxygen from the surrounding atmosphere is reduced during battery discharge. This configuration yields the highest theoretical capacity of all Li batteries [1]. In our approach we focus on systems employing aqueous electrolytes [2]. O2 is fe...

  5. Development of Magnesium-Insertion Positive Electrode for Rechargeable Magnesium Batteries

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    Huatang YUAN; Lifang JIAO; Jiansheng CAO; Xiusheng LIU; Ming ZHAO; Yongmei WANG

    2004-01-01

    Magnesium-based rechargeable batteries might be an interesting future alternative to lithium-based batteries. It is so far well known that Mg2+ ion insertion into ion-transfer hosts proceeds slowly compared with Li+, so it is necessary to realize fast Mg2+ transport in the host in addition to other requirements as practical cathode materials for magnesium batteries. Positive electrode materials based on inorganic transition-metal oxides, sulfides, and borides are the only ones used up to now to insert magnesium ions. In this paper, the available results of research on materials suitable as possible, for secondary magnesium batteries, are reviewed.

  6. High rate, long cycle life battery electrode materials with an open framework structure

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    Wessells, Colin; Huggins, Robert; Cui, Yi; Pasta, Mauro

    2015-02-10

    A battery includes a cathode, an anode, and an aqueous electrolyte disposed between the cathode and the anode and including a cation A. At least one of the cathode and the anode includes an electrode material having an open framework crystal structure into which the cation A is reversibly inserted during operation of the battery. The battery has a reference specific capacity when cycled at a reference rate, and at least 75% of the reference specific capacity is retained when the battery is cycled at 10 times the reference rate.

  7. Zinc Electrode Morphology Evolution in High Energy Density Nickel-Zinc Batteries

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    Gizem Payer

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Prismatic Nickel-Zinc (NiZn batteries with energy densities higher than 100 Wh kg−1 were prepared using Zn electrodes with different initial morphologies. The effect of initial morphology of zinc electrode on battery capacity was investigated. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD reveal that initial morphology of zinc electrode changes drastically after a few charge/discharge cycles regardless of initial ZnO powder used. ZnO electrodes prepared using ZnO powders synthesized from ZnCl2 and Zn(NO32 lead to average battery energy densities ranging between 92 Wh kg−1 and 109 Wh kg−1 while using conventional ZnO powder leads to a higher energy density, 118 Wh kg−1. Average discharge capacities of zinc electrodes vary between 270 and 345 mA g−1, much lower than reported values for nano ZnO powders in literature. Higher electrode surface area or higher electrode discharge capacity does not necessarily translate to higher battery energy density.

  8. High Reversibility of Soft Electrode Materials in All-solid-state Batteries

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    Atsushi eSakuda

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available All-solid-state batteries using inorganic solid electrolytes (SEs are considered to be ideal batteries for electric vehicles (EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs because they are potentially safer than conventional lithium-ion batteries (LIBs. In addition, all-solid-state batteries are expected to have long battery lives owing to the inhibition of chemical side reactions because only lithium ions move through the typically used inorganic SEs. The development of high-energy (more than 300 Wh kg-1 secondary batteries has been eagerly anticipated for years. The application of high-capacity electrode active materials is essential for fabricating such batteries. Recently, we proposed metal polysulfides as new electrode materials. These materials show higher conductivity and density than sulfur, which is advantageous for fabricating batteries with relatively higher energy density. Lithium niobium sulfides, such as Li3NbS4, have relatively high density, conductivity, and rate capability among metal polysulfide materials, and batteries with these materials have capacities high enough to potentially exceed the gravimetric energy density of conventional LIBs.Favorable solid-solid contact between the electrode and electrolyte particles is a key factor for fabricating high performance all-solid-state batteries. Conventional oxide-based positive electrode materials tend to be given rise to cracks during fabrication and/or charge-discharge processes. Here we report all-solid-state cells using lithium niobium sulfide as a positive electrode material, where favorable solid-solid contact was established by using lithium sulfide electrode materials because of their high processability. Cracks were barely observed in the electrode particles in the all-solid-state cells before or after charging and discharging with a high capacity of approx. 400 mAh g-1, suggesting that the lithium niobium sulfide electrode charged and discharged without experiencing

  9. Influence of Electrode Density on the Performance of Li-Ion Batteries: Experimental and Simulation Results

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    Jelle Smekens

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Lithium-ion battery (LIB technology further enabled the information revolution by powering smartphones and tablets, allowing these devices an unprecedented performance against reasonable cost. Currently, this battery technology is on the verge of carrying the revolution in road transport and energy storage of renewable energy. However, to fully succeed in the latter, a number of hurdles still need to be taken. Battery performance and lifetime constitute a bottleneck for electric vehicles as well as stationary electric energy storage systems to penetrate the market. Electrochemical battery models are one of the engineering tools which could be used to enhance their performance. These models can help us optimize the cell design and the battery management system. In this study, we evaluate the ability of the Porous Electrode Theory (PET to predict the effect of changing positive electrode density in the overall performance of Li-ion battery cells. It can be concluded that Porous Electrode Theory (PET is capable of predicting the difference in cell performance due to a changing positive electrode density.

  10. Expansion and shrinkage of the sulfur composite electrode in rechargeable lithium batteries

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    He, Xiangming; Ren, Jianguo; Wang, Li; Pu, Weihua; Jiang, Changyin; Wan, Chunrong [Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2009-05-01

    The expansion and shrinkage characteristics of sulfur composite cathode electrode in rechargeable lithium batteries have been investigated. It was found that the sulfur composites electrodes expanded when discharging and shrank when charging again. The thickness change of the electrode was measured to be about 22%. The thickness of lithium metal anodes was also changed when lithium deposition and dissolution, while the sulfur composites electrodes expanded and shrank conversely. The investigation showed that the thickness changes of lithium anode and sulfur composite cathode could be compensated with each other to keep the total thickness of the cell not to change so much. (author)

  11. Graphite-graphite oxide composite electrode for vanadium redox flow battery

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    Highlights: → A new composite electrode is designed for vanadium redox flow battery (VRB). → The graphite oxide (GO) is used as electrode reactions catalyst. → The excellent electrode activity is attributed to the oxygen-containing groups attached on the GO surface. → A catalytic mechanism of the GO towards the redox reactions is presumed. - Abstract: A graphite/graphite oxide (GO) composite electrode for vanadium redox battery (VRB) was prepared successfully in this paper. The materials were characterized with X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The specific surface area was measured by the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method. The redox reactions of [VO2]+/[VO]2+ and V3+/V2+ were studied with cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results indicated that the electrochemical performances of the electrode were improved greatly when 3 wt% GO was added into graphite electrode. The redox peak currents of [VO2]+/[VO]2+ and V3+/V2+ couples on the composite electrode were increased nearly twice as large as that on the graphite electrode, and the charge transfer resistances of the redox pairs on the composite electrode are also reduced. The enhanced electrochemical activity could be ascribed to the presence of plentiful oxygen functional groups on the basal planes and sheet edges of the GO and large specific surface areas introduced by the GO.

  12. Graphene Oxide-Based Electrode Inks for 3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Fu, Kun; Wang, Yibo; Yan, Chaoyi; Yao, Yonggang; Chen, Yanan; Dai, Jiaqi; Lacey, Steven; Wang, Yanbin; Wan, Jiayu; Li, Tian; Wang, Zhengyang; Xu, Yue; Hu, Liangbing

    2016-04-01

    All-component 3D-printed lithium-ion batteries are fabricated by printing graphene-oxide-based composite inks and solid-state gel polymer electrolyte. An entirely 3D-printed full cell features a high electrode mass loading of 18 mg cm(-2) , which is normalized to the overall area of the battery. This all-component printing can be extended to the fabrication of multidimensional/multiscale complex-structures of more energy-storage devices. PMID:26833897

  13. Characterization of Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion and Sodium Ion Batteries Using Synchrotron Radiation Techniques

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    Doeff, Marca M.; Chen, Guoying; Cabana, Jordi; Richardson, Thomas J.; Mehta, Apurva; Shirpour, Mona; Duncan, Hugues; Kim, Chunjoong; Kam, Kinson C.; Conry, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Intercalation compounds such as transition metal oxides or phosphates are the most commonly used electrode materials in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries. During insertion or removal of alkali metal ions, the redox states of transition metals in the compounds change and structural transformations such as phase transitions and/or lattice parameter increases or decreases occur. These behaviors in turn determine important characteristics of the batteries such as the potential profiles, rate capabiliti...

  14. Theoretical Analysis of Potential and Current Distributions in Planar Electrodes of Lithium-ion Batteries

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    An analytical model is proposed to describe the two-dimensional distribution of potential and current in planar electrodes of pouch-type lithium-ion batteries. A concentration-independent polarization expression, obtained experimentally, is used to mimic the electrochemical performance of the battery. By numerically solving the charge balance equation on each electrode in conjugation with the polarization expression, the battery behavior during constant-current discharge processes is simulated. Our numerical simulations show that reaction current between the electrodes remains approximately uniform during most of the discharge process, in particular, when depth-of-discharge varies from 5% to 85%. This observation suggests to simplify the electrochemical behavior of the battery such that the charge balance equation on each electrode can be solved analytically to obtain closed-form solutions for potential and current density distributions. The analytical model shows fair agreement with numerical data at modest computational cost. The model is applicable for both charge and discharge processes, and its application is demonstrated for a prismatic 20 Ah nickel-manganese-cobalt lithium-ion battery during discharge processes

  15. Nb-doped TiO2 air-electrode for advanced Li-air batteries

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available As new substrate materials to replace a conventional carbon substrate, TiO2 and Nb-doped TiO2 air-electrodes for Li-air batteries were investigated. Through a simple two-step process, we successfully synthesized anatase Nb-doped TiO2 nanoparticles and demonstrated the potential applicability of TiO2-based materials for use in Li-air battery electrode. An air-electrode with Nb-doped TiO2 nanoparticles could deliver a higher discharge capacity than a bare TiO2 electrode due to the enhanced conductivity, which implies the importance of facile electron transport during the discharge process.

  16. Magnetically aligned graphite electrodes for high-rate performance Li-ion batteries

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    Billaud, Juliette; Bouville, Florian; Magrini, Tommaso; Villevieille, Claire; Studart, André R.

    2016-08-01

    As lithium-ion batteries become ubiquitous, the energy storage market is striving for better performance, longer lifetime and better safety of the devices. This race for performance is often focused on the search for new materials, whereas less effort has been dedicated to the electrode engineering. Enhancing the power density by increasing the amount of active material remains impractical since it impinges the transport of ions across the electrode during the charging and discharging processes. Here, we show that the electrochemical performance of a battery containing a thick (about 200 μm), highly loaded (about 10 mg cm‑2) graphite electrode can be remarkably enhanced by fabricating anodes with an out-of-plane aligned architecture using a low external magnetic field. The lower tortuosity resulting from such a simple and scalable magnetic alignment approach leads to a specific charge up to three times higher than that of non-architectured electrodes at a rate of 1C.

  17. The O2 electrode performance in the Li-O2 battery

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    Liu, Jia

    2015-01-01

    Li-O2 batteries have been attracting increasing attention and R&D efforts as promising power sources for electric vehicles (EVs) due to their significantly higher theoretical energy densities compared to conventional Li-ion batteries. The research presented in this thesis covers the investigation of factors influencing the decomposition of Li2O2, the development of highly active electrocatalysts, and the design of low-cost and easy-operation binder-free O2 electrodes for Li-O2 batteries. ...

  18. Aquagel electrode separator for use in batteries and supercapacitors

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    Mayer, S.T.; Kaschmitter, J.L.; Pekala, R.W.

    1995-03-28

    An electrode separator is described for electrochemical energy storage devices, such as a high energy density capacitor incorporating a variety of carbon foam electrodes. The separator is derived from an aquagel of resorcinol-formaldehyde and related polymers and containing ionically conducting electrolyte in the pores thereof. 9 figures.

  19. End-of-life Zn–MnO2 batteries: electrode materials characterization

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    Cabral, Marta; Pedrosa, Fátima; Margarido, F.; Nogueira, C. A.

    2013-01-01

    Physical and chemical characterization of several sizes and shapes of alkaline and saline spent Zn–MnO2 batteries was carried out, aiming at contributing for a better definition of the applicable recycling processes. The characterization essays included the mass balance of the components, cathode and anode elemental analysis, the identification of zinc and manganese bearing phases and the morphology analysis of the electrode particles. The electrode materials correspond to 64–79% of the total...

  20. Infiltrated Porous Polymer Sheets as Free-Standing Flexible Lithium-Sulfur Battery Electrodes.

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    Wu, Feixiang; Zhao, Enbo; Gordon, Daniel; Xiao, Yiran; Hu, Chenchen; Yushin, Gleb

    2016-08-01

    Free-standing, high-capacity Li2 S electrodes with capacity loadings in the range from 1.5 to 3.8 mA h cm(-2) are produced by using infiltration of active materials into porous carbonized biomass sheets. The proposed electrode design can be effectively utilized for the low-cost fabrication of flexible lithium batteries with high specific energy. PMID:27168478

  1. Suppressing vertical displacement of lithiated silicon particles in high volumetric capacity battery electrodes

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    Yu, Denis Y. W.; Zhou, Ming; Hoster, Harry

    2015-01-01

    Silicon is a potential high-capacity anode material for lithium-ion batteries. However, the large volume expansion of the material remains a bottleneck to its commercialization. Many studies were devoted to nanostructured silicon composites with voids to accommodate the volume expansion. Yet, full capability of silicon cannot be utilized because of the low volumetric capacity of these nanostructured electrodes. Here, we re-design dense silicon electrodes with three times the volumetric capaci...

  2. Applications of porous electrodes to metal-ion removal and the design of battery systems

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    Trost, G.G.

    1983-09-01

    This dissertation treats the use of porous electrodes as electrochemical reactors for the removal of dilute metal ions. A methodology for the scale-up of porous electrodes used in battery applications is given. Removal of 4 ..mu..g Pb/cc in 1 M sulfuric acid was investigated in atmospheric and high-pressure, flow-through porous reactors. The atmospheric reactor used a reticulated vitreous carbon porous bed coated in situ with a mercury film. Best results show 98% removal of lead from the feed stream. Results are summarized in a dimensionless plot of Sherwood number vs Peclet number. High-pressure, porous-electrode experiments were performed to investigate the effect of pressure on the current efficiency. Pressures were varied up to 120 bar on electrode beds of copper or lead-coated spheres. The copper spheres showed high hydrogen evolution rates which inhibited lead deposition, even at high cathodic overpotentials. Use of lead spheres inhibited hydrogen evolution but often resulted in the formation of lead sulfate layers; these layers were difficult to reduce back to lead. Experimental data of one-dimensional porous battery electrodes are combined with a model for the current collector and cell connectors to predict ultimate specific energy and maximum specific power for complete battery systems. Discharge behavior of the plate as a whole is first presented as a function of depth of discharge. These results are combined with the voltage and weight penalties of the interconnecting bus and post, positive and negative active material, cell container, etc. to give specific results for the lithium-aluminum/iron sulfide high-temperature battery. Subject to variation is the number of positive electrodes, grid conductivity, minimum current-collector weight, and total delivered capacity. The battery can be optimized for maximum energy or power, or a compromise design may be selected.

  3. Applications of porous electrodes to metal-ion removal and the design of battery systems

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    This dissertation treats the use of porous electrodes as electrochemical reactors for the removal of dilute metal ions. A methodology for the scale-up of porous electrodes used in battery applications is given. Removal of 4 μg Pb/cc in 1 M sulfuric acid was investigated in atmospheric and high-pressure, flow-through porous reactors. The atmospheric reactor used a reticulated vitreous carbon porous bed coated in situ with a mercury film. Best results show 98% removal of lead from the feed stream. Results are summarized in a dimensionless plot of Sherwood number vs Peclet number. High-pressure, porous-electrode experiments were performed to investigate the effect of pressure on the current efficiency. Pressures were varied up to 120 bar on electrode beds of copper or lead-coated spheres. The copper spheres showed high hydrogen evolution rates which inhibited lead deposition, even at high cathodic overpotentials. Use of lead spheres inhibited hydrogen evolution but often resulted in the formation of lead sulfate layers; these layers were difficult to reduce back to lead. Experimental data of one-dimensional porous battery electrodes are combined with a model for the current collector and cell connectors to predict ultimate specific energy and maximum specific power for complete battery systems. Discharge behavior of the plate as a whole is first presented as a function of depth of discharge. These results are combined with the voltage and weight penalties of the interconnecting bus and post, positive and negative active material, cell container, etc. to give specific results for the lithium-aluminum/iron sulfide high-temperature battery. Subject to variation is the number of positive electrodes, grid conductivity, minimum current-collector weight, and total delivered capacity. The battery can be optimized for maximum energy or power, or a compromise design may be selected

  4. Quantifying bulk electrode strain and material displacement within lithium batteries via high-speed operando tomography and digital volume correlation

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    Finegan, D. P.; Tudisco, E.; Scheel, M; Robinson, J B; Taiwo, O. O.; Eastwood, D. S.; Lee, P. D.; Di Michiel, M.; Bay, B.; Hall, S. A.; Hinds, G.; Brett, D. J. L.; Shearing, P. R.

    2015-01-01

    Tracking the dynamic morphology of active materials during operation of lithium batteries is essential for identifying causes of performance loss. Digital volume correlation (DVC) is applied to high-speed operando synchrotron X-ray computed tomography of a commercial Li/MnO2 primary battery during discharge. Real-time electrode material displacement is captured in 3D allowing degradation mechanisms such as delamination of the electrode from the current collector and electrode crack formation ...

  5. Indigo carmine: An organic crystal as a positive-electrode material for rechargeable sodium batteries

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    Masaru Yao; Kentaro Kuratani; Toshikatsu Kojima; Nobuhiko Takeichi; Hiroshi Senoh; Tetsu Kiyobayashi

    2014-01-01

    Using sodium, instead of lithium, in rechargeable batteries is a way to circumvent the lithium's resource problem. The challenge is to find an electrode material that can reversibly undergo redox reactions in a sodium-electrolyte at the desired electrochemical potential. We proved that indigo carmine (IC, 5,5′-indigodisulfonic acid sodium salt) can work as a positive-electrode material in not only a lithium-, but also a sodium-electrolyte. The discharge capacity of the IC-electrode was ~100 m...

  6. Study of the influence of carbon on the negative lead-acid battery electrodes

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    Bača, P.; Micka, Karel; Křivík, P.; Tonar, K.; Tošer, P.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 196, č. 8 (2011), s. 3988-3992. ISSN 0378-7753 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : lead battery electrodes * doping with carbon * accelerated testing Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 4.951, year: 2011

  7. Characterization of Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion and Sodium Ion Batteries using Synchrotron Radiation Techniques

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    Mehta, Apurva; Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource; Doeff, Marca M.; Chen, Guoying; Cabana, Jordi; Richardson, Thomas J.; Mehta, Apurva; Shirpour, Mona; Duncan, Hugues; Kim, Chunjoong; Kam, Kinson C.; Conry, Thomas

    2013-04-30

    We describe the use of synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques to probe details of intercalation/deintercalation processes in electrode materials for Li ion and Na ion batteries. Both in situ and ex situ experiments are used to understand structural behavior relevant to the operation of devices.

  8. Significance of carbon additive in negative lead-acid battery electrodes

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    Calábek, M.; Micka, Karel; Křivák, P.; Bača, P.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 158, č. 2 (2006), s. 864-867. ISSN 0378-7753 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : negative lead battery electrode * cycle life * graphite additive * titanium dioxide additive Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry Impact factor: 3.521, year: 2006

  9. High surface area carbon for bifunctional air electrodes applied in zinc-air batteries

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    Arai, H. [on leave from NTT Laboratories (Japan); Mueller, S.; Haas, O. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1999-08-01

    Bifunctional air electrodes with high surface area carbon substrates showed low reduction overpotential, thus are promising for enhancing the energy efficiency and power capability of zinc-air batteries. The improved performance is attributed to lower overpotential due to diffusion of the reaction intermediate, namely the peroxide ion. (author) 1 fig., 2 refs.

  10. Electrochemical behavior of LiCoO2 as aqueous lithium-ion battery electrodes

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    Ruffo, Riccardo

    2009-02-01

    Despite the large number of studies on the behavior of LiCoO2 in organic electrolytes and its recent application as a positive electrode in rechargeable water battery prototypes, a little information is available about the lithium intercalation reaction in this layered compound in aqueous electrolytes. This work shows that LiCoO2 electrodes can be reversibly cycled in LiNO3 aqueous electrolytes for tens of cycles at remarkably high rates with impressive values specific capacity higher than 100 mAh/g, and with a coulomb efficiency greater than 99.7%. Stable and reproducible cycling measurements have been made using a simple cell design that can be easily applied to the study of other intercalation materials, assuming that they are stable in water and that their intercalation potential range matches the electrochemical stability window of the aqueous electrolyte. The experimental arrangement uses a three-electrode flooded cell in which another insertion compound acts as a reversible source and sink of lithium ions, i.e., as the counter electrode. A commercial reference electrode is also present. Both the working and the counter electrodes have been prepared as thin layers on a metallic substrate using the procedures typical for the study of electrodes for lithium-ion batteries in organic solvent electrolytes. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Solvent-Free Manufacturing of Electrodes for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Ludwig, Brandon; Zheng, Zhangfeng; Shou, Wan; Wang, Yan; Pan, Heng

    2016-03-01

    Lithium ion battery electrodes were manufactured using a new, completely dry powder painting process. The solvents used for conventional slurry-cast electrodes have been completely removed. Thermal activation time has been greatly reduced due to the time and resource demanding solvent evaporation process needed with slurry-cast electrode manufacturing being replaced by a hot rolling process. It has been found that thermal activation time to induce mechanical bonding of the thermoplastic polymer to the remaining active electrode particles is only a few seconds. Removing the solvent and drying process allows large-scale Li-ion battery production to be more economically viable in markets such as automotive energy storage systems. By understanding the surface energies of various powders which govern the powder mixing and binder distribution, bonding tests of the dry-deposited particles onto the current collector show that the bonding strength is greater than slurry-cast electrodes, 148.8 kPa as compared to 84.3 kPa. Electrochemical tests show that the new electrodes outperform conventional slurry processed electrodes, which is due to different binder distribution.

  12. Highly improved voltage efficiency of seawater battery by use of chloride ion capturing electrode

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    Kim, Kyoungho; Hwang, Soo Min; Park, Jeong-Sun; Han, Jinhyup; Kim, Junsoo; Kim, Youngsik

    2016-05-01

    Cost-effective and eco-friendly battery system with high energy density is highly desirable. Herein, we report a seawater battery with a high voltage efficiency, in which a chloride ion-capturing electrode (CICE) consisting of Ag foil is utilized as the cathode. The use of Ag as the cathode leads to a sharp decrease in the voltage gaps between charge and discharge curves, based on reversible redox reaction of Ag/AgCl (at ∼2.9 V vs. Na+/Na) in a seawater catholyte during cycling. The Ag/AgCl reaction proves to be highly reversible during battery cycling. The battery employing the Ag electrode shows excellent cycling performance with a high Coulombic efficiency (98.6-98.7%) and a highly improved voltage efficiency (90.3% compared to 73% for carbonaceous cathode) during 20 cycles (total 500 h). These findings demonstrate that seawater batteries using a CICE could be used as next-generation batteries for large-scale stationary energy storage plants.

  13. Failure mechanisms of single-crystal silicon electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Shi, Feifei; Song, Zhichao; Ross, Philip N.; Somorjai, Gabor A.; Ritchie, Robert O.; Komvopoulos, Kyriakos

    2016-06-01

    Long-term durability is a major obstacle limiting the widespread use of lithium-ion batteries in heavy-duty applications and others demanding extended lifetime. As one of the root causes of the degradation of battery performance, the electrode failure mechanisms are still unknown. In this paper, we reveal the fundamental fracture mechanisms of single-crystal silicon electrodes over extended lithiation/delithiation cycles, using electrochemical testing, microstructure characterization, fracture mechanics and finite element analysis. Anisotropic lithium invasion causes crack initiation perpendicular to the electrode surface, followed by growth through the electrode thickness. The low fracture energy of the lithiated/unlithiated silicon interface provides a weak microstructural path for crack deflection, accounting for the crack patterns and delamination observed after repeated cycling. On the basis of this physical understanding, we demonstrate how electrolyte additives can heal electrode cracks and provide strategies to enhance the fracture resistance in future lithium-ion batteries from surface chemical, electrochemical and material science perspectives.

  14. Electrochemical investigation of thermically treated graphene oxides as electrode materials for vanadium redox flow battery

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    Highlights: • Graphene oxide is synthesized at high temperatures in a reducing environment. • Treated graphene oxide-based electrodes are prepared by the wet impregnation method. • Electrochemical performance is evaluated as a function of the physico-chemical properties. - Abstract: Thermically treated graphene oxides (TT-GOs) are synthesized at different temperatures, 100 °C, 150 °C, 200 °C and 300 °C in a reducing environment (20% H2/He) and investigated as electrode materials for vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) applications. The treated graphene oxide-based electrodes are prepared by the wet impregnation method using carbon felt (CF) as support. The main aim is to achieve a suitable distribution of the dispersed graphene oxides on the CF surface in order to investigate the electrocatalytic activity for the VO2+/VO2+ and V2+/V3+ redox reactions in the perspective of a feasible large area electrodes scale-up for battery configuration of practical interest. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) are carried out in a three electrode half-cell to characterize the electrochemical properties of the TT-GO-based electrodes. Physico-chemical characterizations are carried out to corroborate the electrochemical results. The TT-GO sample treated at 100 °C (TT-GO-100) shows the highest electrocatalytic activity in terms of peak to peak separation (ΔE = 0.03 V) and current density intensity (∼0.24 A cm−2 at 30 mV/s) both toward the VO2+/VO2+ and V2+/V3+ redox reactions. This result is correlated to the presence of hydroxyl (−OH) and carboxyl (−COOH) species that act as active sites. A valid candidate is individuated as effective anode and cathode electrode in the perspective of electrodes scale-up for battery configuration of practical interest

  15. A nanostructured bifunctional Pd/C gas-diffusion electrode for metal-air batteries

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    Graphical Abstract: Images showing (a) a scanning electrode microscope cross section of the Pd/C air electrode, (b) a TEM micrograph of the Pd/C catalyst, and (c) charge–discharge cycling of the air electrode in 6 mol dm−3 KOH at 20 mA cm−2 under 100 ml min−1 oxygen flow. - Highlights: • The Pd/C air electrode shows consistent good performance at modest current densities (20–80 mA cm−2), and is stable for 1000 cycles at room temperature. • The Pd/C air electrode has a potential difference of 0.53 V between oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction. • The air electrode makes efficient use of a small precious metal loading (0.5 mg cm−2), and is mainly made from lightweight carbon materials. • The air electrode has better stability than a commercial 2 mg cm−2 Pt/C electrode on repeated charge–discharge cycling, despite having a lower (and therefore less expensive) loading of catalyst. - Abstract: Designing a bifunctional air electrode which catalyses both the oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions is an essential part of progress towards fully rechargeable metal-air batteries, such as the iron-air battery which is environmentally friendly, low cost, and does not suffer risk of thermal runaway like lithium-ion batteries. This paper reports the development of a lightweight carbon-based bifunctional air electrode, catalysed by a small (0.5 mg cm−2) loading of 30 wt.% palladium on carbon. The Pd-catalysed air electrode showed good bifunctional activity, with 0.53 V potential difference between oxygen reduction and evolution. The Pd/C air electrode showed improved catalytic activity at high current densities (≥ 50 mA cm−2) and enhanced durability compared with two commercial Pt/C air electrodes produced by Gaskatel GmbH and Johnson Matthey. A stable oxygen evolution potential was maintained over 1,000 charge-discharge cycles

  16. Effects of carbon additives on the performance of negative electrode of lead-carbon battery

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    Highlights: • The negative electrode sheets are prepared by simulating manufacture condition of negative plates. • The effect of carbon additives on negative electrode sheets is studied by electrochemical method. • Carbon additives in NAM enhance electrochemical properties of the negative sheets. • The negative sheets with 0.5 wt% carbon additive exhibit better electrochemical performance. • The charge-discharge mechanism is discussed in detail according to the experimental results. - Abstract: In this study, carbon additives such as activated carbon (AC) and carbon black (CB) are introduced to the negative electrode to improve its electrochemical performance, the negative electrode sheets are prepared by simulating the negative plate manufacturing process of lead-acid battery, the types and contents of carbon additives in the negative electrode sheets are investigated in detail for the application of lead-carbon battery. The electrochemical performance of negative electrode sheets are measured by chronopotentiometry, galvanostatic charge-discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, the crystal structure and morphology are characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The experimental results indicate that the appropriate addition of AC or CB can enhance the discharge capacity and prolong the cycle life of negative electrode sheets under high-rate partial-state-of-charge conditions, AC additive exerts more obvious effect than CB additive, the optimum contents for the best electrochemical performance of the negative electrode sheets are determined as 0.5wt% for both AC and CB. The reaction mechanism of the electrochemical process is also discussed in this paper, the appropriate addition of AC or CB in negative electrode can promote the conversion of PbSO4 to Pb, suppress the sulfation of negative electrode sheets and reduce the electrochemical reaction resistance

  17. Surface modification of active material structures in battery electrodes

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    Erickson, Michael; Tikhonov, Konstantin

    2016-02-02

    Provided herein are methods of processing electrode active material structures for use in electrochemical cells or, more specifically, methods of forming surface layers on these structures. The structures are combined with a liquid to form a mixture. The mixture includes a surface reagent that chemically reacts and forms a surface layer covalently bound to the structures. The surface reagent may be a part of the initial liquid or added to the mixture after the liquid is combined with the structures. In some embodiments, the mixture may be processed to form a powder containing the structures with the surface layer thereon. Alternatively, the mixture may be deposited onto a current collecting substrate and dried to form an electrode layer. Furthermore, the liquid may be an electrolyte containing the surface reagent and a salt. The liquid soaks the previously arranged electrodes in order to contact the structures with the surface reagent.

  18. Electrochemistry of Inorganic Nanocrystalline Electrode Materials for Lithium Batteries

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    Vijayamohanan, K.; Kale, B. B.; A. Vadivel Murugan; C. Labrugère; Delville, M. H.; Hwang, S J; Kwon, C. W.; Campet, G.

    2003-01-01

    Traditional electrode materials are based on the redox potential difference of the electrode in the course of intercalation/deintercalation reactions. They are generally well-crystalline host compounds either with layered structure such as LiCoO2 and LiNiO2, or with tunnel structure like LiMn2O4 Nanocrystalline materials are, however, being re-evaluated recently as ‘nanoscience’ advances. The electrochemistry of this kind of materials is much different from that of traditional crystalline one...

  19. Electrochemical Investigation of Carbon as Additive to the Negative Electrode of Lead-Acid Battery

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The increasing demand of cycle life performance of Pb-acid batteries requires the improvement of the negative Pb electrode’s charge capacity. Electrochemical investigations were performed on Pb electrode and Pb+Carbon (Carbon black and Graphite electrodes to evaluate the ability of the additives to enhance the electrochemical faradaic reactions that occur during the cycle of Pb-acid battery negative electrode. The electrodes were characterized through Cyclic Voltammetry (CV, Potentiodynamic Polarization (PP, and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS. CV revealed that the addition of carbon on the Pb electrode increased anodic and cathodicreactions by tenfold. The kinetics of PbSO4 passivation measured through PPrevealed that the addition of Carbon on the Pb electrode accelerated the oxide formation by tenfold magnitude. The Nyquist plot measured through EIS suggest that the electrochemical mechanism and reaction kinetics is under charge-transfer. From the equivalent circuit and physical model, Pb+CB1 electrode has the lowest EIS parameters while Pb+G has the highest which is attributed to faster faradaic reaction.The Nyquist plot of the passivated Pb+CB1 electrode showed double semicircular shape. The first layer represents to the bulk passive PbSO4 layer and the second layer represents the Carbon+PbSO4 layer. The enhancements upon addition of carbon on the Pb electrode were attributed to the additive’s electrical conductivity and total surface area. The electrochemical active sites for the PbSO4 to nucleate and spread increases upon addition of electrical conductive and high surface area carbon additives.

  20. Quantitative Analysis of Three-dimensional Microstructure of Li-ion Battery Electrodes

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    Liu, Zhao

    Li-ion batteries (LIBs) have attracted considerable attention in the past two decades due to their widespread applications in portable electronics, and their growing use in electric vehicles and large-scale grid storage. Increasing battery energy density and powder density while maintaining long life, along with battery safety, are the biggest challenges that limit their further development. Various approaches with materials and chemistry have been employed to improve performance. However, one less-studied aspect that also impacts performance is the electrode microstructure. In particular, three-dimensional (3D) electrode microstructural data for LIB electrodes, which were not widely available prior to this thesis, can provide important input for understanding and improving LIB performance. The focus of this thesis is to apply 3D tomographic techniques, together with electrochemical performance data, to obtain LIB microstructure-performance correlations. Two advanced 3D structural analysis techniques, focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) and transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM) nanotomography, are used to quantify LIB electrode microstructure. 3D characterization of LIB electrode microstructure is used to obtain a deeper understanding of mechanisms that limit LIB performance. Microstructural characterization before and after cycling is used to explore capacity loss mechanisms. It is hoped that the results can guide electrode microstructures design to improve performance and stability. Two types of commercial electrodes, LiCoO2 and LiCoO 2/Li(Ni1/3Mn1/3Co1/3)O2, are studied using FIB-SEM and TXM. Both methods were found to be applicable to quantifying the oxide particle microstructure, including volume fraction, surface area, and particle size distribution, and results agreed well. However, structural inhomogeneity found in these commercial samples, limited the capability to resolve microstructural changes during cycling. In order to also quantify

  1. A flexible Li-ion battery with design towards electrodes electrical insulation

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    Vieira, E. M. F.; Ribeiro, J. F.; Sousa, R.; Correia, J. H.; Goncalves, L. M.

    2016-08-01

    The application of micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology in several consumer electronics leads to the development of micro/nano power sources with high power and MEMS integration possibility. This work presents the fabrication of a flexible solid-state Li-ion battery (LIB) (~2.1 μm thick) with a design towards electrodes electrical insulation, using conventional, low cost and compatible MEMS fabrication processes. Kapton® substrate provides flexibility to the battery. E-beam deposited 300 nm thick Ge anode was coupled with LiCoO2/LiPON (cathode/solid-state electrolyte) in a battery system. LiCoO2 and LiPON films were deposited by RF-sputtering with a power source of 120 W and 100 W, respectively. LiCoO2 film was annealed at 400 °C after deposition. The new design includes Si3N4 and LiPO thin-films, providing electrode electrical insulation and a battery chemical stability safeguard, respectively. Microstructure and battery performance were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, electric resistivity and electrochemical measurements (open circuit potential, charge/discharge cycles and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy). A rechargeable thin-film and lightweight flexible LIB using MEMS processing compatible materials and techniques is reported.

  2. Design of Hydrogen Storage Alloys/Nanoporous Metals Hybrid Electrodes for Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries

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    Li, M. M.; Yang, C. C.; Wang, C. C.; Wen, Z.; Zhu, Y. F.; Zhao, M.; Li, J. C.; Zheng, W. T.; Lian, J. S.; Jiang, Q.

    2016-01-01

    Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries have demonstrated key technology advantages for applications in new-energy vehicles, which play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. However, the poor high-rate dischargeability of the negative electrode materials—hydrogen storage alloys (HSAs) limits applications of Ni-MH batteries in high-power fields due to large polarization. Here we design a hybrid electrode by integrating HSAs with a current collector of three-dimensional bicontinuous nanoporous Ni. The electrode shows enhanced high-rate dischargeability with the capacity retention rate reaching 44.6% at a discharge current density of 3000 mA g−1, which is 2.4 times that of bare HSAs (18.8%). Such a unique hybrid architecture not only enhances charge transfer between nanoporous Ni and HSAs, but also facilitates rapid diffusion of hydrogen atoms in HSAs. The developed HSAs/nanoporous metals hybrid structures exhibit great potential to be candidates as electrodes in high-performance Ni-MH batteries towards applications in new-energy vehicles. PMID:27270184

  3. Design of Hydrogen Storage Alloys/Nanoporous Metals Hybrid Electrodes for Nickel-Metal Hydride Batteries

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    Li, M. M.; Yang, C. C.; Wang, C. C.; Wen, Z.; Zhu, Y. F.; Zhao, M.; Li, J. C.; Zheng, W. T.; Lian, J. S.; Jiang, Q.

    2016-06-01

    Nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries have demonstrated key technology advantages for applications in new-energy vehicles, which play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. However, the poor high-rate dischargeability of the negative electrode materials—hydrogen storage alloys (HSAs) limits applications of Ni-MH batteries in high-power fields due to large polarization. Here we design a hybrid electrode by integrating HSAs with a current collector of three-dimensional bicontinuous nanoporous Ni. The electrode shows enhanced high-rate dischargeability with the capacity retention rate reaching 44.6% at a discharge current density of 3000 mA g‑1, which is 2.4 times that of bare HSAs (18.8%). Such a unique hybrid architecture not only enhances charge transfer between nanoporous Ni and HSAs, but also facilitates rapid diffusion of hydrogen atoms in HSAs. The developed HSAs/nanoporous metals hybrid structures exhibit great potential to be candidates as electrodes in high-performance Ni-MH batteries towards applications in new-energy vehicles.

  4. Vanadium based amorphous mixed oxides used as negative electrodes of lithium batteries; Oxydes mixtes amorphes a base de vanadium comme electrodes negatives de batteries au lithium

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    Guyomard, D.; Leroux, F.; Sigala, C.; Le Gal La Salle, A.; Piffard, Y. [Institut des Materiaux de Nantes, 44 (France). Laboratoire de Chimie des Solides

    1996-12-31

    This paper presents recent results concerning the chemical and electrochemical synthesis, the electrochemical properties and the characterization of two new families of amorphous oxides of formula Li{sub x}MVO{sub 4} (1electrodes in high performance lithium-ion batteries. (J.S.) 19 refs.

  5. Novel configuration of bifunctional air electrodes for rechargeable zinc-air batteries

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    Li, Po-Chieh; Chien, Yu-Ju; Hu, Chi-Chang

    2016-05-01

    A novel configuration of two electrodes containing electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) pressed into a bifunctional air electrode is designed for rechargeable Zn-air batteries. MOC/25BC carbon paper (MOC consisting of α-MnO2 and XC-72 carbon black) and Fe0.1Ni0.9Co2O4/Ti mesh on this air electrode mainly serve as the cathode for the ORR and the anode for the OER, respectively. The morphology and physicochemical properties of Fe0.1Ni0.9Co2O4 are investigated through scanning electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, and X-ray diffraction. Electrochemical studies comprise linear sweep voltammetry, rotating ring-disk electrode voltammetry, and the full-cell charge-discharge-cycling test. The discharge peak power density of the Zn-air battery with the unique air electrode reaches 88.8 mW cm-2 at 133.6 mA cm-2 and 0.66 V in an alkaline electrolyte under an ambient atmosphere. After 100 charge-discharge cycles at 10 mA cm-2, an increase of 0.3 V between charge and discharge cell voltages is observed. The deep charge-discharge curve (10 h in each step) indicates that the cell voltages of discharge (1.3 V) and charge (1.97 V) remain constant throughout the process. The performance of the proposed rechargeable Zn-air battery is superior to that of most other similar batteries reported in recent studies.

  6. Performance improvement of pasted nickel electrodes with multi-wall carbon nanotubes for rechargeable nickel batteries

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    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were employed as a functional additive to improve the electrochemical performance of pasted nickel-foam electrodes for rechargeable nickel-based batteries. The nickel electrodes were prepared with spherical β-Ni(OH)2 powder as the active material and various amounts of CNTs as additives. Galvanostatic charge/discharge cycling tests showed that in comparison with the electrode without CNTs, the pasted nickel electrode with added CNTs exhibited better electrochemical properties in the chargeability, specific discharge capacity, active material utilization, discharge voltage, high-rate capability and cycling stability. Meanwhile, the CNT addition also lowered the packing density of Ni(OH)2 particles in the three-dimensional porous nickel-foam substrate, which could lead to the decrease in the active material loading and discharge capacity of the electrode. Hence, the amount of CNTs added to Ni(OH)2 should be optimized to obtain a high-performance nickel electrode, and an optimum amount of CNT addition was found to be 3 wt.%. The superior electrochemical performance of the nickel electrode with CNTs could be attributed to lower electrochemical impedance and less γ-NiOOH formed during charge/discharge cycling, as indicated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses. Thus, it was an effective method to improve the electrochemical properties of pasted nickel electrodes by adding an appropriate amount of CNTs to spherical Ni(OH)2 as the active material

  7. Modelling of cycling of lithium battery with microporous carbon electrode

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Charge/discharge cycles of lithium cell with microporous carbon electrode under potentiodynamic control have been modelled. Predictions of the models with variable and constant diffusion coefficient neglecting the electric field inside the particle (CPM, DFM are compared to the predictions of the models with variable and constant diffusion coefficient in which electrostatic interaction inside the particles of carbon electrode (CPME, DFME is taken into account. There is observed a considerable difference between both. Electrostatic interactions of lithium ions with each other and the charge distributed inside the particle promote intercalation during the discharge of the cell and deintercalation during the charge. The dependance of the effect of hysteresis during the cycling of the cell on the rate of change of the applied voltage is studied. The larger is the speed of change of the applied voltage the more effective is hysteresis. We have also obtained concentration profiles at different stages of charge/discharge process.

  8. Combined operando studies of new electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Jumas, Jean-Claude, E-mail: jumas@univ-montp2.fr; Sougrati, Moulay Tahar; Perea, Alexis; Aldon, Laurent; Olivier-Fourcade, Josette [Universite Montpellier 2, Institut Charles Gerhardt (UMR 5253 CNRS) (France)

    2013-04-15

    The performances of Li-ion batteries depend on many factors amongst which the important ones are the electrode materials and their structural and electronic evolution upon cycling. For a better understanding of lithium reactivity mechanism of many materials the combination of X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD) and Transmission Moessbauer Spectroscopy (TMS) providing both structural and electronic information during the electrochemical cycling has been carried out. Thanks to the design of a specific electrochemical cell, derived from a conventional Swagelock cell, such measurements have been realised in operando mode. Two examples illustrate the greatness of combining XRPD and TMS for the study of LiFe{sub 0.75}Mn{sub 0.25}PO{sub 4} as positive electrode and TiSnSb as negative electrode. Different kinds of insertion or conversion reactions have been identified leading to a better optimization and design of performing electrodes.

  9. Combined operando studies of new electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Jumas, Jean-Claude; Sougrati, Moulay Tahar; Perea, Alexis; Aldon, Laurent; Olivier-Fourcade, Josette

    2013-04-01

    The performances of Li-ion batteries depend on many factors amongst which the important ones are the electrode materials and their structural and electronic evolution upon cycling. For a better understanding of lithium reactivity mechanism of many materials the combination of X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD) and Transmission Mössbauer Spectroscopy (TMS) providing both structural and electronic information during the electrochemical cycling has been carried out. Thanks to the design of a specific electrochemical cell, derived from a conventional Swagelock cell, such measurements have been realised in operando mode. Two examples illustrate the greatness of combining XRPD and TMS for the study of LiFe0.75Mn0.25PO4 as positive electrode and TiSnSb as negative electrode. Different kinds of insertion or conversion reactions have been identified leading to a better optimization and design of performing electrodes.

  10. Combined operando studies of new electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    The performances of Li-ion batteries depend on many factors amongst which the important ones are the electrode materials and their structural and electronic evolution upon cycling. For a better understanding of lithium reactivity mechanism of many materials the combination of X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD) and Transmission Mössbauer Spectroscopy (TMS) providing both structural and electronic information during the electrochemical cycling has been carried out. Thanks to the design of a specific electrochemical cell, derived from a conventional Swagelock cell, such measurements have been realised in operando mode. Two examples illustrate the greatness of combining XRPD and TMS for the study of LiFe0.75Mn0.25PO4 as positive electrode and TiSnSb as negative electrode. Different kinds of insertion or conversion reactions have been identified leading to a better optimization and design of performing electrodes.

  11. Metal–carbon nanocomposites as the oxygen electrode for rechargeable lithium–air batteries

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    A key constituent in developing lithium–air batteries is the oxygen electrode, which facilitates the oxygen reduction reaction during the discharge process and the oxidation reaction of Li2O2 during the charge process. In this article, we report on the electrocatalytic activity of platinum, iridium, and platinum–iridium alloy in an oxygen electrode. The average crystallite size of the previous metal nanoparticles was less than 2 nm, which were uniformly dispersed on the surface of chained Ketjenblack powder. Both chronoamperometry analysis and cell testing showed that Pt–Ir/C electrode exhibited superior activity and is the best electrode in this research. The discharge potentials for all three catalysts are similar, ∼2.81 V vs. Li/Li+, and the discharge overpotential (∼0.15 V) is very low. The charge overpotential for Pt–Ir/C composites was around 0.6 V.

  12. Silicon oxycarbide glass-graphene composite paper electrode for long-cycle lithium-ion batteries

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    David, Lamuel; Bhandavat, Romil; Barrera, Uriel; Singh, Gurpreet

    2016-03-01

    Silicon and graphene are promising anode materials for lithium-ion batteries because of their high theoretical capacity; however, low volumetric energy density, poor efficiency and instability in high loading electrodes limit their practical application. Here we report a large area (approximately 15 cm × 2.5 cm) self-standing anode material consisting of molecular precursor-derived silicon oxycarbide glass particles embedded in a chemically-modified reduced graphene oxide matrix. The porous reduced graphene oxide matrix serves as an effective electron conductor and current collector with a stable mechanical structure, and the amorphous silicon oxycarbide particles cycle lithium-ions with high Coulombic efficiency. The paper electrode (mass loading of 2 mg cm-2) delivers a charge capacity of ~588 mAh g-1electrode (~393 mAh cm-3electrode) at 1,020th cycle and shows no evidence of mechanical failure. Elimination of inactive ingredients such as metal current collector and polymeric binder reduces the total electrode weight and may provide the means to produce efficient lightweight batteries.

  13. Silicon oxycarbide glass-graphene composite paper electrode for long-cycle lithium-ion batteries.

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    David, Lamuel; Bhandavat, Romil; Barrera, Uriel; Singh, Gurpreet

    2016-01-01

    Silicon and graphene are promising anode materials for lithium-ion batteries because of their high theoretical capacity; however, low volumetric energy density, poor efficiency and instability in high loading electrodes limit their practical application. Here we report a large area (approximately 15 cm × 2.5 cm) self-standing anode material consisting of molecular precursor-derived silicon oxycarbide glass particles embedded in a chemically-modified reduced graphene oxide matrix. The porous reduced graphene oxide matrix serves as an effective electron conductor and current collector with a stable mechanical structure, and the amorphous silicon oxycarbide particles cycle lithium-ions with high Coulombic efficiency. The paper electrode (mass loading of 2 mg cm(-2)) delivers a charge capacity of ∼588 mAh g(-1)electrode (∼393 mAh cm(-3)electrode) at 1,020th cycle and shows no evidence of mechanical failure. Elimination of inactive ingredients such as metal current collector and polymeric binder reduces the total electrode weight and may provide the means to produce efficient lightweight batteries. PMID:27025781

  14. Silicon oxycarbide glass-graphene composite paper electrode for long-cycle lithium-ion batteries

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    David, Lamuel; Bhandavat, Romil; Barrera, Uriel; Singh, Gurpreet

    2016-01-01

    Silicon and graphene are promising anode materials for lithium-ion batteries because of their high theoretical capacity; however, low volumetric energy density, poor efficiency and instability in high loading electrodes limit their practical application. Here we report a large area (approximately 15 cm × 2.5 cm) self-standing anode material consisting of molecular precursor-derived silicon oxycarbide glass particles embedded in a chemically-modified reduced graphene oxide matrix. The porous reduced graphene oxide matrix serves as an effective electron conductor and current collector with a stable mechanical structure, and the amorphous silicon oxycarbide particles cycle lithium-ions with high Coulombic efficiency. The paper electrode (mass loading of 2 mg cm−2) delivers a charge capacity of ∼588 mAh g−1electrode (∼393 mAh cm−3electrode) at 1,020th cycle and shows no evidence of mechanical failure. Elimination of inactive ingredients such as metal current collector and polymeric binder reduces the total electrode weight and may provide the means to produce efficient lightweight batteries. PMID:27025781

  15. Electrospun Manganese Oxides Nanofibers Electrode for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    SUN Ke,LU Hai-Wei,LI Da,ZENG Wei,LI Yue-Sheng,FU Zheng-Wen

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Manganese oxides nanofibers were successfully fabricated by an electrospinning method and its electrochemical behavior was investigated as three-dimensional (3D architecture of cathodic materials. Scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and the discharge/charge curves were used to characterize their structures and electrochemical properties. Manganese oxides nanofibers are achieved after calcination at 450¡䬠The high reversible discharge capacity reaches 160mAh/g and the discharge capacity is about 132.5mAh/g with capacity loss less than 1.0% per cycle in 50 cycling. SEM observations show that the structure of manganese oxides nanofibers is stable without the mechanical destruction of nanofibers during the Li+ ion intercalation and deintercalation. The results demonstrate that manganese oxides nanofibers are promising cathodic materials for 3D lithium batteries.

  16. Nanoscale Imaging of Lithium Ion Distribution During In Situ Operation of Battery Electrode and Electrolyte

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    Holtz, Megan E; Gunceler, Deniz; Gao, Jie; Sundararaman, Ravishankar; Schwarz, Kathleen A; Arias, Tomás A; Abruña, Héctor D; Muller, David A

    2013-01-01

    A major challenge in the development of new battery materials is understanding their fundamental mechanisms of operation and degradation. Their microscopically inhomogeneous nature calls for characterization tools that provide operando and localized information from individual grains and particles. Here we describe an approach that images the nanoscale distribution of ions during electrochemical charging of a battery in a transmission electron microscope liquid flow cell. We use valence energy-loss spectroscopy to track both solvated and intercalated ions, with electronic structure fingerprints of the solvated ions identified using an ab initio non-linear response theory. Equipped with the new electrochemical cell holder, nanoscale spectroscopy and theory, we have been able to determine the lithiation state of a LiFePO4 electrode and surrounding aqueous electrolyte in real time with nanoscale resolution during electrochemical charge and discharge. We follow lithium transfer between electrode and electrolyte a...

  17. Influence of the electrolyte on the electrochemical performance of a polyimide material for electrodes in rechargeable batteries

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    Furtado, Olívia; Paiva, T. I.; Rangel, C. M.

    2013-01-01

    The charge storage on organic polymers has led to increasing application of these new materials such as active electrodes in rechargeable batteries [1, 2]. Taking advantage of the redox properties of aromatic polyimide imide group [3], which allows it to be electrochemically oxidized and reduced reversibly, we will present the advances made on the electrochemical studies carried out with a polyimide derivative electrode material towards the constitution of a new battery. Previous studies by t...

  18. Identification of performance limiting electrode using asymmetric cell configuration in vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Agar, Ertan; Dennison, C. R.; Knehr, K. W.; Kumbur, E. C.

    2013-03-01

    In this study, the performance of a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) is investigated using asymmetric electrode configurations with raw and functionalized (i.e., acid-treated and heat-treated) electrodes. The use of heat-treated electrodes in both half-cells is chosen as the baseline case for comparison, as this configuration shows the best performance. When the positive electrode in the baseline case is replaced with a raw or acid-treated electrode, the voltage efficiency is found to be comparable to that of the baseline case. However, in the case where the negative electrode in the baseline case is replaced with a raw or acid-treated electrode, a significantly lower efficiency is observed, suggesting that the negative half-cell reactions limit the performance of a VRFB. To further investigate this observation, an additional analysis is performed using cyclic voltammetry. The reaction kinetics data suggests that the poor performance of the negative half-cell is not due to the slow kinetics, but rather stems from the fact that the reduction reaction in the negative half-cell occurs at a potential that is very close to the onset of hydrogen evolution. The formation of hydrogen gas bubbles blocks the reaction sites and suppresses the favorable effects of functionalization in the negative half-cell.

  19. Three-Dimensional Au Microlattices as Positive Electrodes for Li–O_2 Batteries

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    Xu, Chen; Gallant, Betar M.; Wunderlich, Phillip U.; Lohmann, Timm; Greer, Julia R.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate the feasibility of using a 3-dimensional gold microlattice with a periodic porous structure and independently tunable surface composition as a Li–O_2 battery cathode. The structure provides a platform for studying electrochemical reactions in architected Li–O_2 electrodes with large (300 μm) pore sizes. The lack of carbon and chemical binders in these Au microlattices enabled the investigation of chemical and morphological processes that occur on the surfaces of the microlattic...

  20. Graphite oxide-based graphene materials as positive electrodes in vanadium redox flow batteries

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    González Arias, Zoraida; Botas Velasco, Cristina; Blanco Rodríguez, Clara; Santamaría Ramírez, Ricardo; Granda Ferreira, Marcos; Álvarez Rodríguez, Patricia; Menéndez López, Rosa María

    2013-01-01

    Two graphene materials, TRGO-1 and TRGO-2, prepared by the thermal exfoliation/reduction at 1000 °C of two graphite oxides with different characteristics, are investigated as positive electrodes in a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). A detailed study of their electrochemical response toward the [VO2+]/[VO2+] redox system is carried out through cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and charge/discharge experiments. As a consequence of the differences in the structure of ...

  1. 3D Porous Sponge-Inspired Electrode for Stretchable Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Liu, Wei; Chen, Zheng; Zhou, Guangmin; Sun, Yongming; Lee, Hye Ryoung; Liu, Chong; Yao, Hongbin; Bao, Zhenan; Cui, Yi

    2016-05-01

    A stretchable Li4 Ti5 O12 anode and a LiFePO4 cathode with 80% stretchability are prepared using a 3D interconnected porous polydimethylsiloxane sponge based on sugar cubes. 82% and 91% capacity retention for anode and cathode are achieved after 500 stretch-release cycles. Slight capacity decay of 6% in the battery using the electrode in stretched state is observed. PMID:26992146

  2. Silicon oxycarbide glass-graphene composite paper electrode for long-cycle lithium-ion batteries

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    David, Lamuel; Bhandavat, Romil; Barrera, Uriel; Singh, Gurpreet

    2016-01-01

    Silicon and graphene are promising anode materials for lithium-ion batteries because of their high theoretical capacity; however, low volumetric energy density, poor efficiency and instability in high loading electrodes limit their practical application. Here we report a large area (approximately 15 cm × 2.5 cm) self-standing anode material consisting of molecular precursor-derived silicon oxycarbide glass particles embedded in a chemically-modified reduced graphene oxide matrix. The porous r...

  3. Corrosion behavior of a positive graphite electrode in vanadium redox flow battery

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    Graphical abstract: The overpotential for gas evolution on positive graphite electrode decreases due to the functional groups of COOH and C=O introduced on the surface of graphite electrode during corrosion process, which can self-catalyze the oxidation of carbon atoms therefore, accelerates corrosion process. Highlights: → Initial potential for gas evolution is higher than 1.60 V vs SCE. → Factors affecting the graphite corrosion are investigated. → Functional groups of COOH and C=O introduced during corrosion process. → The groups can self-catalyze the oxidation of carbon atoms. - Abstract: The graphite plate is easily suffered from corosion because of CO2 evolution when it acts as the positive electrode for vanadium redox flow battery. The aim is to obtain the initial potential for gas evolution on a positive graphite electrode in 2 mol dm-3 H2SO4 + 2 mol dm-3 VOSO4 solution. The effects of polarization potential, operating temperature and polarization time on extent of graphite corrosion are investigated by potentiodynamic and potentiostatic techniques. The surface characteristics of graphite electrode before and after corrosion are examined by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results show that the gas begins to evolve on the graphite electrode when the anodic polarization potential is higher than 1.60 V vs saturated calomel electrode at 20 deg. C. The CO2 evolution on the graphite electrode can lead to intergranular corrosion of the graphite when the polarization potential reaches 1.75 V. In addition, the functional groups of COOH and C=O introduced on the surface of graphite electrode during corrosion can catalyze the formation of CO2, therefore, accelerates the corrosion rate of graphite electrode.

  4. Enhanced performance of VRLA batteries with a novel spirally-wound electrode design

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    Wang, J.; Liu, H. K.; Dou, S. X.; Zhong, S.; Zhu, Y.; Fu, C.

    A spirally-wound electrode has been designed, constructed and applied to VRLA cells. Because of its unique construction: high strength, light-weight lead-coated glass fibre mesh as the grid, comparatively thin plates and sufficient internal compression, this new design provides significant advantages over the conventional prismatic type of VRLA battery. The total weight of grids and top lead used in a battery can be reduced by 40% compared with conventional cast grids. There was no positive active-material softening and expansion until after over 300 deep cycles. Substantial improvement in sustaining the cycleability has been achieved. This technique also provides a convenient process for manufacturing a spirally-wound VRLA battery in a simple and cost competitive way.

  5. Chemical modification approaches for improved performance of Na-ion battery electrodes

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    Byles, Bryan; Clites, Mallory; Pomerantseva, Ekaterina

    2015-08-01

    Na-ion batteries have received considerable attention in recent years but still face performance challenges such as limited cycle lifetime and low capacities at high current rates. In this work, we propose novel combinations of preand post-synthesis treatments to modify known Na-ion battery electrode materials to achieve enhanced electrochemical performance. We work with two model metal oxide materials to demonstrate the effectiveness of the different treatments. First, wet chemical preintercalation is combined with post-synthesis aging, hydrothermal treatment, and annealing of α-V2O5, resulting in enhanced capacity retention in a Na-ion battery system. The hydrothermal treatment resulted in an increased specific capacity of nearly 300 mAh/g. Second, post-synthesis acid leaching is performed on α- MnO2, also resulting in improved electrochemical capacity. The chemical, structural, and morphological changes brought about by the modifications are fully characterized.

  6. Radiation effects on the electrode and electrolyte of a lithium-ion battery

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    Tan, Chuting; Lyons, Daniel J.; Pan, Ke; Leung, Kwan Yee; Chuirazzi, William C.; Canova, Marcello; Co, Anne C.; Cao, Lei R.

    2016-06-01

    The performance degradation and durability of a Li-ion battery is a major concern when it is operated under radiation conditions, for instance, in deep space exploration, in high radiation field, or rescuing or sampling equipment in a post-nuclear accident scenario. This paper examines the radiation effects on the electrode and electrolyte materials separately and their effects on a battery's capacity loss and resistance increase. A60Co irradiator (34.3 krad/h) was used to provide 0.8, 4.1, and 9.8 Mrad dose to LiFePO4 electrodes and 0.8, 1.6, and 5.7 Mrad to 1 M LiPF6 in 1:1 wt% EC:DMC electrolytes. This study shows that the coin cells assembled with irradiated components have higher failure rate (ca. 70%) than that of control group (ca. 14%). A significant battery capacity fade post irradiation was observed. The electrolyte also shows a darkened color a few weeks or months after irradiation. The discovery of this latent effect may be significant because a battery may degrade significantly even showing no sign of degradation immediately after exposure. We investigated electrolyte composition by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy prior and post irradiation. Polymerization reactions and HF formation are considered as the cause of the discoloration.

  7. Development of powder diffraction anomalous fine structure method and applications to electrode materials for rechargeable batteries

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    A powder diffraction anomalous fine structure (P-DAFS) method is developed both in analytical and experimental techniques and applied to cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. The DAFS method, which is an absorption spectroscopic technique through a scattering measurement, enables us to analyze the chemical states and the local structures of a certain element at different sites, thanks to the nature of x-ray diffraction, where the contributions from each site are different at each diffraction. Electrode materials for rechargeable batteries frequently exhibit the interchange between Li and a transition metal, which is known as the cation mixing phenomena. This cation mixing significantly affects the whole electrode properties; therefore, the site-distinguished understanding of the roles of the transition metal is essential for further material design by controlling and positively utilizing this cation mixing phenomenon. However, the developments of the P-DAFS method are required for the applications to the practical materials such as the electrode materials. In the present study, a direct analysis technique to extract the absorption spectrum from the scattering without using the conventional iterative calculations, fast and accurate measurement techniques of the P-DAFS method, and applications to a typical electrode material of Li1-xNi1+xO2, which exhibits the significant cation mixing, are described. (author)

  8. Graphite felt modified with bismuth nanoparticles as negative electrode in a vanadium redox flow battery.

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    Suárez, David J; González, Zoraida; Blanco, Clara; Granda, Marcos; Menéndez, Rosa; Santamaría, Ricardo

    2014-03-01

    A graphite felt decorated with bismuth nanoparticles was studied as negative electrode in a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). The results confirm the excellent electrochemical performance of the bismuth modified electrode in terms of the reversibility of the V(3+) /V(2+) redox reactions and its long-term cycling performance. Moreover a mechanism that explains the role that Bi nanoparticles play in the redox reactions in this negative half-cell is proposed. Bi nanoparticles favor the formation of BiHx , an intermediate that reduces V(3+) to V(2+) and, therefore, inhibits the competitive irreversible reaction of hydrogen formation (responsible for the commonly observed loss of Coulombic efficiency of VRFBs). Thus, the total charge consumed during the cathodic sweep in this electrode is used to reduce V(3+) to V(2+) , resulting in a highly reversible and efficient process. PMID:24520000

  9. An in situ operando MEMS platform for characterization of Li-ion battery electrodes

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    Jung, H.; Gerasopoulos, K.; Zhang, X.; Ghodssi, R.

    2015-12-01

    This paper presents an in situ operando approach that allows characterization of lithium-ion battery electrodes. A MEMS sensor is designed and integrated with a commercially available Raman spectroscope to enable monitoring the stress and structural changes in the electrodes. An interferometric method with an enhanced image processing algorithm is applied for analyzing the crystal phase-dependent stress changes - contributing to higher sensitivity compared to a previously reported technique - while the structural changes are monitored using Raman spectroscopy. New capabilities of our platform are highlighted, allowing visual observation of crystal phase-dependent structural changes in the electrode. Simultaneous characterization of the stress and structural changes are achieved concurrently in situ operando. The results show excellent agreement with previous literature reports on both phenomena.

  10. Highly accurate apparatus for electrochemical characterization of the felt electrodes used in redox flow batteries

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    Park, Jong Ho; Park, Jung Jin; Park, O. Ok; Jin, Chang-Soo; Yang, Jung Hoon

    2016-04-01

    Because of the rise in renewable energy use, the redox flow battery (RFB) has attracted extensive attention as an energy storage system. Thus, many studies have focused on improving the performance of the felt electrodes used in RFBs. However, existing analysis cells are unsuitable for characterizing felt electrodes because of their complex 3-dimensional structure. Analysis is also greatly affected by the measurement conditions, viz. compression ratio, contact area, and contact strength between the felt and current collector. To address the growing need for practical analytical apparatus, we report a new analysis cell for accurate electrochemical characterization of felt electrodes under various conditions, and compare it with previous ones. In this cell, the measurement conditions can be exhaustively controlled with a compression supporter. The cell showed excellent reproducibility in cyclic voltammetry analysis and the results agreed well with actual RFB charge-discharge performance.

  11. A SnSb-C nanocomposite as high performance electrode for lithium ion batteries

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    A tin antimony based electrode has been synthesized in the form of nanometric particles housed into the pores of a protective, amorphous carbon matrix. Electrochemical results, obtained using this material as the working electrode in a lithium cell, suggested that the electrochemical process involves both SnSb intermetallic and Sn metal, present in the carbon matrix. Moreover, the results demonstrated that the optimized nanostructure prevents the mechanical drawbacks, associated with the volume changes during the alloying processes, which normally affect this class of materials. Finally, a lithium ion battery based on the SnSb-C electrode as the anode and lithium iron phosphate, LiFePO4, as the cathode, showed very promising performance.

  12. Elegant design of electrode and electrode/electrolyte interface in lithium-ion batteries by atomic layer deposition

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    Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are very promising power supply systems for a variety of applications, such as electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, grid energy storage, and microelectronics. However, to realize these practical applications, many challenges need to be addressed in LIBs, such as power and energy density, cycling lifetime, safety, and cost. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is emerging as a powerful technique for solving these problems due to its exclusive advantages over other film deposition counterparts. In this review, we summarize the state-of-the-art progresses of employing ALD to design novel nanostructured electrode materials and solid-state electrolytes and to tailor electrode/electrolyte interface by surface coatings in order to prevent unfavorable side reactions and achieve optimal performance of the electrode. Insights into the future research and development of the ALD technique for LIB applications are also discussed. We expect that this review article will provide resourceful information to researchers in both fields of LIBs and ALD and also will stimulate more insightful studies of using ALD for the development of next-generation LIBs. (review)

  13. Crystalline polycyclic quinone derivatives as organic positive-electrode materials for use in rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Highlight: ► 5,7,12,14-Pentacenetetrone (PT) as a positive-electrode active material was examined. ► The PT-based electrode showed the initial capacity of greater than 200 mAh/g. ► The PT-based electrode showed a fair cycle performance. ► A favorable effect of the large π-system on the cycle-life stability was observed. - Abstract: The performance of 9,10-anthraquinone (AQ), and 5,7,12,14-pentacenetetrone (PT) as active materials for rechargeable lithium batteries was investigated. Positive-electrodes in which AQ and PT were incorporated showed initial discharge capacities of greater than 200 mAh/g(AQorPT). The obtained discharge capacities suggest that a multi-electron redox reaction takes place in each derivative. The discharge capacity of the positive-electrode with AQ rapidly decreased during the charge/discharge cycles; however, the positive-electrode with PT showed a relatively good cycle-life performance; it maintained about 80% of the initial capacity even after 100 cycles.

  14. Electrospun carbon nanofibers/electrocatalyst hybrids as asymmetric electrodes for vanadium redox flow battery

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    Wei, Guanjie; Fan, Xinzhuang; Liu, Jianguo; Yan, Chuanwei

    2015-05-01

    To improve the electrochemical activity of polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based electrospun carbon nanofibers (ECNFs) toward vanadium redox couples, the multi-wall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and Bi-based compound as electrocatalyst have been embedded in the ECNFs to make composite electrode, respectively. The morphology and electrochemical properties of pristine ECNFs, CNTs/ECNFs and Bi/ECNFs have been characterized. Among the three kinds of electrodes, the CNTs/ECNFs show best electrochemical activity toward VO2+/VO2+ redox couple, while the Bi/ECNFs present the best electrochemical activity toward V2+/V3+ redox couple. Furthermore, the high overpotential of hydrogen evolution on Bi/ECNFs makes the side-reaction suppressed. Because of the large property difference between the two composite electrodes, the CNTs/ECNFs and Bi/ECNFs are designed to act as positive and negative electrode for vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB), respectively. It not only does improve the kinetics of two electrode reactions at the same time, but also reduce the kinetics difference between them. Due to the application of asymmetric electrodes, performance of the cell is improved greatly.

  15. Chemical and microstructural transformations in lithium iron phosphate battery electrodes following pulsed laser exposure

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    Highlights: • Lithium iron phosphate battery electrodes are exposed to pulsed laser radiation. • Raman spectroscopy is performed on regions approaching the incisions and cuts. • Chemical and microstructural changes in the active electrode layers are limited to the visible HAZ. • Some oxidation and degradation of the olive LiFePO4 cathode active material takes place in the HAZ. • The anode polycrystalline graphite structure becomes less ordered (higher D/G ratio) in the HAZ. - Abstract: Multi-layer lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery electrodes are exposed to nanosecond pulsed laser radiation of wavelength 1064 nm. Test parameters are chosen to achieve characteristic interaction types ranging from partial incision of the active coating layers only to complete penetration of the electrodes with high visual cut quality. Raman spectroscopy is performed on unexposed regions and at points approaching each incision, highlighting changes in chemical composition and microstructure in the heat affected zone (HAZ). Thermogravimetric analysis is performed on the unexposed electrode active materials to distinguish the development of compositional changes under conditions of slow heating below the melting and sublimation temperatures. A brief theoretical description of the physical phenomena taking place during laser exposure is provided in terms of direct ablation during each laser pulse and vaporization or thermal degradation due to conductive heat transfer on a much longer time-scale, with characteristics of the HAZ reported in terms of these changes. For all laser exposures carried out in the study, chemical and microstructural changes are limited to the visible HAZ. Some degree of oxidation and LFP olivine phase degradation is observed in the cathode, while the polycrystalline graphite structure becomes less ordered in the anode. Where complete penetration is achieved, melting of the cathode active layer and combustion of the anode active layer take place near

  16. Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges Posed by Electrode/Electrolyte Interfaces in Rechargeable Magnesium Batteries

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    Full Text Available Guided by the great achievements of lithium (Li-ion battery technologies, post Li-ion battery technologies have gained a considerable interest in recent years. Their success would allow us to realize a sustainable society, enabling us to mitigate issues like global warming and resource depletion. Of such technologies, Magnesium (Mg battery technologies have attracted attention as a high energy-density storage system due to the following advantages: (1 potentially high energy-density derived from a divalent nature, (2 low-cost due to the use of an earth abundant metal, and (3 intrinsic safety aspect attributed to non-dendritic growth of Mg. However, these notable advantages are downplayed by undesirable battery reactions and related phenomena. As a result, there are only a few working rechargeable Mg battery systems. One of the root causes for undesirable behavior is the sluggish diffusion of Mg2+ inside a host lattice. Another root cause is the interfacial reaction at the electrode/electrolyte boundary. For the cathode/electrolyte interface, Mg2+ in the electrolyte needs a solvation-desolvation process prior to diffusion inside the cathode. Apart from the solid electrolyte interface (SEI formed on the cathode, the divalent nature of Mg should cause kinetically slower solvation-desolvation processes than that of Li-ion systems. This would result in a high charge transfer resistance and a larger overpotential. On the contrary, for the anode/electrolyte interface, the Mg deposition and dissolution process depends on the electrolyte nature and its compatibility with Mg metal. Also, the Mg metal/electrolyte interface tends to change over time, and with operating conditions, suggesting the presence of interfacial phenomena on the Mg metal. Hence, the solvation-desolvation process of Mg has to be considered with a possible SEI. Here, we focus on the anode/electrolyte interface in a Mg battery, and discuss the next steps to improve the battery

  17. Operando studies of all-vanadium flow batteries: Easy-to-make reference electrode based on silver-silver sulfate

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    Ventosa, Edgar; Skoumal, Marcel; Vázquez, Francisco Javier; Flox, Cristina; Morante, Joan Ramon

    2014-12-01

    In-depth evaluation of the electrochemical performance of all-vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) under operando conditions requires the insertion of a reliable reference electrode in the battery cell. In this work, an easy-to-make reference electrode based on silver-silver sulfate is proposed and described for VRFBs. The relevance and feasibility of the information obtained by inserting the reference electrode is illustrated with the study of ammoxidized graphite felts. In this case, we show that the kinetic of the electrochemical reaction VO2+/VO2+ is slower than that of V2+/V3+ at the electrode. While the slow kinetics at the positive electrode limits the voltage efficiency, the operating potential of the negative electrode, which is outside the stability widow of water, reduces the coulombic efficiency due to the hydrogen evolution.

  18. Nanocomposite electrode materials for high energy density rechargeable lithium batteries

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    The manganese and chromium oxide nanocomposite electrode materials were synthesized by redox reactions using transition metal powders in solutions. The layered Li[CrxLi(1/3-x/3)Mn(2/3-2x/3)] O2 (x= 0.054, 0.0142, 0.147 and 0.311) materials having α-NaFeO2 (R-3 m) structure were prepared by solid-state reactions with LiOH and the pre-prepared manganese and chromium precursors. The amount of chromium, after removing the traces of Li2CrO4 from the prepared samples, is found to increase with temperature. The Li[CrxLi(1/3-x/3)Mn(2/3-2x/3)] O2 material with x = 0.147 exhibits a high discharge capacity of 280 mAh g-1 in the first cycle and a good reversible capacity of about 250 mAh g-1 when cycled in the voltage range 2.0-4.9 V. Whereas, the Li[CrxLi(1/3-x/3)Mn(2/3-2x/3)]O2 material with x = 0.311 delivers a very low initial discharge capacity of 98 mAh g-1, which is found to be increased up to a discharge capacity of about 260 mAh g-1 at the 30th cycling. This drastic increase in capacity is attributed to the redox couples of Cr+4/Cr+6 and Cr+3/Cr+4

  19. In-situ Spectroscopic and Structural Studies of Electrode Materials for Advanced Battery Applications

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    Techniques have been developed and implemented to gain insight into fundamental factors that affect the performance of electrodes in Li and Li-ion batteries and other energy storage devices. These include experimental strategies for monitoring the Raman scattering spectra of single microparticles of carbon and transition metal oxides as a function of their state of charge. Measurements were performed in electrolytes of direct relevance to Li and Li-Ion batteries both in the static and dynamic modes. In addition, novel strategies were devised for performing conventional experiments in ultrahigh vacuum environments under conditions which eliminate effects associated with presence of impurities, using ultrapure electrolytes, both of the polymeric and ionic liquid type that display no measurable vapor pressure. Also examined was the reactivity of conventional non aqueous solvent toward ultrapure Li films as monitored in ultrahigh vacuum with external reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Also pursued were efforts toward developing applying Raman-scattering for monitoring the flow of charge of a real Li ion battery. Such time-resolved, spatially-resolved measurements are key to validating the results of theoretical simulations involving real electrode structures.

  20. Strategies for enhancing electrochemical activity of carbon-based electrodes for all-vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Highlights: ► Improved reactions at the positive electrode in all-vanadium redox flow batteries. ► Graphene-derived and PAN-modified electrodes have been successfully prepared. ► Modification with bimetallic CuPt3 nanocubes yielded the best catalytic behavior. ► N and O-containing groups enhances the vanadium flow battery performance. - Abstract: Two strategies for improving the electroactivity towards VO2+/VO2+ redox pair, the limiting process in all-vanadium redox flow batteries (VFBs), were presented. CuPt3 nanoparticles supported onto graphene substrate and nitrogen and oxygen polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-functionalized electrodes materials have been evaluated. The morphology, composition, electrochemical properties of all electrodes prepared was characterized with field emission-scanning electrode microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cell charge–discharge test. The presence of the CuPt3 nanocubes and nitrogen and oxygen functionalities enhance the electrocatalytic activity of the electrodes materials accelerating the oxygen and electron transfer processes. The battery performance was also evaluated using PAN-functionalized electrodes exhibiting a high of energy efficiency of 84% (at current density 20 mA cm−2) up to 30th cycle, indicating a promising alternative for improving the VFB

  1. Carbon felt supported carbon nanotubes catalysts composite electrode for vanadium redox flow battery application

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    Wei, Guanjie; Jia, Chuankun; Liu, Jianguo; Yan, Chuanwei

    2012-12-01

    A modified electrode for vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) has been developed in this paper. The electrode is based on a traditional carbon felt (CF) grafted with the short-carboxylic multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The microstructure and electrochemical property of the modified electrode as well as the performance of the VRFB single cell with it have been characterized. The results show that the MWCNTs are evenly dispersed and adhere to the surface of carbon fibres in the CF. The electrochemical activities of the modified CF electrode have been improved dramatically and the reversibility of the VO2+/VO2+ and V3+/V2+ redox couples increased greatly. The VRFB single cell with the modified CF exhibits higher coulombic efficiency (93.9%) and energy efficiency (82.0%) than that with the pristine CF. The SEM analysis shows that the MWCNTs still cohere with carbon fibres after charge and discharge test, indicating the stability of the MWCNTs in flowing electrolyte. Therefore, the composite electrode presents considerable potential for the commercial application of CF in VRFB.

  2. Raman diagnostics of LiCoO2 electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Gross, Toni; Hess, Christian

    2014-06-01

    LiCoO2 based electrode materials were characterized in detail using visible Raman spectroscopy. The studied materials comprise the active LiCoO2 material itself as well as electrochemically relevant composites of LiCoO2 with binder and conductive additives. Spatially resolved analysis, i.e. mapping of LiCoO2 composite electrodes reveals a significant variation of chemical composition across the electrode surface. Based on wavelength-dependent studies we demonstrate the presence of a resonance enhancement for LiCoO2 materials for green laser excitation allowing for in situ studies on the LiCoO2-based electrodes during lithium de-intercalation. During in situ experiments no significant structural changes occur consistent with the fact that visible Raman spectroscopy probes mainly the surface region of the LiCoO2 composite electrode. Our results demonstrate the potential of Raman spectroscopy for spatially resolved and in situ analysis of lithium-ion batteries.

  3. The effects of surface modification on carbon felt electrodes for use in vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Highlights: ► We observed the physical and chemical changes on the surface of carbon felts after various surface modifications. ► The surface area and chemistry of functional groups formed on the surface of carbon felt are critical to determine the kinetics of the redox reactions of vanadium ions. ► By incorporation of the surface modifications into the electrode preparation, the electrochemical activity of carbon felts could be notably enhanced. - Abstract: The surface of carbon felt electrodes has been modified for improving energy efficiency of vanadium redox flow batteries. For comparative purposes, the effects of various surface modifications such as mild oxidation, plasma treatment, and gamma-ray irradiation on the electrochemical properties of carbon felt electrodes were investigated at optimized conditions. The cell energy efficiency was improved from 68 to 75% after the mild oxidation of the carbon felt at 500 °C for 5 h. This efficiency improvement could be attributed to the increased surface area of the carbon felt electrode and the formation of functional groups on its surface as a result of the modification. On the basis of various structural and electrochemical characterizations, a relationship between the surface nature and electrochemical activity of the carbon felt electrodes is discussed.

  4. Electrode-electrolyte interface in Li-ion batteries: current understanding and new insights.

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    Gauthier, Magali; Carney, Thomas J; Grimaud, Alexis; Giordano, Livia; Pour, Nir; Chang, Hao-Hsun; Fenning, David P; Lux, Simon F; Paschos, Odysseas; Bauer, Christoph; Maglia, Filippo; Lupart, Saskia; Lamp, Peter; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2015-11-19

    Understanding reactions at the electrode/electrolyte interface (EEI) is essential to developing strategies to enhance cycle life and safety of lithium batteries. Despite research in the past four decades, there is still limited understanding by what means different components are formed at the EEI and how they influence EEI layer properties. We review findings used to establish the well-known mosaic structure model for the EEI (often referred to as solid electrolyte interphase or SEI) on negative electrodes including lithium, graphite, tin, and silicon. Much less understanding exists for EEI layers for positive electrodes. High-capacity Li-rich layered oxides yLi2-xMnO3·(1-y)Li1-xMO2, which can generate highly reactive species toward the electrolyte via oxygen anion redox, highlight the critical need to understand reactions with the electrolyte and EEI layers for advanced positive electrodes. Recent advances in in situ characterization of well-defined electrode surfaces can provide mechanistic insights and strategies to tailor EEI layer composition and properties. PMID:26510477

  5. Dispersion of Nanocrystalline Fe3O4 within Composite Electrodes: Insights on Battery-Related Electrochemistry.

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    Bock, David C; Pelliccione, Christopher J; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Jiajun; Knehr, K W; Wang, Jun; Wang, Feng; West, Alan C; Marschilok, Amy C; Takeuchi, Kenneth J; Takeuchi, Esther S

    2016-05-11

    Aggregation of nanosized materials in composite lithium-ion-battery electrodes can be a significant factor influencing electrochemical behavior. In this study, aggregation was controlled in magnetite, Fe3O4, composite electrodes via oleic acid capping and subsequent dispersion in a carbon black matrix. A heat treatment process was effective in the removal of the oleic acid capping agent while preserving a high degree of Fe3O4 dispersion. Electrochemical testing showed that Fe3O4 dispersion is initially beneficial in delivering a higher functional capacity, in agreement with continuum model simulations. However, increased capacity fade upon extended cycling was observed for the dispersed Fe3O4 composites relative to the aggregated Fe3O4 composites. X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements of electrodes post cycling indicated that the dispersed Fe3O4 electrodes are more oxidized in the discharged state, consistent with reduced reversibility compared with the aggregated sample. Higher charge-transfer resistance for the dispersed sample after cycling suggests increased surface-film formation on the dispersed, high-surface-area nanocrystalline Fe3O4 compared to the aggregated materials. This study provides insight into the specific effects of aggregation on electrochemistry through a multiscale view of mechanisms for magnetite composite electrodes. PMID:27096464

  6. Facile synthesis of CuO nanoneedle electrodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries

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    CuO nanoneedles were prepared by a facile electrochemical reaction. When tested as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, CuO nanoneedles (NNDs) electrode exhibits obviously enhanced electrochemical performance for lithium storage with superior cycling stability and good rate capability. Electrochemical measurements show that the as-synthesized CuO NNDs electrode delivers a gravimetric reversible capacity of 716 mAh g−1 at a current density of 135 mA g−1 after 100 cycle without obvious capacity decaying, and 241 mAh g−1 at 3370 mA g−1 in the rate capability. The high specific capacity, stable cyclability, and rate capability could be attributed to the high surface area of the nano-structured CuO needles, which provides more access for Li+ ion transportation and possesses mechanical flexibility to endure the volume changes during lithium/delithium processes. - Highlights: • CuO NNDs were prepared by a facile electrochemical reaction. • High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries were achieved by using CuO NNDse Electrodes. • The reason of the outstanding electrochemical performance was proposed

  7. Graphite oxide-based graphene materials as positive electrodes in vanadium redox flow batteries

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    González, Zoraida; Botas, Cristina; Blanco, Clara; Santamaría, Ricardo; Granda, Marcos; Álvarez, Patricia; Menéndez, Rosa

    2013-11-01

    Two graphene materials, TRGO-1 and TRGO-2, prepared by the thermal exfoliation/reduction at 1000 °C of two graphite oxides with different characteristics, are investigated as positive electrodes in a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). A detailed study of their electrochemical response toward the [VO2+]/[VO2+] redox system is carried out through cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and charge/discharge experiments. As a consequence of the differences in the structure of the parent graphite oxides, TRGO-1 and TRGO-2 exhibit different structural and physicochemical properties resulting in significantly different electrochemical performances toward the vanadium redox reactions. TRGO-1 exhibits a markedly enhanced electrochemical activity (higher peak current densities and lower overpotentials) and a better kinetic reversibility toward the oxidation/reduction vanadium processes than TRGO-2. Furthermore, charge/discharge tests performed on two VRB single cells, the only differing component being the positive electrode, present higher coulombic, voltage and energy efficiency values in that battery containing the TRGO-1 electrode. The better results achieved with this sample are attributed to the higher degree of restoration of the 2D graphitic structure, and to the consequently higher electrical conductivity which increases the heterogeneous electron transfer rate. Moreover, residual hydroxyl groups present may act as active reaction sites and contribute to enhance its electrochemical response.

  8. The application of phase contrast X-ray techniques for imaging Li-ion battery electrodes

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    In order to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cells and batteries across a range of applications, an understanding of the mechanisms by which they age and degrade at the microstructural level is required. Here, the most widely commercialized Li-ion batteries based on porous graphite based electrodes which de/intercalate Li+ ions during charge/discharge are studied by two phase contrast enhanced X-ray imaging modes, namely in-line phase contrast and Zernike phase contrast at the micro (synchrotron) and nano (laboratory X-ray microscope) level, respectively. The rate of charge cycling is directly dependent on the nature of the electrode microstructure, which are typically complex multi-scale 3D geometries with significant microstructural heterogeneities. We have been able to characterise the porosity and the tortuosity by micro-CT as well as the morphology of 5 individual graphite particles by nano-tomography finding that while their volume varied significantly their sphericity was surprisingly similar. The volume specific surface areas of the individual grains measured by nano-CT are significantly larger than the total volume specific surface area of the electrode from the micro-CT imaging, which can be attributed to the greater particle surface area visible at higher resolution

  9. The application of phase contrast X-ray techniques for imaging Li-ion battery electrodes

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    Eastwood, D. S.; Bradley, R. S.; Tariq, F.; Cooper, S. J.; Taiwo, O. O.; Gelb, J.; Merkle, A.; Brett, D. J. L.; Brandon, N. P.; Withers, P. J.; Lee, P. D.; Shearing, P. R.

    2014-04-01

    In order to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cells and batteries across a range of applications, an understanding of the mechanisms by which they age and degrade at the microstructural level is required. Here, the most widely commercialized Li-ion batteries based on porous graphite based electrodes which de/intercalate Li+ ions during charge/discharge are studied by two phase contrast enhanced X-ray imaging modes, namely in-line phase contrast and Zernike phase contrast at the micro (synchrotron) and nano (laboratory X-ray microscope) level, respectively. The rate of charge cycling is directly dependent on the nature of the electrode microstructure, which are typically complex multi-scale 3D geometries with significant microstructural heterogeneities. We have been able to characterise the porosity and the tortuosity by micro-CT as well as the morphology of 5 individual graphite particles by nano-tomography finding that while their volume varied significantly their sphericity was surprisingly similar. The volume specific surface areas of the individual grains measured by nano-CT are significantly larger than the total volume specific surface area of the electrode from the micro-CT imaging, which can be attributed to the greater particle surface area visible at higher resolution.

  10. The application of phase contrast X-ray techniques for imaging Li-ion battery electrodes

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    Eastwood, D.S. [Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility, School of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Research Complex at Harwell, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0FA (United Kingdom); Bradley, R.S. [Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility, School of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Tariq, F.; Cooper, S.J. [Dept. Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Taiwo, O.O. [Dept. Chemical Engineering, University College London, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Gelb, J.; Merkle, A. [Carl Zeiss X-ray Microscopy Inc., Pleasanton, CA 94588 (United States); Brett, D.J.L. [Dept. Chemical Engineering, University College London, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom); Brandon, N.P. [Dept. Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Withers, P.J.; Lee, P.D. [Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility, School of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Research Complex at Harwell, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0FA (United Kingdom); Shearing, P.R., E-mail: p.shearing@ucl.ac.uk [Dept. Chemical Engineering, University College London, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom)

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    In order to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cells and batteries across a range of applications, an understanding of the mechanisms by which they age and degrade at the microstructural level is required. Here, the most widely commercialized Li-ion batteries based on porous graphite based electrodes which de/intercalate Li{sup +} ions during charge/discharge are studied by two phase contrast enhanced X-ray imaging modes, namely in-line phase contrast and Zernike phase contrast at the micro (synchrotron) and nano (laboratory X-ray microscope) level, respectively. The rate of charge cycling is directly dependent on the nature of the electrode microstructure, which are typically complex multi-scale 3D geometries with significant microstructural heterogeneities. We have been able to characterise the porosity and the tortuosity by micro-CT as well as the morphology of 5 individual graphite particles by nano-tomography finding that while their volume varied significantly their sphericity was surprisingly similar. The volume specific surface areas of the individual grains measured by nano-CT are significantly larger than the total volume specific surface area of the electrode from the micro-CT imaging, which can be attributed to the greater particle surface area visible at higher resolution.

  11. Aging Mechanisms of Electrode Materials in Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Electrode material aging leads to a decrease in capacity and/or a rise in resistance of the whole cell and thus can dramatically affect the performance of lithium-ion batteries. Furthermore, the aging phenomena are extremely complicated to describe due to the coupling of various factors. In this review, we give an interpretation of capacity/power fading of electrode-oriented aging mechanisms under cycling and various storage conditions for metallic oxide-based cathodes and carbon-based anodes. For the cathode of lithium-ion batteries, the mechanical stress and strain resulting from the lithium ions insertion and extraction predominantly lead to structural disordering. Another important aging mechanism is the metal dissolution from the cathode and the subsequent deposition on the anode. For the anode, the main aging mechanisms are the loss of recyclable lithium ions caused by the formation and increasing growth of a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI and the mechanical fatigue caused by the diffusion-induced stress on the carbon anode particles. Additionally, electrode aging largely depends on the electrochemical behaviour under cycling and storage conditions and results from both structural/morphological changes and side reactions aggravated by decomposition products and protic impurities in the electrolyte.

  12. Nano-sized copper tungstate thin films as positive electrodes for rechargeable Li batteries

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    Li Chilin [Department of Chemistry and Laser Chemistry Institute, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysts and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Fu Zhengwen [Department of Chemistry and Laser Chemistry Institute, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysts and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China)], E-mail: zhengwen@sh163.net

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    Nano-sized CuWO{sub 4} thin films have been fabricated by radio-frequency (R.F.) sputtering deposition, and are used as positive electrode with both LiClO{sub 4} liquid electrolyte and LiPON solid electrolyte in rechargeable lithium batteries. An initial discharge capacity of 192 and 210 mAh/g is obtainable for CuWO{sub 4} film electrode with and without coated LiPON in liquid electrolyte, respectively. An all-solid-state cell with Li/LiPON/CuWO{sub 4} layers shows a high-volume rate capacity of 145 {mu}Ah/cm{sup 2} {mu}m in first discharge, and overcomes the unfavorable electrochemical degradation observed in liquid electrolyte system. A two-step reactive mechanism is investigated by both transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction techniques. Apart from the extrusion and injection of Cu{sup 2+}/Cu{sup 0}, additional capacity can be achieved by the reversible reactivity of (WO{sub 4}){sup 2-} framework. The chemical diffusion coefficients of Li intercalation/deintercalation are estimated by cyclic voltammetry. Nano-CuWO{sub 4} thin film is expected to be a promising positive electrode material for high-performance rechargeable thin-film lithium batteries.

  13. Nano-sized copper tungstate thin films as positive electrodes for rechargeable Li batteries

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    Nano-sized CuWO4 thin films have been fabricated by radio-frequency (R.F.) sputtering deposition, and are used as positive electrode with both LiClO4 liquid electrolyte and LiPON solid electrolyte in rechargeable lithium batteries. An initial discharge capacity of 192 and 210 mAh/g is obtainable for CuWO4 film electrode with and without coated LiPON in liquid electrolyte, respectively. An all-solid-state cell with Li/LiPON/CuWO4 layers shows a high-volume rate capacity of 145 μAh/cm2 μm in first discharge, and overcomes the unfavorable electrochemical degradation observed in liquid electrolyte system. A two-step reactive mechanism is investigated by both transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction techniques. Apart from the extrusion and injection of Cu2+/Cu0, additional capacity can be achieved by the reversible reactivity of (WO4)2- framework. The chemical diffusion coefficients of Li intercalation/deintercalation are estimated by cyclic voltammetry. Nano-CuWO4 thin film is expected to be a promising positive electrode material for high-performance rechargeable thin-film lithium batteries

  14. Composition and crystal structure of perovskite films attained from electrodes of used car battery

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    Dhiaputra, Ilham; Permana, Bayu; Maulana, Yusep; Inayatie, Yuniar Dwi; Purba, Yonatan R.; Bahtiar, Ayi

    2016-02-01

    Perovskite solar cells have been intensively investigated for high performance and low-cost solid-state solar cells. Perovskite based-lead materials are commonly used as active material for high power conversion efficiency solar cells. Herein, we report our study on the development of used electrodes car battery as a cheap raw lead material to be converted into lead (II) iodide PbI2 by using simple chemical method. We have successfully obtained PbI2 material with purity higher than 85% and its crystal structure is comparable with that of commercial product. The perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 film was prepared by spin-coating of PbI2 solution and followed by spin-coating two-times of methylamonium iodide (MAI) solution. In this paper, the crystal structure of perovskite film attained from used car battery is shown and compared with that of prepared from commercial PbI2. By utilizing the used car battery into perovskite valuable material for high performance solar cells, we can not only improve the economical value (added-value) of wasted car battery but also we can simultaneously save the environment.

  15. Strategies to improve the electrochemical performance of electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Yang, Ming-Che

    Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in consumer market because of their lightweight and rechargeable property. However, for the application as power sources of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), which need excellent cycling performance, high energy density, high power density, capacity, and low cost, new materials still need to be developed to meet the demands. In this dissertation work, three different strategies were developed to improve the properties of the electrode of lithium batteries. First, the voltage profile and lithium diffusion battier of LiM1/2Mn 3/2O4 (M=Ti, V, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni and Cu) were predicted by first principles theory. The computation results suggest that doping with Co or Cu can potentially lower Li diffusion barrier compared with Ni doping. Our experimental research has focused on LiNixCuyMn 2-x-yO4 (0diffusion lengths for the transfer of ions and electrons results in the better rate capability. The cycling performance was significantly improved by the porous structure of the calcined titanium dioxide flakes. Finally, the all-solid state thin film batteries were deposited by pulsed laser deposition method to explore the intrinsic properties of electrode itself. The cathode of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 thin film was fabricated at 300mtorr 600°C on SiO2/Si and show good electrochemical properties. The thin film electrodes offer the ability to probe the surface of the material without the need of a conductive agent and polymer binder, typically used in composite electrodes. The results suggest that neither oxidation of PF6 to POF5 nor the decomposition of ethylene carbonate or dimethylene carbonate occurs on the surface of the spinel material. These results confirm the enhanced cycling stability and rate capability associated with the high voltage spinel material and suggests that the SEI layer forms due to the extra electrochemically inactive components in the composite electrode. LVSO ceramic was chosen as the solid electrolyte and deposited by PLD

  16. All-vanadium redox flow batteries with graphite felt electrodes treated by atmospheric pressure plasma jets

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    Chen, Jian-Zhang; Liao, Wei-Yang; Hsieh, Wen-Yen; Hsu, Cheng-Che; Chen, Yong-Song

    2015-01-01

    Graphite felts modified with atmospheric pressure plasma jets (APPJs) are applied as electrodes in an all-vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). APPJ flow penetrates deeply into the graphite felt, improving significantly the wettability of the graphite felt inside out and, thereby, enhancing graphite fiber-electrolyte contact during battery operation. The energy efficiency of a VRFB was improved from 62% (untreated) to 76% (APPJ-treated with the scan mode) at a current density of 80 mA cm-2, an improvement of 22%. The efficiency improvement is attributed to the oxygen-containing groups and nitrogen doping introduced by N2 APPJs on the fiber surfaces of graphite felt, both of which enhance electrochemical reactivity.

  17. Comparison of three-dimensional analysis and stereological techniques for quantifying lithium-ion battery electrode microstructures.

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    Taiwo, Oluwadamilola O; Finegan, Donal P; Eastwood, David S; Fife, Julie L; Brown, Leon D; Darr, Jawwad A; Lee, Peter D; Brett, Daniel J L; Shearing, Paul R

    2016-09-01

    Lithium-ion battery performance is intrinsically linked to electrode microstructure. Quantitative measurement of key structural parameters of lithium-ion battery electrode microstructures will enable optimization as well as motivate systematic numerical studies for the improvement of battery performance. With the rapid development of 3-D imaging techniques, quantitative assessment of 3-D microstructures from 2-D image sections by stereological methods appears outmoded; however, in spite of the proliferation of tomographic imaging techniques, it remains significantly easier to obtain two-dimensional (2-D) data sets. In this study, stereological prediction and three-dimensional (3-D) analysis techniques for quantitative assessment of key geometric parameters for characterizing battery electrode microstructures are examined and compared. Lithium-ion battery electrodes were imaged using synchrotron-based X-ray tomographic microscopy. For each electrode sample investigated, stereological analysis was performed on reconstructed 2-D image sections generated from tomographic imaging, whereas direct 3-D analysis was performed on reconstructed image volumes. The analysis showed that geometric parameter estimation using 2-D image sections is bound to be associated with ambiguity and that volume-based 3-D characterization of nonconvex, irregular and interconnected particles can be used to more accurately quantify spatially-dependent parameters, such as tortuosity and pore-phase connectivity. PMID:26999804

  18. Nanocrystalline TiO2 Electrodes Exhibiting High Storage Capacity and Stability in Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

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    Michael Grätzel; Andreas Kay; Ladislav Kavan; Sui-Yang Huang; Ivan Exnar

    1995-01-01

    Nanocrystalline TiO2 films were explored for the first time as electrode material for a rechargeable lithium intercalation cell, i.e., Li/LiCF3SO3 + PC/TiO2. Two kinds of nanocrystalline films, TiO2 F387 (Degussa) and TiO2 colloid-240, were investigated. These films exhibited excellent performance renderings them a promising choice for secondary battery applications. At a current density of 0.01 mA/cm2, two voltage plateaus at 1.78 and 1.89 V were observed for TiO2 F387 films during charge an...

  19. Thermally reduced graphite oxide as positive electrode in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries

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    González Arias, Zoraida; Botas Velasco, Cristina; Álvarez Rodríguez, Patricia; Roldán Luna, Silvia; Blanco Rodríguez, Clara; Santamaría Ramírez, Ricardo; Granda Ferreira, Marcos; Menéndez López, Rosa María

    2012-01-01

    [EN] Two graphene-like materials, obtained by thermal exfoliation and reduction of a graphite oxide at 700 and 1000 °C, were studied as active electrodes in the positive half-cell of a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB). In particular, that obtained at 1000 °C exhibited an outstanding electrochemical performance in terms of peak current densities (30.54 and 30.05 mA cm−2 for the anodic and cathodic peaks at 1 mV s−1, respectively) and reversibility (ΔEp = 0.07 V). This excellent behavior is a...

  20. Prismatic sealed nickel-cadmium batteries utilizing fiber structured electrodes. I - New advances in cell design

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    Haschka, Friedrich; Benczur-Urmossy, Gabor; Anderman, Menahem

    Prismatic sealed Ni/Cd cells of fiber structured electrodes offer the potential to fully recharge a battery in a uniquely short time. It was demonstrated that the cells show excellent cycle life. The design is not restricted to 20 Ah rated capacity. Cells of 50 Ah have been built and tested in an electric hybrid vehicle. A specially designed ultra high-power cell of 45 Ah rated capacity for APU cranking in commerical aircraft supplies 50 percent more peak power than vented Ni/Cd sintered plate aircraft cells. The fiber structured sealed FNC-RECOM cell will not require any maintenance.

  1. Study of the influence of carbon on the negative lead-acid battery electrodes

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    Bača, Petr; Micka, Karel; Křivík, Petr; Tonar, Karel; Tošer, Pavel

    Experiments were made with negative lead-acid battery electrodes doped with different concentrations of powdered carbon. It turned out that the rate of formation decreased with the rising concentration of carbon added into the active material. During accelerated cycling in the PSoC regime, the cycle life showed a maximum at a concentration of carbon near 1%, whereas at lower or higher concentrations the cycle life was profoundly lower. A marked increase of the active mass resistance with the cycle number was recorded at carbon concentrations above 2%. Orientation experiments showed that compression of the lead-acid laboratory cells caused an increase of the cycle life of the negative electrode in the studied regime.

  2. High performance electrodes in vanadium redox flow batteries through oxygen-enriched thermal activation

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    Pezeshki, Alan M.; Clement, Jason T.; Veith, Gabriel M.; Zawodzinski, Thomas A.; Mench, Matthew M.

    2015-10-01

    The roundtrip electrochemical energy efficiency is improved from 63% to 76% at a current density of 200 mA cm-2 in an all-vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) by utilizing modified carbon paper electrodes in the high-performance no-gap design. Heat treatment of the carbon paper electrodes in a 42% oxygen/58% nitrogen atmosphere increases the electrochemically wetted surface area from 0.24 to 51.22 m2 g-1, resulting in a 100-140 mV decrease in activation overpotential at operationally relevant current densities. An enriched oxygen environment decreases the amount of treatment time required to achieve high surface area. The increased efficiency and greater depth of discharge doubles the total usable energy stored in a fixed amount of electrolyte during operation at 200 mA cm-2.

  3. Flexible carbon nanotube--Cu2O hybrid electrodes for li-ion batteries.

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    Goyal, Anubha; Reddy, Arava L M; Ajayan, Pulickel M

    2011-06-20

    This study demonstrates the formation of a flexible and free-standing carbon nanotube-copper oxide-poly(vinylidene fluoride) (CNT-Cu(2) O-PVDF) nanocomposite and its application as an electrode-separator material for Li-ion batteries. Binder-free hybrid electrodes are obtained by conformally coating CNTs with Cu(2) O via electrodeposition and then embedding the resulting architecture into a porous poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) PVDF-HFP-SiO(2) polymer electrolyte membrane. The synergistic presence of high-capacity transition metal oxides and conductive CNTs results in twice the reversible areal capacity of 2.3 mAh cm(-2) as compared to 1.2 mAh cm(-2) for pure CNTs. PMID:21574248

  4. Virus-Assembled Flexible Electrode-Electrolyte Interfaces for Enhanced Polymer-Based Battery Applications

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    High-aspect-ratio cobalt-oxide-coated Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV-) assembled polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) nonstick surfaces were integrated with a solvent-free polymer electrolyte to create an anode-electrolyte interface for use in lithium-ion batteries. The virus-assembled PTFE surfaces consisted primarily of cobalt oxide and were readily intercalated with a low-molecular-weight poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) based di block copolymer electrolyte to produce a solid anode-electrolyte system. The resulting polymer-coated virus-based system was then peeled from the PTFE backing to produce a flexible electrode-electrolyte component. Electrochemical studies indicated the virus-structured metal-oxide PEO-based interface was stable and displayed robust charge transfer kinetics. Combined, these studies demonstrate the development of a novel solid-state electrode architecture with a unique peel able and flexible processing attribute.

  5. Evaluation of ZnO nanorod arrays with dandelion-like morphology as negative electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    In this study, ZnO nanorod arrays have been evaluated for the negative electrodes of lithium-ion batteries. The ZnO nanorod arrays with dandelion-like morphology were directly grown on copper substrates by a hydrothermal synthesis process at 80 deg. C. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, galvanostatic discharge-charge, and cyclic voltammetry were employed to characterize the structure and electrochemical property of the arrays. The array electrodes showed a stable capacity over 310 mAh g-1 after 40 cycles, and good capacity retention as the anodes of lithium-ion batteries. It was believed that the unique dandelion-like binary-structure played an important role in the electrochemical performance of the array electrodes. The present finding opens the possibility to fabricate micro/nanometer hierarchical ZnO films that might be applied in lithium-ion batteries

  6. Evaluation of ZnO nanorod arrays with dandelion-like morphology as negative electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Wang Hongbo [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Pan Qinmin [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)], E-mail: panqm@hit.edu.cn; Cheng Yuexiang [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhao Jianwei [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210008 (China); Yin Geping [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2009-04-01

    In this study, ZnO nanorod arrays have been evaluated for the negative electrodes of lithium-ion batteries. The ZnO nanorod arrays with dandelion-like morphology were directly grown on copper substrates by a hydrothermal synthesis process at 80 deg. C. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, galvanostatic discharge-charge, and cyclic voltammetry were employed to characterize the structure and electrochemical property of the arrays. The array electrodes showed a stable capacity over 310 mAh g{sup -1} after 40 cycles, and good capacity retention as the anodes of lithium-ion batteries. It was believed that the unique dandelion-like binary-structure played an important role in the electrochemical performance of the array electrodes. The present finding opens the possibility to fabricate micro/nanometer hierarchical ZnO films that might be applied in lithium-ion batteries.

  7. Investigation of Lithium-Air Battery Discharge Product Formed on Carbon Nanotube and Nanofiber Electrodes

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    Mitchell, Robert Revell, III

    Carbon nanotubes have been actively investigated for integration in a wide variety of applications since their discovery over 20 years ago. Their myriad desirable material properties including exceptional mechanical strength, high thermal conductivities, large surface-to-volume ratios, and considerable electrical conductivities, which are attributable to a quantum mechanical ability to conduct electrons ballistically, have continued to motivate interest in this material system. While a variety of synthesis techniques exist, carbon nanotubes and nanofibers are most often conveniently synthesized using chemical vapor deposition (CVD), which involves their catalyzed growth from transition metal nanoparticles. Vertically-aligned nanotube and nanofiber carpets produced using CVD have been utilized in a variety of applications including those related to energy storage. Li-air (Li-O2) batteries have received much interest recently because of their very high theoretical energy densities (3200 Wh/kgLi2O2 ). which make them ideal candidates for energy storage devices for future fully-electric vehicles. During operation of a Li-air battery O2 is reduced on the surface a porous air cathode, reacting with Li-ions to form lithium peroxide (Li-O2). Unlike the intercalation reactions of Li-ion batteries, discharge in a Li-air cell is analogous to an electrodeposition process involving the nucleation and growth of the depositing species on a foreign substrate. Carbon nanofiber electrodes were synthesized on porous substrates using a chemical vapor deposition process and then assembled into Li-O2 cells. The large surface to volume ratio and low density of carbon nanofiber electrodes were found to yield a very high gravimetric energy density in Li-O 2 cells, approaching 75% of the theoretical energy density for Li 2O2. Further, the carbon nanofiber electrodes were found to be excellent platforms for conducting ex situ electron microscopy investigations of the deposition Li2O2 phase

  8. Current-induced transition from particle-by-particle to concurrent intercalation in phase-separating battery electrodes

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    Li, Yiyang

    2014-09-14

    ©2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved. Many battery electrodes contain ensembles of nanoparticles that phase-separate on (de)intercalation. In such electrodes, the fraction of actively intercalating particles directly impacts cycle life: a vanishing population concentrates the current in a small number of particles, leading to current hotspots. Reports of the active particle population in the phase-separating electrode lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO 4; LFP) vary widely, ranging from near 0% (particle-by-particle) to 100% (concurrent intercalation). Using synchrotron-based X-ray microscopy, we probed the individual state-of-charge for over 3,000 LFP particles. We observed that the active population depends strongly on the cycling current, exhibiting particle-by-particle-like behaviour at low rates and increasingly concurrent behaviour at high rates, consistent with our phase-field porous electrode simulations. Contrary to intuition, the current density, or current per active internal surface area, is nearly invariant with the global electrode cycling rate. Rather, the electrode accommodates higher current by increasing the active particle population. This behaviour results from thermodynamic transformation barriers in LFP, and such a phenomenon probably extends to other phase-separating battery materials. We propose that modifying the transformation barrier and exchange current density can increase the active population and thus the current homogeneity. This could introduce new paradigms to enhance the cycle life of phase-separating battery electrodes.

  9. Environmentally-friendly aqueous Li (or Na)-ion battery with fast electrode kinetics and super-long life

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    Dong, Xiaoli; Chen, Long; Liu, Jingyuan; Haller, Servane; Wang, Yonggang; Xia, Yongyao

    2016-01-01

    Current rechargeable batteries generally display limited cycle life and slow electrode kinetics and contain environmentally unfriendly components. Furthermore, their operation depends on the redox reactions of metal elements. We present an original battery system that depends on the redox of I−/I3 − couple in liquid cathode and the reversible enolization in polyimide anode, accompanied by Li+ (or Na+) diffusion between cathode and anode through a Li+/Na+ exchange polymer membrane. There are n...

  10. BiFeO3 as electrode material for lithium batteries

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    Shihai, Luo; Mei, Gao; Jun, Chen; Xianran, Xing; Zhong, Li; Xingtai, Zhou; Wen, Wen

    2011-01-15

    Various electrode materials have been investigated as potential ones for lithium ion battery applications. However, to explore new materials for energy storage is very important, especially for those having potential to be used in electric vehicles. In this study, powdered BiFeO3 was synthesized using a molten salt method and was used as electrode material for lithium battery application. The structural transformations occurring during the electrochemical cycling process were investigated using the synchrotron in situ XRD and XANES, by which not only the phase transitions can be observed in the real time but also much better signal to noise ratio can be obtained due to its flux. Lithium ions were inserted into BiFeO3 during the discharge process and results indicated that Ni ions are responsible for charge transfer during the electrochemical cycling process. The reduction of Bi as the gradual insertion of Li ions, is a three step reproduction process. Future work to stabilize the lithiated BiFeO3 lattice is ongoing.

  11. Hematite nanoflakes as anode electrode materials for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

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    Hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanoflakes and nanocubes were synthesized by liquid-solid-solution method and their properties as anode electrode materials for rechargeable Li+-ion batteries were measured. When changing the water to ethanol volume ratio in the synthesis system, the nanocrystals can be changed from α-Fe2O3 to α-FeOOH, with shapes being tuned from nanoflakes to nanocubes, non-uniform particles and nanowires. When assembled as the anode electrode materials in rechargeable Li+-ion batteries, the hematite nanoflakes showed one more plateau in the first discharge progress of the voltage-composition curves than hematite nanocrystals with other shapes in the literature. X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscope and electrochemical data showed that this extra plateau came from the formation of Li2Fe3O4 nanoclusters and amorphous Li2O. This experiment showed that like sizes, shapes of nanocrystals may also affect the detailed electrochemical progress.

  12. Preparation and performance of lead foam grid for negative electrode of VRLA battery

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    Lead (alloy) foam was prepared via electrodeposition by using copper foam as the substrate and adding element cerium to the electrodepositing solution under ultrasonic treatment. The performances and morphology of the lead foam were investigated by means of SEM and AFM. The results show that because of the addition of cerium and the application of ultrasound, the distribution thickness ratio (DTR) of the lead foam is decreased. The lead foam has a uniform three-dimensional reticulate structure with a specific surface area of about 5700 m2 m-3, a porosity of about 88.1%, and an apparent resistivity of about 150 μΩ cm-1. The results of the cyclic voltammetry indicate that the lead foam has a good stability when it is used as the negative electrode material of a lead acid battery. The battery testing revealed that, at 5, 2 h and high current discharge rates, there are improvements of 28.5%, 29.5% and 20.4% in the negative active material utilization efficiencies with the lead-foam VRLAB compared with the cast grid one and the mass specific capacities of the lead foam negative electrode are 36%, 44% and 33% higher than those of the cast grid one

  13. Conductive Polymer-Coated VS4 Submicrospheres As Advanced Electrode Materials in Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Zhou, Yanli; Li, Yanlu; Yang, Jing; Tian, Jian; Xu, Huayun; Yang, Jian; Fan, Weiliu

    2016-07-27

    VS4 as an electrode material in lithium-ion batteries holds intriguing features like high content of sulfur and one-dimensional structure, inspiring the exploration in this field. Herein, VS4 submicrospheres have been synthesized via a simple solvothermal reaction. However, they quickly degrade upon cycling as an anode material in lithium-ion batteries. So, three conductive polymers, polythiophene (PEDOT), polypyrrole (PPY), and polyaniline (PANI), are coated on the surface to improve the electron conductivity, suppress the diffusion of polysulfides, and modify the interface between electrode/electrolyte. PANI is the best in the polymers. It improves the Coulombic efficiency to 86% for the first cycle and keeps the specific capacity at 755 mAh g(-1) after 50 cycles, higher than the cases of naked VS4 (100 mAh g(-1)), VS4@PEDOT (318 mAh g(-1)), and VS4@PPY (448 mAh g(-1)). The good performances could be attributed to the improved charge-transfer kinetics and the strong interaction between PANI and VS4 supported by theoretical simulation. The discharge voltage ∼2.0 V makes them promising cathode materials. PMID:27377263

  14. Hierarchical porous NiCo2O4@Ni as carbon-free electrodes for Lithium–oxygen batteries

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    A carbon-free, three-dimensional network structured material composed of NiCo2O4 nanowires and Ni foam was synthesized by a facile method. When applied as the air electrode for the lithium–oxygen battery, the unique network structure enables the surface of nanowires highly accessible to the reactants and facilities the electron transport during the charge/discharge processes. A superior electrochemical performance including low charge overpotential and excellent cyclability are obtained. This work suggests the great potential of the carbon-free NiCo2O4@Ni as the air electrodes for lithium–oxygen batteries

  15. Performance Enhancement and Side Reactions in Rechargeable Nickel-Iron Batteries with Nanostructured Electrodes.

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    Lei, Danni; Lee, Dong-Chan; Magasinski, Alexandre; Zhao, Enbo; Steingart, Daniel; Yushin, Gleb

    2016-01-27

    We report for the first time a solution-based synthesis of strongly coupled nanoFe/multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) and nanoNiO/MWCNT nanocomposite materials for use as anodes and cathodes in rechargeable alkaline Ni-Fe batteries. The produced aqueous batteries demonstrate very high discharge capacities (800 mAh gFe(-1) at 200 mA g(-1) current density), which exceed that of commercial Ni-Fe cells by nearly 1 order of magnitude at comparable current densities. These cells also showed the lack of any "activation", typical in commercial batteries, where low initial capacity slowly increases during the initial 20-50 cycles. The use of a highly conductive MWCNT network allows for high-capacity utilization because of rapid and efficient electron transport to active metal nanoparticles in oxidized [such as Fe(OH)2 or Fe3O4] states. The flexible nature of MWCNTs accommodates significant volume changes taking place during phase transformation accompanying reduction-oxidation reactions in metal electrodes. At the same time, we report and discuss that high surface areas of active nanoparticles lead to multiple side reactions. Dissolution of Fe anodes leads to reprecipitation of significantly larger anode particles. Dissolution of Ni cathodes leads to precipitation of Ni metal on the anode, thus blocking transport of OH(-) anions. The electrolyte molarity and composition have a significant impact on the capacity utilization and cycling stability. PMID:26720271

  16. Corrosion behavior of surface treated steel in liquid sodium negative electrode of liquid metal battery

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    Lee, Jeonghyeon; Shin, Sang Hun; Lee, Jung Ki; Choi, Sungyeol; Kim, Ji Hyun

    2016-03-01

    While liquid metal batteries are attractive options for grid-scale energy storage applications as they have flexible siting capacities and small footprints, the compatibility between structural materials such as current collectors and negative electrode such as sodium is one of major issues for liquid metal batteries. Non-metallic elements such as carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen in the liquid sodium influence the material behaviors of the cell construction materials in the battery system. In this study, the compatibility of structural materials with sodium is investigated in high temperature liquid sodium, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is used to monitor in-situ the corrosion behavior at the surface of materials in sodium. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) coatings of SiC and Si3N4 are applied as protective barriers against dissolution and corrosion on the steel surface. The results show that CVD coating of Si compounds can delay corrosion of steel in high temperature liquid sodium comparing to the result of as-received specimens, while SiC coating is more durable than Si3N4 coating in high temperature liquid sodium.

  17. Tunable Reaction Potentials in Open Framework Nanoparticle Battery Electrodes for Grid-Scale Energy Storage

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    Wessells, Colin D.

    2012-02-28

    The electrical energy grid has a growing need for energy storage to address short-term transients, frequency regulation, and load leveling. Though electrochemical energy storage devices such as batteries offer an attractive solution, current commercial battery technology cannot provide adequate power, and cycle life, and energy efficiency at a sufficiently low cost. Copper hexacyanoferrate and nickel hexacyanoferrate, two open framework materials with the Prussian Blue structure, were recently shown to offer ultralong cycle life and high-rate performance when operated as battery electrodes in safe, inexpensive aqueous sodium ion and potassium ion electrolytes. In this report, we demonstrate that the reaction potential of copper-nickel alloy hexacyanoferrate nanoparticles may be tuned by controlling the ratio of copper to nickel in these materials. X-ray diffraction, TEM energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and galvanostatic electrochemical cycling of copper-nickel hexacyanoferrate reveal that copper and nickel form a fully miscible solution at particular sites in the framework without perturbing the structure. This allows copper-nickel hexacyanoferrate to reversibly intercalate sodium and potassium ions for over 2000 cycles with capacity retentions of 100% and 91%, respectively. The ability to precisely tune the reaction potential of copper-nickel hexacyanoferrate without sacrificing cycle life will allow the development of full cells that utilize the entire electrochemical stability window of aqueous sodium and potassium ion electrolytes. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  18. Novel nitrogen-based organosulfur electrodes for advanced intermediate temperature batteries

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    Visco, S. J.; Dejonghe, L. C.

    1989-01-01

    Advanced secondary batteries operating at intermediate temperatures (100 to 200 C) have attracted considerable interest due to their inherent advantages (reduced corrosion and safety risks) over higher temperature systems. Current work in this laboratory has involved research on a class of intermediate temperature Na/beta double prime- alumina/RSSR batteries conceptually similar to Na/S cells, but operating within a temperature range of 100 to 150 C, and having an organosulfur rather than inorganic sulfur positive electrode. The organosulfur electrodes are based on the reversible, two electron eduction of organodisulfides to the corresponding thiolate anions, RSSR + 2 electrons yield 2RS(-), where R is an organic moiety. Among the advantages of such a generic redox couple for battery research is the ability to tailor the physical, chemical, and electrochemical properties of the RSSR molecule through choice of the organic moiety. The viscosity, liquidus range, dielectric constant, equivalent weight, and redox potential can in fact be verified in a largely predictable manner. The current work concerns the use of multiple nitrogen organosulfur molecules, chosen for application in Na/RSSR cells for their expected oxidizing character. In fact, a Na/RSSR cell containing one of these materials, the sodium salt of 5-mercapto 1-methyltetrazole, yielded the highest open circuit voltage obtained yet in the laboratory; 3.0 volts in the charged state and 2.6 volts at 100 percent discharge. Accordingly, the cycling behavior of a series of multiple nitrogen organodisulfides as well as polymeric organodisulfides are presented in this manuscript.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of high performance electrode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Hong, Jian

    Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized portable electronics. Electrode reactions in these electrochemical systems are based on reversible intercalation of Li+ ions into the host electrode material with a concomitant addition/removal of electrons into the host. If such batteries are to find a wider market such as the automotive industry, less expensive and higher capacity electrode materials will be required. The olivine phase lithium iron phosphate has attracted the most attention because of its low cost and safety (high thermal and chemical stability). However, it is an intriguing fundamental problem to understand the fast electrochemical response from the poorly electronic conducting two-phase LiFePO4/FePO 4 system. This thesis focuses on determining the rate-limit step of LiFePO4. First, a LiFePO4 material, with vanadium substituting on the P-site, was synthesized, and found that the crystal structure change may cause high lithium diffusivity. Since an accurate Li diffusion coefficient cannot be measured by traditional electrochemical method in a three-electrode cell due to the phase transformation during measurement, a new method to measure the intrinsic electronic and ionic conductivity of mixed conductive LiFePO 4 was developed. This was based on the conductivity measurements of mixed conductive solid electrolyte using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and blocking electrode. The effects of ionic/electronic conductivity and phase transformation on the rate performance of LiFePO4 were also first investigated by EIS and other electrochemical technologies. Based on the above fundamental kinetics studies, an optimized LiFePO4 was used as a target to deposit 1mum LiFePO4 thin film at Oak Ridge National Laboratory using radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. Similar to the carbon coated LiFePO4 powder electrode, the carbon-contained RF LiFePO4 film with no preferential orientation showed excellent capacity and rate capability both at 25°C and -20

  20. A new strategy for integrating abundant oxygen functional groups into carbon felt electrode for vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Kim, Ki Jae; Lee, Seung-Wook; Yim, Taeeun; Kim, Jae-Geun; Choi, Jang Wook; Kim, Jung Ho; Park, Min-Sik; Kim, Young-Jun

    2014-01-01

    The effects of surface treatment combining corona discharge and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) on the electrochemical performance of carbon felt electrodes for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) have been thoroughly investigated. A high concentration of oxygen functional groups has been successfully introduced onto the surface of the carbon felt electrodes by a specially designed surface treatment, which is mainly responsible for improving the energy efficiency of VRFBs. In addition, the wettabi...

  1. Improvement of the Performance of Graphite Felt Electrodes for Vanadium-Redox-Flow-Batteries by Plasma Treatment

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    Eva-Maria Hammer; Benedikt Berger; Lidiya Komsiyska

    2014-01-01

    In the frame of the present contribution oxidizing plasma pretreatment is used for the improvement of the electrocatalytic activity of graphite felt electrodes for Vanadium-Redox-Flow-Batteries (VRB). The influence of the working gas media on the catalytic activity and the surface morphology is demonstrated. The electrocatalytical properties of the graphite felt electrodes were examined by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The obtained results show that a signific...

  2. X-ray micro-tomography as a diagnostic tool for the electrode degradation in vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Trogadas, P.; Taiwo, O. O.; Tjaden, B.; Neville, T. P.; Coppens, M-O; Brett, D. J. L.; Shearing, P. R.; Yun, S.; J. Parrondo; Ramani, V.

    2014-01-01

    Micro-tomography (CT) can be successfully employed to characterize ex situ the structural changes occurring in graphite felt electrodes during vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) operation. Coupled high resolution X-ray and electron microscopy in conjunction with XPS are used to elucidate the microstructural and chemical changes to the high voltage RFB carbon electrode. The results reveal the onset of corrosion of the carbon felt structure relatively early in the VRFB life-cycle, extended oper...

  3. Hydrogenation of the rare earth alloys for production negative electrodes of nickel-metal hydride batteries

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    In this work were studied of La0.7-xMgx Pr0.3Al0.3Mn0.4Co0.5Ni3.8 (X = 0 and 0.7) alloys for negative electrodes of the nickel-metal hydride batteries. The hydrogenation of the alloys was performed varying pressing of H2 (2 and 10 bar) and temperature (room and 500 ℃). The discharge capacity of the nic kel-metal hydride batteries were analyzed in ARBIN BT- 4 electrical test equipment. The as-cast alloys were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy disperse spectroscopy (EDX) and X-Ray diffraction. The increasing Mg addition in the alloy increases maximum discharge capacity but decrease cycle life of the batteries. The maximum discharge capacity was obtained with the Mg0.7Pr0.3Al0.3Mn0.4Co0.5Ni3.8 alloy (60 mAh) and the battery which presented the best performance was La0.4Mg0.3Pr0.3Al0.3Mn0.4Co0.5Ni3.8 alloy (53 mAh and 150 cycles). The H2 capability of absorption was diminished for increased Mg addition and no such effect occurs for Mg0.7Pr0.3Al0.3Mn0.4Co0.5Ni3.8 alloy. (author)

  4. Layered-structure BC2 N as a negative electrode matrix for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    This paper reports on a new compound with graphite-like structure, BC2N which has been synthesized by a vapor-phase reaction of acetomtrale (CH3CN) and borontrichloride (BCl3). The electrochemical behavior of BC2N was investigated in propylene carbonate (PC)-based solutions containing lithium (Li) salts. Cyclic voltammetric curves of the BC2N electrode showed current increases during the cathodic potential scans and corresponding peaks at ca. 1.5 V in the anodic scans. The cathodic currents were accompanied by electrochemical intercalation of Li from the electrolyte, and the anodic peaks resulted from the deintercalation of Li from the BC2N electrode. The polarization behavior of Li with the BC2N matrix depended on the solvent as well as the salt of the electrolytic solution. The coulombic efficiency for charge/discharge cycling under a constant current was 90% or higher in LiClO+PC. The results indicate that BC2N is usable as a negative electrode matrix for rechargeable Li batteries

  5. Nickel foam and carbon felt applications for sodium polysulfide/bromine redox flow battery electrodes

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    The first use of nickel foam (NF) as electrocatalytic negative electrode in a polysulfide/bromine battery (PSB) is described. The performance of a PSB employing NF and polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based carbon felt (CF) as negative and positive electrode materials, respectively, was evaluated by constant current charge-discharge tests in a single cell. Charge/discharge curves of the cell, positive and negative electrodes show that the rapid fall in cell voltage is due to the drop of positive potential caused by depletion of Br2 dissolved in the catholyte at the end of discharge. Cell voltage efficiency was limited by the relatively high internal ohmic resistance drop (iR drop). Polarization curves indicated that both NF and CF have excellent catalytic activity for the positive and negative redox reactions of PSB. The average energy efficiency of the single cell designed in this work could be as high as 77.2% at 40 mA cm-2 during 48 charge-discharge cycles

  6. Environmentally-friendly aqueous Li (or Na)-ion battery with fast electrode kinetics and super-long life.

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    Dong, Xiaoli; Chen, Long; Liu, Jingyuan; Haller, Servane; Wang, Yonggang; Xia, Yongyao

    2016-01-01

    Current rechargeable batteries generally display limited cycle life and slow electrode kinetics and contain environmentally unfriendly components. Furthermore, their operation depends on the redox reactions of metal elements. We present an original battery system that depends on the redox of I(-)/I3 (-) couple in liquid cathode and the reversible enolization in polyimide anode, accompanied by Li(+) (or Na(+)) diffusion between cathode and anode through a Li(+)/Na(+) exchange polymer membrane. There are no metal element-based redox reactions in this battery, and Li(+) (or Na(+)) is only used for charge transfer. Moreover, the components (electrolyte/electrode) of this system are environment-friendly. Both electrodes are demonstrated to have very fast kinetics, which gives the battery a supercapacitor-like high power. It can even be cycled 50,000 times when operated within the electrochemical window of 0 to 1.6 V. Such a system might shed light on the design of high-safety and low-cost batteries for grid-scale energy storage. PMID:26844298

  7. A review of thermal performance improving methods of lithium ion battery: Electrode modification and thermal management system

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    Zhao, Rui; Zhang, Sijie; Liu, Jie; Gu, Junjie

    2015-12-01

    Lithium ion (Li-ion) battery has emerged as an important power source for portable devices and electric vehicles due to its superiority over other energy storage technologies. A mild temperature variation as well as a proper operating temperature range are essential for a Li-ion battery to perform soundly and have a long service life. In this review paper, the heat generation and dissipation of Li-ion battery are firstly analyzed based on the energy conservation equations, followed by an examination of the hazardous effects of an above normal operating temperature. Then, advanced techniques in respect of electrode modification and systematic battery thermal management are inspected in detail as solutions in terms of reducing internal heat production and accelerating external heat dissipation, respectively. Specifically, variable parameters like electrode thickness and particle size of active material, along with optimization methods such as coating, doping, and adding conductive media are discussed in the electrode modification section, while the current development in air cooling, liquid cooling, heat pipe cooling, and phase change material cooling systems are reviewed in the thermal management part as different ways to improve the thermal performance of Li-ion batteries.

  8. Binder-Free and Carbon-Free Nanoparticle Batteries: A Method for Nanoparticle Electrodes without Polymeric Binders or Carbon Black

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    Ha, Don-Hyung

    2012-10-10

    In this work, we have developed a new fabrication method for nanoparticle (NP) assemblies for Li-ion battery electrodes that require no additional support or conductive materials such as polymeric binders or carbon black. By eliminating these additives, we are able to improve the battery capacity/weight ratio. The NP film is formed by using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of colloidally synthesized, monodisperse cobalt NPs that are transformed through the nanoscale Kirkendall effect into hollow Co 3O 4. EPD forms a network of NPs that are mechanically very robust and electrically connected, enabling them to act as the Li-ion battery anode. The morphology change through cycles indicates stable 5-10 nm NPs form after the first lithiation remained throughout the cycling process. This NP-film battery made without binders and conductive additives shows high gravimetric (>830 mAh/g) and volumetric capacities (>2100 mAh/cm 3) even after 50 cycles. Because similar films made from drop-casting do not perform well under equal conditions, EPD is seen as the critical step to create good contacts between the particles and electrodes resulting in this significant improvement in battery electrode assembly. This is a promising system for colloidal nanoparticles and a template for investigating the mechanism of lithiation and delithiation of NPs. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  9. Direct measurement of the chemical reactivity of silicon electrodes with LiPF6-based battery electrolytes

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    Veith, Gabriel M [ORNL; Baggetto, Loic [ORNL; Sacci, Robert L [ORNL; Unocic, Raymond R [ORNL; Tenhaeff, Wyatt E [ORNL; Browning, Jim [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    We report the first direct measurement of the chemistry and extent of reactivity between a lithium ion battery electrode surface (Si) and a liquid electrolyte (1.2M LiPF6-3:7 wt% ethylene carbonate:dimethyl carbonate). This layer is estimated to be 3.6 nm thick and partially originates from the consumption of the silicon surface.

  10. Characterization of the 3-dimensional microstructure of a graphite negative electrode from a Li-ion battery

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    Shearing, P.R.; Howard, L.E.; Jørgensen, Peter Stanley; Brandon, N.P.; Harris, S.J.

    2010-01-01

    The 3-dimensional microstructure of a porous electrode from a lithium-ion battery has been characterized for the first time. We use X-ray tomography to reconstruct a 43 × 348 × 478 μm sample volume with voxel dimensions of 480 nm, subsequent division of the reconstructed volumes into sub-volumes of...

  11. Energy Harvesting by Nickel Prussian Blue Analogue Electrode in Neutralization and Mixing Entropy Batteries.

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    Gomes, Wellington J A S; de Oliveira, Cainã; Huguenin, Fritz

    2015-08-11

    Some industries usually reduce the concentration of protons in acidic wastewater by conducting neutralization reactions and/or adding seawater to industrial effluents. This work proposes a novel electrochemical system that can harvest energy originating from entropic changes due to alteration in the concentration of sodium ions along wastewater treatment. Preparation of a self-assembled material from nickel Prussian blue analogue (NPBA) was the first step to obtain such electrochemical system. Investigation into the electrochemical properties of this material helped to evaluate its potential use in neutralization and mixing entropy batteries. Assessment of parameters such as the potentiodynamic profile of the current density as a function of the concentration of protons and sodium ions, charge capacity, and cyclability as well as the reversibility of the sodium ion electroinsertion process aided estimation of the energy storage efficiency of the system. Frequency-domain measurements and models and the proposed charge compensation mechanism provided the rate constants at different dc potentials. After each charge/discharge cycle, the NPBA electrode harvested 12.4 kJ per mol of intercalated sodium ion in aqueous solutions of NaCl at concentrations of 20 mM and 3.0 M. The full electrochemical cell consisted of an NPBA positive electrode and a negative electrode of silver particles dispersed in a polypyrrole electrode. This cell extracted 16.8 kJ per mol of intercalated ion after each charge/discharge cycle. On the basis of these results, the developed electrochemical system should encourage wastewater treatment and help to achieve sustainable growth. PMID:26192558

  12. Investigation of electrolyte wetting in lithium ion batteries: Effects of electrode pore structures and solution

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    Sheng, Yangping

    Beside natural source energy carriers such as petroleum, coal and natural gas, the lithium ion battery is a promising man-made energy carrier for the future. This is a similar process evolved from horse-powered era to engine driven age. There are still a lot of challenges ahead like low energy density, low rate performance, aging problems, high cost and safety etc. In lithium ion batteries, investigation about manufacturing process is as important as the development of material. The manufacturing of lithium ion battery, including production process (slurry making, coating, drying etc.), and post-production (slitting, calendering etc.) is also complicated and critical to the overall performance of the battery. It includes matching the capacity of anode and cathode materials, trial-and-error investigation of thickness, porosity, active material and additive loading, detailed microscopic models to understand, optimize, and design these systems by changing one or a few parameters at a time. In the manufacturing, one of the most important principles is to ensure good wetting properties between porous solid electrodes and liquid electrolyte. Besides the material surface properties, it is the process of electrolyte transporting to fill the pores in the electrode after injection is less noticed in academic, where only 2-3 drops of electrolyte are needed for lab coin cell level. In industry, the importance of electrolyte transport is well known and it is considered as part of electrolyte wetting (or initial wetting in some situations). In consideration of practical usage term, electrolyte wetting is adopted to use in this dissertation for electrolyte transporting process, although the surface chemistry about wetting is not covered. An in-depth investigation about electrolyte wetting is still missing, although it has significant effects in manufacturing. The electrolyte wetting is determined by properties of electrolyte and electrode microstructure. Currently, only viscosity

  13. In Situ Radiographic Investigation of (De)Lithiation Mechanisms in a Tin-Electrode Lithium-Ion Battery.

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    Sun, Fu; Markötter, Henning; Zhou, Dong; Alrwashdeh, Saad Sabe Sulaiman; Hilger, Andre; Kardjilov, Nikolay; Manke, Ingo; Banhart, John

    2016-05-10

    The lithiation and delithiation mechanisms of multiple-Sn particles in a customized flat radiography cell were investigated by in situ synchrotron radiography. For the first time, four (de)lithiation phenomena in a Sn-electrode battery system are highlighted: 1) the (de)lithiation behavior varies between different Sn particles, 2) the time required to lithiate individual Sn particles is markedly different from the time needed to discharge the complete battery, 3) electrochemical deactivation of originally electrochemically active particles is reported, and 4) a change of electrochemical behavior of individual particles during cycling is found and explained by dynamic changes of (de)lithiation pathways amongst particles within the electrode. These unexpected findings fundamentaly expand the understanding of the underlying (de)lithiation mechanisms inside commercial lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and would open new design principles for high-performance next-generation LIBs. PMID:27076373

  14. Experimental and theoretical investigations of functionalized boron nitride as electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Fan; Nemeth, Karoly; Bareño, Javier; Dogan, Fulya; Bloom, Ira D.; Shaw, Leon L.

    2016-01-01

    The feasibility of synthesizing functionalized h-BN (FBN) via the reaction between molten LiOH and solid h-BN is studied for the first time and its first ever application as an electrode material in Li-ion batteries is evaluated. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed to provide mechanistic understanding of the possible electrochemical reactions derived from the FBN. Various materials characterizations reveal that the melt-solid reaction can lead to exfoliation and functionalization of h-BN simultaneously, while electrochemical analysis proves that the FBN can reversibly store charges through surface redox reactions with good cycle stability and coulombic efficiency. DFT calculations have provided physical insights into the observed electrochemical properties derived from the FBN.

  15. Preparing of LiMnO Compound for Electrode of Solid State Lithium Battery

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    The LiMnO compound has been prepared for electrode materials in a rechargeable Lithium battery. The lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) and the manganese oxide (MnO2) were used as raw materials for preparing the LiMnO by powder metallurgy method. Both raw materials were mixed to obtain homogeneous mixture, which then was calcinated and sintered. The crystal structure of the product compound was analyzed by using an X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) and a neutron diffractometer. The diffraction result showed that the structure of Li(Li0.06Mn1.94)O4 is a cubic which the lattice parameter of a = 8.20272 Angstrom, and space group Fd-3 m. (author)

  16. Nanostructured Cu2O thin film electrodes prepared by electrodeposition for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Uniform films of Cu2O with thickness below 1 μm were prepared from a Cu(II) lactate solution. The deposits were compact and of high purity with the particle size varying from 60 to 400 nm. They were tested as electrodes in lithium batteries and their electrochemical response was consistent with the Cu2O + 2e- + 2Li+ ↔ 2Cu + Li2O reaction. Nevertheless, the reversibility of this reaction was dependent on thickness. Kinetic factors associated with the poor electronic conductivity of Cu2O could account for the relevance of the influence of film thickness. The thinnest film, about 300 nm thick, exhibited the best electrochemical performance by sustaining a specific capacity as high as 350 Ah kg-1

  17. Hydrogen evolution at the negative electrode of the all-vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Sun, Che-Nan; Delnick, Frank M.; Baggetto, Loïc; Veith, Gabriel M.; Zawodzinski, Thomas A.

    2014-02-01

    This work demonstrates a quantitative method to determine the hydrogen evolution rate occurring at the negative carbon electrode of the all vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). Two carbon papers examined by buoyancy measurements yield distinct hydrogen formation rates (0.170 and 0.005 μmol min-1 g-1). The carbon papers have been characterized using electron microscopy, nitrogen gas adsorption, capacitance measurement by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). We find that the specific electrochemical surface area (ECSA) of the carbon material has a strong influence on the hydrogen generation rate. This is discussed in light of the use of high surface area material to obtain high reaction rates in the VRFB.

  18. Metal hydrides used as negative electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Sartori, Sabrina; Cuevas, Fermin; Latroche, Michel

    2016-02-01

    Energy is a key issue for future generation. Researches are conducted worldwide to develop new efficient means for energy conversion and storage. Electrochemical storage is foreseen as an efficient way to handle intermittent renewable energy production. The most advanced batteries are nowadays based on lithium-ion technology though their specific capacities should be significantly increased to bring solution to mass storage. Conversion reactions are one way to step forward larger capacities at the anode. We here review the possibility to use metallic or complex hydrides as negative electrode using conversion reaction of hydride with lithium. Moreover, promising alloying of lithium with the metallic species might provide additional reversible capacities. Both binary and ternary systems are reviewed and results are compared in the frame of the electrochemical application.

  19. Characterization of electrode materials for lithium ion and sodium ion batteries using synchrotron radiation techniques.

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    Doeff, Marca M; Chen, Guoying; Cabana, Jordi; Richardson, Thomas J; Mehta, Apurva; Shirpour, Mona; Duncan, Hugues; Kim, Chunjoong; Kam, Kinson C; Conry, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Intercalation compounds such as transition metal oxides or phosphates are the most commonly used electrode materials in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries. During insertion or removal of alkali metal ions, the redox states of transition metals in the compounds change and structural transformations such as phase transitions and/or lattice parameter increases or decreases occur. These behaviors in turn determine important characteristics of the batteries such as the potential profiles, rate capabilities, and cycle lives. The extremely bright and tunable x-rays produced by synchrotron radiation allow rapid acquisition of high-resolution data that provide information about these processes. Transformations in the bulk materials, such as phase transitions, can be directly observed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), while X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) gives information about the local electronic and geometric structures (e.g. changes in redox states and bond lengths). In situ experiments carried out on operating cells are particularly useful because they allow direct correlation between the electrochemical and structural properties of the materials. These experiments are time-consuming and can be challenging to design due to the reactivity and air-sensitivity of the alkali metal anodes used in the half-cell configurations, and/or the possibility of signal interference from other cell components and hardware. For these reasons, it is appropriate to carry out ex situ experiments (e.g. on electrodes harvested from partially charged or cycled cells) in some cases. Here, we present detailed protocols for the preparation of both ex situ and in situ samples for experiments involving synchrotron radiation and demonstrate how these experiments are done. PMID:24300777

  20. Crystalline-Amorphous Core−Shell Silicon Nanowires for High Capacity and High Current Battery Electrodes

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    Cui, Li-Feng

    2009-01-14

    Silicon is an attractive alloy-type anode material for lithium ion batteries because of its highest known capacity (4200 mAh/g). However silicon\\'s large volume change upon lithium insertion and extraction, which causes pulverization and capacity fading, has limited its applications. Designing nanoscale hierarchical structures is a novel approach to address the issues associated with the large volume changes. In this letter, we introduce a core-shell design of silicon nanowires for highpower and long-life lithium battery electrodes. Silicon crystalline- amorphous core-shell nanowires were grown directly on stainless steel current collectors by a simple one-step synthesis. Amorphous Si shells instead of crystalline Si cores can be selected to be electrochemically active due to the difference of their lithiation potentials. Therefore, crystalline Si cores function as a stable mechanical support and an efficient electrical conducting pathway while amorphous shells store Li ions. We demonstrate here that these core-shell nanowires have high charge storage capacity (̃1000 mAh/g, 3 times of carbon) with ̃90% capacity retention over 100 cycles. They also show excellent electrochemical performance at high rate charging and discharging (6.8 A/g, ̃20 times of carbon at 1 h rate). © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  1. Carbon−Silicon Core−Shell Nanowires as High Capacity Electrode for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Cui, Li-Feng

    2009-09-09

    We introduce a novel design of carbon-silicon core-shell nanowires for high power and long life lithium battery electrodes. Amorphous silicon was coated onto carbon nanofibers to form a core-shell structure and the resulted core-shell nanowires showed great performance as anode material. Since carbon has a much smaller capacity compared to silicon, the carbon core experiences less structural stress or damage during lithium cycling and can function as a mechanical support and an efficient electron conducting pathway. These nanowires have a high charge storage capacity of ∼2000 mAh/g and good cycling life. They also have a high Coulmbic efficiency of 90% for the first cycle and 98-99.6% for the following cycles. A full cell composed of LiCoO2 cathode and carbon-silicon core-shell nanowire anode is also demonstrated. Significantly, using these core-shell nanowires we have obtained high mass loading and an area capacity of ∼4 mAh/cm2, which is comparable to commercial battery values. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  2. Nickel Hexacyanoferrate Nanoparticle Electrodes For Aqueous Sodium and Potassium Ion Batteries

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    Wessells, Colin D.

    2011-12-14

    The electrical power grid faces a growing need for large-scale energy storage over a wide range of time scales due to costly short-term transients, frequency regulation, and load balancing. The durability, high power, energy efficiency, and low cost needed for grid-scale storage pose substantial challenges for conventional battery technology.(1, 2)Here, we demonstrate insertion/extraction of sodium and potassium ions in a low-strain nickel hexacyanoferrate electrode material for at least five thousand deep cycles at high current densities in inexpensive aqueous electrolytes. Its open-framework structure allows retention of 66% of the initial capacity even at a very high (41.7C) rate. At low current densities, its round trip energy efficiency reaches 99%. This low-cost material is readily synthesized in bulk quantities. The long cycle life, high power, good energy efficiency, safety, and inexpensive production method make nickel hexacyanoferrate an attractive candidate for use in large-scale batteries to support the electrical grid. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  3. NMR study of electrode materials for lithium ion-batteries; Etude par RMN de materiaux d'electrode pour batteries lithium-ion

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    Chazel, C.

    2006-01-15

    This work is devoted to the study of LiMO{sub 2} et LiM{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M: transition metal) intercalation compounds used as electrode material for lithium-ion batteries. Solid state NMR allows one to characterise the local environment of the lithium ions present in these phases by the use of the hyperfine interactions due to the presence of some electron spin density coming from localised electrons (Fermi-contact shift) or itinerant electrons (Knight shift) on the lithium nucleus. By following the transformation of the LiNiO{sub 2} layered phase into the LiNi{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel material using lithium NMR, we studied the nature of the asymmetric signal observed for LiNiO{sub 2}, and the influence of the departure from the ideal stoichiometry; we showed a coupled ion/electron hopping in Li{sub X}NiO{sub 2} phases linked to Li/vacancy and Ni{sup 3+}/Ni{sup 4+} ordering, and finally showed the existence of structural defects within the LiNi{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel phase obtained by thermal treatment of Li{sub 0.5}NiO{sub 2}. Lithium NMR of the intercalated materials obtained from the LiTi{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12} spinels showed a metallic behaviour for Li{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 4} with a Knight shift of the NMR signal similar to that of LiTi{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and signals intermediate in nature between Knight and Fermi-contact shifts for Li{sub 7}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12}. (author)

  4. Three-Dimensional Au Microlattices as Positive Electrodes for Li-O2 Batteries.

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    Xu, Chen; Gallant, Betar M; Wunderlich, Phillip U; Lohmann, Timm; Greer, Julia R

    2015-06-23

    We demonstrate the feasibility of using a 3-dimensional gold microlattice with a periodic porous structure and independently tunable surface composition as a Li-O2 battery cathode. The structure provides a platform for studying electrochemical reactions in architected Li-O2 electrodes with large (300 μm) pore sizes. The lack of carbon and chemical binders in these Au microlattices enabled the investigation of chemical and morphological processes that occur on the surfaces of the microlattice during cycling. Li-O2 cells with Au microlattice cathodes were discharged in 0.5 M lithium-bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonamide (LiTFSI) in a 1,2-dimethoxyethane (DME) electrolyte, with lithium metal foil as the anode. SEM analysis of microlattice cathodes after first discharge revealed the presence of toroidal-shaped 500-700 nm particles covering the surface of the electrode, which disappeared upon subsequent charging. Raman and FTIR spectroscopy analysis determined these particulates to be Li2O2. The morphology of discharge products evolved with cycling into micrometer-sized clusters of arranged "platelets", with a higher amount of side reaction products such as Li2CO3 and LiOH. This work shows that properly designed 3-dimensional architected materials may provide a useful foundation for investigating fundamental surface electrochemistry while simultaneously enabling mechanical robustness and enhancing the surface area over a factor of 30 compared with a thin film with the same foot print. PMID:25950649

  5. Pyrometallurgical Extraction of Valuable Elements in Ni-Metal Hydride Battery Electrode Materials

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    Jiang, Yin-ju; Deng, Yong-chun; Bu, Wen-gang

    2015-10-01

    Gas selective reduction-oxidation (redox) and melting separation were consecutively applied to electrode materials of AB5-type Ni-metal hydride batteries leading to the production of a Ni-Co alloy and slag enriched with rare earth oxides (REO). In the selective redox process, electrode materials were treated with H2/H2O at 1073 K and 1173 K (800 °C and 900 °C). Active elements such as REs, Al, and Mn were oxidized whereas relatively inert elements such as Ni and Co were transformed into their elemental states in the treated materials. SiO2 and Al2O3 powders were added into the treated materials as fluxes which were then melted at 1823 K (1550 °C) to yield a Ni-Co alloy and a REO-SiO2-Al2O3-MnO slag. The high-purity Ni-Co alloy produced can be used as a raw material for AB5-type hydrogen-storage alloy. The REO content in slag was very high, i.e., 48.51 pct, therefore it can be used to recycle rare earth oxides.

  6. Mn3N2 as a novel negative electrode material for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    The lithium electrochemistry of Mn3N2 thin films fabricated by magnetron sputtering has been investigated by galvanostatic cell cycling and cyclic voltammetry for the first time. The reversible capacities of Mn3N2 thin film electrodes under the discharging currents of 80 mA/g and 160 mA/g were found to be 579 mAh/g and 500 mAh/g respectively. The electrochemical reaction mechanisms involving the irreversible conversion from Mn3N2 to Mn and Li3N in the first discharging process and the reversible transformation between Mn with Li3N and Mn6N2.58 in subsequent cycles were proposed. The irreversible electrochemical reaction mechanism results in an unavoidable capacity loss and low columbic efficiency of 70% in the first cycle. The high reversible capacity, good cycle performance and low polarisation of Mn3N2 film electrode make it potential anode material for future lithium-ion batteries.

  7. Copper hexacyanoferrate battery electrodes with long cycle life and high power

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    Wessells, Colin D.

    2011-11-22

    Short-term transients, including those related to wind and solar sources, present challenges to the electrical grid. Stationary energy storage systems that can operate for many cycles, at high power, with high round-trip energy efficiency, and at low cost are required. Existing energy storage technologies cannot satisfy these requirements. Here we show that crystalline nanoparticles of copper hexacyanoferrate, which has an ultra-low strain open framework structure, can be operated as a battery electrode in inexpensive aqueous electrolytes. After 40,000 deep discharge cycles at a 17g-C rate, 83% of the original capacity of copper hexacyanoferrate is retained. Even at a very high cycling rate of 83g-C, two thirds of its maximum discharge capacity is observed. At modest current densities, round-trip energy efficiencies of 99% can be achieved. The low-cost, scalable, room-temperature co-precipitation synthesis and excellent electrode performance of copper hexacyanoferrate make it attractive for large-scale energy storage systems. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  8. 3D Self-Supported Nanoarchitectured Arrays Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Three-dimensional self-supported nanoarchitectured arrays electrodes (3DSNAEs consisting of a direct growth of nanoarchitectured arrays on the conductive current collector, including homogeneous and heterogeneous nanoarchitectured arrays structures, have been currently studied as the most promising electrodes owing to their synergies resulting from the multistructure hybrid and integrating heterocomponents to address the requirements (high energy and power density of superperformance lithium ion batteries (LIBs applied in portable electronic consumer devices, electric vehicles, large-scale electricity storage, and so on. In the paper, recent advances in the strategies for the fabrication, selection of the different current collector substrates, and structural configuration of 3DSNAEs with different cathode and anode materials are investigated in detail. The intrinsic relationship of the unique structural characters, the conductive substrates, and electrochemical kinetic properties of 3DSNAEs is minutely analyzed. Finally, the future design trends and directions of 3DSNAEs are highlighted, which may open a new avenue of developing ideal multifunctional 3DSNAEs for further advanced LIBs.

  9. Manufacturing of advanced Li(NiMnCo)O2 electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Smyrek, P.; Pröll, J.; Rakebrandt, J.-H.; Seifert, H. J.; Pfleging, W.

    2015-03-01

    Lithium-ion batteries require an increase in cell life-time as well as an improvement in cycle stability in order to be used as energy storage systems, e.g. for stationary devices or electric vehicles. Nowadays, several cathode materials such as Li(NiMnCo)O2 (NMC) are under intense investigation to enhanced cell cycling behavior by simultaneously providing reasonable costs. Previous studies have shown that processing of three-dimensional (3D) micro-features in electrodes using nanosecond laser radiation further increases the active surface area and therefore, the lithium-ion diffusion cell kinetics. Within this study, NMC cathodes were prepared by tape-casting and laser-structured using nanosecond laser radiation. Furthermore, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) was used in a first experimental attempt to analyze the lithium distribution in unstructured NMC cathodes at different state-of-charges (SOC). LIBS will be applied to laser-structured cathodes in order to investigate the lithium distribution at different SOC. The results will be compared to those obtained for unstructured electrodes to examine advantages of 3D micro-structures with respect to lithium-ion diffusion kinetics.

  10. Physics of electron and lithium-ion transport in electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Musheng, Wu; Bo, Xu; Chuying, Ouyang

    2016-01-01

    The physics of ionic and electrical conduction at electrode materials of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are briefly summarized here, besides, we review the current research on ionic and electrical conduction in electrode material incorporating experimental and simulation studies. Commercial LIBs have been widely used in portable electronic devices and are now developed for large-scale applications in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and stationary distributed power stations. However, due to the physical limits of the materials, the overall performance of today’s LIBs does not meet all the requirements for future applications, and the transport problem has been one of the main barriers to further improvement. The electron and Li-ion transport behaviors are important in determining the rate capacity of LIBs. Project supported by the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2015AA034201), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11234013 and 11264014), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province, China (Grant Nos. 20133ACB21010 and 20142BAB212002), and the Foundation of Jiangxi Education Committee, China (Grant Nos. GJJ14254 and KJLD14024). C. Y. Ouyang is also supported by the “Gan-po talent 555” Project of Jiangxi Province, China.

  11. Electrospun FeS2@Carbon Fiber Electrode as a High Energy Density Cathode for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries.

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    Zhu, Yujie; Fan, Xiulin; Suo, Liumin; Luo, Chao; Gao, Tao; Wang, Chunsheng

    2016-01-26

    In this study, an FeS2@carbon fiber electrode is developed with FeS2 nanoparticles either embedded in or attached to carbon fibers by using an electrospinning method. By applying this binder-free, metal-current-collector-free FeS2@carbon fiber electrode, both the redox reaction and capacity decay mechanisms for the Li-FeS2 system are revealed by changing the electrolyte (conventional carbonate electrolyte and a "solvent-in-salt"-type Li-S battery electrolyte) and working voltage ranges (1.0-3.0 V and 1.5-3.0 V vs Li/Li(+)). The FeS2@carbon fiber electrode shows stable cycling performance in both the conventional carbonate electrolyte and the solvent-in-salt-type Li-S battery electrolyte in the voltage range of 1.5-3.0 V. Electrochemical tests in the solvent-in-salt-type Li-S battery electrolyte indicate that the Li-FeS2 system becomes a hybrid of the Li-S cell and Li-iron sulfide cell after the initial cycle. Based on the understanding on the capacity decay mechanisms, the cycling stability of the Li-FeS2 system in the voltage range of 1.0-3.0 V is then significantly enhanced by coating the FeS2@carbon fiber electrode with a thin layer of Al2O3. The Al2O3-coated electrode demonstrates excellent cycling performance with high discharge energy densities at both the material level (∼1300 Wh/kg-FeS2) and the electrode level (∼1000 Wh/kg-FeS2 electrode). PMID:26700975

  12. The reaction current distribution in battery electrode materials revealed by XPS-based state-of-charge mapping.

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    Pearse, Alexander J; Gillette, Eleanor; Lee, Sang Bok; Rubloff, Gary W

    2016-07-28

    Morphologically complex electrochemical systems such as composite or nanostructured lithium ion battery electrodes exhibit spatially inhomogeneous internal current distributions, particularly when driven at high total currents, due to resistances in the electrodes and electrolyte, distributions of diffusion path lengths, and nonlinear current-voltage characteristics. Measuring and controlling these distributions is interesting from both an engineering standpoint, as nonhomogenous currents lead to lower utilization of electrode material, as well as from a fundamental standpoint, as comparisons between theory and experiment are relatively scarce. Here we describe a new approach using a deliberately simple model battery electrode to examine the current distribution in a electrode material limited by poor electronic conductivity. We utilize quantitative spatially resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to measure the spatial distribution of the state-of-charge of a V2O5 model electrode as a proxy measure for the current distribution on electrodes discharged at varying current densities. We show that the current at the electrode-electrolyte interface falls off with distance from the current collector, and that the current distribution is a strong function of total current. We compare the observed distributions with a simple analytical model which reproduces the dependence of the distribution on total current, but fails to predict the correct length scale. A more complete numerical simulation suggests that dynamic changes in the electronic conductivity of the V2O5 concurrent with lithium insertion may contribute to the differences between theory and experiment. Our observations should help inform design criteria for future electrode architectures. PMID:27357533

  13. Investigation on the electrode process of the Mn(II)/Mn(III) couple in redox flow battery

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    The Mn(II)/Mn(III) couple has been recognized as a potential anode for redox flow batteries to take the place of the V(IV)/V(V) in all-vanadium redox battery (VRB) and the Br2/Br- in sodium polysulfide/bromine (PSB) because it has higher standard electrode potential. In this study, the electrochemical behavior of the Mn(II)/Mn(III) couple on carbon felt and spectral pure graphite were investigated by cyclic voltammetry, steady polarization curve, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, transient potential-step experiment, X-ray diffraction and charge-discharge experiments. Results show that the Mn(III) disproportionation reaction phenomena is obvious on the carbon felt electrode while it is weak on the graphite electrode owing to its fewer active sites. The reaction mechanism on carbon felt was discussed in detail. The reversibility of Mn(II)/Mn(III) is best when the sulfuric acid concentration is 5 M on the graphite electrode. Performance of a RFB employing Mn(II)/Mn(III) couple as anolyte active species and V(III)/V(II) as catholyte ones was evaluated with constant-current charge-discharge tests. The average columbic efficiency is 69.4% and the voltage efficiency is 90.4% at a current density of 20 mA cm-2. The whole energy efficiency is 62.7% close to that of the all-vanadium battery and the average discharge voltage is about 14% higher than that of an all-vanadium battery. The preliminary exploration shows that the Mn(II)/Mn(III) couple is electrochemically promising for redox flow battery

  14. Phase Boundary Propagation in Li-Alloying Battery Electrodes Revealed by Liquid-Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy.

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    Leenheer, Andrew J; Jungjohann, Katherine L; Zavadil, Kevin R; Harris, Charles T

    2016-06-28

    Battery cycle life is directly influenced by the microstructural changes occurring in the electrodes during charge and discharge cycles. Here, we image in situ the nanoscale phase evolution in negative electrode materials for Li-ion batteries using a fully enclosed liquid cell in a transmission electron microscope (TEM) to reveal early degradation that is not evident in the charge-discharge curves. To compare the electrochemical phase transformation behavior between three model materials, thin films of amorphous Si, crystalline Al, and crystalline Au were lithiated and delithiated at controlled rates while immersed in a commercial liquid electrolyte. This method allowed for the direct observation of lithiation mechanisms in nanoscale negative electrodes, revealing that a simplistic model of a surface-to-interior lithiation front is insufficient. For the crystalline films, a lithiation front spread laterally from a few initial nucleation points, with continued grain nucleation along the growing interface. The intermediate lithiated phases were identified using electron diffraction, and high-resolution postmortem imaging revealed the details of the final microstructure. Our results show that electrochemically induced solid-solid phase transformations can lead to highly concentrated stresses at the laterally propagating phase boundary which should be considered for future designs of nanostructured electrodes for Li-ion batteries. PMID:27243921

  15. Laser-perforated carbon paper electrodes for improved mass-transport in high power density vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Mayrhuber, I.; Dennison, C. R.; Kalra, V.; Kumbur, E. C.

    2014-08-01

    In this study, we demonstrate up to 30% increase in power density of carbon paper electrodes for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) by introducing perforations into the structure of electrodes. A CO2 laser was used to generate holes ranging from 171 to 421 μm diameter, and hole densities from 96.8 to 649.8 holes cm-2. Perforation of the carbon paper electrodes was observed to improve cell performance in the activation region due to thermal treatment of the area around the perforations. Results also demonstrate improved mass transport, resulting in enhanced peak power and limiting current density. However, excessive perforation of the electrode yielded a decrease in performance due to reduced available surface area. A 30% increase in peak power density (478 mW cm-2) was observed for the laser perforated electrode with 234 μm diameter holes and 352.8 holes cm-2 (1764 holes per 5 cm2 electrode), despite a 15% decrease in total surface area compared to the raw un-perforated electrode. Additionally, the effect of perforation on VRFB performance was studied at different flow rates (up to 120 mL min-1) for the optimized electrode architecture. A maximum power density of 543 mW cm-2 was achieved at 120 mL min-1.

  16. Relating the 3D electrode morphology to Li-ion battery performance; a case for LiFePO4

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    Liu, Zhao; Verhallen, Tomas W.; Singh, Deepak P.; Wang, Hongqian; Wagemaker, Marnix; Barnett, Scott

    2016-08-01

    One of the main goals in lithium ion battery electrode design is to increase the power density. This requires insight in the relation between the complex heterogeneous microstructure existing of active material, conductive additive and electrolyte providing the required electronic and Li-ion transport. FIB-SEM is used to determine the three phase 3D morphology, and Li-ion concentration profiles obtained with Neutron Depth Profiling (NDP) are compared for two cases, conventional LiFePO4 electrodes and better performing carbonate templated LiFePO4 electrodes. This provides detailed understanding of the impact of key parameters such as the tortuosity for electron and Li-ion transport though the electrodes. The created hierarchical pore network of the templated electrodes, containing micron sized pores, appears to be effective only at high rate charge where electrolyte depletion is hindering fast discharge. Surprisingly the carbonate templating method results in a better electronic conductive CB network, enhancing the activity of LiFePO4 near the electrolyte-electrode interface as directly observed with NDP, which in a large part is responsible for the improved rate performance both during charge and discharge. The results demonstrate that standard electrodes have a far from optimal charge transport network and that significantly improved electrode performance should be possible by engineering the microstructure.

  17. Chitosan, a new and environmental benign electrode binder for use with graphite anode in lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: • Chitosan is used as a new electrode binder for graphite anode. • Electrochemical properties of the chitosan-based electrode are compared with that of PVDF-based one. • Electrochemical performances of the graphite anode are improved by using chitosan binder. • Chitosan binder facilitates the formation of a thin, homogenous and stable SEI film of the electrode. -- Abstract: Chitosan was applied as the electrode binder material for a spherical graphite anode in lithium-ion batteries. Compared to using poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) binder, the graphite anode using chitosan exhibited enhanced electrochemical performances in terms of the first Columbic efficiency, rate capability and cycling behavior. With similar specific capacity, the first Columbic efficiency of the chitosan-based anode is 95.4% compared to 89.3% of the PVDF-based anode. After 200 charge–discharge cycles at 0.5C, the capacity retention of the chitosan-based electrode showed to be significantly higher than that of the PVDF-based electrode. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements were carried out to investigate the formation and evolution of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) formed on the graphite electrodes. The results show that a thin, homogenous and stable SEI layer is formed on the graphite electrode surface with chitosan binder compared with that using the conventional PVDF binder

  18. Li-Rich Li-Si Alloy As A Lithium-Containing Negative Electrode Material Towards High Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Shinichiroh Iwamura; Hirotomo Nishihara; Yoshitaka Ono; Haruhiko Morito; Hisanori Yamane; Hiroki Nara; Tetsuya Osaka; Takashi Kyotani

    2015-01-01

    Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are generally constructed by lithium-including positive electrode materials, such as LiCoO2, and lithium-free negative electrode materials, such as graphite. Recently, lithium-free positive electrode materials, such as sulfur, are gathering great attention from their very high capacities, thereby significantly increasing the energy density of LIBs. Though the lithium-free materials need to be combined with lithium-containing negative electrode materials, the latte...

  19. A new strategy for integrating abundant oxygen functional groups into carbon felt electrode for vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Kim, Ki Jae; Lee, Seung-Wook; Yim, Taeeun; Kim, Jae-Geun; Choi, Jang Wook; Kim, Jung Ho; Park, Min-Sik; Kim, Young-Jun

    2014-11-01

    The effects of surface treatment combining corona discharge and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) on the electrochemical performance of carbon felt electrodes for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) have been thoroughly investigated. A high concentration of oxygen functional groups has been successfully introduced onto the surface of the carbon felt electrodes by a specially designed surface treatment, which is mainly responsible for improving the energy efficiency of VRFBs. In addition, the wettability of the carbon felt electrodes also can be significantly improved. The energy efficiency of the VRFB cell employing the surface modified carbon felt electrodes is improved by 7% at high current density (148 mA cm-2). Such improvement is attributed to the faster charge transfer and better wettability allowed by surface-active oxygen functional groups. Moreover, this method is much more competitive than other surface treatments in terms of processing time, production costs, and electrochemical performance.

  20. Effect of local velocity on diffusion-induced stress in large-deformation electrodes of lithium-ion batteries

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    Li, Yong; Zhang, Kai; Zheng, Bailin; Yang, Fuqian

    2016-07-01

    In this work, the contribution of local velocity to the resultant flux of lithium in lithium-ion battery is introduced into the diffusion equation to describe the migration of lithium in the active material of electrodes. The effect of the local velocity on the stress evolution in a spherical electrode made of silicon is analyzed, using the derived diffusion equation and nonlinear theory of elasticity. Two boundary conditions at the surface of the electrode, which represent two extreme conditions of real electrode materials, are used in the stress analysis: one is stress-free, and the other is immobile. The numerical results with the stress-free boundary condition suggest that the effect of the local velocity on the distribution of radial stress and hoop stress increases with the increase of time and the effect of the local velocity on the distribution of lithium is relatively small. In comparison with the results without the effect of the local velocity, the effect of the local velocity is negligible for the immobile boundary condition. The numerical result shows that the use of the immobile boundary condition leads to the decrease of von-Mises stress, which likely will retard the mechanical degradation of electrode and improve the electrochemical performance of lithium-ion battery.

  1. Rare earth-Mg-Ni-based hydrogen storage alloys as negative electrode materials for Ni/MH batteries

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    Research highlights: → State-of-the-art of new R-Mg-Ni-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys is reviewed. → Electrode performances of the R-Mg-Ni-based alloys depend strongly on the stoichiometric ratio, alloy components and microstructure. → Optimized alloy compositions contain mainly metallic elements of La, Mg, Ni, Co, Mn and Al. → Pulverization of particles and oxidation/corrosion of active components are responsible for the fast capacity degradation. → Low-Co or Co-free R-Mg-Ni-based electrode alloys should be developed. - Abstract: This review is devoted to new rare earth-Mg-Ni-based (R-Mg-Ni-based) hydrogen storage alloys that have been developed over the last decade as the most promising next generation negative electrode materials for high energy and high power Ni/MH batteries. Preparation techniques, structural characteristics, gas-solid reactions and electrochemical performances of this system alloy are systematically summarized and discussed. The improvement in electrochemical properties and their degradation mechanisms are covered in detail. Optimized alloy compositions with high discharge capacities, good electrochemical kinetics and reasonable cycle lives are described as well. For their practical applications in Ni/MH batteries, however, it is essential to develop an industrial-scale homogeneous preparation technique, and a low-cost R-Mg-Ni-based electrode alloy (low-Co or Co-free) with high discharge capacity, long cycle life and good kinetics.

  2. Treatment of graphite felt by modified Hummers method for the positive electrode of vanadium redox flow battery

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    A novel and highly effective treatment based on modified Hummers method was firstly used to improve the electrochemical activity of graphite felt as the positive electrode in all-vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). The graphite felt was treated by the modified Hummers method and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The electrochemical performance of the prepared electrode was evaluated through cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Results show that graphite felt treated by modified Hummers method exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity and reaction rate to vanadium redox couples. In our research, the hydrogen electrode and H2 replaced the graphite felt and V2+/V3+ couple in the negative side in the VRFB performance test. The coulombic, voltage, and energy efficiencies of the VRFB with the as-prepared electrodes at 50 mA cm−2 are 95.0%, 81.3%, and 77.2%, respectively. These values are much higher than those of the cell-assembled graphite felt electrodes that were conventionally and thermally treated. The graphite felt treated by the modified Hummers method carries more hydrophilic groups, such as–OH, on its defects, which is advantageous in facilitating the redox reaction of vanadium ions, thereby improving the operation efficiency of the vanadium redox flow battery

  3. Facile fabrication of binder-free NiO electrodes with high rate capacity for lithium-ion batteries

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    Gu, Lili; Xie, Wenhe; Bai, Shuai; Liu, Boli; Xue, Song; Li, Qun; He, Deyan

    2016-04-01

    NiO nanocone arrays are fabricated on nickel foam substrate by a simple hydrothermal synthesis and a subsequent annealing in air. The obtained architecture is directly used as an anode for lithium-ion batteries without any binder. It delivers a capacity of 969 mAh g-1 in the 120th cycle at a current density of 0.5 C. Even at 10 C, the electrode can still deliver a capacity as high as 605.9 mAh g-1. The excellent electrochemical performance could be ascribed to the integrity and porosity of the cycled electrodes.

  4. One-dimensional nanostructured materials for lithium-ion battery and supercapacitor electrodes

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    Chan, Candace Kay

    The need for improved electrochemical storage devices has necessitated research on new and advanced electrode materials. One-dimensional nanomaterials such as nanowires, nanotubes, and nanoribbons, can provide a unique opportunity to engineer electrochemical devices to have improved electronic and ionic conductivity as well as electrochemical and structural transformations. Silicon and germanium nanowires (NWs) were studied as negative electrode materials for lithiumion batteries because of their ability to alloy with large amounts of lithium, leading to 4-10 times higher specific capacities than the graphite standard. These nanowires could be grown vertically off of metallic current collector substrates using the gold-catalyzed vapor-liquid-solid synthesis. Electrochemical measurements of the SiNWs showed that capacities greater than 3,500 mAh/g could be obtained for tens of cycles, while hundreds of cycles could be obtained at lower capacities. As opposed to bulk Si, the SiNWs were observed to maintain their morphology during cycling and did not pulverize due to the large volume changes. Detailed TEM and XRD characterization showed that the SiNWs became amorphous during the first lithiation (charge) and formed a two-phase region between crystalline Si and amorphous Li xSi. Afterwards, the SiNWs remained amorphous and subsequent reaction was through a single-phase cycling of amorphous Si. The good cycling behavior compared to bulk and micron-sized Si particles was attributed to the nanowire morphology and electrode design. The surface chemistry and solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) were studied using XPS as a function of charge and discharge potential. The common reduction productions expected in the electrolyte (1 M LiPF6 in 1:1 EC/DEC) were observed, with the main component being Li2CO3. The morphology of the SEI was found to change at different potentials, indicating a dynamic process involving deposition, dissolution, and re-deposition on the SiNWs. Longterm

  5. Manufacturing of Protected Lithium Electrodes for Advanced Lithium-Air, Lithium-Water & Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

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    Visco, Steven J

    2015-11-30

    The global demand for rechargeable batteries is large and growing rapidly. Assuming the adoption of electric vehicles continues to increase, the need for smaller, lighter, and less expensive batteries will become even more pressing. In this vein, PolyPlus Battery Company has developed ultra-light high performance batteries based on its proprietary protected lithium electrode (PLE) technology. The Company’s Lithium-Air and Lithium-Seawater batteries have already demonstrated world record performance (verified by third party testing), and we are developing advanced lithium-sulfur batteries which have the potential deliver high performance at low cost. In this program PolyPlus Battery Company teamed with Corning Incorporated to transition the PLE technology from bench top fabrication using manual tooling to a pre- commercial semi-automated pilot line. At the inception of this program PolyPlus worked with a Tier 1 battery manufacturing engineering firm to design and build the first-of-its-kind pilot line for PLE production. The pilot line was shipped and installed in Berkeley, California several months after the start of the program. PolyPlus spent the next two years working with and optimizing the pilot line and now produces all of its PLEs on this line. The optimization process successfully increased the yield, throughput, and quality of PLEs produced on the pilot line. The Corning team focused on fabrication and scale-up of the ceramic membranes that are key to the PLE technology. PolyPlus next demonstrated that it could take Corning membranes through the pilot line process to produce state-of-the-art protected lithium electrodes. In the latter part of the program the Corning team developed alternative membranes targeted for the large rechargeable battery market. PolyPlus is now in discussions with several potential customers for its advanced PLE-enabled batteries, and is building relationships and infrastructure for the transition into manufacturing. It is likely

  6. Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotube/Graphite Felts as Advanced Electrode Materials for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries.

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    Wang, Shuangyin; Zhao, Xinsheng; Cochell, Thomas; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2012-08-16

    Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes have been grown, for the first time, on graphite felt (N-CNT/GF) by a chemical vapor deposition approach and examined as an advanced electrode for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). The unique porous structure and nitrogen doping of N-CNT/GF with increased surface area enhances the battery performance significantly. The enriched porous structure of N-CNTs on graphite felt could potentially facilitate the diffusion of electrolyte, while the N-doping could significantly contribute to the enhanced electrode performance. Specifically, the N-doping (i) modifies the electronic properties of CNT and thereby alters the chemisorption characteristics of the vanadium ions, (ii) generates defect sites that are electrochemically more active, (iii) increases the oxygen species on CNT surface, which is a key factor influencing the VRFB performance, and (iv) makes the N-CNT electrochemically more accessible than the CNT. PMID:26295765

  7. Improving lithium-sulphur batteries through spatial control of sulphur species deposition on a hybrid electrode surface.

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    Yao, Hongbin; Zheng, Guangyuan; Hsu, Po-Chun; Kong, Desheng; Cha, Judy J; Li, Weiyang; Seh, Zhi Wei; McDowell, Matthew T; Yan, Kai; Liang, Zheng; Narasimhan, Vijay Kris; Cui, Yi

    2014-01-01

    Lithium-sulphur batteries are attractive owing to their high theoretical energy density and reasonable kinetics. Despite the success of trapping soluble polysulphides in a matrix with high surface area, spatial control of solid-state sulphur and lithium sulphide species deposition as a critical aspect has not been demonstrated. Herein, we show a clear visual evidence that these solid species deposit preferentially onto tin-doped indium oxide instead of carbon during electrochemical charge/discharge of soluble polysuphides. To incorporate this concept of spatial control into more practical battery electrodes, we further prepare carbon nanofibers with tin-doped indium oxide nanoparticles decorating the surface as hybrid three-dimensional electrodes to maximize the number of deposition sites. With 12.5 μl of 5 M Li2S8 as the catholyte and a rate of C/5, we can reach the theoretical limit of Li2S8 capacity ~\

  8. Conversion Reaction Mechanisms in Lithium Ion Batteries: Study of the Binary Metal Fluoride Electrodes

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    Materials that undergo a conversion reaction with lithium (e.g., metal fluorides MF2: M = Fe, Cu, ...) often accommodate more than one Li atom per transition-metal cation, and are promising candidates for high-capacity cathodes for lithium ion batteries. However, little is known about the mechanisms involved in the conversion process, the origins of the large polarization during electrochemical cycling, and why some materials are reversible (e.g., FeF2) while others are not (e.g., CuF2). In this study, we investigated the conversion reaction of binary metal fluorides, FeF2 and CuF2, using a series of local and bulk probes to better understand the mechanisms underlying their contrasting electrochemical behavior. X-ray pair-distribution-function and magnetization measurements were used to determine changes in short-range ordering, particle size and microstructure, while high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) were used to measure the atomic-level structure of individual particles and map the phase distribution in the initial and fully lithiated electrodes. Both FeF2 and CuF2 react with lithium via a direct conversion process with no intercalation step, but there are differences in the conversion process and final phase distribution. During the reaction of Li+ with FeF2, small metallic iron nanoparticles (2. In contrast to FeF2, no continuous Cu network was observed in the lithiated CuF2; rather, the converted Cu segregates to large particles (5-12 nm in diameter) during the first discharge, which may be partially responsible for the lack of reversibility in the CuF2 electrode.

  9. Indium modified graphite electrodes on highly zinc containing methanesulfonate electrolyte for zinc-cerium redox flow battery

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    The zinc deposition and dissolution reaction in methanesulfonic acid (2.5 mol L−1 Zn(II) in 6.5 mol L−1 MSA) on indium modified graphite electrodes aiming to suppress the competing hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), was studied on the negative electrode reaction in the zinc-cerium redox flow battery. Cyclic voltammetry, Tafel extrapolation and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy found that elevated temperatures 40 °C improved the kinetics (jo =1 × 10−2 A cm−2) of the zinc reaction and shifted the nucleation potential positively by 65 mV. The modified graphite electrodes exhibited higher coulombic efficiencies (81%) than the “as received” electrode due to the reduction of HER. Higher voltage efficiencies (84%) were found at elevated temperatures irrespective of charging time or the modification method. The highest energy efficiency was 65% at 40 °C and 600 rpm for the modified electrode treated with the highest concentration of indium (0.2 mol L−1) and longest dipping period (5 h). Scanning electron microscopy showed no signs of dendritic growth but confirmed the formation of spikes and clusters. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy of the modified graphite electrodes after 340 galvanic cycles showed that indium was still present at the surface of the electrode suggesting good durability

  10. Direct measurement of the chemical reactivity of silicon electrodes with LiPF6-based battery electrolytes.

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    Veith, Gabriel M; Baggetto, Loïc; Sacci, Robert L; Unocic, Raymond R; Tenhaeff, Wyatt E; Browning, James F

    2014-03-21

    We report the first direct measurement of the extent of the spontaneous non-electrochemically driven reaction between a lithium ion battery electrode surface (Si) and a liquid electrolyte (1.2 M LiPF6-3 : 7 wt% ethylene carbonate : dimethyl carbonate). This layer is estimated to be 35 Å thick with a SLD of ∼ 4 × 10(-6) Å(-2) and likely originates from the consumption of the silicon surface. PMID:24513965

  11. Variation of stress with charging rate due to strain-rate sensitivity of silicon electrodes of Li-ion batteries

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    Pharr, Matt Mathews; Suo, Zhigang; Vlassak, Joost J.

    2014-01-01

    Silicon is a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries due to its enormous theoretical energy density. Fracture during electrochemical cycling has limited the practical viability of silicon electrodes, but recent studies indicate that fracture can be prevented by taking advantage of lithiation-induced plasticity. In this paper, we provide experimental insight into the nature of plasticity in amorphous LixSi thin films. To do so, we vary the rate of lithiation of amorphous silicon thi...

  12. 锂离子电池电极材料选择%Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Battery

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    张临超; 陈春华

    2011-01-01

    It has been 20 years since lithium ion battery appeared as a commercial product. Different kinds of new electrode materials are urgently needed to meet the demands of the society. In this review, some knowledge about lithium ion battery is first given. Then we focus on several new positive/negative electrode materials reported up to date. When they were used as lithium ion battery electrode materials, how they are synthesized, the main improvement methods and their electrochemical performance will be presented. Finally, we give a short summary of the advantages/disadvantages of these new electrode materials. Furthermore, an outlook for the potential applications of lithium ion batteries in the future is proposed.%商用锂离子电池发展至今已有20年,为了满足不同方面的社会需求,人们迫切需要新型锂离子电池电极材料.本文首先简要介绍了锂离子电池的相关知识,随后对多种新型锂离子电池正负极材料的制备、改进方法及电化学性能做了详细介绍,最后对各种电极材料的优缺点进行了简要的总结.本文还对锂离子电池在未来的应用进行了展望,以期待锂离子电池更好地为人类服务.

  13. The influence of the local current density on the electrochemical exfoliation of graphite in lithium-ion battery negative electrodes

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    Research highlights: → Local density distribution through an electrode controls passivation behaviour. → The local density distribution can be influenced by a multi-component electrode. → Exfoliation can be suppressed by exceeding a certain local current density. - Abstract: The local current density related to the exfoliation process of graphite negative electrodes in mixed ethylene carbonate/propylene carbonate electrolytes was controlled by a variation of the current applied to lithium half-cells containing either single type graphite electrodes or electrodes consisting of mixtures of an exfoliating and a non-exfoliating graphite. The partial local current density attributed to graphite passivation and its distribution within the volume of the electrode was found to be a key parameter to explain differences in the exfoliation behaviour observed for graphite electrodes. The local current density is related with a local overpotential which may suppress one of several possible electrochemical processes. In a negative electrode consisting of a mixture of a non-exfoliating and an exfoliating graphite component, the exfoliation of the exfoliation-sensitive graphite component can be completely suppressed when increasing the partial local current density attributed to the graphite exfoliation process above a certain threshold, by either decreasing the amount of exfoliating graphite particles in the electrode or by increasing the total current density, i.e., the specific current. The consideration of the local current density distribution for the electrochemical processes throughout the electrode leads to a more general concept for the graphite passivation behaviour during the first lithium insertion in lithium-ion batteries.

  14. Borophene as an extremely high capacity electrode material for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries.

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    Zhang, Xiaoming; Hu, Junping; Cheng, Yingchun; Yang, Hui Ying; Yao, Yugui; Yang, Shengyuan A

    2016-08-18

    "Two-dimensional (2D) materials as electrodes" is believed to be the trend for future Li-ion and Na-ion battery technologies. Here, by using first-principles methods, we predict that the recently reported borophene (2D boron sheets) can serve as an ideal electrode material with high electrochemical performance for both Li-ion and Na-ion batteries. The calculations are performed on two experimentally stable borophene structures, namely β12 and χ3 structures. The optimized Li and Na adsorption sites are identified, and the host materials are found to maintain good electric conductivity before and after adsorption. Besides advantages including small diffusion barriers and low average open-circuit voltages, most remarkably, the storage capacity can be as high as 1984 mA h g(-1) in β12 borophene and 1240 mA h g(-1) in χ3 borophene for both Li and Na, which are several times higher than the commercial graphite electrode and are the highest among all the 2D materials discovered to date. Our results highly support that borophenes can be appealing anode materials for both Li-ion and Na-ion batteries with extremely high power density. PMID:27502997

  15. Design, Fabrication, and Testing of Silicon-integrated Li-ion Secondary Micro Batteries with Interdigital Electrodes

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    Hoeppner, K.; Ferch, M.; Froebe, A.; Gernhardt, R.; Hahn, R.; Mackowiak, P.; Mukhopadhyay, B.; Roder, S.; Saalhofen, I.; Lang, K.-D.

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports the design, fabrication, and testing of silicon-integrated lithium ion secondary micro batteries with a side-by-side electrode setup. Cavities separated by narrow silicon spacers served as containments for two interdigitally arranged electrodes and were etched into -Si by wet chemical etching. The etched silicon battery containments were passivated by a layer of SiOx/SixNy. Al current collectors were applied by sputtering and back etching. A volumetric micro dispenser served to fill the cavities with slurries of the active materials - lithium cobalt manganese oxide (Liy(Ni1/2Co1/5Mn3/10)O2) as the cathode and lithium titanate (Li4Ti5O12) as the anode material. Filling with electrolyte, encapsulation, and electrochemical characterization of the finished cells took place in an Ar-filled glove box. The fabricated batteries with IDE show considerably lower impedances than cells with single side by side electrodes and are capable of constant current loads up to 10 C. A linear capacity loss rate of <0.1% per cycle was observed over 30 full cycles at 0.2C.

  16. High-performance graphene/sulphur electrodes for flexible Li-ion batteries using the low-temperature spraying method

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    Kumar, Pushpendra

    2015-01-01

    Elementary sulphur (S) has been shown to be an excellent cathode material in energy storage devices such as Li-S batteries owing to its very high capacity. The major challenges associated with the sulphur cathodes are structural degradation, poor cycling performance and instability of the solid-electrolyte interphase caused by the dissolution of polysulfides during cycling. Tremendous efforts made by others have demonstrated that encapsulation of S materials improves their cycling performance. To make this approach practical for large scale applications, the use of low-cost technology and materials has become a crucial and new focus of S-based Li-ion batteries. Herein, we propose to use a low temperature spraying process to fabricate graphene/S electrode material, where the ink is composed of graphene flakes and the micron-sized S particles prepared by grinding of low-cost S powders. The S particles are found to be well hosted by highly conductive graphene flakes and consequently superior cyclability (∼70% capacity retention after 250 cycles), good coulombic efficiency (∼98%) and high capacity (∼1500 mA h g-1) are obtained. The proposed approach does not require high temperature annealing or baking; hence, another great advantage is to make flexible Li-ion batteries. We have also demonstrated two types of flexible batteries using sprayed graphene/S electrodes. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015.

  17. Design, Fabrication and Testing of Silicon-integrated Li-ion Secondary Micro Batteries with Side-by-Side Electrodes

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    Hoeppner, K.; Ferch, M.; Eisenreich, M.; Marquardt, K.; Hahn, R.; Mackowiak, P.; Mukhopadhyay, B.; Ngo, H.-D.; Gernhardt, R.; Toepper, M.; Lang, K.-D.

    2013-12-01

    This paper reports the design, fabrication, and testing of silicon-integrated lithium ion secondary micro batteries with a side-by-side electrode setup. Two cavities separated by a narrow silicon spacer served as a containment for the electrodes and were etched into -Si by wet chemical etching using aqueous KOH solution. The etched silicon battery containment was passivated by a stress-compensated layer of SiO2/Si3N4. Ti/Pt-current collectors were applied by E-beam evaporation and lift-off structuring. A volumetric dispenser served to fill the cavities with slurries of the active materials - lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) as the anode and graphite as the cathode material. Encapsulation, electrolyte filling, and electrochemical characterisation of the finished cells took place in an Ar-filled glove box. The fabricated batteries have shown a rate capability of up to 5C and a linear capacity loss rate of <1 % per cycle over 30 full-cycles. Battery containments with different cavity and spacer widths have been fabricated.

  18. Nitrogen-doped Graphene Hollow Microspheres as an Efficient Electrode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Nitrogen-doped graphene hollow microspheres (NGHSs) have been employed as the anode material for LIBs, and exhibit significantly high rate capacity, good reversibility, and excellent cycling stability, which clearly demonstrate the potential uses of the NGHSs to boost both energy and power densities of LIBs. - Highlights: • A template sacrificing method has been employed to prepare NGHSs. • NGHSs exhibit significantly high electrochemical performance as the anode for LIBs. • The high electrochemical performance of NGHSs arises from their specific structure which consists of nitrogen doped graphene assembled in a microspheric hollow structure. • The hollow microspherical structure allows a ready access of the electrolyte to the electrode surface, easier electron and ion transfer, and faster diffusion of electrolytes. - Abstract: Nitrogen-doped graphene hollow microspheres (NGHSs), synthesized through a template sacrificing method, have been employed as the anode material for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). The electrochemical results show that the NGHSs can exhibit an initial discharge capacity of 2716.4 mAh g−1, which is significantly higher than the theoretical discharge capacity of graphite (372.0 mAh g−1). Further analysis shows that the NGHSs can exhibit significantly high rate capacity, good reversibility, and excellent cycling stability, which clearly demonstrate the potential uses of the NGHSs as the anode material to boost both energy and power densities of LIBs. Their excellent electrochemical performance could be attributed to their specific microspherical hollow structure which consists of nitrogen-doped graphene. The nitrogen doping can greatly increase the reactivity and electrical conductivity of graphene-based carbonaceous materials and create more sites that are active for the Li+ ion adsorption, while the hollow microspherical structure allows a ready access of the electrolyte to the electrode surface, easier electron and ion transfer

  19. Pulsed laser deposited FeOF as negative electrodes for rechargeable Li batteries

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    FeOF thin film has been successfully fabricated by reactive pulsed laser deposition for the first time, and its electrochemical behavior was examined as a negative electrode active material in lithium-ion batteries. The electrochemical properties of the as-deposited FeOF thin film during the first charging and discharging have been investigated by the galvanostatic cycling and cyclic voltammetry measurements. By using ex situ X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and selected-area electron diffraction measurements (SAED), it can be found that FeOF was initially decomposed into Fe0, LiF, and Fe2O3 after discharging to 1.0 V. The newly formed Fe2O3 is then subsequently reduced into Li2O and Fe0 after further discharging to 0.01 V. In the subsequent cycle, the reduction peaks at 0.76 V and the oxidation-reduction peaks at 1.6 and 1.9 V could be attributed to the reversible decomposition and formation of Li2O with the conversion reaction of Fe2O3 into Fe.

  20. High Performance Liquid Metal Battery with Environmentally Friendly Antimony-Tin Positive Electrode.

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    Li, Haomiao; Wang, Kangli; Cheng, Shijie; Jiang, Kai

    2016-05-25

    For the first time, Sb-Sn alloys are reported as environmentally friendly positive electrodes for high performance liquid metal batteries (LMBs). Meanwhile, the dominant role of Sb in setting the potential and the inert "solvent" role of Sn in lowering the melting point and decreasing the cell cost are clarified on the basis of electrochemical titration and ex situ analysis. The Li||Sb-Sn LMB exhibits superior rate performance (only 13% capacity loss from 100 mA cm(-2) to 1 A cm(-2) of current densities), low materials cost (73 $ kW h(-1)), and high energy density (200.4 W h kg(-1)) at reduced operating temperature. Most notably, after 3500 h of operation (more than 430 full charge-discharge cycles), a discharge capacity of 20.6 Ah is maintained with a capacity retention of 96.7%, corresponding to a fade rate of 0.0078% per cycle, which potentially meets the metrics of large-scale energy storage without environmental concerns. PMID:27149506

  1. Olivine-Based Blended Compounds as Positive Electrodes for Lithium Batteries

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Blended cathode materials made by mixing LiFePO4 (LFP with LiMnPO4 (LMP or LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 (NMC that exhibit either high specific energy and high rate capability were investigated. The layered blend LMP–LFP and the physically mixed blend NMC–LFP are evaluated in terms of particle morphology and electrochemical performance. Results indicate that the LMP–LFP (66:33 blend has a better discharge rate than the LiMn1−yFeyPO4 with the same composition (y = 0.33, and NMC–LFP (70:30 delivers a remarkable stable capacity over 125 cycles. Finally, in situ voltage measurement methods were applied for the evaluation of the phase evolution of blended cathodes and gradual changes in cell behavior upon cycling. We also discuss through these examples the promising development of blends as future electrodes for new generations of Li-ion batteries.

  2. Dispersion properties in porous media: application to Redox Flow Battery electrodes

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    Picano, Francesco; Maggiolo, Dario; Marion, Andrea; Guarnieri, Massimo

    2015-11-01

    Redox Flow Batteries (RFBs) represent a promising technology as a way to store energy. However, in order to improve RFBs performance, some conceptual and technological issues are still open. In particular, a properly designed geometry of flow channels and porous medium is still under investigation in order to uniformly distribute the reacting species all along the electrode. The ideal configuration aims to minimize the drag maximizing the mixing so to increase the overall performance and efficiency. In the present work a Lattice Boltzmann 3D model (LBM) has been used to better understand the dependence of mass and momentum transports on the porosity and carbon fiber preferential orientation. The LBM has been coupled with a Lagrangian particle tracking algorithm in order to investigate the dispersion mechanisms induced by the porous medium on the species flowing in a typical RFB. Results show that the drag is considerably reduced when the medium fibers are preferentially oriented along the streamwise direction. Surprisingly, this configuration shows also the highest transversal dispersion rate characterized by a super-diffusive behavior. Actually, the dispersion features are found to strongly depend on the porous media microstructure showing either anomalous or regular diffusion.

  3. Molecular-Confinement of Polysulfide within Mesoscale Electrodes for the Practical Application of Lithium Sulfur Batteries

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    Chen, Junzheng; Wu, Dangxin; Walter, Eric D.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Bhattacharya, Priyanka; Pan, Huilin; Shao, Yuyan; Gao, Fei; Xiao, Jie; Liu, Jun

    2015-04-01

    Nitrogen-doped porous carbon (NPC) and multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) have been frequently studied to immobilize sulfur in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. However, neither NPC nor MWCNT itself can effectively confine the soluble polysufides if cathode thickness e.g. sulfur loading is increased. In this work, NPC was combined with MWCNT to construct an integrated host structure to immobilize sulfur at a relevant scale. The function of doped nitrogen atoms was revisited and found to effectively attract sulfur radicals generated during the electrochemical process. The addition of MWCNT facilitated the uniform coating of sulfur nanocomposites to a practically usable thickness and homogenized the distribution of sulfur particles in the pristine electrodes, while NPC provided sufficient pore volume to trap dissolved species. More importantly, the wetting issue, the critical challenge for thick sulfur cathodes, is also mitigated after the adoption of MWCNT, leading to a high areal capacity of ca. 2.5 mAh/cm2 with capacity retention of 81.6% over 100 cycles

  4. Performance and cycle life of carbon- and conductive-based air electrodes for rechargeable Zn-air battery applications

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    The development of high-performance, cyclically stable bifunctional air electrodes are critical to the commercial deployment of rechargeable Zn-air batteries. The carbon material predominantly used as support material in the air electrodes due to its higher surface area and good electrical conductivity suffers from corrosion at high oxygen evolution overpotentials. This study addresses the carbon corrosion issues and suggests alternate materials to replace the carbon as support in the air electrode. In this study, Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO3-delta with good electrochemical performance and cyclic lifetime was identified as an alternative catalyst material to the commonly used La0.4Ca 0.6CoO3 catalyst for the carbon-based bifunctional electrodes. Also, a comprehensive study on the effects of catalyst morphology, testing conditions on the cycle life as well as the relevant degradation mechanism for the carbon-based electrode was conducted in this dissertation. The cyclic life of the carbon-based electrodes was strongly dependent on the carbon support material, while the degradation mechanisms were entirely controlled by the catalyst particle size/morphology. Some testing conditions like resting time and electrolyte concentration did not change the cyclic life or degradation mechanism of the carbon-based electrode. The current density used for cyclic testing was found to dictate the degradation mechanism leading to the electrode failure. An alternate way to circumvent the carbon corrosion is to replace the carbon support with a suitable electrically-conductive ceramic material. In this dissertation, LaNi0.9Mn0.1O3, LaNi 0.8Co0.2O3, and NiCo2O4 were synthesized and evaluated as prospective support materials due to their good electrical conductivity and their ability to act as the catalyst needed for the bifunctional electrode. The carbon-free electrodes had remarkably higher catalytic activity for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) when compared to the carbon-based electrode. However

  5. Importance of open pore structures with mechanical integrity in designing the cathode electrode for lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Kim, C.-S.; Guerfi, A.; Hovington, P.; Trottier, J.; Gagnon, C.; Barray, F.; Vijh, A.; Armand, M.; Zaghib, K.

    2013-11-01

    The robustness of conductive networks and the accessibility of electrolyte into the network are important factors in designing the cathode electrode for lithium/sulfur (Li/S) batteries containing liquid electrolytes that involve liquid phase electrochemical reactions. We show that the performance of Li/S cells can be significantly improved by simply optimizing the electrode processing conditions to have open pore structures and mechanical integrity of the electrode architecture. It is demonstrated that the capacity of 1000 mAh g-1 at 0.1 C and the stable capacity retention of >700 mAh g-1 after 200 cycles at 0.5 C can be achieved with relatively high sulfur content of 68%. 417 Wh kg-1 in specific energy and 623 Wh l-1 in energy density are achievable with this new technology.

  6. Bismuth nanoparticle decorating graphite felt as a high-performance electrode for an all-vanadium redox flow battery.

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    Li, Bin; Gu, Meng; Nie, Zimin; Shao, Yuyan; Luo, Qingtao; Wei, Xiaoliang; Li, Xiaolin; Xiao, Jie; Wang, Chongmin; Sprenkle, Vincent; Wang, Wei

    2013-03-13

    Employing electrolytes containing Bi(3+), bismuth nanoparticles are synchronously electrodeposited onto the surface of a graphite felt electrode during operation of an all-vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). The influence of the Bi nanoparticles on the electrochemical performance of the VRFB is thoroughly investigated. It is confirmed that Bi is only present at the negative electrode and facilitates the redox reaction between V(II) and V(III). However, the Bi nanoparticles significantly improve the electrochemical performance of VRFB cells by enhancing the kinetics of the sluggish V(II)/V(III) redox reaction, especially under high power operation. The energy efficiency is increased by 11% at high current density (150 mA·cm(-2)) owing to faster charge transfer as compared with one without Bi. The results suggest that using Bi nanoparticles in place of noble metals offers great promise as high-performance electrodes for VRFB application. PMID:23398147

  7. Multiscale modeling of lithium-ion battery electrodes based on nano-scale X-ray computed tomography

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    Kashkooli, Ali Ghorbani; Farhad, Siamak; Lee, Dong Un; Feng, Kun; Litster, Shawn; Babu, Siddharth Komini; Zhu, Likun; Chen, Zhongwei

    2016-03-01

    A multiscale platform has been developed to model lithium ion battery (LIB) electrodes based on the real microstructure morphology. This multiscale framework consists of a microscale level where the electrode microstructure architecture is modeled and a macroscale level where discharge/charge is simulated. The coupling between two scales are performed in real time unlike using common surrogate based models for microscale. For microscale geometry 3D microstructure is reconstructed based on the nano-scale X-ray computed tomography data replacing typical computer generated microstructure. It is shown that this model can predict the experimental performance of LiFePO4 (LFP) cathode at different discharge rates more accurate than the conventional homogenous models. The approach employed in this study provides valuable insight into the spatial distribution of lithium -ion inside the real microstructure of LIB electrodes. The inhomogenous microstructure of LFP causes a wider range of physical and electrochemical properties in microscale compared to homogenous models.

  8. Distinct charge dynamics in battery electrodes revealed by in situ and operando soft X-ray spectroscopy

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    Liu, Xiaosong; Wang, Dongdong; Liu, Gao; Srinivasan, Venkat; Liu, Zhi; Hussain, Zahid; Yang, Wanli

    2013-10-01

    Developing high-performance batteries relies on material breakthroughs. During the past few years, various in situ characterization tools have been developed and have become indispensible in studying and the eventual optimization of battery materials. However, soft X-ray spectroscopy, one of the most sensitive probes of electronic states, has been mainly limited to ex situ experiments for battery research. Here we achieve in situ and operando soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy of lithium-ion battery cathodes. Taking advantage of the elemental, chemical and surface sensitivities of soft X-rays, we discover distinct lithium-ion and electron dynamics in Li(Co1/3Ni1/3Mn1/3)O2 and LiFePO4 cathodes in polymer electrolytes. The contrast between the two systems and the relaxation effect in LiFePO4 is attributed to a phase transformation mechanism, and the mesoscale morphology and charge conductivity of the electrodes. These discoveries demonstrate feasibility and power of in situ soft X-ray spectroscopy for studying integrated and dynamic effects in batteries.

  9. Distinct charge dynamics in battery electrodes revealed by in situ and operando soft X-ray spectroscopy

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    Liu, Xiaosong; Wang, Dongdong; Liu, Gao; Srinivasan, Venkat; Liu, Zhi; Hussain, Zahid; Yang, Wanli

    2013-01-01

    Developing high-performance batteries relies on material breakthroughs. During the past few years, various in situ characterization tools have been developed and have become indispensible in studying and the eventual optimization of battery materials. However, soft X-ray spectroscopy, one of the most sensitive probes of electronic states, has been mainly limited to ex situ experiments for battery research. Here we achieve in situ and operando soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy of lithium-ion battery cathodes. Taking advantage of the elemental, chemical and surface sensitivities of soft X-rays, we discover distinct lithium-ion and electron dynamics in Li(Co1/3Ni1/3Mn1/3)O2 and LiFePO4 cathodes in polymer electrolytes. The contrast between the two systems and the relaxation effect in LiFePO4 is attributed to a phase transformation mechanism, and the mesoscale morphology and charge conductivity of the electrodes. These discoveries demonstrate feasibility and power of in situ soft X-ray spectroscopy for studying integrated and dynamic effects in batteries. PMID:24100759

  10. Effect of Phosphorus-Doping on Electrochemical Performance of Silicon Negative Electrodes in Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Domi, Yasuhiro; Usui, Hiroyuki; Shimizu, Masahiro; Kakimoto, Yuta; Sakaguchi, Hiroki

    2016-03-23

    The effect of phosphorus (P)-doping on the electrochemical performance of Si negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries was investigated. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy was used to observe changes in surface morphology. Surface crystallinity and the phase transition of Si negative electrodes before and after a charge-discharge cycle were investigated by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Li insertion energy into Si was also calculated based on computational chemistry. The results showed that a low P concentration of 124 ppm has a meaningful influence on the electrochemical properties of a Si negative electrode; the cycle performance is improved by P-doping of Si. P-doping suppresses the changes in the surface morphology of a Si negative electrode and the phase transition during a charge-discharge cycle. Li insertion energy increases with an increase in the P concentration; Li insertion into P-doped Si is energetically unfavorable, which indicates that the crystal lattice of Si shrinks as a result of the replacement of some Si atoms with smaller P atoms, and therefore, it is more difficult to insert Li into P-doped Si. These results reveal that suppression of the phase transition reduces the large change in the volume of Si and prevents a Si negative electrode from disintegrating, which helps to improve the otherwise poor cycle performance of a Si electrode. PMID:26938119

  11. In situ X-ray diffraction investigation of zinc based electrode in Ni–Zn secondary batteries

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    In situ/in operando X-ray diffraction coupled with electrochemical cycling of ZnO based electrodes in KOH electrolyte has been used as a powerful tool in order to investigate the influence of additives. The technique has been performed in order to highlight the role of bismuth based conductive additives on the cycling ability of the electrode. It enables to clearly evidence the conversion of zinc oxide to zinc metal. During the first charge, it also helps to visualize the conversion of Bi2O3 additive into metallic bismuth prior to ZnO reduction which leads to the formation of an electronic pathway at the nanometer scale complementary from the current collector and the TiN percolation conductive network. Additionally, each Bi2O3 grain seems to be converted in a single bismuth grain which is not agglomerated with other bismuth particles even after 50 cycles. This behaviour leads to a steady capacity of the zinc based electrode compared to the same electrode without Bi2O3 additive. Subsequently, in situ XRD investigation of Zn based negative electrode in nickel–zinc batteries can be a powerful tool to design new composite electrode with long term cycling efficiency

  12. Influence of inactive electrode components on degradation phenomena in nano-Si electrodes for Li-ion batteries

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    Jeschull, Fabian; Lindgren, Fredrik; Lacey, Matthew J.; Björefors, Fredrik; Edström, Kristina; Brandell, Daniel

    2016-09-01

    The electrode morphology and electrochemistry of silicon nanocomposite electrodes containing either carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC-Na) or poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) binders are examined in context of their working surface area. Using porous carbon (Ketjenblack) additives, coatings with poor adhesion properties and deep cracks were obtained. The morphology is also reflected in the electrochemical behavior under capacity-limited conditions. Mapping the differential capacity versus potential over all cycles yields detailed insights into the degradation processes and shows the onset of cell failure with the emergence of lithium-rich silicon alloys at low potentials, well before capacity fading is observed. Fading occurs faster with electrodes containing PAA binder. The surface area of the electrode components is a major cause of increased irreversible reaction and capacity fade. Synchrotron-based X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy on aged, uncycled electrodes revealed accelerated conversion of the native SiOx-layer to detrimental SiOxFy in presence of Ketjenblack. In contrast, a conventional carbon black better preserved the SiOx-layer. This effect is attributed to preferred adsorption of binder on high surface area electrode components and highlights the role of binders as 'artificial SEI-layers'. This work demonstrates that optimization of nanocomposites requires careful balancing of the surface areas and amounts of all the electrode components applied.

  13. Composite metal-hydrogen electrodes for metal-hydrogen batteries. Final report, October 1, 1993 - April 15, 1997

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    The purpose of this project is to develop and conduct a feasibility study of metallic thin films (multilayered and alloy composition) produced by advanced sputtering techniques for use as anodes in Ni-metal hydrogen batteries that would be deposited as distinct anode, electrolyte and cathode layers in thin film devices. The materials could also be incorporated in secondary consumer batteries (i.e. type AF(4/3 or 4/5)) which use electrodes in the form of tapes. The project was based on pioneering studies of hydrogen uptake by ultra-thin Pd-capped Nb films, these studies suggested that materials with metal-hydrogen ratios exceeding those of commercially available metal hydride materials and fast hydrogen charging and discharging kinetics could be produced. The project initially concentrated on gas phase and electrochemical studies of Pd-capped niobium films in laboratory-scale NiMH cells. This extended the pioneering work to the wet electrochemical environment of NiMH batteries and exploited advanced synchrotron radiation techniques not available during the earlier work to conduct in-situ studies of such materials during hydrogen charging and discharging. Although batteries with fast charging kinetics and hydrogen-metal ratios approaching unity could be fabricated, it was found that oxidation, cracking and corrosion in aqueous solutions made pure Nb films and multilayers poor candidates for battery application. The project emphasis shifted to alloy films based on known elemental materials used for NiMH batteries. Although commercial NiMH anode materials contain many metals, it was found that 0.24 μm thick sputtered Zr-Ni films cycled at least 50 times with charging efficiencies exceeding 95% and [H]/[M] ratios of 0.7-1.0. Multilayered or thicker Zr-Ni films could be candidates for a thin film NiMH battery that may have practical applications as an integrated power source for modern electronic devices

  14. Three dimensional Graphene aerogels as binder-less, freestanding, elastic and high-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Chen, Zhihang; Li, Hua; Tian, Ran; Duan, Huanan; Guo, Yiping; Chen, Yujie; Zhou, Jie; Zhang, Chunmei; Dugnani, Roberto; Liu, Hezhou

    2016-06-01

    In this work it is shown how porous graphene aerogels fabricated by an eco-friendly and simple technological process, could be used as electrodes in lithium- ion batteries. The proposed graphene framework exhibited excellent performance including high reversible capacities, superior cycling stability and rate capability. A significantly lower temperature (75 °C) than the one currently utilized in battery manufacturing was utilized for self-assembly hence providing potential significant savings to the industrial production. After annealing at 600 °C, the formation of Sn-C-O bonds between the SnO2 nanoparticles and the reduced graphene sheets will initiate synergistic effect and improve the electrochemical performance. The XPS patterns revealed the formation of Sn-C-O bonds. Both SEM and TEM imaging of the electrode material showed that the three dimensional network of graphene aerogels and the SnO2 particles were distributed homogeneously on graphene sheets. Finally, the electrochemical properties of the samples as active anode materials for lithium-ion batteries were tested and examined by constant current charge–discharge cycling and the finding fully described in this manuscript.

  15. A MEMS platform for in situ, real-time monitoring of electrochemically induced mechanical changes in lithium-ion battery electrodes

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    We report the first successful demonstration of an optical microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensing platform for the in situ characterization of electrochemically induced reversible mechanical changes in lithium-ion battery (LIB) electrodes. The platform consists of an array of flexible membranes with a reflective surface on one side and a thin-film LIB electrode on the other side. The membranes deflect due to the active battery material volume change caused by lithium intercalation (expansion) and extraction (contraction). This deflection is monitored using the Fabry–Perot optical interferometry principle. The active material volume change causes high internal stresses and mechanical degradation of the electrodes. The stress evolution observed in a silicon thin-film electrode incorporated into this MEMS platform follows a ‘first elastic, then plastic’ deformation scheme. Understanding of the internal stresses in battery electrodes during discharge/charge is important for improving the reliability and cycle lifetime of LIBs. The developed MEMS platform presents a new method for in situ diagnostics of thin-film LIB electrodes to aid the development of new materials, optimization of electrode performance, and prevention of battery failure. (paper)

  16. Determination of the mass-transport properties of vanadium ions through the porous electrodes of vanadium redox flow batteries.

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    Xu, Qian; Zhao, T S

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    This work is concerned with the determination of two critical constitutive properties for mass transport of ions through porous electrodes saturated with a liquid electrolyte solution. One is the effective diffusivity that is required to model the mass transport at the representative element volume (REV) level of porous electrodes in the framework of Darcy's law, while the other is the pore-level mass-transfer coefficient for modeling the mass transport from the REV level to the solid surfaces of pores induced by redox reactions. Based on the theoretical framework of mass transport through the electrodes of vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), unique experimental setups for electrochemically determining the two transport properties by measuring limiting current densities are devised. The effective diffusivity and the pore-level mass-transfer coefficient through the porous electrode made of graphite felt, a typical material for VRFB electrodes, are measured at different electrolyte flow rates. The correlation equations, respectively, for the effective diffusivity and the pore-level mass-transfer coefficient are finally proposed based on the experimental data. PMID:23698744

  17. Pore-scale analysis of effects of electrode morphology and electrolyte flow conditions on performance of vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Qiu, Gang; Dennison, C. R.; Knehr, K. W.; Kumbur, E. C.; Sun, Ying

    2012-12-01

    A 3D pore-scale transport resolved model is used to study the performance characteristics of a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) with various electrode morphologies under different operating conditions. Three electrode structures are reconstructed from X-ray computed tomography (XCT) images of porous carbon felt electrode materials. The local vanadium concentration, overpotential, current density and overall cell voltage for the positive half cell are examined. The results indicate that the cell voltage increases with increasing electrolyte flow rate due to decreasing concentration gradients of vanadium species within the porous electrode. However, the marginal gain in cell voltage diminishes once the concentration field approaches uniformity under convection-dominated mass transport conditions at sufficiently high electrolyte flow rates. The model also predicts that electrode structures with low porosity (high surface area) result in more uniform and lower absolute current density and overpotential fields at the expense of increased pressure drop. Finally, poor cell performance is observed for simulations operated at low electrolyte flow rates and low states of charge due to the fuel starvation (i.e., insufficient amount of reactant in the cell).

  18. Magneli phase Ti4O7 electrode for oxygen reduction reaction and its implication for zinc-air rechargeable batteries

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    In this paper, Magneli phase Ti4O7 was successfully synthesized using a TiO2 reduction method, and characterized using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electrode coated with this Ti4O7 material showed activities for both the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). For the ORR, several parameters, including overall electron transfer number, kinetic constants, electron transfer coefficient, and percentage H2O2 production, were obtained using the rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) technique and the Koutecky-Levich theory. The overall electron transfer number was found to be between 2.3 and 2.9 in 1, 4, and 6 M KOH electrolytes, suggesting that the ORR process on the Ti4O7 electrode was a mixed process of 2- and 4-electron transfer pathways. Electrochemical durability tests, carried out in highly concentrated KOH electrolyte, confirmed that this Ti4O7 is a stable electrode material, suggesting that it should be a feasible candidate for the air-cathodes of zinc-air batteries. To understand the stability of this material, Raman and XPS spectra were also collected for the Ti4O7 samples before and after the stability tests. The results and analysis revealed that a thin layer of TiO2 formed on the Ti4O7 surface, which may have prevented further oxidation into the bulk of the Ti4O7 electrode.

  19. Effects of electrolyte-volume-to-electrode-area ratio on redox behaviors of graphite anodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    This study reports on the crucial effects of the ratio of electrolyte volume to electrode area on redox reactions of graphite anodes for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). It is found that a pyrolytic graphite edge plane electrode (PGE) exhibits reversible Li+ transport behavior in LiClO4 solution, but shows a suppressed redox reaction in LiPF6 electrolyte. The reversible Li+ transport in LiClO4 is hampered by the presence of trace HF, while the depressed activity in LiPF6 is improved by adding an HF scavenger, which points to the suppressive effects of HF on the redox behavior of PGE. In addition, the redox activity of PGE in LiPF6 solution is either enhanced by decreasing electrolyte volume or diminished by decreasing surface area. It is also revealed that graphite composite electrodes of practical LIBs are also subject to the influence of HF if an excessive amount of electrolyte is employed. These observations are attributed to the HF-induced formation of a passive LiF layer, which is facilitated at high ratio of electrolyte volume to electrode area. Our results clearly demonstrate that HF impurity significantly suppresses the redox activity of graphite anodes, and that the adverse HF influence becomes predominant at a high electrolyte-to-electrode ratio

  20. Investigation of Ir-modified carbon felt as the positive electrode of an all-vanadium redox flow battery

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    Porous graphite felts have been used as electrode materials for all-vanadium redox flow batteries due to their wide operating potential range, stability as both an anode and a cathode, and availability in high surface area. In this paper, the carbon felt was modified by pyrolysis of Ir reduced from H2IrCl6. ac impedance and steady-state polarization measurements showed that the Ir-modified materials have improved activity and lowered overpotential of the desired V(IV)/V(V) redox process. Ir-modification of carbon felt enhanced the electro-conductivity of electrode materials. The Ir-material, when coated on the graphite felt electrode surface, lowered the cell internal resistance. A test cell was assembled with the Ir-modified carbon felt as the activation layer of the positive electrode, the unmodified raw felt as the activation layer of the negative electrode. At an operating current density of 20 mA cm-2, a voltage efficiency of 87.5% was achieved. The resistance of the cell using Ir-modified felt decreased 25% compared to the cell using non-modified felt

  1. Effect of heat treatment temperature on the electrochemical properties of SnSb-based Cu electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Jiang, Qianlei, E-mail: jiangqianlei@mitbj.org [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Material and Industrial Technology Research Institute, Beijing 102206 (China); Hu, Daozhong [National 863 Program Power Battery Test Base, China North Vehicle Research Institute, Beijing 100072 (China); Jia, Mengqiu, E-mail: jiamq@mail.buct.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Xue, Ruisheng [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)

    2014-12-01

    Highlights: • SnSb deposits were directly electro-co-deposited on Cu substrates. • We showed heat treatment effect on SnSb-based Cu electrode characteristics. • The electrochemical properties depend strongly on heat-treated temperature. - Abstract: SnSb alloys have been directly electro-co-deposited on Cu substrates. In this study, we investigated the effects of heat treatment temperature on morphology, composition, phase structure, chemical states and electrochemical performance of the SnSb deposits on Cu electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. The results showed that the pristine SnSb deposits was composed of SnSb intermetallic and a small amount of Sn. The results also showed that heat treatment strongly influenced the morphology, composition, structure, chemical states and these differences in electrode characteristics are expected to reflect in differences in the electrochemical behavior. Electrochemical measurements showed that appropriate heat treatment temperature can effectively alleviate the volume expansion and improve the cycling stability. The SnSb-based Cu electrode heat-treated at 400 °C for 2 h has the best reversible capacity and capacity retention. The best electrode cycled with a high reversible capacity of over 600.0 mA h/g with no decay after 100 cycles.

  2. Role of material properties and mechanical constraint on stress-assisted diffusion in plate electrodes of lithium ion batteries

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    This work investigates the stress-assisted diffusion of lithium ions in layered electrodes of Li-ion batteries. Decoupled diffusion governing equations are obtained. Material properties, which are characterized by a single dimensionless parameter, and mechanical constraint between a current collector and an active layer, which is characterized by the elastic modulus ratio and thickness ratio between the layers, are identified as key factors that govern the stress-assisted diffusion. For a symmetric plate electrode, stress is induced by the Li-ion concentration gradient, and stress-assisted diffusion therefore depends only on the material properties. For an asymmetric bilayer electrode, mechanical constraint plays a very important role in the diffusion via generation of bending stress. Diffusion may be facilitated, or inversely impeded, according to the constraint. By summarizing the coupling factors of common active materials and investigating the concentration variation induced by stress-assisted diffusion in various electrodes, this work provides insights on stress-assisted diffusion in a layered electrode, as well as suggestions for relevant modelling works on whether the stress-assisted diffusion should be taken into account according to the selection of material and structure. (paper)

  3. New Insight into the Interaction between Carbonate-based Electrolyte and Cuprous Sulfide Electrode Material for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Cuprous sulfide (Cu2S) is attractive electrode material for lithium-ion battery because of its high capacity and energy density. Interestingly, the cycling stability of cuprous sulfide is poor in the carbonate-based electrolytes used in lithium ion battery industry but excellent in ether-based electrolyte. In this study, we have compared the electrochemical performance of commercially available cuprous sulfide in various kinds of carbonate-based electrolytes. Our results show that the specific capacity of Cu2S electrode fades quickly in cyclic carbonate-based electrolytes, but a much better electrochemical performance in linear carbonate-based electrolytes. In linear carbonate-based electrolyte (1 M LiPF6 in EMC), it exhibits a specific discharge capacity of 242.8 mAh g−1 after 50 cycles with coulombic efficiency of 99.6%. Our study suggests that the poor cycling performance of Cu2S in cyclic carbonate-based electrolytes is mainly due to the higher reactivity of cyclic carbonates with polysulfides on the surface of the electrode than linear carbonates, which was confirmed for the first time by our experiment studies and theoretical calculation

  4. A Long-Life Lithium Ion Battery with Enhanced Electrode/Electrolyte Interface by Using an Ionic Liquid Solution.

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    Elia, Giuseppe Antonio; Ulissi, Ulderico; Mueller, Franziska; Reiter, Jakub; Tsiouvaras, Nikolaos; Sun, Yang-Kook; Scrosati, Bruno; Passerini, Stefano; Hassoun, Jusef

    2016-05-10

    In this paper, we report an advanced long-life lithium ion battery, employing a Pyr14 TFSI-LiTFSI non-flammable ionic liquid (IL) electrolyte, a nanostructured tin carbon (Sn-C) nanocomposite anode, and a layered LiNi1/3 Co1/3 Mn1/3 O2 (NMC) cathode. The IL-based electrolyte is characterized in terms of conductivity and viscosity at various temperatures, revealing a Vogel-Tammann-Fulcher (VTF) trend. Lithium half-cells employing the Sn-C anode and NMC cathode in the Pyr14 TFSI-LiTFSI electrolyte are investigated by galvanostatic cycling at various temperatures, demonstrating the full compatibility of the electrolyte with the selected electrode materials. The NMC and Sn-C electrodes are combined into a cathode-limited full cell, which is subjected to prolonged cycling at 40 °C, revealing a very stable capacity of about 140 mAh g(-1) and retention above 99 % over 400 cycles. The electrode/electrolyte interface is further characterized through a combination of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) investigations upon cell cycling. The remarkable performances reported here definitively indicate that IL-based lithium ion cells are suitable batteries for application in electric vehicles. PMID:26990320

  5. Studies on two classes of positive electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Wilcox, James Douglas [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2008-12-01

    The development of advanced lithium-ion batteries is key to the success of many technologies, and in particular, hybrid electric vehicles. In addition to finding materials with higher energy and power densities, improvements in other factors such as cost, toxicity, lifetime, and safety are also required. Lithium transition metal oxide and LiFePO4/C composite materials offer several distinct advantages in achieving many of these goals and are the focus of this report. Two series of layered lithium transition metal oxides, namely LiNi1/3Co1/3-yMyMn1/3O2 (M=Al, Co, Fe, Ti) and LiNi0.4Co0.2-yMyMn0.4O2 (M = Al, Co, Fe), have been synthesized. The effect of substitution on the crystal structure is related to shifts in transport properties and ultimately to the electrochemical performance. Partial aluminum substitution creates a high-rate positive electrode material capable of delivering twice the discharge capacity of unsubstituted materials. Iron substituted materials suffer from limited electrochemical performance and poor cycling stability due to the degradation of the layered structure. Titanium substitution creates a very high rate positive electrode material due to a decrease in the anti-site defect concentration. LiFePO4 is a very promising electrode material but suffers from poor electronic and ionic conductivity. To overcome this, two new techniques have been developed to synthesize high performance LiFePO4/C composite materials. The use of graphitization catalysts in conjunction with pyromellitic acid leads to a highly graphitic carbon coating on the surface of LiFePO4 particles. Under the proper conditions, the room temperature electronic conductivity can be improved by nearly five orders of magnitude over untreated materials. Using Raman spectroscopy, the improvement in conductivity and rate performance of

  6. STUDIES ON TWO CLASSES OF POSITIVE ELECTRODE MATERIALS FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

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    Wilcox, James D.

    2008-12-18

    The development of advanced lithium-ion batteries is key to the success of many technologies, and in particular, hybrid electric vehicles. In addition to finding materials with higher energy and power densities, improvements in other factors such as cost, toxicity, lifetime, and safety are also required. Lithium transition metal oxide and LiFePO{sub 4}/C composite materials offer several distinct advantages in achieving many of these goals and are the focus of this report. Two series of layered lithium transition metal oxides, namely LiNi{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3-y}M{sub y}Mn{sub 1/3}O{sub 2} (M=Al, Co, Fe, Ti) and LiNi{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2-y}M{sub y}Mn{sub 0.4}O{sub 2} (M = Al, Co, Fe), have been synthesized. The effect of substitution on the crystal structure is related to shifts in transport properties and ultimately to the electrochemical performance. Partial aluminum substitution creates a high-rate positive electrode material capable of delivering twice the discharge capacity of unsubstituted materials. Iron substituted materials suffer from limited electrochemical performance and poor cycling stability due to the degradation of the layered structure. Titanium substitution creates a very high rate positive electrode material due to a decrease in the anti-site defect concentration. LiFePO{sub 4} is a very promising electrode material but suffers from poor electronic and ionic conductivity. To overcome this, two new techniques have been developed to synthesize high performance LiFePO{sub 4}/C composite materials. The use of graphitization catalysts in conjunction with pyromellitic acid leads to a highly graphitic carbon coating on the surface of LiFePO{sub 4} particles. Under the proper conditions, the room temperature electronic conductivity can be improved by nearly five orders of magnitude over untreated materials. Using Raman spectroscopy, the improvement in conductivity and rate performance of such materials has been related to the underlying structure of the

  7. Zinc deposition and dissolution in methanesulfonic acid onto a carbon composite electrode as the negative electrode reactions in a hybrid redox flow battery

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    Highlights: → Use methanesulfonic acid to avoid dendrite formation during a long (>4 h) zinc electrodeposition. → Electrochemical characterization of Zn(II) deposition and its morphology using methanesulfonic acid solutions. → Use of additives to improve the efficiency of zinc deposition and dissolution as the half cell reaction of a redox flow battery. - Abstract: Electrodeposition and dissolution of zinc in methanesulfonic acid were studied as the negative electrode reactions in a hybrid redox flow battery. Cyclic voltammetry at a rotating disk electrode was used to characterize the electrochemistry and the effect of process conditions on the deposition and dissolution rate of zinc in aqueous methanesulfonic acid. At a sufficiently high current density, the deposition process became a mass transport controlled reaction. The diffusion coefficient of Zn2+ ions was 7.5 x 10-6 cm2 s-1. The performance of the zinc negative electrode in a parallel plate flow cell was also studied as a function of Zn2+ ion concentration, methanesulfonic acid concentration, current density, electrolyte flow rate, operating temperature and the addition of electrolytic additives, including potassium sodium tartarate, tetrabutylammonium hydroxide, and indium oxide. The current-, voltage- and energy efficiencies of the zinc-half cell reaction and the morphologies of the zinc deposits are also discussed. The energy efficiency improved from 62% in the absence of additives to 73% upon the addition of 2 x 10-3 mol dm-3 of indium oxide as a hydrogen suppressant. In aqueous methanesulfonic acid with or without additives, there was no significant dendrite formation after zinc electrodeposition for 4 h at 50 mA cm-2.

  8. An electrochemical study on the positive electrode side of the zinc–cerium hybrid redox flow battery

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    Highlights: •Elevated temperatures favoured the Ce3+/4+ reaction on the Pt, Pt–Ir and carbon substrates. •jo increased with temperature over the range 25 °C to 60 °C for all substrates. •Non-porous carbon substrates showed higher reversibility on the Ce3+/4+ reaction. •Surface degradation of the carbon electrodes occurred due to the high positive potentials. •The Pt–Ir coatings gave the largest jo at 60 °C and appear best suited for use as the positive electrode in the Zn–Ce RFB. -- Abstract: In this study, the electrochemical behaviour of the Ce3+/4+ redox couple in methanesulfonic acid medium on various electrode substrates was investigated as a function of temperature. Carbon composite electrodes as well as platinum and platinum iridium coated electrodes were studied for their suitability in carrying out the Ce3+/4+ redox reaction. Cyclic voltammetry in 0.8 mol dm−3 cerium and 4.5 mol dm−3 methanesulfonic acid solution showed that elevated temperatures favoured the Ce3+/Ce4+ reaction on the various platinum and platinum–iridium coated substrates as well as on carbon composite surfaces. The latter electrodes showed better kinetics than the metal coatings but deteriorated badly under the high positive potentials required for the cerium reaction. The exchange current density (jo), obtained through Tafel extrapolation, polarisation resistance and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements, increased with temperature over the range 25 °C to 60 °C. The Pt–Ir coatings gave the largest jo at 60 °C and appear best suited for use as the positive electrode in the Zn–Ce redox flow battery

  9. Influence of Electrode Density on the Performance of Li-Ion Batteries: Experimental and Simulation Results

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    Jelle Smekens; Rahul Gopalakrishnan; Nils Van den Steen; Noshin Omar; Omar Hegazy; Annick Hubin; Joeri Van Mierlo

    2016-01-01

    Lithium-ion battery (LIB) technology further enabled the information revolution by powering smartphones and tablets, allowing these devices an unprecedented performance against reasonable cost. Currently, this battery technology is on the verge of carrying the revolution in road transport and energy storage of renewable energy. However, to fully succeed in the latter, a number of hurdles still need to be taken. Battery performance and lifetime constitute a bottleneck for electric vehicles as ...

  10. Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges Posed by Electrode/Electrolyte Interfaces in Rechargeable Magnesium Batteries

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    Fuminori eMizuno; Nikhilendra eSingh; Arthur, Timothy S; Paul T Fanson; Mayandi eRamanathan; Aadil eBenmayza; Jai ePrakash; Yi-Sheng eLiu; Per-Anders eGlans; Jinghua eGuo

    2014-01-01

    Guided by the great achievements of lithium (Li)-ion battery technologies, post Li-ion battery technologies have gained a considerable interest in recent years. Their success would allow us to realize a sustainable society, enabling us to mitigate issues like global warming and resource depletion. Of such technologies, Magnesium (Mg) battery technologies have attracted attention as a high energy-density storage system due to the following advantages: (1) potentially high energy-density derive...

  11. Chemical and Structural Stability of Lithium-Ion Battery Electrode Materials under Electron Beam

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    Feng Lin; Isaac M. Markus; Doeff, Marca M.; Xin, Huolin L.

    2014-01-01

    The investigation of chemical and structural dynamics in battery materials is essential to elucidation of structure-property relationships for rational design of advanced battery materials. Spatially resolved techniques, such as scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM), are widely applied to address this challenge. However, battery materials are susceptible to electron beam damage, complicating the data interpretation. In this study, we demonstrate that, under electron beam irradiati...

  12. High-performance graphene/sulphur electrodes for flexible Li-ion batteries using the low-temperature spraying method

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    Kumar, Pushpendra; Wu, Feng-Yu; Hu, Lung-Hao; Ali Abbas, Syed; Ming, Jun; Lin, Chia-Nan; Fang, Jason; Chu, Chih-Wei; Li, Lain-Jong

    2015-04-01

    Elementary sulphur (S) has been shown to be an excellent cathode material in energy storage devices such as Li-S batteries owing to its very high capacity. The major challenges associated with the sulphur cathodes are structural degradation, poor cycling performance and instability of the solid-electrolyte interphase caused by the dissolution of polysulfides during cycling. Tremendous efforts made by others have demonstrated that encapsulation of S materials improves their cycling performance. To make this approach practical for large scale applications, the use of low-cost technology and materials has become a crucial and new focus of S-based Li-ion batteries. Herein, we propose to use a low temperature spraying process to fabricate graphene/S electrode material, where the ink is composed of graphene flakes and the micron-sized S particles prepared by grinding of low-cost S powders. The S particles are found to be well hosted by highly conductive graphene flakes and consequently superior cyclability (~70% capacity retention after 250 cycles), good coulombic efficiency (~98%) and high capacity (~1500 mA h g-1) are obtained. The proposed approach does not require high temperature annealing or baking; hence, another great advantage is to make flexible Li-ion batteries. We have also demonstrated two types of flexible batteries using sprayed graphene/S electrodes.Elementary sulphur (S) has been shown to be an excellent cathode material in energy storage devices such as Li-S batteries owing to its very high capacity. The major challenges associated with the sulphur cathodes are structural degradation, poor cycling performance and instability of the solid-electrolyte interphase caused by the dissolution of polysulfides during cycling. Tremendous efforts made by others have demonstrated that encapsulation of S materials improves their cycling performance. To make this approach practical for large scale applications, the use of low-cost technology and materials has become

  13. Crystallographic origin of cycle decay of the high-voltage LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 spinel lithium-ion battery electrode.

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    Pang, Wei Kong; Lu, Cheng-Zhang; Liu, Chia-Erh; Peterson, Vanessa K; Lin, Hsiu-Fen; Liao, Shih-Chieh; Chen, Jin-Ming

    2016-06-29

    High-voltage spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 (LNMO) is considered a potential high-power-density positive electrode for lithium-ion batteries, however, it suffers from capacity decay after extended charge-discharge cycling, severely hindering commercial application. Capacity fade is thought to occur through the significant volume change of the LNMO electrode occurring on cycling, and in this work we use operando neutron powder diffraction to compare the structural evolution of the LNMO electrode in an as-assembled 18650-type battery containing a Li4Ti5O12 negative electrode with that in an identical battery following 1000 cycles at high-current. We reveal that the capacity reduction in the battery post cycling is directly proportional to the reduction in the maximum change of the LNMO lattice parameter during its evolution. This is correlated to a corresponding reduction in the MnO6 octahedral distortion in the spinel structure in the cycled battery. Further, we find that the rate of lattice evolution, which reflects the rate of lithium insertion and removal, is ∼9 and ∼10% slower in the cycled than in the as-assembled battery during the Ni(2+)/Ni(3+) and Ni(3+)/Ni(4+) transitions, respectively. PMID:26961230

  14. Bio-mass derived mesoporous carbon as superior electrode in all vanadium redox flow battery with multicouple reactions

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    Ulaganathan, Mani; Jain, Akshay; Aravindan, Vanchiappan; Jayaraman, Sundaramurthy; Ling, Wong Chui; Lim, Tuti Mariana; Srinivasan, Madapusi P.; Yan, Qingyu; Madhavi, Srinivasan

    2015-01-01

    We first report the multi-couple reaction in all vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) while using bio-mass (coconut shell) derived mesoporous carbon as electrode. The presence of V3+/V4+ redox couple certainly supplies the additional electrons for the electrochemical reaction and subsequently provides improved electrochemical performance of VRFB system. The efficient electro-catalytic activity of such coconut shell derived high surface area mesoporous carbon is believed for the improved cell performance. Extensive power and electrochemical studies are performed for VRFB application point of view and described in detail.

  15. Enhanced performance of a Bi-modified graphite felt as the positive electrode of a vanadium redox flow battery

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    González Arias, Zoraida; Sánchez Sánchez, Ángela; Blanco Rodríguez, Clara; Granda Ferreira, Marcos; Menéndez López, Rosa María; Santamaría Ramírez, Ricardo

    2011-01-01

    [EN] Graphite felt modified with nanodispersed bismuth was studied as electrode in the positive half-cell of a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). The felt was easily modified by immersion in a Bi2O3 solution followed by thermal reduction at 450 °C in air. Despite the low metal content (1 at.%) on the surface of the fibers, the Bi-modified felt showed an excellent electrochemical performance (at 1 mV s− 1) in terms of anodic and cathodic peak current densities (21 and 17 mA cm–2, respectively...

  16. In situ57Fe Moessbauer Investigation of Solid-State Redox Reactions of Lithium Insertion Electrodes for Advanced Batteries

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    A novel in situ electrochemical cell for 57Fe Moessbauer measurements was developed in order to clarify the mechanisms of solid-state redox reactions in lithium insertion materials containing iron. Our in situ Moessbauer technique was successfully applied to the determination as to which transition metal ion was a redox center in the insertion electrodes, such as LiFe0.5Mn1.5O4, LiFeTiO4, or LiFe0.25Ni0.75O2, for the lithium-ion batteries.

  17. Novel solvent-free direct coating process for battery electrodes and their electrochemical performance

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    Park, Dong-Won; Cañas, Natalia A.; Wagner, Norbert; Friedrich, K. Andreas

    2016-02-01

    We report a novel solvent-free direct coating process for fabricating a well-structured electrode. The manufacturing process was rapid and facile, involving only dry-spraying of the solvent-free electrode component mixture and a subsequent isothermal hot-pressing. The electrochemical and physicochemical properties of the dry-sprayed electrode with hot-pressing were evaluated in order to understand the correlation between a preparation parameter, morphological characteristic of the electrode, and cell performance. The hot-pressing time had an effect on the binder distribution, which in turn resulted in different electrode morphologies and performance. The dry-sprayed LTO electrode prepared at a hot-pressing time of 60 min had excellent electrical conductivity and Li+ storage capacity, owing to its electron transport structure, which was more suitable than the prepared electrodes at other hot-pressing conditions.

  18. Binary iron-chromium oxide as negative electrode for lithium-ion micro-batteries - spectroscopic and microscopic characterization

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    Tian, Bingbing; Światowska, Jolanta; Maurice, Vincent; Zanna, Sandrine; Seyeux, Antoine; Marcus, Philippe

    2015-10-01

    (Fe,Cr)-binary oxide thin film electrodes were prepared as negative electrode material for lithium-ion micro-batteries by thermal growth on a stainless steel (AISI 410, FeCr12.5) current collector. The mechanisms of lithiation/delithiation were investigated by means of electrochemical (CV, galvanostatic cycling), spectroscopic (XPS, ToF-SIMS) and microscopic (SEM, AFM) analytical techniques. The as-prepared (Fe, Cr)-binary oxide electrodes exhibit a good cycling performance except the first discharge/charge cycle where a high irreversible capacity is observed due to formation of a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer. The influence of substituting an oxidized iron by an oxidized chromium (CrxFe2-xO3 phase) was evaluated. The data show that the inferior electrochemical conversion activity of substituted oxidized chromium results in hindering lithium transport in the bulk thin film electrode. It was observed that the irreversible morphology modifications together with SEI evolution are critical to capacity degradation while retaining good coulombic efficiency.

  19. Improved electrochemical performance of boron-doped SiO negative electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries

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    Woo, Jihoon; Baek, Seong-Ho; Park, Jung-Soo; Jeong, Young-Min; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2015-12-01

    We introduce a one-step process that consists of thermal disproportionation and impurity doping to enhance the reversible capacity and electrical conductivity of silicon monoxide (SiO)-based negative electrode materials in Li-ion batteries. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) results reveal that thermally treated SiO at 900 °C (H-SiO) consists of uniformly dispersed nano-crystalline Si (nc-Si) in an amorphous silicon oxide (SiOx) matrix. Compared to that of prinstine SiO, the electrochemical performance of H-SiO shows improved specific capacity, due mainly to the increased reversible capacity by nc-Si and to the reduced volume expansion by thermally disproportionated SiOx matrix. Further electrochemical improvements can be obtained by boron-doping on SiO (HB-SiO) using solution dopant during thermal disproportionation. HB-SiO electrode without carbon coating exhibits significantly enhanced specific capacity superior to that of undoped H-SiO electrode, having 947 mAh g-1 at 0.5C rate and excellent capacity retention of 93.3% over 100 cycles. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurement reveals that the internal resistance of the HB-SiO electrode is significantly reduced by boron doping.

  20. Ab initio study of radiation effects on the Li4Ti5O12 electrode used in lithium-ion batteries

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Lithium-ion batteries are currently in wide use owing to their high energy density and enhanced capabilities. Li4Ti5O12 is a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries because of its advantageous properties. Lithium-ion batteries could be exposed to radiation occurring in various conditions such as during outer space exploration and nuclear accidents. In this study, we apply density functional theory to explore the effect of radiation damage on this electrode and, ultimately, on the performance of the battery. It was found that radiation could affect the structural stability of the material. Furthermore, the electrode was shown to undergo a transition from insulator to metal, following the defects due to radiation. In addition, the effect of radiation on the intercalation potential was found to be highly dependent on the nature of the defect induced.

  1. Ab initio study of radiation effects on the Li4Ti5O12 electrode used in lithium-ion batteries

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    Lithium-ion batteries are currently in wide use owing to their high energy density and enhanced capabilities. Li4Ti5O12 is a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries because of its advantageous properties. Lithium-ion batteries could be exposed to radiation occurring in various conditions such as during outer space exploration and nuclear accidents. In this study, we apply density functional theory to explore the effect of radiation damage on this electrode and, ultimately, on the performance of the battery. It was found that radiation could affect the structural stability of the material. Furthermore, the electrode was shown to undergo a transition from insulator to metal, following the defects due to radiation. In addition, the effect of radiation on the intercalation potential was found to be highly dependent on the nature of the defect induced

  2. The influence of compressed carbon felt electrodes on the performance of a vanadium redox flow battery

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    Compressed carbon felt electrodes with various percentages of compression are prepared by stacking pieces of PVC gaskets; the performance of VRFB cells prepared using these electrodes is evaluated in order to better understand the influence of the compressed electrodes on the fundamental properties of VRFBs. It is found that the specific resistance and porosity of the electrodes decreases with increase of the percentage of electrode compression. In addition, as the percentage of electrode compression increases, the discharge time and maximum power of the VRFB cells gradually increase due to the increased electron transfer. The energy efficiency of the cell increases with the increase of the percentage of electrode compression up to 20%. When the percentage of electrode compression is greater than 20%, the energy efficiency decreases due to the combined effects of reduced cell resistance, poor electrolyte transport, and longer charge/discharge time. Based on our results, it can be concluded that compressed electrodes have a positive effect on cell performance; however, their inevitable reduced porosity is detrimental to electrolyte transport, thereby resulting in a decrease of energy efficiency. Consequently, it is suggested that carbon felt electrodes with an optimized percentage of compression have considerable potential for use in VRFB applications without incurring additional cost

  3. Developments in electrode materials and electrolytes for aluminium-air batteries

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    Egan, D; Ponce De Leon, Carlos; R.J.K. Wood; Jones, R. L.; Stokes, K.R.; Walsh, F. C.

    2013-01-01

    Aluminium-air cells are high-energy density (< 400 W h kg-1), primary batteries first developed in the 1960s. The review shows how the performance of the battery is influenced by the choice of materials, including the type of aluminium alloy, oxygen reduction catalyst and electrolyte type. Two continuing issues with these batteries are (a) the parasitic corrosion of the aluminium, at open-circuit and under discharge, due to the reduction of water on the anode surface and (b) the passive hydro...

  4. Spray drying method for large-scale and high-performance silicon negative electrodes in Li-ion batteries.

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    Jung, Dae Soo; Hwang, Tae Hoon; Park, Seung Bin; Choi, Jang Wook

    2013-05-01

    Nanostructured silicon electrodes have shown great potential as lithium ion battery anodes because they can address capacity fading mechanisms originating from large volume changes of silicon alloys while delivering extraordinarily large gravimetric capacities. Nonetheless, synthesis of well-defined silicon nanostructures in an industrially adaptable scale still remains as a challenge. Herein, we adopt an industrially established spray drying process to enable scalable synthesis of silicon-carbon composite particles in which silicon nanoparticles are embedded in porous carbon particles. The void space existing in the porous carbon accommodates the volume expansion of silicon and thus addresses the chronic fading mechanisms of silicon anodes. The composite electrodes exhibit excellent electrochemical performance, such as 1956 mAh/g at 0.05C rate and 91% capacity retention after 150 cycles. Moreover, the spray drying method requires only 2 s for the formation of each particle and allows a production capability of ~10 g/h even with an ultrasonic-based lab-scale equipment. This investigation suggests that established industrial processes could be adaptable to the production of battery active materials that require sophisticated nanostructures as well as large quantity syntheses. PMID:23537321

  5. Electrochemical characterization of amorphous LiFe(WO4)2 thin films as positive electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Amorphous LiFe(WO4)2 thin films have been fabricated by radio-frequency (R.F.) sputtering deposition at room temperature. The as-deposited and electrochemically cycled thin films are, respectively, characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectra techniques. An initial discharge capacity of 198 mAh/g in Li/LiFe(WO4)2 cells is obtained, and the electrochemical behavior is mostly preserved in the following cycling. These results identified the electrochemical reactivity of two redox couples, Fe3+/Fe2+ and W6+/Wx+ (x = 4 or 5). The kinetic parameters and chemical diffusion coefficients of Li intercalation/deintercalation are estimated by cyclic voltammetry and alternate-current (AC) impedance measurements. All-solid-state thin film lithium batteries with Li/LiPON/LiFe(WO4)2 layers are fabricated and show high capacity of 104 μAh/cm2 μm in the first discharge. As-deposited LiFe(WO4)2 thin film is expected to be a promising positive electrode material for future rechargeable thin film batteries due to its large volumetric rate capacity, low-temperature fabrication and good electrode/electrolyte interface

  6. Novel architecture of composite electrode for optimization of lithium battery performance

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    Guy, D.; LESTRIEZ, B; Bouchet, R.; Gaudefroy, Vincent; Guyomard, D.

    2006-01-01

    We show that the polymeric binder of the composite electrode may have an important role on the lithium trivanadate Li1.2V3O8 electrode performance. We describe a new tailored polymeric binder combination with controlled polymerfiller (carbon black) interactions that allows the preparation of new and more efficient electrode architecture. Using this polymeric binder, composite electrodes based on Li1.2V3O8 display a room temperature cycling capacity of 280 mAh g−1 (C/5 rate, 3.32 V) i...

  7. Nano-structures Enhanced Novel Composite Electrode Material for Batteries Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Integrate advanced nanotechnology with energy storage technology to develop advanced cathode material for use in Li-ion batteries while maintaining high level of...

  8. Graphite as negative electrode in Li-ion batteries; Le graphite comme electrode negative dans les accumulateurs Li-ion

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    Fischer, F.; Monnier, A. [Timcal SA (France)

    1996-12-31

    The last developments in lithium batteries design have demonstrated the advantages of graphite: competitive cost, flat output curve, high capacity thanks to the obtention of a final compound close to LiC{sub 6}, good behaviour during cycling and a high mass energy. However, these advantages are slightly tarnished by parasite secondary reactions during the evolution of the element. Two different cases are encountered: the formation of a passivation layer (loss of Li ions and formation of irreversible bounds) and the formation of a passivation layer with a reaction between graphite and the solvent (partial destruction of the graphite crystal lattice). In the first case, the theoretical graphite insertion capacity remains at 372 mAh/g while in the second case the insertion capacity is greatly reduced. Abstract only. (J.S.)

  9. Unique battery with a multi-functional, physicochemically active membrane separator/electrolyte-electrode monolith and a method making the same

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    Gerald II, Rex E.; Ruscic, Katarina J.; Sears, Devin N.; Smith, Luis J.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.

    2012-07-24

    The invention relates to a unique battery having a physicochemically active membrane separator/electrolyte-electrode monolith and method of making the same. The Applicant's invented battery employs a physicochemically active membrane separator/electrolyte-electrode that acts as a separator, electrolyte, and electrode, within the same monolithic structure. The chemical composition, physical arrangement of molecules, and physical geometry of the pores play a role in the sequestration and conduction of ions. In one preferred embodiment, ions are transported via the ion-hoping mechanism where the oxygens of the Al2O3 wall are available for positive ion coordination (i.e. Li+). This active membrane-electrode composite can be adjusted to a desired level of ion conductivity by manipulating the chemical composition and structure of the pore wall to either increase or decrease ion conduction.

  10. Dynamic Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy of a Three-Electrode Lithium-Ion Battery during Pulse Charge and Discharge

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    Highlights: • Dynamic EIS is performed on a three-electrode pouch cell; • Charge transfer resistance during insertion is generally larger than that during deinsertion due to the surface concentration change; • An inductive behavior is revealed at low frequencies due to the violation of stationary condition in DEIS measurement; • Electrochemical models of a single active particle in both time and frequency domain are developed. • The model predicts a positive correlation between the lower frequency limit and the DC current. - Abstract: The dynamic electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (DEIS) of a three-electrode pouch type lithium-ion battery is measured using a series of sine wave perturbations super-imposed on pulse charge and discharge. The DEIS reveals noticeable differences between charge and discharge at frequencies corresponding to the charge transfer reaction. The charge transfer resistance during intercalation is generally found to be larger than that during deintercalation for the battery chemistry in this study. This result is mainly attributed to the decreased Li ion concentration in the electrolyte during intercalation. At low frequencies, an abnormal inductive behavior is also observed. Such abnormality is found to result from the violation of stationary condition, i.e. the state of the battery under pulse charge or discharge deviates significantly from its initial condition for the perturbation of low frequencies. To analytically define the stationary condition, we develop electrochemical models of a single active particle in both time and frequency domain, which describes the transport of lithium ions in both active particle and electrolyte phase and the interfacial charge transfer reactions at their interface. The lower frequency limit is a key parameter to ensure a quasistationary state during the DEIS measurement. An explicit formulation of the stationary condition predicts a positive correlation between the lower frequency limit and

  11. A 3.8-V earth-abundant sodium battery electrode

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    Barpanda, Prabeer; Oyama, Gosuke; Nishimura, Shin-ichi; Chung, Sai-Cheong; Yamada, Atsuo

    2014-01-01

    Rechargeable lithium batteries have ushered the wireless revolution over last two decades and are now matured to enable green automobiles. However, the growing concern on scarcity and large-scale applications of lithium resources have steered effort to realize sustainable sodium-ion batteries, Na and Fe being abundant and low-cost charge carrier and redox centre, respectively. However, their performance is limited owing to low operating voltage and sluggish kinetics. Here we report a hitherto...

  12. 3D Simulation of diffusion induced stress in realistic LiCoO2 electrode particles of lithium ion battery generated by nano-CT

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    Yan, Bo; Lim, Cheolwoong; Zhu, Likun; Yin, Leilei

    2014-01-01

    Diffusion induces stresses in the electrode during charge and discharge processes of lithium ion batteries, which can cause deformation and even fracture, further result in the fade of capacity and duration. The 3D model coupling diffusion and induced stress is applied to the reconstructed LiCoO2 electrode particles determined by X-ray nanocomputed tomography technology, of which the nonuniform electrochemical intercalation reaction takes place on the surface. A code is developed to simulate ...

  13. Etched colloidal LiFePO4 nanoplatelets toward high-rate capable Li-ion battery electrodes.

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    Paolella, Andrea; Bertoni, Giovanni; Marras, Sergio; Dilena, Enrico; Colombo, Massimo; Prato, Mirko; Riedinger, Andreas; Povia, Mauro; Ansaldo, Alberto; Zaghib, Karim; Manna, Liberato; George, Chandramohan

    2014-12-10

    LiFePO4 has been intensively investigated as a cathode material in Li-ion batteries, as it can in principle enable the development of high power electrodes. LiFePO4, on the other hand, is inherently "plagued" by poor electronic and ionic conductivity. While the problems with low electron conductivity are partially solved by carbon coating and further by doping or by downsizing the active particles to nanoscale dimensions, poor ionic conductivity is still an issue. To develop colloidally synthesized LiFePO4 nanocrystals (NCs) optimized for high rate applications, we propose here a surface treatment of the NCs. The particles as delivered from the synthesis have a surface passivated with long chain organic surfactants, and therefore can be dispersed only in aprotic solvents such as chloroform or toluene. Glucose that is commonly used as carbon source for carbon-coating procedure is not soluble in these solvents, but it can be dissolved in water. In order to make the NCs hydrophilic, we treated them with lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6), which removes the surfactant ligand shell while preserving the structural and morphological properties of the NCs. Only a roughening of the edges of NCs was observed due to a partial etching of their surface. Electrodes prepared from these platelet NCs (after carbon coating) delivered a capacity of ∼ 155 mAh/g, ∼ 135 mAh/g, and ∼ 125 mAh/g, at 1 C, 5 C, and 10 C, respectively, with significant capacity retention and remarkable rate capability. For example, at 61 C (10.3 A/g), a capacity of ∼ 70 mAh/g was obtained, and at 122 C (20.7 A/g), the capacity was ∼ 30 mAh/g. The rate capability and the ease of scalability in the preparation of these surface-treated nanoplatelets make them highly suitable as electrodes in Li-ion batteries. PMID:25372361

  14. A New Type of Lithium-ion Battery Based on Tin Electroplated Negative Electrodes

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    J. Hassoun, S. Panero, P. Reale and B. Scrosati

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    Full Text Available This work describes the preparation and the characterization of various samples of metallic Sn electroplated on a cupper foil under different current and time regimes. These samples have been characterized by XRD and SEM and tested as negative electrodes in a cell using lithium foil as the counter electrode. The best electrode has been cycled with a capacity in the order of 990 mAhg-1, i.e. approaching 100 % of theoretical capacity at 1 equivalent Li alloying. This electrode was also tested under a limited capacity regime (400 mAhg-1 showing an interesting cycle life. Finally, the electrode was used as anode in a lithium-ion cell with LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 as cathode. This cell performed well at high rate (1C rate, delivering high capacity and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for a limited amount of cycles.

  15. Microfabricated nickel-based electrodes for high-power battery applications

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    High-surface area, three-dimensional (3D) microstructures are designed and fabricated by the sequential electroplating of sacrificial and structural layers in a photoresist mold. A conformal coating of electrochemically deposited nickel hydroxide (Ni(OH)2) films on these MEMS-enabled multilayer structures enabled the formation of functional electrodes for electrochemical energy storage devices. The characterization of the electrodes is performed galvanostatically at various charge and discharge rates. Electrodes with a varying number of laminations are shown to yield areal capacities from 0.1 to 5.2 mAh cm–2. Power characteristics of the electrodes are determined by applying ultra-high charge rates of up to 120 C. At this high charge rate, the electrode is able to deliver 90% of its capacity. (paper)

  16. High-strength clad current collector for silicon-based negative electrode in lithium ion battery

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    Kataoka, Riki; Oda, Yoshimitsu; Inoue, Ryouji; Kitta, Mitsunori; Kiyobayashi, Tetsu

    2016-01-01

    We develop a clad foil current collector with a high tensile strength that endures a large volume change in the active material during the charge and discharge, such as the Si-based materials. The nano-Si negative electrode with the clad current collector retains 76% of the initial capacity after 40 cycles, while the capacity of the nano-Si electrode with a conventional Cu foil drops to less than 70% only after 10 cycles. A full cell with the SiO negative electrode and the LiFePO4 positive electrode retains more than 90% of its capacity at the 10th cycle after 800 cycles. The conventional rolled Cu foil wrinkles during the cycling test. The high-strength clad current foil hardly deforms during the test regardless of the electrode size.

  17. Resolving Losses at the Negative Electrode in All-Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Sun, Che Nan [ORNL; Delnick, Frank M [ORNL; Aaron, D [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Mench, Matthew M [ORNL; Zawodzinski, Thomas A [ORNL

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    We present an in situ electrochemical technique for the quantitative measurement and resolution of the ohmic, charge transfer and diffusion overvoltages at the negative electrode of an all-vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The mathematics describing the complex impedance of the V+2/V+3 redox reaction is derived and matches the experimental data. The voltage losses contributed by each process have been resolved and quantified at various flow rates and electrode thicknesses as a function of current density during anodic and cathodic polarization. The diffusion overvoltage was affected strongly by flow rate while the charge transfer and ohmic losses were invariant. On the other hand, adopting a thicker electrode significantly changed both the charge transfer and diffusion losses due to increased surface area. Furthermore, the Tafel plot obtained from the impedance resolved charge transfer overvoltage yielded the geometric exchange current density, anodic and cathodic Tafel slopes (135 5 and 121 5 mV/decade respectively) and corresponding transfer coefficients = 0.45 0.02 and = 0.50 0.02 in an operating cell.

  18. Discontinuous and Continuous Processing of Low-Solvent Battery Slurries for Lithium Nickel Cobalt Manganese Oxide Electrodes

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    Dreger, Henning; Bockholt, Henrike; Haselrieder, Wolfgang; Kwade, Arno

    2015-11-01

    Different discontinuously and continuously working dispersing devices were investigated to determine their influence on the structural and electrochemical properties of electrodes made from commercial LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 (NCM) cathode active material. A laboratory-scale dispersing device was compared with a discontinuously working laboratory kneader and a continuously working extruder, both using 50% less solvent than the dissolver process. Rheological, mechanical, structural, conductive, imaging, and electrochemical analyses (C-rate test, long-term cycling) were carried out. The dispersing method and time were found to have a considerable impact on the structure and electrochemical performance. The continuous extrusion process resulted in good performance with more than 20% higher specific capacity at elevated C-rates compared with the discontinuous process. This can be attributed to better deagglomeration of the carbon black in the slurries, also resulting in 60% higher electrode conductivity. On top of these positive results, the changes in the drying step due to the reduced solvent use led to a 50% decrease in the time required for the constant-drying-rate period. The continuously working extrusion process was found to be most suitable for large-scale, cost-efficient, environmentally friendly production of slurries for lithium-ion battery electrodes.

  19. Transition-Metal Carbodiimides as Molecular Negative Electrode Materials for Lithium- and Sodium-Ion Batteries with Excellent Cycling Properties.

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    Sougrati, Moulay T; Darwiche, Ali; Liu, Xiaohiu; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah; Hermann, Raphael P; Jouen, Samuel; Monconduit, Laure; Dronskowski, Richard; Stievano, Lorenzo

    2016-04-11

    We report evidence for the electrochemical activity of transition-metal carbodiimides versus lithium and sodium. In particular, iron carbodiimide, FeNCN, can be efficiently used as negative electrode material for alkali-metal-ion batteries, similar to its oxide analogue FeO. Based on (57) Fe Mössbauer and infrared spectroscopy (IR) data, the electrochemical reaction mechanism can be explained by the reversible transformation of the Fe-NCN into Li/Na-NCN bonds during discharge and charge. These new electrode materials exhibit higher capacity compared to well-established negative electrode references such as graphite or hard carbon. Contrary to its oxide analogue, iron carbodiimide does not require heavy treatments (such as nanoscale tailoring, sophisticated textures, or coating) to obtain long cycle life with current density as high as 9 A g(-1) for hundreds of charge-discharge cycles. Similar to the iron compound, several other transition-metal carbodiimides Mx (NCN)y with M=Mn, Cr, Zn can cycle successfully versus lithium and sodium. Their electrochemical activity and performance open the way to the design of a novel family of anode materials. PMID:26989882

  20. A comparative study of carbon felt and activated carbon based electrodes for sodium polysulfide/bromine redox flow battery

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    Carbon felt (CF) and activated carbon (AC) based electrodes for sodium polysulfide/bromine redox flow battery (PSB) were prepared and compared with a laboratory scale PSB flow cell in terms of structure and application performances. The structural properties of the two types of electrodes were characterized by filamentary analog and BET analysis, respectively. Catalyst coating, discharge behavior analysis and thermogravimetric analysis-mass spectrometry (TG-MS) were carried out to make out the different dominant factor in the application performances of the two materials. Compared to AC based electrode (ACE), despite of the relatively low surface area, CF demonstrates almost the same application performances, much more gains in electrochemical activity towards negative half-cell reactions by catalyst coating, and more even discharge voltage curve and stable cycling performance. At current density of 40 mA cm-2, an average energy efficiency of up to 81% over 50 cycles (about 600 h) has been achieved with cobalt coated CF, but with ACE only 64.7% within 16 cycles, which decreases quickly due to the loss of surface area resulted from sulfur depositing. The difference in structure related to mass transport makes the application performances gap between the two types of materials in PSB

  1. A 3.8-V earth-abundant sodium battery electrode

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    Barpanda, Prabeer; Oyama, Gosuke; Nishimura, Shin-Ichi; Chung, Sai-Cheong; Yamada, Atsuo

    2014-07-01

    Rechargeable lithium batteries have ushered the wireless revolution over last two decades and are now matured to enable green automobiles. However, the growing concern on scarcity and large-scale applications of lithium resources have steered effort to realize sustainable sodium-ion batteries, Na and Fe being abundant and low-cost charge carrier and redox centre, respectively. However, their performance is limited owing to low operating voltage and sluggish kinetics. Here we report a hitherto-unknown material with entirely new composition and structure with the first alluaudite-type sulphate framework, Na2Fe2(SO4)3, registering the highest-ever Fe3+/Fe2+ redox potential at 3.8 V (versus Na, and hence 4.1 V versus Li) along with fast rate kinetics. Rare-metal-free Na-ion rechargeable battery system compatible with the present Li-ion battery is now in realistic scope without sacrificing high energy density and high power, and paves way for discovery of new earth-abundant sustainable cathodes for large-scale batteries.

  2. Laser printing and femtosecond laser structuring of electrode materials for the manufacturing of 3D lithium-ion micro-batteries

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    Smyrek, P.; Kim, H.; Zheng, Y.; Seifert, H. J.; Piqué, A.; Pfleging, W.

    2016-04-01

    Recently, three-dimensional (3D) electrode architectures have attracted great interest for the development of lithium-ion micro-batteries applicable for Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), sensors, and hearing aids. Since commercial available micro-batteries are mainly limited in overall cell capacity by their electrode footprint, new processing strategies for increasing both capacity and electrochemical performance have to be developed. In case of such standard microbatteries, two-dimensional (2D) electrode arrangements are applied with thicknesses up to 200 μm. These electrode layers are composed of active material, conductive agent, graphite, and polymeric binder. Nevertheless, with respect to the type of active material, the active material to conductive agent ratio, and the film thickness, such thick-films suffer from low ionic and electronic conductivities, poor electrolyte accessibility, and finally, limited electrochemical performance under challenging conditions. In order to overcome these drawbacks, 3D electrode arrangements are under intense investigation since they allow the reduction of lithium-ion diffusion pathways in between inter-digitated electrodes, even for electrodes with enhanced mass loadings. In this paper, we present how to combine laser-printing and femtosecond laser-structuring for the development of advanced 3D electrodes composed of Li(Ni1/3Mn1/3Co1/3)O2 (NMC). In a first step, NMC thick-films were laser-printed and calendered to achieve film thicknesses in the range of 50 μm - 80 μm. In a second step, femtosecond laser-structuring was carried out in order to generate 3D architectures directly into thick-films. Finally, electrochemical cycling of laser-processed films was performed in order to evaluate the most promising 3D electrode designs suitable for application in long life-time 3D micro-batteries.

  3. Method of preparing graphene-sulfur nanocomposites for rechargeable lithium-sulfur battery electrodes

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    Liu, Jun; Lemmon, John P; Yang, Zhenguo; Cao, Yuliang; Li, Xiaolin

    2015-04-07

    A method of preparing a graphene-sulfur nanocomposite for a cathode in a rechargeable lithium-sulfur battery comprising thermally expanding graphite oxide to yield graphene layers, mixing the graphene layers with a first solution comprising sulfur and carbon disulfide, evaporating the carbon disulfide to yield a solid nanocomposite, and grinding the solid nanocomposite to yield the graphene-sulfur nanocomposite. Rechargeable-lithium-sulfur batteries having a cathode that includes a graphene-sulfur nanocomposite can exhibit improved characteristics. The graphene-sulfur nanocomposite can be characterized by graphene sheets with particles of sulfur adsorbed to the graphene sheets. The sulfur particles have an average diameter of less than 50 nm.

  4. Reaction and Transport in Gas Diffusion Electrodes of Li-O2 batteries: Experiments and Modeling

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    Danner, Timo; Horstmann, Birger; Wittmaier, Dennis; Wagner, Norbert; Bessler, Wolfgang

    2013-01-01

    Lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries are a potential alternative to conventional combustion technologies in the mobility sector. Two possible solvent systems are in the focus of extensive research at the moment. Namely, systems with aprotic and aqueous electrolyte. Major challenges in the development of Li-O2 systems arise from the formation of solid discharge products. In the cathode of aprotic Li-O2 batteries Li2O2 is formed during discharge. Li2O2 has a low electric conductivity and passiva...

  5. Effect of additives on the performance of negative lead-acid battery electrodes during formation and partial state of charge operation

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    Křivík, P.; Micka, Karel; Bača, P.; Tonar, K.; Tošer, P.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 209, JUL 1 2012 (2012), s. 15-19. ISSN 0378-7753 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : load acid battery electrodes * Doping with carbon * PSoC cycling Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry Impact factor: 4.675, year: 2012

  6. Composition and evolution of the solid-electrolyte interphase in Na2Ti3O7 electrodes for Na-ion batteries: XPS and Auger parameter analysis.

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    Muñoz-Márquez, Miguel A; Zarrabeitia, Maider; Castillo-Martínez, Elizabeth; Eguía-Barrio, Aitor; Rojo, Teófilo; Casas-Cabanas, Montse

    2015-04-15

    Na2Ti3O7 is considered a promising negative electrode for Na-ion batteries; however, poor capacity retention has been reported and the stability of the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) could be one of the main actors of this underperformance. The composition and evolution of the SEI in Na2Ti3O7 electrodes is hereby studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). To overcome typical XPS limitations in the photoelectron energy assignments, the analysis of the Auger parameter is here proposed for the first time in battery materials characterization. We have found that the electrode/electrolyte interface formed upon discharge, mostly composed by carbonates and semicarbonates (Na2CO3, NaCO3R), fluorides (NaF), chlorides (NaCl) and poly(ethylene oxide)s, is unstable upon electrochemical cycling. Additionally, solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies prove the reaction of the polyvinylidene difluoride (PVdF) binder with sodium. The powerful approach used in this work, namely Auger parameter study, enables us to correctly determine the composition of the electrode surface layer without any interference from surface charging or absolute binding energy calibration effects. As a result, the suitability for Na-ion batteries of binders and electrolytes widely used for Li-ion batteries is questioned here. PMID:25811538

  7. MnSn2 electrodes for Li-ion batteries: Mechanisms at the nano scale and electrode/electrolyte interface

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    We have investigated the reaction mechanisms occurring upon the first discharge/charge cycle of a MnSn2//Li electrochemical cell, by using bulk- and surface-sensitive characterization techniques (X-ray Diffraction, 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetic measurements, X-ray photoelectron and Auger spectroscopies). Compared to other tin-transition metal alloys, MnSn2 displays an original behaviour. Lithium insertion into MnSn2 particles results in a nanocomposite consisting of Li7Sn2 phase, and of Mn nanoparticles which are immediately oxidized at their surface. Lithium extraction from this nanocomposite leads to the formation of magnetic MnSn2 particles and to our knowledge it is the first time such a mechanism is observed in tin-based intermetallic electrode materials due to electrochemical reaction with Li. The solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) is formed at the beginning of the first discharge and its thickness slightly increases upon further lithium insertion. A partial re-dissolution process occurs upon lithium extraction from the material, while its chemical composition is very stable over the whole cycle

  8. Electrochemical performance of hard carbon negative electrodes for ionic liquid-based sodium ion batteries over a wide temperature range

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    Sodium ion batteries (SIBs) have been attracting much attention as promising next-generation energy storage devices for large-scale applications. The major safety issue with SIBs, which arises from the flammability and volatility of conventional organic solvent-based electrolytes, is resolved by adopting an ionic liquid (IL) electrolyte. However, there are only a few reports on the study of negative electrodes in ILs. Here, we report the electrochemical performance of a hard carbon (HC) negative electrode in Na[FSA]-[C3C1pyrr][FSA] (FSA = bis(fluorosulfonyl)amide, C3C1pyrr = N-methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium) IL over a wide temperature range of −10 °C to 90 °C. High-temperature operation, which is realized for the first time by using an IL, can take full advantage of the high capacity of HC even at a very high discharge rate of 1000 mA (g-HC)−1: the discharge capacity is 230 mAh (g-HC)−1 at 90 °C and 25 mAh (g-HC)−1 at 25 °C. Moreover, surprisingly stable cycleability is observed for the HC electrode at 90 °C, i.e. a capacity retention ratio of 84% after 500 cycles. Finally, a high full-cell voltage of 2.8 V and stable full-cell operation with Coulombic efficiency higher than 99% are achieved for the first time when using NaCrO2 as the positive electrode at 90 °C

  9. Polymer-Derived Ceramic Functionalized MoS2 Composite Paper as a Stable Lithium-Ion Battery Electrode

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    David, L.; Bhandavat, R.; Barrera, U.; Singh, G.

    2015-04-01

    A facile process is demonstrated for the synthesis of layered SiCN-MoS2 structure via pyrolysis of polysilazane functionalized MoS2 flakes. The layered morphology and polymer to ceramic transformation on MoS2 surfaces was confirmed by use of electron microscopy and spectroscopic techniques. Tested as thick film electrode in a Li-ion battery half-cell, SiCN-MoS2 showed the classical three-stage reaction with improved cycling stability and capacity retention than neat MoS2. Contribution of conversion reaction of Li/MoS2 system on overall capacity was marginally affected by the presence of SiCN while Li-irreversibility arising from electrolyte decomposition was greatly suppressed. This is understood as one of the reasons for decreased first cycle loss and increased capacity retention. SiCN-MoS2 in the form of self-supporting paper electrode (at 6 mg.cm-2) exhibited even better performance, regaining initial charge capacity of approximately 530 mAh.g-1 when the current density returned to 100 mA.g-1 after continuous cycling at 2400 mA.g-1 (192 mAh.g-1). MoS2 cycled electrode showed mud-cracks and film delamination whereas SiCN-MoS2 electrodes were intact and covered with a uniform solid electrolyte interphase coating. Taken together, our results suggest that molecular level interfacing with precursor-derived SiCN is an effective strategy for suppressing the metal-sulfide/electrolyte degradation reaction at low discharge potentials.

  10. Graphene-sulfur nanocomposites for rechargeable lithium-sulfur battery electrodes

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    Liu, Jun; Lemmon, John P; Yang, Zhenguo; Cao, Yuiliang; Li, Xiaolin

    2014-06-17

    Rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries having a cathode that includes a graphene-sulfur nanocomposite can exhibit improved characteristics. The graphene-sulfur nanocomposite can be characterized by graphene sheets with particles of sulfur adsorbed to the graphene sheets. The sulfur particles have an average diameter less than 50 nm..

  11. Iron titanium phosphates as high-specific-capacity electrode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Essehli, R.; El Bali, B.; Faik, A.; Naji, M.; Benmokhtar, S.; Zhong, Y.R.; Su, L.W.; Zhou, Z.; Kim, J.; Kang, K.; Dušek, Michal

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 585, FEB (2014), s. 434-441. ISSN 0925-8388 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : crystal structure * electrolyte * nasicon * oxyphosphate * lithium-ion batteries Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.999, year: 2014

  12. Ball-milled Li7MnN4: An attractive negative electrode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    The high rate performance of ball-milled Li7MnN4 as negative electrode material in lithium-ion batteries has been investigated at C and 5 C rates. An optimization of ball-milling experimental conditions allows to synthesize this metallic nitride with attractive and improved specific capacity and cycle life compared to the pristine compound. The outstanding finding is its excellent cycle life over 50 cycles with a capacity of 240 mAh g−1 at 1 C rate in the potential range 1.6 V/1 V. Even at 5 C the promoting effect of ball-milling results in a remarkable high and stable capacity of 120 mAh g−1 upon cycling, which compares very well with the behavior achieved for Li4Ti5O12 while the pristine material is practically inactive

  13. Electrochemical performance of solid-state lithium-air batteries using carbon nanotube catalyst in the air electrode

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    Kitaura, Hirokazu; Zhou, Haoshen [Energy Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Umezono, Tsukuba (Japan)

    2012-07-15

    Solid-state lithium-air cells using lithium anode, a polymer electrolyte, Li{sub 1+x+y}Al{sub x}(Ti, Ge){sub 2-x}Si{sub y}P{sub 3-y}O{sub 12} inorganic solid electrolyte, and an air electrode composed of carbon nanotubes and an inorganic solid electrolyte are constructed and their electrochemical properties investigated. The cells show a reversible capacity of about 400 mA h g{sup -1} during the first few cycles. The rate performance and impedance measurements are also examined. The large cell resistance, which mainly comes from the interfacial resistance between Li and the polymer electrolyte, limits the rate performance. The results indicate that such all-solid-state lithium-air batteries without polymer electrolytes have good potential for development. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  14. Binder-free Ge-three dimensional graphene electrodes for high-rate capacity Li-ion batteries

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    A binder-free, high-rate Ge-three dimensional (3D) graphene composite was synthesized by directly depositing Ge film atop 3D graphene grown by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition on Ni substrate. The Ge-3D graphene structure demonstrates excellent electrochemical performance as a lithium ion battery (LIB) anode with a reversible capacity of 1140 mAh g−1 at 1/3C over 100 cycles and 835 mAh g−1 at 8C after 60 cycles, and significantly a discharge capacity of 186 mAh g−1 was still achieved at 32C. The high capacity and outstanding stability of the Ge-3D graphene composite propose it as a promising electrode in high-performance thin film LIBs

  15. Preparation of three-dimensional nanoporous Si using dealloying by metallic melt and application as a lithium-ion rechargeable battery negative electrode

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    Wada, Takeshi; Yamada, Junpei; Kato, Hidemi

    2016-02-01

    Silicon is a promising material for negative electrode in Li-ion batteries because of high gravimetric capacity. A Si nanomaterial that can accommodate volume expansion accompanied by lithiation is needed for practical application in Li-ion batteries. We prepare three-dimensional nanoporous interconnected silicon material with controlled pore and ligament sizes by dealloying using an Mg-Si precursor and Bi melt. The Mg atoms in the precursor selectively dissolve into Bi, and the remaining Si atoms self-organize into a nanoporous structure with characteristic length ranging from several ten to hundred nanometer. The Li-ion battery electrodes made from nanoporous silicon exhibit higher capacities, increased cycle lives, and improved rate performances compared with those made from commercial Si nanoparticles. Measurements on the electrical resistivity and electrode thickness change by lithiation/delithiation suggest that the superior performance of nanoporous Si electrode originates from the following: (1) The nanoporous Si has much lower electrical resistivity compared with that of the nanoparticle Si owing to the n-type dopant incorporated during dealloying. (2) The nanoporous Si-based electrode has higher porosity owing to the presence of intra-particle pores, which can accommodate Si expansion up to higher levels of lithiation.

  16. Organo-sulfur molecules enable iron-based battery electrodes to meet the challenges of large-scale electrical energy storage

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    Yang, B; Malkhandi, S; Manohar, AK; Prakash, GKS; Narayanan, SR

    2014-07-03

    Rechargeable iron-air and nickel-iron batteries are attractive as sustainable and inexpensive solutions for large-scale electrical energy storage because of the global abundance and eco-friendliness of iron, and the robustness of iron-based batteries to extended cycling. Despite these advantages, the commercial use of iron-based batteries has been limited by their low charging efficiency. This limitation arises from the iron electrodes evolving hydrogen extensively during charging. The total suppression of hydrogen evolution has been a significant challenge. We have found that organo-sulfur compounds with various structural motifs (linear and cyclic thiols, dithiols, thioethers and aromatic thiols) when added in milli-molar concentration to the aqueous alkaline electrolyte, reduce the hydrogen evolution rate by 90%. These organo-sulfur compounds form strongly adsorbed layers on the iron electrode and block the electrochemical process of hydrogen evolution. The charge-transfer resistance and double-layer capacitance of the iron/electrolyte interface confirm that the extent of suppression of hydrogen evolution depends on the degree of surface coverage and the molecular structure of the organo-sulfur compound. An unanticipated electrochemical effect of the adsorption of organo-sulfur molecules is "de-passivation" that allows the iron electrode to be discharged at high current values. The strongly adsorbed organo-sulfur compounds were also found to resist electro-oxidation even at the positive electrode potentials at which oxygen evolution can occur. Through testing on practical rechargeable battery electrodes we have verified the substantial improvements to the efficiency during charging and the increased capability to discharge at high rates. We expect these performance advances to enable the design of efficient, inexpensive and eco-friendly iron-based batteries for large-scale electrical energy storage.

  17. Computationally efficient approach for solving time dependent diffusion equation with discrete temporal convolution applied to granular particles of battery electrodes

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    Senegačnik, Jure; Tavčar, Gregor; Katrašnik, Tomaž

    2015-03-01

    The paper presents a computationally efficient method for solving the time dependent diffusion equation in a granule of the Li-ion battery's granular solid electrode. The method, called Discrete Temporal Convolution method (DTC), is based on a discrete temporal convolution of the analytical solution of the step function boundary value problem. This approach enables modelling concentration distribution in the granular particles for arbitrary time dependent exchange fluxes that do not need to be known a priori. It is demonstrated in the paper that the proposed method features faster computational times than finite volume/difference methods and Padé approximation at the same accuracy of the results. It is also demonstrated that all three addressed methods feature higher accuracy compared to the quasi-steady polynomial approaches when applied to simulate the current densities variations typical for mobile/automotive applications. The proposed approach can thus be considered as one of the key innovative methods enabling real-time capability of the multi particle electrochemical battery models featuring spatial and temporal resolved particle concentration profiles.

  18. A stretchable polymer-carbon nanotube composite electrode for flexible lithium-ion batteries: porosity engineering by controlled phase separation

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    Lee, Hojun; Yoo, Jung-Keun; Jung, Yeon Sik [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jong-Hyun [Material R and D Department, LG Display Co., Ltd., Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin Ho [Icheon Branch, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Kisuk [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-08-15

    Flexible energy-storage devices have attracted growing attention with the fast development of bendable electronic systems. However, it still remains a challenge to find reliable electrode materials with both high mechanical flexibility/toughness and excellent electron and lithium-ion conductivity. This paper reports the fabrication and characterization of highly porous, stretchable, and conductive polymer nanocomposites embedded with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for application in flexible lithium-ion batteries. The systematic optimization of the porous morphology is performed by controllably inducing the phase separation of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and removing PMMA, in order to generate well-controlled pore networks. It is demonstrated that the porous CNT-embedded PDMS nanocomposites are capable of good electrochemical performance with mechanical flexibility, suggesting these nanocomposites could be outstanding anode candidates for use in flexible lithium-ion batteries. The optimization of the pore size and the volume fraction provides higher capacity by nearly seven-fold compared to a nonporous nanocomposite. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  19. Paintable Battery

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    Singh, Neelam; Galande, Charudatta; Miranda, Andrea; Mathkar, Akshay; Gao, Wei; Reddy, Arava Leela Mohana; Vlad, Alexandru; Ajayan, Pulickel M.

    2012-01-01

    If the components of a battery, including electrodes, separator, electrolyte and the current collectors can be designed as paints and applied sequentially to build a complete battery, on any arbitrary surface, it would have significant impact on the design, implementation and integration of energy storage devices. Here, we establish a paradigm change in battery assembly by fabricating rechargeable Li-ion batteries solely by multi-step spray painting of its components on a variety of materials...

  20. Cobalt-Lead-Manganese oxides combined cathode catalyst for air electrode in Zinc –air battery

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    Highlights: • Bi and trimetallic oxides based on Mn, Pb and Co were prepared and characterized. • Introduction of Pb and Co in MnOx catalyst promote four electron ORR. • Zinc air battery with Mn2Pb2CoOx catalyst displays much smaller charge transfer resistance in contrast to the pure MnOx. • Mn2Pb2CoOx catalyst has lower loss of performance after 500C-D cycles than the rest of the catalysts. • Zinc air battery containing Mn2Pb2CoOx has promising current and power density and also discharge capacity. - Abstract: Bi and tri metalic oxides based on Mn, Pb and Co composite catalysts were prepared by oxidation of metal acetates with KMnO4. The structure of the catalysts was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). It is found that the Mn2Pb2CoOx catalyst has amorphous structure and contains various oxides of Mn, Pb and Co. Electrocatalytic activity of catalysts in 6 M KOH was studied using Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) and polarization. Cyclic Voltammetry plot of Mn2Pb2CoOx catalyst showed higher electrocatalytic activity towards the Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR) compared to other tri and bimetallic composite catalysts. The kinetics of ORR on the catalysts was investigated using the rotating disk electrode technique in 6 M KOH solution. From the slope of Koutecky–Levich plots, it is evident that the ORR on Mn2Pb2CoOx is a 4-electron transfer process. With these inherent features, the zinc–air battery was fabricated using various catalysts and their performance was examined for practical applications

  1. Iron-Air Rechargeable Battery

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    Narayan, Sri R. (Inventor); Prakash, G.K. Surya (Inventor); Kindler, Andrew (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Embodiments include an iron-air rechargeable battery having a composite electrode including an iron electrode and a hydrogen electrode integrated therewith. An air electrode is spaced from the iron electrode and an electrolyte is provided in contact with the air electrode and the iron electrodes. Various additives and catalysts are disclosed with respect to the iron electrode, air electrode, and electrolyte for increasing battery efficiency and cycle life.

  2. Particle Size Dependence of TiO2 Electrodes in Rechargeable Lithium Battery

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    S. Y. Huang

    1996-01-01

    Full Text Available Particle size effects in five anatase TiO2 pellet electrodes with different particle sizes (4 ∼ 300nm and surface areas (8 ∼ 380m2/g were studied by XRD analysis, chronopotentiometry and chronoamperometry in Li/LiN(CF3SO22 + EC:DME/TiO2 cells. Nanosized TiO2 electrodes showed by 22% larger storage capacity, 50% lower overvoltage loss at the same current density, and 75% higher charge density for a given time than microsized ones; electric storage capacity enhances more rapidly with decreasing particle size and increasing surface area in a nanoscale region than in a microscale region. The particle size dependence may be explained by surface morphology of electrodes and existence of structural defects or distortion in the surface layer of TiO2 nanosized particles.

  3. Cu2Sb thin film electrodes prepared by pulsed laser deposition f or lithium batteries

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    Song, Seung-Wan; Reade, Ronald P.; Cairns, Elton J.; Vaughey, Jack T.; Thackeray, Michael M.; Striebel, Kathryn A.

    2003-01-01

    Thin films of Cu2Sb, prepared on stainless steel and copper substrates with a pulsed laser deposition technique at room temperature, have been evaluated as electrodes in lithium cells. The electrodes operate by a lithium insertion/copper extrusion reaction mechanism, the reversibility of which is superior when copper substrates are used, particularly when electrochemical cycling is restricted to the voltage range 0.65-1.4 V vs. Li/Li+. The superior performance of Cu2Sb films on copper is...

  4. Bismuth Nanoparticle Decorating Graphite Felt as a High-Performance Electrode for an All-Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

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    Li, Bin; Gu, Meng; Nie, Zimin; Shao, Yuyan; Luo, Qingtao; Wei, Xiaoliang; Li, Xiaolin; Xiao, Jie; Wang, Chong M.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Wang, Wei

    2013-02-04

    The selection of electrode materials plays a great role in improving performances of all vanadium redox flow batteries (VRBs). Low-cost graphite felt (GF) as traditional electrode material has to be modified to address its issue of low electrocatalytic activity. In our paper, low-cost and highly conductive bismuth nanoparticles, as a powerful alternative electrocatalyst to noble metal, are proposed and synchronously electro-deposited onto the surface of GF while running flow cells employing the electrolytes containing suitable Bi3+. Although bismuth is proved to only take effect on the redox reaction of V(II)/V(III) and present at negative half-cell side, the whole cell electrochemical performances are significantly improved. In particular, the energy efficiency is increased by 11% owing to faster charge transfer as compared with one without Bi at high charge/discharge rate of 150 mA/cm2, which is prone to reduce stack size, thus dramatically reducing the cost. The excellent results show great promise of Bi nano-catalysts in the commercialization of VRBs in terms of product cost as well as electrochemical properties.

  5. Improvement of the Performance of Graphite Felt Electrodes for Vanadium-Redox-Flow-Batteries by Plasma Treatment

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    Eva-Maria Hammer

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In the frame of the present contribution oxidizing plasma pretreatment is used for the improvement of the electrocatalytic activity of graphite felt electrodes for Vanadium-Redox-Flow-Batteries (VRB. The influence of the working gas media on the catalytic activity and the surface morphology is demonstrated. The electrocatalytical properties of the graphite felt electrodes were examined by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The obtained results show that a significant improvement of the redox reaction kinetics can be achieved for all plasma modified samples using different working gasses (Ar, N2 and compressed air in an oxidizing environment. Nitrogen plasma treatment leads to the highest catalytical activities at the same operational conditions. Through a variation of the nitrogen plasma treatment duration a maximum performance at about 14 min cm-2 was observed, which is also represented by a minimum of 90 Ω in the charge transfer resistance obtained by EIS measurements. The morphology changes of the graphitized surface were followed using SEM.

  6. Preparation and electrochemical activities of iridium-decorated graphene as the electrode for all-vanadium redox flow batteries

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    This study reports the preparation of iridium-decorated graphene (Ir-G) as an electrode material for an all-vanadium redox flow battery (VRB) by synchronously reducing graphite oxide (GO) and iridium chloride hydrate (IrCl3·3H2O). X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to characterize the physicochemical properties of Ir-G. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) was used to measure the electrochemical behaviors of the Ir-G for the VRB system. In addition, this study investigated and compared the electrochemical behaviors of graphene with those of Vulcan XC-72. The Ir nanoparticles were exclusively deposited on graphene surface with high uniformity and a mean size of 3 nm. The CV results reveal that Ir-G possesses a highly electrocatalytic activity and reversibility among all samples. In addition, the redox current densities of Ir-G are approximately four times higher than those of XC-72. The large electrolyte-accessible surface area and intense affinity of Ir/vanadium-oxygen ions that facilitate electronic and ionic transport contribute to these improvements. Therefore, this study proposes a synchronous reduction method for preparing an Ir-G electrode that exhibits excellent electrocatalytic performance, thereby demonstrating significant improvements in VRB applications.

  7. Electrical, Mechanical, and Capacity Percolation Leads to High-Performance MoS2/Nanotube Composite Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes.

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    Liu, Yuping; He, Xiaoyun; Hanlon, Damien; Harvey, Andrew; Khan, Umar; Li, Yanguang; Coleman, Jonathan N

    2016-06-28

    Advances in lithium ion batteries would facilitate technological developments in areas from electrical vehicles to mobile communications. While two-dimensional systems like MoS2 are promising electrode materials due to their potentially high capacity, their poor rate capability and low cycle stability are severe handicaps. Here, we study the electrical, mechanical, and lithium storage properties of solution-processed MoS2/carbon nanotube anodes. Nanotube addition gives up to 10(10)-fold and 40-fold increases in electrical conductivity and mechanical toughness, respectively. The increased conductivity results in up to a 100× capacity enhancement to ∼1200 mAh/g (∼3000 mAh/cm(3)) at 0.1 A/g, while the improved toughness significantly boosts cycle stability. Composites with 20 wt % nanotubes combine high reversible capacity with excellent cycling stability (e.g., ∼950 mAh/g after 500 cycles at 2 A/g) and high rate capability (∼600 mAh/g at 20 A/g). The conductivity, toughness, and capacity scale with nanotube content according to percolation theory, while the stability increases sharply at the mechanical percolation threshold. We believe that the improvements in conductivity and toughness obtained after addition of nanotubes can be transferred to other electrode materials, such as silicon nanoparticles. PMID:27203558

  8. Fabrication of Binder-Free Pencil-Trace Electrode for Lithium-Ion Battery: Simplicity and High Performance.

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    Park, Hyean-Yeol; Kim, Min-Sik; Bae, Tae-Sung; Yuan, Jinliang; Yu, Jong-Sung

    2016-05-10

    A binder-free and solvent-free pencil-trace electrode with intercalated clay particles (mainly SiO2) is prepared via a simple pencil-drawing process on grinded Cu substrate with rough surface and evaluated as an anode material for lithium-ion battery. The pencil-trace electrode exhibits a high reversible capacity of 672 mA h g(-1) at 100 mA g(-1) after 100 cycles, which can be attributed to the unique multilayered graphene particles with lateral size of few micrometers and the formation of LixSi alloys generated by interaction between Li(+) and an active Si produced in the electrochemical reduction of nano-SiO2 in the clay particles between the multilayered graphene particles. The multilayered graphene obtained by this process consists of 1 up to 20 and occasionally up to 50 sheets and thus can not only help accommodating the volume change and alleviating the structural strain during Li ion insertion and extraction but also allow rapid access of Li ions during charge-discharge cycling. Drawing with a pencil on grinded Cu substrate is not only very simple but also cost-effective and highly scalable, easily establishing graphitic circuitry through a solvent-free and binder-free approach. PMID:27082026

  9. Stacking structures and electrode performances of rare earth-Mg-Ni-based alloys for advanced nickel-metal hydride battery

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    Rare earth-Mg-Ni-based alloys with stacking structures consisting of AB5 unit (CaCu5-type structure) and A2B4 unit (Laves structure) have received attention as negative electrode materials for advanced nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery. These alloy materials are very attractive because of high hydrogen storage capacity, low cobalt content and moderate plateau pressure, but have some difficulty to control the phase abundance and electrode performances. In this paper, relationship among composition, phase abundance, and electrochemical properties was investigated. Structural analysis was done using synchrotron X-ray diffraction patterns. In alloys such as La0.8Mg0.2Ni3.4-x-yCo0.3(MnAl)x (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4), phase abundance was drastically changed with increasing amount of Mn and Al. In the range of 0.1 5Co19-type (5:19H) or rhombohedral 1:4R phases were dominant. The Rietveld analysis suggested that Mg occupies La sites in A2B4 unit, and Al has tendency to occupy Ni sites between A2B4 unit and AB5 unit or between AB5 units in these types of phases. The developed alloys showed higher discharge capacity by 20% than the conventional one at a 0.2 C discharge rate

  10. Virus-Assembled Flexible Electrode-Electrolyte Interfaces for Enhanced Polymer-Based Battery Applications

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    Peter Kofinas; Culver, James N.; Ayan Ghosh; Chunsheng Wang; Brown, Adam D.; Juchen Guo; Elizabeth Royston

    2012-01-01

    High-aspect-ratio cobalt-oxide-coated Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV-) assembled polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) nonstick surfaces were integrated with a solvent-free polymer electrolyte to create an anode-electrolyte interface for use in lithium-ion batteries. The virus-assembled PTFE surfaces consisted primarily of cobalt oxide and were readily intercalated with a low-molecular-weight poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) based diblock copolymer electrolyte to produce a solid anode-electrolyte system. The ...

  11. First-principles studies of interfacial chemistry in negative electrodes for lithium ion battery applications

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    Greeley, Jeffrey

    2014-01-01

    Silicon is a promising alternative to graphite as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries due to its enhanced safety and significantly higher theoretical capacity. Drastic volume changes in silicon during lithiation and delithiation cycles, however, hinder cyclability and capacity retention. Most strategies for improving the cyclability of silicon involve the engineering of interfacial chemistry and nanoscale architectures, and to further these efforts, fundamental insights into lithiatio...

  12. Influence of constraints on axial growth reduction of cylindrical Li-ion battery electrode particles

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    Chakraborty, Jeevanjyoti; Please, Colin P.; Goriely, Alain; Chapman, S. Jonathan

    2014-01-01

    Volumetric expansion of silicon anode particles in a lithium-ion battery during charging may lead to the generation of undesirable internal stresses. For a cylindrical particle such growth may also lead to failure by buckling if the expansion is constrained in the axial direction due to other particles or supporting structures. To mitigate this problem, the possibility of reducing axial growth is investigated theoretically by studying simple modifications of the solid cylinder geometry. First...

  13. Studies of doped negative valve-regulated lead-acid battery electrodes

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    Micka, Karel; Calábek, M.; Bača, P.; Křivák, P.; Lábus, R.; Bilko, R.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 191, č. 1 (2009), s. 154-158. ISSN 0378-7753 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : lead-acid * negative electrode * sulfation suppression Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry Impact factor: 3.792, year: 2009

  14. Battery Safety Basics

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    Roy, Ken

    2010-01-01

    Batteries commonly used in flashlights and other household devices produce hydrogen gas as a product of zinc electrode corrosion. The amount of gas produced is affected by the batteries' design and charge rate. Dangerous levels of hydrogen gas can be released if battery types are mixed, batteries are damaged, batteries are of different ages, or…

  15. First Principles Study of Electrochemical and Chemical Stability of the Solid Electrolyte-Electrode Interfaces in All-Solid-State Li-Ion Batteries

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    Zhu, Yizhou; He, Xingfeng; Mo, Yifei

    All-solid-state Li-ion battery is a promising next-generation energy-storage technology. Using novel ceramic solid electrolyte materials, all-solid-state battery has advantages of intrinsic safety and high energy density compared to current Li-ion batteries based on organic liquid electrolyte. However, the power density achieved in all-solid-state battery is still unsatisfactory. The high interfacial resistance at electrode-electrolyte interface is one of the major limiting factors. Here we demonstrated a computational approach based on first principles calculation to systematically investigate the chemical and electrochemical stability of solid electrolyte materials, and provide insightful understanding of the degradation and passivation mechanisms at the interface. Our calculation revealed that the intrinsic stability of solid electrolyte materials and solid electrolyte-electrode interfaces is limited and the formation of interphase layers are thermodynamically favorable. Our study demonstrated a computational scheme to evaluate the electrochemical and chemical stability of the solid interfaces. Our newly gained understanding provided principles for developing solid electrolyte materials with enhanced stability and for engineering interfaces in all-solid-state Li-ion batteries. This work was supported by Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DE-EE0006860).

  16. Ti-substituted tunnel-type Na0.44MnO2 oxide as a negative electrode for aqueous sodium-ion batteries

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    Wang, Yuesheng; Liu, Jue; Lee, Byungju; Qiao, Ruimin; Yang, Zhenzhong; Xu, Shuyin; Yu, Xiqian; Gu, Lin; Hu, Yong-Sheng; Yang, Wanli; Kang, Kisuk; Li, Hong; Yang, Xiao-Qing; Chen, Liquan; Huang, Xuejie

    2015-03-01

    The aqueous sodium-ion battery system is a safe and low-cost solution for large-scale energy storage, because of the abundance of sodium and inexpensive aqueous electrolytes. Although several positive electrode materials, for example, Na0.44MnO2, were proposed, few negative electrode materials, for example, activated carbon and NaTi2(PO4)3, are available. Here we show that Ti-substituted Na0.44MnO2 (Na0.44[Mn1-xTix]O2) with tunnel structure can be used as a negative electrode material for aqueous sodium-ion batteries. This material exhibits superior cyclability even without the special treatment of oxygen removal from the aqueous solution. Atomic-scale characterizations based on spherical aberration-corrected electron microscopy and ab initio calculations are utilized to accurately identify the Ti substitution sites and sodium storage mechanism. Ti substitution tunes the charge ordering property and reaction pathway, significantly smoothing the discharge/charge profiles and lowering the storage voltage. Both the fundamental understanding and practical demonstrations suggest that Na0.44[Mn1-xTix]O2 is a promising negative electrode material for aqueous sodium-ion batteries.

  17. Low-temperature synthesis of CuO-interlaced nanodiscs for lithium ion battery electrodes

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    Seo Seung-Deok

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this study, we report the high-yield synthesis of 2-dimensional cupric oxide (CuO nanodiscs through dehydrogenation of 1-dimensional Cu(OH2 nanowires at 60°C. Most of the nanodiscs had a diameter of approximately 500 nm and a thickness of approximately 50 nm. After further prolonged reaction times, secondary irregular nanodiscs gradually grew vertically into regular nanodiscs. These CuO nanostructures were characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurements. The possible growth mechanism of the interlaced disc CuO nanostructures is systematically discussed. The electrochemical performances of the CuO nanodisc electrodes were evaluated in detail using cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic cycling. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the incorporation of multiwalled carbon nanotubes enables the enhanced reversible capacities and capacity retention of CuO nanodisc electrodes on cycling by offering more efficient electron transport paths.

  18. Fast microwave treatments of single source alkoxides for nanostructured Li-ion battery electrodes.

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    Laveda, Josefa Vidal; Chandhok, Vibhuti; Murray, Claire A; Paterson, Gary W; Corr, Serena A

    2016-07-12

    Microwave or ultrasonic treatment of metal alkoxides presents a fast, low cost route to both anode and cathode nanomaterials for Li-ion battery applications. Here, we demonstrate the formation of LiMPO4 (M = Fe, Mn) and Mn3O4 nanostructures via this simple route which exhibit excellent electrochemical performances. This approach opens up a new avenue for the targeted design of nanostructured materials, where co-location of the desired metals in a single starting material shortens reaction times and temperatures since there is a decrease in diffusional energy requirements usually needed for these reactions to proceed. PMID:26486274

  19. Intermediate honeycomb ordering to trigger oxygen redox chemistry in layered battery electrode

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    Mortemard de Boisse, Benoit; Liu, Guandong; Ma, Jiangtao; Nishimura, Shin-ichi; Chung, Sai-Cheong; Kiuchi, Hisao; Harada, Yoshihisa; Kikkawa, Jun; Kobayashi, Yoshio; Okubo, Masashi; Yamada, Atsuo

    2016-01-01

    Sodium-ion batteries are attractive energy storage media owing to the abundance of sodium, but the low capacities of available cathode materials make them impractical. Sodium-excess metal oxides Na2MO3 (M: transition metal) are appealing cathode materials that may realize large capacities through additional oxygen redox reaction. However, the general strategies for enhancing the capacity of Na2MO3 are poorly established. Here using two polymorphs of Na2RuO3, we demonstrate the critical role o...

  20. Nickel-zinc accordion-fold batteries with microfibrous electrodes using a papermaking process

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    Zhu, Wenhua H.; Flanzer, Mark E.; Tatarchuk, Bruce J.

    Thin microfibrous substrates were built using a low cost, high speed, wet lay papermaking process with nickel and copper microfibers. High quality microfiber sheets with designed thickness and void volumes were fabricated at the Center for Microfibrous Materials Manufacturing at Auburn University. Products include thin microfibrous nickel and copper substrates with or without suitable expanded metal meshes, either sandwiched inside or on the backside. An improved method for fabrication of zinc electrodes was accomplished by electro-depositing active zinc material on 6 and/or 9 μm diameter microfibrous copper substrates. These zinc electrodes with various additives were examined for shape change and tested for performance. A new structure of electrode design was employed using an accordion-fold cell. By using five individual segments sintered onto an expanded metal mesh, an accordion-fold cell (670 mAh rated capacity) was assembled and had 98.0% coulomb efficiency, 88.6% energy efficiency at 72% depth-of-discharge (DOD) and 73.2% state-of-recharge (SOR) in the 79th cycle. A Ni-Zn cell consisting of one thick nickel and one thick zinc electrode was tested for rate performance in comparison with the 670 mAh accordion-fold cell. The accordion-fold cell (1279 mAh rated capacity) was scaled-up and tested for 835 cycles at 38% DOD at a 0.3 C charge and discharge rates, and continuously operated at 38% DOD until the 1050th cycle was finished at 0.16 C charge/discharge rates. A 7115 mAh accordion-fold demonstration cell was tested at 0.28 C charge and discharge rates for 608 cycles and still had a 4.7 Ah capacity at a 0.08 C discharge rate.

  1. Cycling strategies for optimizing silicon nanowires performance as negative electrode for lithium battery

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    Highlights: • Original cycling conditions combining cut-off potential and involved capacity • Influence of capacity limitation is investigated for lithiation and delithiation • Importance of a reduced delithiation cut-off voltage is demonstrated • At C/5 rate, 1800 cycles are reached without electrode or electrolyte optimization • A 1 C rate, 2000 cycles are reached with electrolyte containing VC additive - Abstract: The cycling conditions of silicon nanowires anode are investigated and a set of conditions is proposed in order to improve the cycle life of these electrodes, without any structure or surface optimization. Limitation of lithiation or delithiation to an intermediate value of 900 mAh g−1 allows to perform up to 1850 cycles at C/5 rate, which represents a significant increase of the electrode cycle life compared to that observed for standard cycling. This behavior is still attractive at higher current rate. At 1 C rate, it is proved that combining the lithiation-limited cycling with an upper cut-off voltage of 0.8 V improves the capacity retention by a factor 2. When using these optimized conditions, combined with a simple adding of fluoroethylene carbonate or vinylene carbonate in the electrolyte, a compact solid electrolyte interphase is formed upon cycling and an exceptional capacity retention is observed, reaching respectively 1500 and more than 2000 cycles

  2. Tapioca binder for porous zinc anodes electrode in zinc–air batteries

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    Mohamad Najmi Masri

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Tapioca was used as a binder for porous Zn anodes in an electrochemical zinc-air (Zn-air battery system. The tapioca binder concentrations varied to find the optimum composition. The effect of the discharge rate at 100 mA on the constant current, current–potential and current density–power density of the Zn-air battery was measured and analyzed. At concentrations of 60–80 mg cm−3, the tapioca binder exhibited the optimum discharge capability, with a specific capacity of approximately 500 mA h g−1 and a power density of 17 mW cm−2. A morphological analysis proved that at this concentration, the binder is able to provide excellent binding between the Zn powders. Moreover, the structure of Zn as the active material was not affected by the addition of tapioca as the binder, as shown by the X-ray diffraction analysis. Furthermore, the conversion of Zn into ZnO represents the full utilization of the active material, which is a good indication that tapioca can be used as the binder.

  3. Hydrogen diffusion in La1.5Nd0.5MgNi9 alloy electrodes of the Ni/MH battery

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    Highlights: • Hydrogen diffusion in the La1.5Nd0.5MgNi9 alloy electrode was studied. • Various techniques of low amplitude potentiostatic data treatment were used. • DH demonstrates a maximum (2 × 10−11 cm2/s) at 85% of discharge of the electrode. • Maximum is associated with a conversion of β-hydride into a solid α-solution. • Optimization of material and electrode will allow high discharge rates. - Abstract: Hydrogen diffusion in the La1.5Nd0.5MgNi9 battery electrode material has been studied using low amplitude potentiostatic experiments. Complex diffusion behavior is examined in frames of electroanalytical models proposed for the lithium intercalation materials. Hydrogen diffusion coefficient DH changes with hydrogen content in the metal hydride anode electrode and has a maximum of ca. 2 × 10−11 cm2/s at ca. 85% of discharge. Such a behavior differs from the trends known for the transport in lithium battery materials, but qualitatively agrees with the data for the highly concentrated β-PdHx

  4. Hydrogen diffusion in La{sub 1.5}Nd{sub 0.5}MgNi{sub 9} alloy electrodes of the Ni/MH battery

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    Volodin, A.A. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Denys, R.V. [Institute for Energy Technology, P.O. Box 40, Kjeller NO2027 (Norway); Tsirlina, G.A. [Department of Electrochemistry, Moscow State University, Moscow (Russian Federation); Tarasov, B.P. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of RAS, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Fichtner, M. [Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe (Germany); Yartys, V.A., E-mail: volodymyr.yartys@ife.no [Institute for Energy Technology, P.O. Box 40, Kjeller NO2027 (Norway)

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    Highlights: • Hydrogen diffusion in the La{sub 1.5}Nd{sub 0.5}MgNi{sub 9} alloy electrode was studied. • Various techniques of low amplitude potentiostatic data treatment were used. • D{sub H} demonstrates a maximum (2 × 10{sup −11} cm{sup 2}/s) at 85% of discharge of the electrode. • Maximum is associated with a conversion of β-hydride into a solid α-solution. • Optimization of material and electrode will allow high discharge rates. - Abstract: Hydrogen diffusion in the La{sub 1.5}Nd{sub 0.5}MgNi{sub 9} battery electrode material has been studied using low amplitude potentiostatic experiments. Complex diffusion behavior is examined in frames of electroanalytical models proposed for the lithium intercalation materials. Hydrogen diffusion coefficient D{sub H} changes with hydrogen content in the metal hydride anode electrode and has a maximum of ca. 2 × 10{sup −11} cm{sup 2}/s at ca. 85% of discharge. Such a behavior differs from the trends known for the transport in lithium battery materials, but qualitatively agrees with the data for the highly concentrated β-PdH{sub x}.

  5. In Situ-Grown ZnCo2O4 on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes as Air Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Lithium–Oxygen Batteries

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    Liu, Bin; Xu, Wu; Yan, Pengfei; Bhattacharya, Priyanka; Cao, Ruiguo; Bowden, Mark E.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Wang, Chong M.; Zhang, Jiguang

    2015-10-12

    Although lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries have great potential to be used as one of the next generation energy storage systems due to their ultrahigh theoretical specific energy, there are still many significant barriers before their practical applications. These barriers include electrolyte and electrode instability, poor ORR/OER efficiency and cycling capability, etc. Development of a highly efficient catalyst will not only enhance ORR/OER efficiency, it may also improve the stability of electrolyte because the reduced charge voltage. Here we report the synthesis of nano-sheet-assembled ZnCo2O4 spheres/single walled carbon nanotubes (ZCO/SWCNTs) composites as high performance air electrode materials for Li-O2 batteries. The ZCO catalyzed SWCNTs electrodes delivered high discharge capacities, decreased the onset of oxygen evolution reaction by 0.9 V during charge processes, and led to more stable cycling stability. These results indicate that ZCO/SWCNTs composite can be used as highly efficient air electrode for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions. The highly enhanced catalytic activity by uniformly dispersed ZnCo2O4 catalyst on nanostructured electrodes is expected to inspire

  6. New bipolar electrode for zinc bromine battery side-by-side profile co-extrusion of insulating and conductive plastic sheets

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    Tsien, H. C.

    The side-by-side profile coextrusion of insulating and conductive plastic sheets is seen as presenting a rapid, new method of production for the bipolar electrodes of zinc bromine batteries. It is shown that in comparison with compression molding and co-injection molding, the coextrusion method gives more uniformity in thickness, a stronger bonding between the insulating and conductive plastics, and desired flatness. In addition, electrodes can be produced by the yard, in a manner similar to dress fabric. It is pointed out that the fabrication cost is much lower because the batch method can be replaced by a continuous method. A description is given of the coextrusion die.

  7. Sulphur-polypyrrole composite positive electrode materials for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    A novel conducting sulphur-polypyrrole composite material was prepared by the chemical polymerization method with sodium p-toluenesulphonate as the dopant, 4-styrenesulphonic sodium salts as the surfactant, and FeCl3 as the oxidant. The new material was characterized by Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. Nanosize polypyrrole particles were uniformly coated onto the surface of the sulphur powder, which significantly improved the electrical conductivity, the capacity and the cycle durability in a lithium cell compared with the bare sulphur electrode

  8. Optical Characterization of Commercial Lithiated Graphite Battery Electrodes and in Situ Fiber Optic Evanescent Wave Spectroscopy.

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    Ghannoum, AbdulRahman; Norris, Ryan C; Iyer, Krishna; Zdravkova, Liliana; Yu, Aiping; Nieva, Patricia

    2016-07-27

    Optical characterization of graphite anodes in lithium ion batteries (LIB) is presented here for potential use in estimating their state of charge (SOC). The characterization is based on reflectance spectroscopy of the anode of commercial LIB cells and in situ optical measurements using an embedded optical fiber sensor. The optical characterization of the anode using wavelengths ranging from 500 to 900 nm supports the dominance of graphite over the solid electrolyte interface in governing the anode's reflectance properties. It is demonstrated that lithiated graphite's reflectance has a significant change in the near-infrared band, 750-900 nm, compared with the visible spectrum as a function of SOC. An embedded optical sensor is used to measure the transmittance of graphite anode in the near-infrared band, and the results suggest that a unique inexpensive method may be developed to estimate the SOC of a LIB. PMID:27379859

  9. Visualization of anisotropic-isotropic phase transformation dynamics in battery electrode particles.

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    Wang, Jiajun; Karen Chen-Wiegart, Yu-Chen; Eng, Christopher; Shen, Qun; Wang, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Anisotropy, or alternatively, isotropy of phase transformations extensively exist in a number of solid-state materials, with performance depending on the three-dimensional transformation features. Fundamental insights into internal chemical phase evolution allow manipulating materials with desired functionalities, and can be developed via real-time multi-dimensional imaging methods. Here, we report a five-dimensional imaging method to track phase transformation as a function of charging time in individual lithium iron phosphate battery cathode particles during delithiation. The electrochemically driven phase transformation is initially anisotropic with a preferred boundary migration direction, but becomes isotropic as delithiation proceeds further. We also observe the expected two-phase coexistence throughout the entire charging process. We expect this five-dimensional imaging method to be broadly applicable to problems in energy, materials, environmental and life sciences. PMID:27516044

  10. Ag nanoparticle-modified MnO2 nanorods catalyst for use as an air electrode in zinc–air battery

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    In this paper, we report the synthesis, characterization and application of an inexpensive yet efficient bifunctional catalyst composed of Ag nanocrystals (∼11 nm) anchored on α-MnO2 nanorods. The nanostructured Ag–MnO2 catalysts exhibit improved oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) performance in aqueous alkaline media, in terms of onset potential, generated current density and Tafel slopes. Rotating disk electrode results show that near-four electrons per oxygen molecule were transferred during ORR of Ag–MnO2. A zinc–air battery prototype employing Ag–MnO2 in the air electrode was successfully operated for 270 cycles under light discharge–charge condition. Ag–MnO2 is an efficient bifunctional catalyst for electrochemical devices such as metal–air batteries and alkaline fuel cells

  11. Influence of the solid electrolyte interphase on the performance of redox shuttle additives in Li-ion batteries - A rotating ring-disc electrode study

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    Kaymaksiz, Serife; Wachtler, Mario; Wohlfahrt-Mehrens, Margret

    2015-01-01

    Redox shuttle electrolyte additives (RSAs) can be applied for reversible overcharge protection of batteries. Their successful operation involves their oxidation at the cathode and reduction at the anode. The most common anodes in lithium-ion batteries are graphite or amorphous carbon, which are normally covered with a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI). The reduction of RSAs at these anodes is in apparent contradiction with the common understanding of the SEI, which is thought to be electronically insulating. In this communication the reduction behaviour of ferrocene and 2,5-di-tert-butyl-1,4-dimethoxybenzene is studied at un-filmed and SEI-filmed electrodes. It is found that it depends strongly on the type of RSA and/or composition of the SEI. The rotating ring-disc electrode (RRDE) is introduced as a powerful diagnostic tool to study the reaction mechanism of RSAs in general and the influence of the SEI in particular.

  12. High capacity hydrogen storage alloy negative electrodes for use in nickel–metal hydride batteries

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    Highlights: • Rare earth-free TiV2.1−xCrxNi0.3 (x = 0.4–1.0) alloys were prepared by arc-melting. • All alloys were composed of two phases, bcc phase and TiNi-based phase. • The higher Cr content, the lower discharge capacity, the higher cycle durability. • The lower charge-transfer resistance led to the higher HRD. • The TiV1.6Cr0.5Ni0.3 alloy electrode had the highest HRD. - Abstract: Rare earth-free V-based TiV2.1−xCrxNi0.3 (x = 0.4–1.0) alloys were prepared by arc-melting. All alloys were composed of two phases, the primary phase in which the V and Cr constituents were mainly distributed and the secondary phase in which the Ti and Ni constituents were mainly distributed. When the Cr content was increased, the maximum discharge capacity was decreased, but charge–discharge cycle durability was improved. The lower the charge-transfer resistance and the higher the specific discharge current at which the positive shift of potential at degree of discharge of 50% stagnates, the higher the HRD. In the present study, the TiV1.6Cr0.5Ni0.3 alloy electrode had the highest HRD

  13. Modeling mass and density distribution effects on the performance of co-extruded electrodes for high energy density lithium-ion batteries

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    Cobb, Corie L.; Blanco, Mario

    2014-03-01

    Utilizing an existing macro-homogeneous porous electrode model developed by John Newman, this paper aims to explore the potential energy density gains which can be realized in lithium-ion battery electrodes fabricated with co-extrusion printing technology. This paper conducts an analysis on two-dimensional electrode cross-sections and presents the electrochemical performance results, including calculated volumetric energy capacity for a general class of lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) co-extruded cathodes, in the presence of a lithium metal anode, polymer separator and liquid ethylene carbonate, propylene carbonate, and dimethyl carbonate (EC:PC:DMC) electrolyte. The impact of structured electrodes on cell performance is investigated by varying the physical distribution of a fixed amount of cathode mass over a space of dimensions which can be fabricated by co-extrusion. By systematically varying the thickness and aspect ratio of the electrode structures, we present an optimal subset of geometries and design rules for co-extruded geometries. Modeling results demonstrate that ultra-thick LiCoO2 electrodes, on the order of 150-300 μm, can garner a substantial improvement in material utilization and in turn capacity through electrolyte channels and fine width electrode pillars which are 25-100 μm wide.

  14. Synthesis and electrochemical properties of Li(1.3)Nb(0.3)V(0.4)O2 as a positive electrode material for rechargeable lithium batteries.

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    Yabuuchi, Naoaki; Takeuchi, Mitsue; Komaba, Shinichi; Ichikawa, Shinnosuke; Ozaki, Tetsuya; Inamasu, Tokuo

    2016-02-01

    The binary system, xLi3NbO4-(1 - x)LiVO2, was first examined as an electrode material for rechargeable lithium batteries. The sample (x = 0.43) crystallizes into a cation-disordered rocksalt structure and delivers a reversible capacity of ca. 230 mA h g(-1), which originates from V(3+)/V(5+) redox with electrochemically inactive niobium ions. PMID:26686804

  15. Protective coating on positive lithium-metal-oxide electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Johnson, Christopher S.; Thackeray, Michael M.; Kahaian, Arthur J.

    2006-05-23

    A positive electrode for a non-aqueous lithium cell comprising a LiMn2-xMxO4 spinel structure in which M is one or more metal cations with an atomic number less than 52, such that the average oxidation state of the manganese ions is equal to or greater than 3.5, and in which 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.15, having one or more lithium spine oxide LiM'2O4 or lithiated spinel oxide Li1+yM'2O4 compounds on the surface thereof in which M' are cobalt cations and in which 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1.

  16. High capacity hydrogen storage alloy negative electrodes for use in nickel–metal hydride batteries

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    Inoue, Hiroshi, E-mail: inoue-h@chem.osakafu-u.ac.jp; Kotani, Norihiro; Chiku, Masanobu; Higuchi, Eiji

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Rare earth-free TiV{sub 2.1−x}Cr{sub x}Ni{sub 0.3} (x = 0.4–1.0) alloys were prepared by arc-melting. • All alloys were composed of two phases, bcc phase and TiNi-based phase. • The higher Cr content, the lower discharge capacity, the higher cycle durability. • The lower charge-transfer resistance led to the higher HRD. • The TiV{sub 1.6}Cr{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.3} alloy electrode had the highest HRD. - Abstract: Rare earth-free V-based TiV{sub 2.1−x}Cr{sub x}Ni{sub 0.3} (x = 0.4–1.0) alloys were prepared by arc-melting. All alloys were composed of two phases, the primary phase in which the V and Cr constituents were mainly distributed and the secondary phase in which the Ti and Ni constituents were mainly distributed. When the Cr content was increased, the maximum discharge capacity was decreased, but charge–discharge cycle durability was improved. The lower the charge-transfer resistance and the higher the specific discharge current at which the positive shift of potential at degree of discharge of 50% stagnates, the higher the HRD. In the present study, the TiV{sub 1.6}Cr{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.3} alloy electrode had the highest HRD.

  17. Solid-state sodium batteries using polymer electrolytes and sodium intercalation electrode materials

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    Ma, Y. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering]|[Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). Materials Sciences Div.

    1996-08-01

    Solid-state sodium cells using polymer electrolytes (polyethylene oxide mixed with sodium trifluoromethanesulfonate: PEO{sub n}NaCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}) and sodium cobalt oxide positive electrodes are characterized in terms of discharge and charge characteristics, rate capability, cycle life, and energy and power densities. The P2 phase Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2} can reversibly intercalate sodium in the range of x = 0.3 to 0.9, giving a theoretical specific energy of 440 Wh/kg and energy density of 1,600 Wh/l. Over one hundred cycles to 60% depth of discharge have been obtained at 0.5 mA/cm{sup 2}. Experiments show that the electrolyte/Na interface is stable and is not the limiting factor to cell cycle life. Na{sub 0.7}CoO{sub 2} composite electrodes containing various amounts of carbon black additive are investigated. The transport properties of polymer electrolytes are the critical factors for performance. These properties (the ionic conductivity, salt diffusion coefficient, and ion transference number) are measured for the PEO{sub n}NaCF{sub 3}SO{sub 3} system over a wide range of concentrations at 85 C. All the three transport properties are very salt-concentration dependent. The ionic conductivity exhibits a maximum at about n = 20. The transference number, diffusion coefficient, and thermodynamic factor all vary with salt concentration in a similar fashion, decreasing as the concentration increases, except for a local maximum. These results verify that polymer electrolytes cannot be treated as ideal solutions. The measured transport-property values are used to analyze and optimize the electrolytes by computer simulation and also cell testing. Salt precipitation is believed to be the rate limiting process for cells using highly concentrated solutions, as a result of lower values of these properties, while salt depletion is the limiting factor when a dilute solution is used.

  18. Structural and Electrochemical Impacts of Oxygen Doped and Surfactant Coated Activated Carbon Electrodes in Li-ion Batteries

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    Collins, John; Gourdin, Gerald; Qu, Deyang; Foster, Michelle

    2013-03-01

    Passive charge and discharge dynamics are necessary for advancing Li-ion batteries. Surfactant adsorption on activated carbon has been shown to promote advancements in the discharge capacity, time and cycle-ability of electrochemical systems--specifically by enhancing diffusion pathways for ion insertion/de-insertion and suppressing pore blockage from precipitates known to form during charge/discharge states. Enhancement of surfactant chemisorption on activated carbon is achieved through oxygen doping of the carbon surface. In addition, doping alters the degree of Faradaic processes occurring in solution, resulting in prolonged reduction at the carbon surface. The work presented describes how surface oxygen groups on a granulated activated carbon have been manipulated using nitric acid in a controlled, stepwise fashion. A nonionic surfactant was applied to oxidized and non-oxidized samples at various concentrations. The composition and structure of the activated carbon surface was characterized using DRIFTS, Raman Spectroscopy, SEM and Porosimetry. The charge/discharge Li insertion capacities along with correlating surface microstructure changes were analyzed for all treated electrodes at progressive oxidation stages.

  19. Nano-sized structured layered positive electrode materials to enable high energy density and high rate capability lithium batteries

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    Deng, Haixia; Belharouak, Ilias; Amine, Khalil

    2012-10-02

    Nano-sized structured dense and spherical layered positive active materials provide high energy density and high rate capability electrodes in lithium-ion batteries. Such materials are spherical second particles made from agglomerated primary particles that are Li.sub.1+.alpha.(Ni.sub.xCo.sub.yMn.sub.z).sub.1-tM.sub.tO.sub.2-dR.sub.d- , where M is selected from can be Al, Mg, Fe, Cu, Zn, Cr, Ag, Ca, Na, K, In, Ga, Ge, V, Mo, Nb, Si, Ti, Zr, or a mixture of any two or more thereof, R is selected from F, Cl, Br, I, H, S, N, or a mixture of any two or more thereof, and 0.ltoreq..alpha..ltoreq.0.50; 0

  20. Playing with isomerism and N substitution in pentalenedione derivatives for organic electrode batteries: how high are the stakes?

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    Tomerini, Daniele; Gatti, Carlo; Frayret, Christine

    2016-01-28

    New concepts to design innovating and top-performing redox-active organic molecules based electrodes should push forward and promote an eco-friendly alternative to classical Li-ion batteries. In this promising research area, density functional theory calculations lend support to experiments through the prediction of redox voltage and give promise to rationalize the trends, thus providing a general approach for engineering advanced materials. In this study in which we analysed spin density/net atomic charges distribution along with global energy decomposition thanks to Bader's partitioning of the molecular space, a vision for designing pentalenedione derivatives by fine tuning of the redox potential properties is presented. The concept relies on combined effects of isomerism and N single/double substitution for CH on the parent backbone. Such dual nature modification is able to provide a series of compounds within the range of 2.2-3.6 V vs. Li(+)/Li (against a more restricted range of 2.2-2.8 V vs. Li(+)/Li for the sole effect of isomerism on the unsubstituted parent compounds). The incidence of double N substitution alone generally follows an almost additive rule based on the combined actions of the composing single N substitutions. Few exceptions to the rule were, however, also observed and rationalized. Beyond learning gained for this peculiar family, these results may have exciting implications for future design strategies. PMID:26701642

  1. Iron oxide/carbon microsphere lithium-ion battery electrode with high capacity and good cycling stability

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    Iron oxide/carbon composite microspheres were prepared by a simple solution polymerization followed by pyrolysis in flowing nitrogen atmosphere at high temperature. The composites were characterized using various characterization techniques including powder X-ray diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, N2 physical adsorption and the electrochemical performance test. The results show that the iron oxide/carbon composites consist of uniform microspheres with an average diameter of ∼2.1 μm. These iron oxide/carbon composite microspheres exhibit high capacity and good cycle stability when used as a lithium-ion battery anode. When the iron oxide content is 66%, the composite reveals the best electrochemical performance with an initial charge capacity of 730 mAh g−1, and even after ninety cycles the electrode still maintains a capacity of 664 mAh g−1, giving high capacity retention of 91%. The good electrochemical performance of the composite anode is close related with its structure, in which Fe2O3 particles are uniformly dispersed in the spherical carbon matrix; hence the volume change and aggregation of the Fe2O3 particles during lithium ion insertion/extraction process can be effectively hindered by the carbon matrix. On the other hand, carbon itself is an electronic conductor, the carbon layer and Fe2O3 particles connect closely, which ensures a good electrical contact during lithium insertion and extraction.

  2. Effect of mesocelluar carbon foam electrode material on performance of vanadium redox flow battery

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    Jeong, Sanghyun; An, Sunhyung; Jeong, Jooyoung; Lee, Jinwoo; Kwon, Yongchai

    2015-03-01

    Languid reaction rate of VO2+/VO2+ redox couple is a problem to solve for improving performance of vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). To facilitate the slow reaction materials including large pore sized mesocellular carbon foam (MSU-F-C and Pt/MSU-F-C) are used as new catalyst. Their catalytic activity and reaction reversibility are estimated and compared with other catalysts, while cycle tests of charge-discharge and polarization curve tests are implemented to evaluate energy efficiency (EE) and maximum power density (MPD). Their crystal structure, specific surface area and catalyst morphology are measured by XRD, BET and TEM. The new catalysts indicate high peak current ratio, small peak potential difference and high electron transfer rate constant, proving that their catalytic activity and reaction reversibility are superior. Regarding the charge-discharge and polarization curve tests, the VRFB single cells including new catalysts show high EE as well as low overpotential and internal resistance and high MPD. Such excellent results are due to mostly unique characteristics of MSU-F-C having large interconnected mesopores, high surface area and large contents of hydroxyl groups that serve as active sites for VO2+/VO2+ redox reaction and platinums (Pts) supporting the MSU-F-C. Indeed, employment of the catalysts including MSU-F-C leads to enhancement in performance of VRFB by facilitating the slow VO2+/VO2+ redox reaction.

  3. Intermediate honeycomb ordering to trigger oxygen redox chemistry in layered battery electrode

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    Mortemard de Boisse, Benoit; Liu, Guandong; Ma, Jiangtao; Nishimura, Shin-Ichi; Chung, Sai-Cheong; Kiuchi, Hisao; Harada, Yoshihisa; Kikkawa, Jun; Kobayashi, Yoshio; Okubo, Masashi; Yamada, Atsuo

    2016-04-01

    Sodium-ion batteries are attractive energy storage media owing to the abundance of sodium, but the low capacities of available cathode materials make them impractical. Sodium-excess metal oxides Na2MO3 (M: transition metal) are appealing cathode materials that may realize large capacities through additional oxygen redox reaction. However, the general strategies for enhancing the capacity of Na2MO3 are poorly established. Here using two polymorphs of Na2RuO3, we demonstrate the critical role of honeycomb-type cation ordering in Na2MO3. Ordered Na2RuO3 with honeycomb-ordered [Na1/3Ru2/3]O2 slabs delivers a capacity of 180 mAh g-1 (1.3-electron reaction), whereas disordered Na2RuO3 only delivers 135 mAh g-1 (1.0-electron reaction). We clarify that the large extra capacity of ordered Na2RuO3 is enabled by a spontaneously ordered intermediate Na1RuO3 phase with ilmenite O1 structure, which induces frontier orbital reorganization to trigger the oxygen redox reaction, unveiling a general requisite for the stable oxygen redox reaction in high-capacity Na2MO3 cathodes.

  4. Evaluating bulk Nb2O2F3 for Li-battery electrode applications.

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    Araujo, Rafael B; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2016-02-01

    This investigation has the primary objective of elucidating the lithium intercalation process in the crystal structure of a new niobium oxyfluoride compound Nb2O2F3. The framework of the density functional theory was applied in a generalized gradient approximation together with the hybrid functional method. It is revealed that lithium atoms intercalate in this material in a maximum concentration of one Li atom per formula unit forming LiNb2O2F3. Moreover, octahedral positions in between the layers of Nb-O-F appear as the Li preferred occupancy resulting in a structural volume expansion of only 5%. Electronic structure evolution with the insertion of lithium displays a transformation from semi-conductor to metal when half of the lithium atoms are added. This transformation occurs due to a symmetry break induced by the transition from the +8 to +7 oxidation state of half of the Nb2 dimers. Then, after full lithiation the symmetry is recovered and the material becomes a semiconductor again with a band gap amounting to 1 eV. The evaluated average deintercalation potential reaches 1.29 V vs. Li/Li(+) with activation energy for lithium ion migration of 0.79 eV. The computed low potential of the redox reaction Nb2(8+) to Nb2(7+) includes niobium oxyfluoride in the map of possible materials for the anode application of Li-ion batteries. PMID:26751421

  5. The Effect of Insertion Species on Nanostructured Open Framework Hexacyanoferrate Battery Electrodes

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    Wessells, Colin D.

    2012-01-01

    Recent battery research has focused on the high power and energy density needed for portable electronics and vehicles, but the requirements for grid-scale energy storage are different, with emphasis on low cost, long cycle life, and safety. Open framework materials with the Prussian Blue crystal structure offer the high power capability, ultra-long cycle life, and scalable, low cost synthesis and operation that are necessary for storage systems to integrate transient energy sources, such as wind and solar, with the electrical grid. We have demonstrated that two open framework materials, copper hexacyanoferrate and nickel hexacyanoferrate, can reversibly intercalate lithium, sodium, potassium, and ammonium ions at high rates. These materials can achieve capacities of up to 60 mAhg. The porous, nanoparticulate morphology of these materials, synthesized by the use of simple and inexpensive methods, results in remarkable rate capabilities: e.g. copper hexacyanoferrate retains 84 of its maximum capacity during potassium cycling at a very high (41.7C) rate, while nickel hexacyanoferrate retains 66 of its maximum capacity while cycling either sodium or potassium at this same rate. These materials show excellent stability during the cycling of sodium and potassium, with minimal capacity loss after 500 cycles. © 2011 The Electrochemical Society.

  6. Carbon- and Binder-Free NiCo2O4 Nanoneedle Array Electrode for Sodium-Ion Batteries: Electrochemical Performance and Insight into Sodium Storage Reaction

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    Lee, Jong-Won; Shin, Hyun-Sup; Lee, Chan-Woo; Jung, Kyu-Nam

    2016-02-01

    Sodium (Na)-ion batteries (NIBs) have attracted significant interest as an alternative chemistry to lithium (Li)-ion batteries for large-scale stationary energy storage systems. Discovering high-performance anode materials is a great challenge for the commercial success of NIB technology. Transition metal oxides with tailored nanoarchitectures have been considered as promising anodes for NIBs due to their high capacity. Here, we demonstrate the fabrication of a nanostructured oxide-only electrode, i.e., carbon- and binder-free NiCo2O4 nanoneedle array (NCO-NNA), and its feasibility as an anode for NIBs. Furthermore, we provide an in-depth experimental study of the Na storage reaction (sodiation and desodiation) in NCO-NNA. The NCO-NNA electrode is fabricated on a conducting substrate by a hydrothermal method with subsequent heat treatment. When tested in an electrochemical Na half-cell, the NCO-NNA electrode exhibits excellent Na storage capability: a charge capacity as high as 400 mAh g-1 is achieved at a current density of 50 mA g-1. It also shows a greatly improved cycle life (~215 mAh g-1 after 50 cycles) in comparison to a conventional powder-type electrode (~30 mAh g-1). However, the Na storage performance is still inferior to that of Li, which is mainly due to sluggish kinetics of sodiation-desodiation accompanied by severe volume change.

  7. Water soluble styrene butadiene rubber and sodium carboxyl methyl cellulose binder for ZnFe2O4 anode electrodes in lithium ion batteries

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    Zhang, Rongyu; Yang, Xu; Zhang, Dong; Qiu, Hailong; Fu, Qiang; Na, Hui; Guo, Zhendong; Du, Fei; Chen, Gang; Wei, Yingjin

    2015-07-01

    ZnFe2O4 nano particles as an anode material for lithium ion batteries are prepared by the glycine-nitrate combustion method. The mixture of styrene butadiene rubber and sodium carboxyl methyl cellulose (SBR/CMC) with the weight ratio of 1:1 is used as the binder for ZnFe2O4 electrode. Compared with the conventional polyvinylidene-fluoride (PVDF) binder, the SBR/CMC binder is much cheaper and environment benign. More significantly, this water soluble binder significantly improves the rate capability and cycle stability of ZnFe2O4. A discharge capacity of 873.8 mAh g-1 is obtained after 100 cycles at the 0.1C rate, with a very little capacity fading rate of 0.06% per cycle. Studies show that the SBR/CMC binder enhances the adhesion of the electrode film to the current collector, and constructs an effective three-dimensional network for electrons transport. In addition, the SBR/CMC binder helps to form a uniform SEI film thus prohibiting the formation of lithium dendrite. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy shows that the SBR/CMC binder lowers the ohmic resistance of the electrode, depresses the formation of SEI film and facilitates the charge transfer reactions at the electrode/electrolyte interface. These advantages highlight the potential applications of SBR/CMC binder in lithium ion batteries.

  8. Carboxymethylcellulose and carboxymethylcellulose-formate as binders in MgH2-carbon composites negative electrode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zaïdi, W.; Oumellal, Y.; Bonnet, J.-P.; Zhang, J.; Cuevas, F.; Latroche, M.; Bobet, J.-L.; Aymard, L.

    2011-03-01

    Influence of carboxymethylcellulose sodium salt (CMC) and carboxymethylcellulose-formate (CMC-f) binders on the cyclability of a MgH2-33.3% CMC type binder-33.3%Ct,x electrodes has been investigated for the first time. These electrodes show a large reversible capacity of 1800-1900 mAh g-1 at an average voltage of 0.5 V vs. Li+/Li° which is suitable for the negative electrode in lithium-ion batteries. Moreover, addition of CMC or CMC-f binder with Ct,x carbon leads to an improved capacity retention with 240 mAh g-1 and 542 mAh g-1, respectively, compare to 174 mAh g-1 for MgH2-18%Ct,x after 40 cycles.

  9. Bipolar lead acid batteries with ceramic partitioning walls. Forming and characterization of negative electrodes; Bipolaera blybatterier med keramiska mellanvaeggar. Tillverkning och karaktaerisering av negativa elektroder

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    Nilsson, Ove; Haraldsen, Britta [Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden). Environmental Inorganic Chemistry

    2001-01-01

    Bipolar electrodes are built with positive and negative paste on each side of a partitioning wall (PW). The PW must be dimensional stable and shall not allow electrolyte to flow through. The process of lead infiltration in porous ceramic plates is studied in this report in combination with different methods of forming pos. and neg. halves. Plante formed negative paste can not withstand a high pressure - relief details must be included in the design. The expanders in NAM are necessary to maintain the capacity. Positive Plante formed electrodes are not proper formed due to a too high current density. Furthermore, they are very brittle. The usefulness of paste plates has been shown and the future work will be directed towards such bipolar electrodes to be included in prototype batteries.

  10. Current-dependent electrode lattice fluctuations and anode phase evolution in a lithium-ion battery investigated by in situ neutron diffraction

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    Highlights: ► Links between time-dependent structural parameters and battery performance. ► Current-dependent evolution of the anode. ► Direct correlation of LixCoO2 and LiC6 structure with battery capacity. -- Abstract: This work uses real-time in situ neutron powder diffraction to study the electrode lattice response and anode phase evolution in a commercial lithium-ion battery. We show that the time-resolved lattice response of the LixCoO2 cathode and LixC6 anode under non-equilibrium conditions varies proportionally with the applied current, where higher current results in faster structural change. Higher current also reduces the LixCoO2 cathode c lattice parameter and the LiC6 quantity that forms at the charged state of the battery, both of which are related to lower battery capacity. At the anode, we find that the LixC6 phase evolution is current-dependent

  11. A simple and novel Si surface modification on LiFePO4@C electrode and its suppression of degradation of lithium ion batteries

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    Yang, Wenyu; Zhuang, Zhenyuan; Chen, Xiang; Zou, Mingzhong; Zhao, Guiying; Feng, Qian; Li, Jiaxin; Lin, Yingbin; Huang, Zhigao

    2015-12-01

    A simple and novel surface modification device of the electrodes based on the ultrasonic spray technique was set up, which is considered to have the enormous prospect of industrial application due to its simpleness and high efficiency. Then, the nano-sized Si nanoparticles were deposited uniformly on the LiFePO4@C electrodes. In comparison with pristine LiFePO4@C electrode, the surface modification of the nano-sized Si with crystalline Si core and amorphous Si shell on the electrode surface exhibits less coarsening degree, higher rate capability, better cyclicity at high charge/discharge rate, especially at elevated temperature. Moreover, Raman spectra of LiFePO4@C, LiFePO4@C/Si electrodes before cycles and after 100 cycles at 1 C and 60 °C were measured. It is found that the FePO4 and α-Fe2O3 phases exist in LiFePO4@C after 100 cycles. On the contrary, there hardly exists the FePO4 and α-Fe2O3 phases, which means that the nano Si surface modification suppresses the degradation of lithium ion batteries. At last, the schematic and phenomenological resistance models of LiFePO4@C electrode modified by the nano-sized silicon particles have been suggested, which is responsible for the enhancement of the electrochemical performances after nano-sized Si surface modification.

  12. AC impedance analysis of ionic and electronic conductivities in electrode mixture layers for an all-solid-state lithium-ion battery

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    Siroma, Zyun; Sato, Tomohiro; Takeuchi, Tomonari; Nagai, Ryo; Ota, Akira; Ioroi, Tsutomu

    2016-06-01

    The ionic and electronic effective conductivities of an electrode mixture layers for all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries containing Li2Ssbnd P2S5 as a solid electrolyte were investigated by AC impedance measurements and analysis using a transmission-line model (TLM). Samples containing graphite (graphite electrodes) or LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 (NCM electrodes) as the active material were measured under a "substrate | sample | bulk electrolyte | sample | substrate" configuration (ion-electron connection) and a "substrate | sample | substrate" configuration (electron-electron connection). Theoretically, if the electronic resistance is negligibly small, which is the case with our graphite electrodes, measurement with the ion-electron connection should be effective for evaluating ionic conductivity. However, if the electronic resistance is comparable to the ionic resistance, which is the case with our NCM electrodes, the results with the ion-electron connection may contain some inherent inaccuracy. In this report, we theoretically and practically demonstrate the advantage of analyzing the results with the electron-electron connection, which gives both the ionic and electronic conductivities. The similarity of the behavior of ionic conductivity with the graphite and NCM electrodes confirms the reliability of this analysis.

  13. Original implementation of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) in symmetric cells: Evaluation of post-mortem protocols applied to characterize electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Gordon, Isabel Jiménez; Genies, Sylvie; Si Larbi, Gregory; Boulineau, Adrien; Daniel, Lise; Alias, Mélanie

    2016-03-01

    Understanding ageing mechanisms of Li-ion batteries is essential for further optimizations. To determine performance loss causes, post-mortem analyses are commonly applied. For each type of post-mortem test, different sample preparation protocols are adopted. However, reports on the reliability of these protocols are rare. Herein, Li-ion pouch cells with LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 - polyvinylidene fluoride positive electrode, graphite-carboxymethyl cellulose-styrene rubber negative electrode and LiPF6 - carbonate solvents mixture electrolyte, are opened and electrodes are recovered following a specified protocol. Negative and positive symmetric cells are assembled and their impedances are recorded. A signal analysis is applied to reconstruct the Li-ion pouch cell impedance from the symmetric cells, then comparison against the pouch cell true impedance allows the evaluation of the sample preparation protocols. The results are endorsed by Transmission Electronic Microscopy (TEM) and Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) analyses. Carbonate solvents used to remove the salt impacts slightly the surface properties of both electrodes. Drying electrodes under vacuum at 25 °C produces an impedance increase, particularly very marked for the positive electrode. Drying at 50 °C under vacuum or/and exposition to the anhydrous room atmosphere is very detrimental.

  14. In situ and operando atomic force microscopy of high-capacity nano-silicon based electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Breitung, Ben; Baumann, Peter; Sommer, Heino; Janek, Jürgen; Brezesinski, Torsten

    2016-07-01

    Silicon is a promising next-generation anode material for high-energy-density lithium-ion batteries. While the alloying of nano- and micron size silicon with lithium is relatively well understood, the knowledge of mechanical degradation and structural rearrangements in practical silicon-based electrodes during operation is limited. Here, we demonstrate, for the first time, in situ and operando atomic force microscopy (AFM) of nano-silicon anodes containing polymer binder and carbon black additive. With the help of this technique, the surface topography is analyzed while electrochemical reactions are occurring. In particular, changes in particle size as well as electrode structure and height are visualized with high resolution. Furthermore, the formation and evolution of the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) can be followed and its thickness determined by phase imaging and nano-indentation, respectively. Major changes occur in the first lithiation cycle at potentials below 0.6 V with respect to Li/Li+ due to increased SEI formation - which is a dynamic process - and alloying reactions. Overall, these results provide insight into the function of silicon-based composite electrodes and further show that AFM is a powerful technique that can be applied to important battery materials, without restriction to thin film geometries.Silicon is a promising next-generation anode material for high-energy-density lithium-ion batteries. While the alloying of nano- and micron size silicon with lithium is relatively well understood, the knowledge of mechanical degradation and structural rearrangements in practical silicon-based electrodes during operation is limited. Here, we demonstrate, for the first time, in situ and operando atomic force microscopy (AFM) of nano-silicon anodes containing polymer binder and carbon black additive. With the help of this technique, the surface topography is analyzed while electrochemical reactions are occurring. In particular, changes in particle

  15. Dual hetero atom containing bio-carbon: Multifunctional electrode material for High Performance Sodium-ion Batteries and Oxygen Reduction Reaction

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    Highlights: • Human hair derived carbon (HHC) anode containing S and N has been explored for sodium batteries. • An appreciable capacity of 210 mAh g−1 has been exhibited by HHC anode in sodium batteries. • HHC anode finds its suitability for rate capability applications in sodium batteries at 1C rate. • HHC anode has been exploited for the first time as a metal free electro catalyst for ORR applications. • ORR study demonstrates the superior stability and resistance towards methanol cross over. - Abstract: Nitrogen and sulfur containing carbon, derived from human hair (HHC) has been exploited for the first time as a multifunctional electrode material for use in sodium batteries and for oxygen reduction reaction in alkaline medium. Human hair acts as the source of carbon containing nitrogen and sulfur, due to the presence of α-keratin, thus eliminating the need for the addition of multiple hazardous chemicals such as organic precursors and the requirement of conventionally adopted energy intensive methods. Such a dual hetero atom containing human hair derived carbon, when examined as an anode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) displays a high specific capacity of ∼ 210 mAh g−1 at 50 mA g−1 and a high rate capability of ∼ 50 mAh g−1 at 1.5 A g−1, thereby providing newer perspective towards the construction of low-cost SIBs. Further, HHC upon exploration as a metal free electrocatalyst for ORR applications exhibits outstanding electrocatalytic performance in terms of superior stability and resistance towards methanol cross over along with long term stability. Our cost-effective approach against the disposal of human hair opens up newer avenues for the conversion of filthy human hair waste as value added electrode material in energy storage and electrocatalytic applications

  16. 锂硫电池硫正极材料研究现状与展望%Research Progress of Sulfur Electrode of Lithium/Sulfur Batteries

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    胡宗倩; 谢凯

    2011-01-01

    The research progress of sulfur electrode for lithium/sulfur batteries is summarized, including con ductor, binder and active material. The developing trends of electrochemical performance improving for sulfur electrode materials are prospected. The sulfur/ordered porous carbon nanocomposite is considered as a promising material for lithium/sulfur batteries. Moreover, the conductor to form a 3D wire network and the binder with good sticking a bility, electrical conductivity and chemical stability play an important role in enhancing the electrical performance of lithium/sulfur batteries.%综述了锂硫电池硫正极材料的研究现状.针时锂硫电池目前存在的问题,展望了其发展趋势,并指出硫/有序多孔碳纳米复合材料对提升锂硫电池性能有重要研究价值;同时形成三维空间传导网络的导电添加剂和具有良好粘接性、导电性及电化学稳定性的粘结剂对锂硫电池性能提升也具有重要作用.

  17. Multi-layer electrode with nano-Li4Ti5O12 aggregates sandwiched between carbon nanotube and graphene networks for high power Li-ion batteries

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    Choi, Jin-Hoon; Ryu, Won-Hee; Park, Kyusung; Jo, Jeong-Dai; Jo, Sung-Moo; Lim, Dae-Soon; Kim, Il-Doo

    2014-12-01

    Self-aggregated Li4Ti5O12 particles sandwiched between graphene nanosheets (GNSs) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) network are reported as new hybrid electrodes for high power Li-ion batteries. The multi-layer electrodes are fabricated by sequential process comprising air-spray coating of GNSs layer and the following electrostatic spray (E-spray) coating of well-dispersed colloidal Li4Ti5O12 nanoparticles, and subsequent air-spray coating of SWCNTs layer once again. In multi-stacked electrodes of GNSs/nanoporous Li4Ti5O12 aggregates/SWCNTs networks, GNSs and SWCNTs serve as conducting bridges, effectively interweaving the nanoporous Li4Ti5O12 aggregates, and help achieve superior rate capability as well as improved mechanical stability of the composite electrode by holding Li4Ti5O12 tightly without a binder. The multi-stacked electrodes deliver a specific capacity that maintains an impressively high capacity of 100 mA h g-1 at a high rate of 100C even after 1000 cycles.

  18. Design and synthesis of porous nano-sized Sn@C/graphene electrode material with 3D carbon network for high-performance lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: • Porous nano-sized Sn@C/graphene electrode material was designed and prepared. • The preparation method presented here can avoid the agglomeration of nanoparticles. • The prepared Sn@C/graphene electrode material exhibits outstanding cyclability. - Abstract: Tin is a promising high-capacity anode material for lithium-ion batteries, but it usually suffers from the problem of poor cycling stability due to the large volume change during the charge–discharge process. In this article, porous nano-sized Sn@C/graphene electrode material with three-dimensional carbon network was designed and prepared. Reducing the size of the Sn particles to nanoscale can mitigate the absolute strain induced by the large volume change during lithiation–delithiation process, and retard particle pulverization. The porous structure can provide a void space, which helps to accommodate the volume changes of the Sn nanoparticles during the lithium uptake-release process. The carbon shell can avoid the aggregation of the Sn nanoparticles on the same piece of graphene and detachment of the pulverized Sn particles during the charge–discharge process. The 3D carbon network consisted of graphene sheets and carbon shells can not only play a structural buffering role in minimizing the mechanical stress caused by the volume change of Sn, but also keep the overall electrode highly conductive during the lithium uptake-release process. As a result, the as-prepared Sn@C/graphene nanocomposite as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries exhibited outstanding cyclability. The reversible specific capacity is almost constant from the tenth cycle to the fiftieth cycle, which is about 600 mA h g−1. The strategy presented in this work may be extended to improve the cycle performances of other high-capacity electrode materials with large volume variations during charge–discharge processes

  19. Design and synthesis of porous nano-sized Sn@C/graphene electrode material with 3D carbon network for high-performance lithium-ion batteries

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    Lian, Peichao, E-mail: lianpeichao@126.com [Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650500 (China); Wang, Jingyi [Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650500 (China); Cai, Dandan; Liu, Guoxue [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Wang, Yingying [Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650500 (China); Wang, Haihui, E-mail: hhwang@scut.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China)

    2014-08-01

    Highlights: • Porous nano-sized Sn@C/graphene electrode material was designed and prepared. • The preparation method presented here can avoid the agglomeration of nanoparticles. • The prepared Sn@C/graphene electrode material exhibits outstanding cyclability. - Abstract: Tin is a promising high-capacity anode material for lithium-ion batteries, but it usually suffers from the problem of poor cycling stability due to the large volume change during the charge–discharge process. In this article, porous nano-sized Sn@C/graphene electrode material with three-dimensional carbon network was designed and prepared. Reducing the size of the Sn particles to nanoscale can mitigate the absolute strain induced by the large volume change during lithiation–delithiation process, and retard particle pulverization. The porous structure can provide a void space, which helps to accommodate the volume changes of the Sn nanoparticles during the lithium uptake-release process. The carbon shell can avoid the aggregation of the Sn nanoparticles on the same piece of graphene and detachment of the pulverized Sn particles during the charge–discharge process. The 3D carbon network consisted of graphene sheets and carbon shells can not only play a structural buffering role in minimizing the mechanical stress caused by the volume change of Sn, but also keep the overall electrode highly conductive during the lithium uptake-release process. As a result, the as-prepared Sn@C/graphene nanocomposite as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries exhibited outstanding cyclability. The reversible specific capacity is almost constant from the tenth cycle to the fiftieth cycle, which is about 600 mA h g{sup −1}. The strategy presented in this work may be extended to improve the cycle performances of other high-capacity electrode materials with large volume variations during charge–discharge processes.

  20. SEI Formation and Interfacial Stability of a Si Electrode in a LiTDI-Salt Based Electrolyte with FEC and VC Additives for Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Lindgren, Fredrik; Xu, Chao; Niedzicki, Leszek; Marcinek, Marek; Gustafsson, Torbjörn; Björefors, Fredrik; Edström, Kristina; Younesi, Reza

    2016-06-22

    An electrolyte based on the new salt, lithium 4,5-dicyano-2-(trifluoromethyl)imidazolide (LiTDI), is evaluated in combination with nano-Si composite electrodes for potential use in Li-ion batteries. The additives fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC) and vinylene carbonate (VC) are also added to the electrolyte to enable an efficient SEI formation. By employing hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), the SEI formation and the development of the active material is probed during the first 100 cycles. With this electrolyte formulation, the Si electrode can cycle at 1200 mAh g(-1) for more than 100 cycles at a coulombic efficiency of 99%. With extended cycling, a decrease in Si particle size is observed as well as an increase in silicon oxide amount. As opposed to LiPF6 based electrolytes, this electrolyte or its decomposition products has no side reactions with the active Si material. The present results further acknowledge the positive effects of SEI forming additives. It is suggested that polycarbonates and a high LiF content are favorable components in the SEI over other kinds of carbonates formed by ethylene carbonate (EC) and dimethyl carbonate (DMC) decomposition. This work thus confirms that LiTDI in combination with the investigated additives is a promising salt for Si electrodes in future Li-ion batteries. PMID:27220376

  1. In situ and operando atomic force microscopy of high-capacity nano-silicon based electrodes for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Breitung, Ben; Baumann, Peter; Sommer, Heino; Janek, Jürgen; Brezesinski, Torsten

    2016-08-01

    Silicon is a promising next-generation anode material for high-energy-density lithium-ion batteries. While the alloying of nano- and micron size silicon with lithium is relatively well understood, the knowledge of mechanical degradation and structural rearrangements in practical silicon-based electrodes during operation is limited. Here, we demonstrate, for the first time, in situ and operando atomic force microscopy (AFM) of nano-silicon anodes containing polymer binder and carbon black additive. With the help of this technique, the surface topography is analyzed while electrochemical reactions are occurring. In particular, changes in particle size as well as electrode structure and height are visualized with high resolution. Furthermore, the formation and evolution of the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) can be followed and its thickness determined by phase imaging and nano-indentation, respectively. Major changes occur in the first lithiation cycle at potentials below 0.6 V with respect to Li/Li(+) due to increased SEI formation - which is a dynamic process - and alloying reactions. Overall, these results provide insight into the function of silicon-based composite electrodes and further show that AFM is a powerful technique that can be applied to important battery materials, without restriction to thin film geometries. PMID:27222212

  2. Electrochemical properties of an all-solid-state lithium-ion battery with an in-situ formed electrode material grown from a lithium conductive glass ceramics sheet

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    Amiki, Yuichi; Sagane, Fumihiro; Yamamoto, Kazuo; Hirayama, Tsukasa; Sudoh, Masao; Motoyama, Munekazu; Iriyama, Yasutoshi

    2013-11-01

    A lithium insertion reaction in a Li+ conductive glass ceramics solid electrolyte (lithium aluminum titanium phosphate: LATP) sheet produces an in-situ formed electrode active material, which operates at 2.35 V vs. Li/Li+ in the vicinity of the LATP-sheet/current-collector interface. Electron energy loss spectroscopy clarifies that titanium in the LATP sheet in the vicinity of the current collector/LATP-sheet interface is preferentially reduced by this lithium insertion reaction. Charge transfer resistance between the in-situ-formed-electrode and the LATP-sheet is less than 100 Ω cm2, which is smaller than that of the common LiPON/LiCoO2 interface. A thin film of LiCoO2 is deposited on one side of the LATP-sheet as a Li+ source for developing the in-situ formed electrode material. Eventually, a Pt/LATP-sheet/LiCoO2/Au multilayer is fabricated. The multilayer structure successfully works as an all-solid-state lithium-ion battery operating at 1.5 V. A redox peak of the battery is observed even at 100 mV s-1 in the potential sweep curve. Additionally, charge-discharge reactions are repeated stably even after 25 cycles.

  3. A Simple Dip-coating Approach for Preparation of Three-dimensional Multilayered Graphene-Metal Oxides Hybrid Nanostructures as High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

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    Graphical abstract: We have developed a three-dimensional (3D) multilayered graphene-metal oxide hybrid nanostructure using a simple dip-coating method. A high porosity nickel foam is used both as a current collector and template for the fabrication of 3D structured electrodes. Because of their unique features, the 3D multilayered graphene-metal oxide electrodes exhibit superior electrochemical performances as anodes for LIBs. - Highlights: • We have developed a 3D multilayered graphene-metal oxide electrodes by dip-coating • The 3D graphene-metal oxide electrodes show superior electrochemical performances • Our method is effective for fabricating 3D graphene-metal oxide electrodes - Abstract: High-performance lithium ion battery (LIB) featured with excellent rate properties and cycling stability is highly required in various application fields. However, at this point in time, its practicality is very challenging due to the kinetic barrier related to ineffective electron and Li ion transfer in the batteries. Therefore, design of the electrode structure with higher storage and rate performances is very desirable. In this paper, we have developed a three-dimensional (3D) multilayered graphene-metal oxide hybrid nanostructure using a simple dip-coating method. A high porosity nickel foam is used both as a current collector and template for the fabrication of 3D structured electrodes. Graphene act both as buffer layers, preventing the aggregation of metal oxides, and provide electron pathways for fast electron transfer. Because of their unique features, the electrodes exhibit superior electrochemical performances as anodes for LIBs (graphene-Mn3O4@nickel foam, ∼ 1000 mA h g−1 after 50 cycles; graphene-Fe3O4@nickel foam, ∼ 1200 mA h g−1 at a current density of 200 mA g−1). The enhancement of the electrochemical properties can be attributed to the fact that the 3D multilayered structure can accommodate the volume expansion of metal oxides and maintain the

  4. Review of Electrode Materials for Sodium Ion Batteries%钠离子电池电极材料研究进展

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    贾旭平; 陈梅

    2012-01-01

    钠是地球上储量较丰富的元素之一,与锂的化学性能类似,因此也可能适用于锂离子电池体系。钠离子电池相比锂离子电池有诸多优势,如成本低,安全性好,随着研究的深入,钠离子电池将越来越具有成本效益,并有望在未来取代锂离子电池而被广泛应用。介绍了钠离子电池正极材料、负极材料的最新研究进展,分析了该电池未来的研究发展方向。%Sodium is one of the more abundant elements on Earth and exhibits similar chemical properties to Li,indicating that Na chemistry could be applied to a similar battery system.Sodium ion batteries have various kinds of advantages,such as low cost,excellent safety,and etc.,which may take place of lithium ion batteries in the future based on successful development.The development of electrode materials of sodium ion batteries was reviewed,and its future development direction was proposed.

  5. Charge–discharge performance of carbon fiber-based electrodes in single cell and short stack for vanadium redox flow battery

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    Highlights: • Carbon-fiber based electrodes are investigated in a zero-gap flow field cell configuration. • Charge–discharge curves are carried out in single cell and short stack for VRB application. • Three electrode half-cell data are corroborated both in single cell and short stack for VRB. - Abstract: Electrode materials, having a different graphitic character, are investigated by using a zero-gap flow field cell configuration for vanadium redox flow battery applications (VRFBs). Carbon felt (CF) and carbon paper (CP) are used as electrodes for the membrane–electrode assemblies (MEAs) realization. The samples are electrochemically characterized both as-received and after chemical treatment by using a 5 cm2 single cell. A Nafion 117 membrane is used as polymer electrolyte separators. A MEAs scale-up from 5 to 25 cm2 is carried out in order to assembly a 3-cells short stack in series connected. Charge–discharge cycles are carried out both in a small area single cell and in a 3-cells short stack for all samples. CF treated and untreated samples show SOC values of 45% vs. 22% at 60 mA cm−2, respectively. After the chemical treatment, the worst performance of the CF sample is attributed to the mass transport issues due to the beginning of corrosion phenomena. On the contrary, CP treated electrode shows a better energy efficiency values than raw sample (72% vs. 67% at 60 mA cm−2) without any morphology change on the electrode surface. A proper stack assembly and flow field scale-up record similar performance to the small single cell configuration

  6. Distinct charge dynamics in battery electrodes revealed by in situ and operando soft X-ray spectroscopy

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    Liu, Xiaosong; Wang, Dongdong; Liu, Gao; Srinivasan, Venkat; Liu, Zhi; Hussain, Zahid; Yang, Wanli

    2013-01-01

    Developing high-performance batteries relies on material breakthroughs. During the past few years, various in situ characterization tools have been developed and have become indispensible in studying and the eventual optimization of battery materials. However, soft X-ray spectroscopy, one of the most sensitive probes of electronic states, has been mainly limited to ex situ experiments for battery research. Here we achieve in situ and operando soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy of lithium-ion ...

  7. A Modified Multiphysics model for Lithium-Ion batteries with a LixNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 electrode

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    Lithium-Ion Batteries lack performance and are costly for applications such as electric vehicles and electric energy storage systems. Multiphysics based battery models are one of the engineering tools to enhance their performance. In this regard, simulations have not only to provide qualitative but also quantitative valuable information. Our work focuses on the characterization and modelling of LixNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 based cells which has not been fully addressed yet. First, we present a modified multiphysics model compared to the conventional porous electrode theory for simulating these type of cells. The correspondence with experimental results is satisfactory but the model fails to accurately predict the voltage drop at high current rates

  8. Hydrometallurgical method for recycling rare earth metals, cobalt, nickel, iron, and manganese from negative electrodes of spent Ni-MH mobile phone batteries

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    A hydrometallurgical method for the recovery of rare earth metals, cobalt, nickel, iron, and manganese from the negative electrodes of spent Ni-MH mobile phone batteries was developed. The rare earth compounds were obtained by chemical precipitation at pH 1.5, with sodium cerium sulfate (NaCe(SO4)2.H2O) and lanthanum sulfate (La2(SO4)3.H2O) as the major recovered components. Iron was recovered as Fe(OH)3 and FeO. Manganese was obtained as Mn3O4.The recovered Ni(OH)2 and Co(OH)2 were subsequently used to synthesize LiCoO2, LiNiO2 and CoO, for use as cathodes in ion-Li batteries. The anodes and recycled materials were characterized by analytical techniques. (author)

  9. Graphite-silicon-polyacrylate negative electrodes in ionic liquid electrolyte for safer rechargeable Li-ion batteries

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    Yabuuchi, Naoaki; Shimomura, Keiji; Shimbe, Yukako; Ozeki, Tomoaki; Komaba, Shinichi [Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo University of Science, 1-3 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-8601 (Japan); Son, Jin-Young; Oji, Hiroshi [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute/SPring-8, 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Katayama, Yasushi; Miura, Takashi [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku, Kanagawa 223-8522 (Japan)

    2011-10-15

    Graphite/silicon composite electrodes are prepared with PANa polymer as a binder. Morphological characters and electrode performance are compared with those of PVdF. The PANa layer behaves like SEI at the interface with ionic liquid, resulting in the highly reversible electrode performance. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  10. Composition analysis of the passive film on the carbon electrode of a lithium-ion battery with an EC-based electrolyte

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    Yang, C. R.; Wang, Y. Y.; Wan, C. C.

    This work examines the formation of a passive film on the carbon electrode of lithium-ion batteries. With a single solvent of EC (ethylene carbonate), the structure of the passive film is found to be (CH 2OCOOLi) 2. In a DEC (diethyl carbonate) or DMC (dimethyl carbonate) system, C 2H 5OCOOLi and Li 2CO 3 are formed on the surface of the carbon electrode. According to results from mass spectra, CO 2 gas is the main product when EC is decomposed. By contrast, DEC is decomposed into CO and C 2H 6, and DMC into CO and CH 4. These findings suggest that the composition of the passive film depends on the chosen solvent. In a binary solvent system which contains EC, the passive film contains chiefly (CH 2OCOOLi) 2, which is identical to a single EC solvent system.

  11. Effects of electrode properties and fabricated pressure on Li ion diffusion and diffusion-induced stresses in cylindrical Li-ion batteries

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    The effects of electrode properties and fabricated pressure on Li ion diffusion and diffusion-induced stress in a cylindrical Li-ion battery are studied. It is found that hydrostatic pressure or elastic modulus variation in the active layer have little effect on the distribution of Li ions for a higher diffusivity coefficient, but both can facilitate Li ion diffusion for a lower diffusivity coefficient. The elastic modulus variation has a significant effect on the distribution of stress and hydrostatic pressure can reduce the surface stress for the lower diffusivity coefficient. A higher charging rate causes a more transient response in the stress history, but a linear charging history is observed for slow charging rates. A higher charging rate would not inflict extra damage on the electrode for the higher diffusivity coefficient and the stress history becomes highly transient and charging rate dependent for the lower diffusivity coefficient. The effect of fabricated pressure can be neglected. (paper)

  12. Carbon- and Binder-Free NiCo2O4 Nanoneedle Array Electrode for Sodium-Ion Batteries: Electrochemical Performance and Insight into Sodium Storage Reaction.

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    Lee, Jong-Won; Shin, Hyun-Sup; Lee, Chan-Woo; Jung, Kyu-Nam

    2016-12-01

    Sodium (Na)-ion batteries (NIBs) have attracted significant interest as an alternative chemistry to lithium (Li)-ion batteries for large-scale stationary energy storage systems. Discovering high-performance anode materials is a great challenge for the commercial success of NIB technology. Transition metal oxides with tailored nanoarchitectures have been considered as promising anodes for NIBs due to their high capacity. Here, we demonstrate the fabrication of a nanostructured oxide-only electrode, i.e., carbon- and binder-free NiCo2O4 nanoneedle array (NCO-NNA), and its feasibility as an anode for NIBs. Furthermore, we provide an in-depth experimental study of the Na storage reaction (sodiation and desodiation) in NCO-NNA. The NCO-NNA electrode is fabricated on a conducting substrate by a hydrothermal method with subsequent heat treatment. When tested in an electrochemical Na half-cell, the NCO-NNA electrode exhibits excellent Na storage capability: a charge capacity as high as 400 mAh g(-1) is achieved at a current density of 50 mA g(-1). It also shows a greatly improved cycle life (~215 mAh g(-1) after 50 cycles) in comparison to a conventional powder-type electrode (~30 mAh g(-1)). However, the Na storage performance is still inferior to that of Li, which is mainly due to sluggish kinetics of sodiation-desodiation accompanied by severe volume change. PMID:26831683

  13. MXenes: A New Family of Two-Dimensional Materials and its Application as Electrodes for Li-ion Batteries

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    Abdelmalak, Michael Naguib

    Two-dimensional, 2D, materials, such as graphene, possess a unique morphology compared to their 3D counterparts, from which interesting and novel properties arise. Currently, the number of non-oxide materials that have been exfoliated is limited to two fairly small groups, viz. hexagonal, van der Waals bonded structures (e.g. graphene and BN) and layered transition metal chalcogenides. The MAX phases are a well established family of layered ternary transition metal carbides and/or nitrides, with a composition of Mn +1AXn, where M is an early transition metal, A is one of A group elements, X is C and/or N; with n = 1, 2, or 3. The aim of this work is to exfoliate the MAX phases and produce 2D layers of transition metals carbides and/or nitrides by the selective etching of the A layers from the MAX phases. We labeled the resulting 2D M n+1Xn layers "MXenes" to emphasize the loss of the A group element from the MAX phases and the suffix "ene" to emphasize their 2D nature and their similarity to graphene. The etching process was carried out using aqueous hydrofluoric acid at room temperature. Thirteen different MXenes were produced as a result of this work, viz., Ti2C, Nb2C, V2C, Mo2C, (Ti0.5,Nb0.5)2C, (Ti 0.5,V0.5)2C, Ti3C2, (Ti 0.5,V0.5)3C2, (V0.5,Cr 0.5)3C2, Ti3CN, Ta4C 3, Nb4C3 and (Nb0.5,V0.5) 4C3. The as-synthesized MXenes were terminated with a mixture of OH, O, and/or F groups. Sonicating MXenes resulted in separating the stacked layers to a small extent. When Ti3C2 was intercalated with dimethylsulfoxide, however, followed by sonication in water, large-scale delamination occurred, which resulted in aqueous colloidal solutions that could in turn be fabricated into MXene "paper". MXenes were found to be electrically conductive, hydrophilic and stable in aqueous environments, a rare combination indeed, with huge potential in many applications, from energy storage, to sensors to catalysts. This work focused on the use of MXenes as electrode materials in Li

  14. Superior Electrocatalytic Activity of a Robust Carbon-Felt Electrode with Oxygen-Rich Phosphate Groups for All-Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries.

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    Kim, Ki Jae; Lee, Heon Seong; Kim, Jeonghun; Park, Min-Sik; Kim, Jung Ho; Kim, Young-Jun; Skyllas-Kazacos, Maria

    2016-06-01

    A newly prepared type of carbon felt with oxygen-rich phosphate groups is proposed as a promising electrode with good stability for all-vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). Through direct surface modification with ammonium hexafluorophosphate (NH4 PF6 ), phosphorus can be successfully incorporated onto the surface of the carbon felt by forming phosphate functional groups with -OH chemical moieties that exhibit good hydrophilicity. The electrochemical reactivity of the carbon felt toward the redox reactions of VO(2+) /VO2 (+) (in the catholyte) and V(3+) /V(2+) (in the anolyte) can be effectively improved owing to the superior catalytic effects of the oxygen-rich phosphate groups. Furthermore, undesirable hydrogen evolution can be suppressed by minimizing the overpotential for the V(3+) /V(2+) redox reaction in the anolyte of the VRFB. Cell-cycling tests with the catalyzed electrodes show improved energy efficiencies of 88.2 and 87.2 % in the 1(st) and 20(th)  cycles compared with 83.0 and 81.1 %, respectively, for the pristine electrodes at a constant current density of 32 mA cm(-2) . These improvements are mainly attributed to the faster charge transfer allowed by the integration of the oxygen-rich phosphate groups on the carbon-felt electrode. PMID:27106165

  15. Surface properties and graphitization of polyacrylonitrile based fiber electrodes affecting the negative half-cell reaction in vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Langner, J.; Bruns, M.; Dixon, D.; Nefedov, A.; Wöll, Ch.; Scheiba, F.; Ehrenberg, H.; Roth, C.; Melke, J.

    2016-07-01

    Carbon felt electrodes for vanadium redox flow batteries are obtained by the graphitization of polyacrylonitrile based felts at different temperatures. Subsequently, the surface of the felts is modified via thermal oxidation at various temperatures. A single-cell experiment shows that the voltage efficiency is increased by this treatment. Electrode potentials measured with reference electrode setup show that this voltage efficiency increase is caused mainly by a reduction of the overpotential of the negative half-cell reaction. Consequently, this reaction is investigated further by cyclic voltammetry and the electrode activity is correlated with structural and surface chemical properties of the carbon fibers. By Raman, X-ray photoelectron and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy the role of edge sites and oxygen containing functional groups (OCFs) for the electrochemical activity are elucidated. A significant activity increase is observed in correlation with these two characteristics. The amount of OCFs is correlated with structural defects (e.g. edge sites) of the carbon fibers and therefore decreases with an increasing graphitization degree. Thus, for the same thermal oxidation temperature carbon fibers graphitized at a lower temperature show higher activities than those graphitized at a higher temperature.

  16. Electrochemical lithiation and passivation mechanisms of iron monosulfide thin film as negative electrode material for lithium-ion batteries studied by surface analytical techniques

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    Liao, Feng; Światowska, Jolanta, E-mail: jolanta-swiatowska@chimie-paristech.fr; Maurice, Vincent; Seyeux, Antoine; Klein, Lorena H.; Zanna, Sandrine; Marcus, Philippe

    2013-10-15

    The lithiation/delithiation reaction mechanism of iron monosulfide (troilite Fe{sub (1−x)}S, x = 0.07) as negative electrode material for lithium-ion batteries and the electrode passivation induced by reductive decomposition of the electrolyte were studied by combining surface (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, XPS, and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, ToF-SIMS) and electrochemical analysis (cyclic voltammetry, CV) of thin films grown by thermal sulfidation of metal iron substrate. XPS analysis performed at different stages of the first lithiation/delithiation cycle shows that the reversible formation of metallic iron and lithium sulfide is not solely limited to the principal cathodic/anodic peaks at 1.23/1.89 V and that disulfide products, possibly Li{sub 2}FeS{sub 2}, are also formed at lower cathodic potentials. ToF-SIMS depth profiling of the thin film electrode confirms an incomplete process of conversion/deconversion and reveals an expansion/shrinkage of the material induced by electrochemical lithiation/delithiation. The solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer formed on the iron monosulfide thin film electrode is mostly composed of Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} with some presence of ROCO{sub 2}Li. For the first time, it is shown that the SEI layer thickness varies upon conversion/deconversion, between 9 and 4.5 nm in the lithiated and delithiated states, respectively, on a conversion-type electrode. Moreover, the electrolyte decomposition products penetrate the bulk electrode until the current collector owing to pulverization/cracking caused by expansion and shrinkage of the thin film material upon cycling.

  17. Alkaline quinone flow battery

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    Lin, Kaixiang; Chen, Qing; Gerhardt, Michael; Tong, Liuchuan; Kim, Sang Bok; Eisenach, Louise Ann; Valle, Alvaro West; Hardee, D.; Gordon, Roy Gerald; Aziz, Michael J.; Marshak, M

    2015-01-01

    Storage of photovoltaic and wind electricity in batteries could solve the mismatch problem between the intermittent supply of these renewable resources and variable demand. Flow batteries permit more economical long-duration discharge than solid-electrode batteries by using liquid electrolytes stored outside of the battery. We report an alkaline flow battery based on redox-active organic molecules that are composed entirely of Earth-abundant elements and are nontoxic, nonflammable, and safe f...

  18. Fabrication and electrochemical characteristics of all-solid-state lithium-ion rechargeable batteries composed of LiMn 2O 4 positive and V 2O 5 negative electrodes

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    Baba, M.; Kumagai, N.; Fujita, N.; Ohta, K.; Nishidate, K.; Komaba, S.; Groult, H.; Devilliers, D.; Kaplan, B.

    A new type of all-solid-state lithium-ion rechargeable batteries composed of LiMn 2O 4 positive and V 2O 5 negative electrodes were developed and their electrochemical characteristics were investigated for the first time. Both amorphous thin-filmed electrodes as well as a lithium phosphorus oxynitride electrolyte (Lipon) were deposited on a substrate by using a rf-magnetron sputtering method. The present rocking-chair type battery showed good charge and discharge characteristics with a typical charge and discharge capacities of about 18 μAh/cm 2 between 3.5 and 0.3 V. This battery revealed a remarkable forming process which means that the charge and discharge capacities dramatically increase with the cycle number in its early stages. The battery also showed a good charge-discharge operation in vacuum which is one of the advantageous properties expected for the solid-state devices.

  19. Understanding the Size-Dependent Sodium Storage Properties of Na2C6O6-Based Organic Electrodes for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wang, Yaqun; Ding, Yu; Pan, Lijia; Shi, Ye; Yue, Zhuanghao; Shi, Yi; Yu, Guihua

    2016-05-11

    Organic electroactive materials represent a new generation of sustainable energy storage technology due to their unique features including environmental benignity, material sustainability, and highly tailorable properties. Here a carbonyl-based organic salt Na2C6O6, sodium rhodizonate (SR) dibasic, is systematically investigated for high-performance sodium-ion batteries. A combination of structural control, electrochemical analysis, and computational simulation show that rational morphological control can lead to significantly improved sodium storage performance. A facile antisolvent method was developed to synthesize microbulk, microrod, and nanorod structured SRs, which exhibit strong size-dependent sodium ion storage properties. The SR nanorod exhibited the best performance to deliver a reversible capacity of ∼190 mA h g(-1) at 0.1 C with over 90% retention after 100 cycles. At a high rate of 10 C, 50% of the capacity can be obtained due to enhanced reaction kinetics, and such high electrochemical activity maintains even at 80 °C. These results demonstrate a generic design route toward high-performance organic-based electrode materials for beyond Li-ion batteries. Using such a biomass-derived organic electrode material enables access to sustainable energy storage devices with low cost, high electrochemical performance and thermal stability. PMID:27078609

  20. Electrochemical characterization of amorphous LiFe(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} thin films as positive electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Li, Chi-Lin; Fu, Zheng-Wen [Department of Chemistry and Laser Chemistry Institute, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysts and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (China)

    2008-09-20

    Amorphous LiFe(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} thin films have been fabricated by radio-frequency (R.F.) sputtering deposition at room temperature. The as-deposited and electrochemically cycled thin films are, respectively, characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectra techniques. An initial discharge capacity of 198 mAh/g in Li/LiFe(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} cells is obtained, and the electrochemical behavior is mostly preserved in the following cycling. These results identified the electrochemical reactivity of two redox couples, Fe{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 2+} and W{sup 6+}/W{sup x+} (x = 4 or 5). The kinetic parameters and chemical diffusion coefficients of Li intercalation/deintercalation are estimated by cyclic voltammetry and alternate-current (AC) impedance measurements. All-solid-state thin film lithium batteries with Li/LiPON/LiFe(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} layers are fabricated and show high capacity of 104 {mu}Ah/cm{sup 2} {mu}m in the first discharge. As-deposited LiFe(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} thin film is expected to be a promising positive electrode material for future rechargeable thin film batteries due to its large volumetric rate capacity, low-temperature fabrication and good electrode/electrolyte interface. (author)

  1. Electrochemical characterization of amorphous LiFe(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} thin films as positive electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Li Chilin [Department of Chemistry and Laser Chemistry Institute, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysts and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (China); Fu Zhengwen [Department of Chemistry and Laser Chemistry Institute, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysts and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (China)], E-mail: zhengwen@sh163.net

    2008-09-20

    Amorphous LiFe(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} thin films have been fabricated by radio-frequency (R.F.) sputtering deposition at room temperature. The as-deposited and electrochemically cycled thin films are, respectively, characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectra techniques. An initial discharge capacity of 198 mAh/g in Li/LiFe(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} cells is obtained, and the electrochemical behavior is mostly preserved in the following cycling. These results identified the electrochemical reactivity of two redox couples, Fe{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 2+} and W{sup 6+}/W{sup x+} (x = 4 or 5). The kinetic parameters and chemical diffusion coefficients of Li intercalation/deintercalation are estimated by cyclic voltammetry and alternate-current (AC) impedance measurements. All-solid-state thin film lithium batteries with Li/LiPON/LiFe(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} layers are fabricated and show high capacity of 104 {mu}Ah/cm{sup 2} {mu}m in the first discharge. As-deposited LiFe(WO{sub 4}){sub 2} thin film is expected to be a promising positive electrode material for future rechargeable thin film batteries due to its large volumetric rate capacity, low-temperature fabrication and good electrode/electrolyte interface.

  2. Thin layers elaborated from new anodic and cathodic materials for lithium-ions micro-batteries; Nouveaux materiaux d'electrodes elabores sous forme de couches minces pour batteries lithium-ion

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    Benjelloun, N.

    2002-12-01

    Thin layers elaborated by R.F. sputtering from new anodic and cathodic materials were investigated as electrodes for lithium-ion micro-batteries. Anodic thin films based on the Tin Composite Oxides (TCOs) were found to exhibit interesting electrochemical characteristics. However, the irreversible capacity loss occurring during the first charge and due to the reduction of tin oxide remains a drawback. According to the gold collector contribution to the faradic yield, electrochemical behavior of metallic thin films (Au, Ag, Cu, Zn, etc...) was studied. AuCuAg and Ag based thin films were associated via an aprotic or solid electrolyte (LiPON) to Li{sub 1+x}Mn{sub 1,5}Ni{sub 0,5}O{sub 4} thin layers in order to build up mini or micro batteries with an average voltage close to 4,7 V. However, all solid state micro-batteries were found to present high ohmic drop. (author)

  3. Research progress of air electrodes for lithium-air batteries%锂空气电池空气电极研究进展

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    麻微; 陈何; 王红; 阳炳检; 廖小珍

    2013-01-01

    锂空气电池作为理想的高比能量化学电源,成为近年来的研究热点.综述了近年来锂-空气电池空气电极催化剂和碳载体的最新研究进展,比较了过渡金属氧化物催化剂和贵金属催化剂在空气电极上的电催化行为,总结了碳载体的孔容利用率及其比表面积和孔径大小的关系.此外,还介绍了新型碳泡沫材料的制备方法及掺氮碳载体的研究.%Lithium-air battery, with high theoretical specific energy, has become a research hotspot in recent years. The latest research progress on air electrode catalysts as well as carbon cathode in lithium-air batteries was reviewed. The characterization and electrochemical performance of transition metal oxide catalysts as well as noble metal catalysts were introduced. The efficiency of carbon pore volume, the relationship between the specific surface area and pore volume were summarized. The recent researches on novel carbon foam preparation and nitrogen-doped carbon as cathode for lithium-air batteries were also discussed.

  4. Binder-Free and Carbon-Free 3D Porous Air Electrode for Li-O2 Batteries with High Efficiency, High Capacity, and Long Life.

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    Luo, Wen-Bin; Gao, Xuan-Wen; Shi, Dong-Qi; Chou, Shu-Lei; Wang, Jia-Zhao; Liu, Hua-Kun

    2016-06-01

    Pt-Gd alloy polycrystalline thin film is deposited on 3D nickel foam by pulsed laser deposition method serving as a whole binder/carbon-free air electrode, showing great catalytic activity enhancement as an efficient bifunctional catalyst for the oxygen reduction and evolution reactions in lithium oxygen batteries. The porous structure can facilitate rapid O2 and electrolyte diffusion, as well as forming a continuous conductive network throughout the whole energy conversion process. It shows a favorable cycle performance in the full discharge/charge model, owing to the high catalytic activity of the Pt-Gd alloy composite and 3D porous nickel foam structure. Specially, excellent cycling performance under capacity limited mode is also demonstrated, in which the terminal discharge voltage is higher than 2.5 V and the terminal charge voltage is lower than 3.7 V after 100 cycles at a current density of 0.1 mA cm(-2) . Therefore, this electrocatalyst is a promising bifunctional electrocatalyst for lithium oxygen batteries and this depositing high-efficient electrocatalyst on porous substrate with polycrystalline thin film by pulsed laser deposition is also a promising technique in the future lithium oxygen batteries research. PMID:27120699

  5. Internal cooling of a lithium-ion battery using electrolyte as coolant through microchannels embedded inside the electrodes

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    Mohammadian, Shahabeddin K.; He, Ya-Ling; Zhang, Yuwen

    2015-10-01

    Two and three dimensional transient thermal analysis of a prismatic Li-ion cell has been carried out to compare internal and external cooling methods for thermal management of Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery packs. Water and liquid electrolyte have been utilized as coolants for external and internal cooling, respectively. The effects of the methods on decreasing the temperature inside the battery and also temperature uniformity were investigated. The results showed that at the same pumping power, using internal cooling not only decreases the bulk temperature inside the battery more than external cooling, but also decreases the standard deviation of the temperature field inside the battery significantly. Finally, using internal cooling decreases the intersection angle between the velocity vector and the temperature gradient which according to field synergy principle (FSP) causes to increase the convection heat transfer.

  6. An aqueous capacitor battery hybrid device based on Na-ion insertion-deinsertion in λ-MnO2 positive electrode

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    Highlights: • λ-MnO2 is synthesized via treating LiMn2O4 with H2SO4. • λ-MnO2 electrode exhibits a high specific capacity of 390.7 mAh g−1 at 13.6 mA g−1. • The capacitor battery AC/λ-MnO2 shows a specific energy of 19.7 Wh Kg−1 at a power density of 3500 W Kg−1. - Abstract: A high-performance capacitor battery AC/λ-MnO2 based on Na-ion insertion-deinsertion into λ-MnO2 in 1 mol dm−3 Na2SO4 solution is successfully demonstrated. A simple acid leaching technique is used to produce λ-MnO2 by treating LiMn2O4 with H2SO4. X-ray power diffraction and inductively coupled plasma analysis provide supporting evidences for the extraction of Li+ from the LiMn2O4, and the particle morphology of λ-MnO2 is studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. A high specific capacity of 390.7 mAh g−1 is obtained for the λ-MnO2 electrode at a current density of 13.6 mA g−1 with a nearly 100% efficiency. The capacitor battery AC/λ-MnO2 can operate at a cell voltage as high as 2.2 V, and it exhibits a specific energy of 19.7 Wh Kg−1 at a high power density of 3500 W Kg−1 and a high energy density of 71.7 Wh Kg−1 at a low power density of 403 W Kg−1. It has potentials to be used as an energy storage device for the integration of solar and wind power into the electrical power grid

  7. Understanding surface reactivity of Si electrodes in Li-ion batteries by in operando scanning electrochemical microscopy.

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    Ventosa, E; Wilde, P; Zinn, A-H; Trautmann, M; Ludwig, A; Schuhmann, W

    2016-05-21

    In operando SECM is employed to monitor the evolution of the electrically insulating character of a Si electrode surface during (de-)lithiation. The solid-electrolyte interface (SEI) formed on Si electrodes is shown to be intrinsically electrically insulating. However, volume changes upon (de-)lithiation lead to the loss of the protecting character of the initially formed SEI. PMID:27136966

  8. Simple synthesis of highly catalytic carbon-free MnCo2O4@Ni as an oxygen electrode for rechargeable Li–O2 batteries with long-term stability

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    Ramchandra S. Kalubarme; Jadhav, Harsharaj S.; Duc Tung Ngo; Ga-Eun Park; John G. Fisher; Yun-Il Choi; Won-Hee Ryu; Chan-Jin Park

    2015-01-01

    An effective integrated design with a free standing and carbon-free architecture of spinel MnCo2O4 oxide prepared using facile and cost effective hydrothermal method as the oxygen electrode for the Li–O2 battery, is introduced to avoid the parasitic reactions of carbon and binder with discharge products and reaction intermediates, respectively. The highly porous structure of the electrode allows the electrolyte and oxygen to diffuse effectively into the catalytically active sites and hence im...

  9. Binder-free nitrogen-doped carbon paper electrodes derived from polypyrrole/cellulose composite for Li-O2 batteries

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    Liu, Jia; Wang, Zhaohui; Zhu, Jiefang

    2016-02-01

    This work presents a novel binder-free nitrogen-doped carbon paper electrode (NCPE), which was derived from a N-rich polypyrrole (PPy)/cellulose-chopped carbon filaments (CCFs) composite, for Li-O2 batteries. The fabrication of NCPE involved cheap raw materials (e.g., Cladophora sp. green algae) and easy operation (e.g., doping N by a carbonization of N-rich polymer), which is especially suitable for large-scale production. The NCPE exhibited a bird's nest microstructure, which could provide the self-standing electrode with considerable mechanic durability, fast Li+ and O2 diffusion, and enough space for the discharge product deposition. In addition, the NCPE contained N-containing function groups, which may promote the electrochemical reactions. Furthermore, binder-free architecture designs can prevent binder-involved parasitic reactions. A Li-O2 cell with the NCPE displayed a cyclability of more than 30 cycles at a constant current density of 0.1 mA/cm2. The 1st discharge capacity for a cell with the NCPE reached 8040 mAh/g at a current density of 0.1 mA/cm2, with a cell voltage around 2.81 V. A cell with the NCPE displayed a coulombic efficiency of 81% on the 1st cycle at a current density of 0.2 mA/cm2. These results represent a promising progress in the development of a low-cost and versatile paper-based O2 electrode for Li-O2 batteries.

  10. Stripe- or square-patterned arrays of tin dioxide nanowires for use in lithium-ion battery electrodes

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    Lee, Sang Ho; Kim, Won Bae

    2016-03-01

    This paper reports a novel electrode design for use in electrochemical lithium-ion storage. 3-dimensional patterns of tin dioxide nanowires that are grown directly over current collectors are suggested as electrode frameworks, representing the synergetic combination of nanometer-sized 1-dimensional electrode materials and micrometer-scaled hollow channels formed between the patterned nanowire arrays. The lithium-ion storage properties are investigated by changing the pattern geometries of these nanowire arrays in the shape of stripes and squares. The proposed electrode platforms show the enhanced electrochemical storage performances, which might be attributed to the effective diffusion of liquid phase electrolyte through the hollow channels between these patterned nanowire arrays. More interestingly, with increasing the hollow channels in these proposed systems, the high-rate performance and cycling stability are improved even further due to the structural effect of these electrode frameworks.

  11. Synthesis, Characterization and Density Functional Study of LiMn1.5Ni 0.5O4 Electrode for Lithium ion Battery

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    M. Aruna Bharathi

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyses material issues of development of Li-ion batteries to store electrical energy. The performance of the battery is improved by developing the high energy density cathode materials at Nano level. This paper explains the synthesis of most interesting cathode material Lithium Manganese Spinel and its derivatives like transition metal oxide (LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 using Co-Precipitation chemical method; it is one of the eco-friendly ,effective, economic and easy preparation method. The structural features of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 was characterized by XRD – analysis indicated that prepared sample mainly belong to cubic crystal form with Fd3m space group ,with lattice parameter a  8.265 and average crystal size of 31.59 nm and compared the experimental results with computation details from first principle computation methods with Quantum wise Atomistix Tool Kit (ATK,Virtual Nano Lab. First principle computation methods provide important role in emerging and optimizing this electrode material. In this study we present an overview of the computation approach aimed at building LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 crystal as cathode for Lithium ion battery. We show each significant property can be related to the structural component in the material and can be computed from first principle. By direct comparison with experimental results, we assume to interpret that first principle computation can help to accelerate the design & development of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 as cathode material of lithium ion battery for energy storage.

  12. Research Progress on the Electrode Material of Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries%全钒液流电池电极材料的研究进展

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    张文泽; 吴贤文; 王玉娥; 罗飞; 程刚; 何章兴

    2016-01-01

    T his paper introduces the structure ,principle ,characteristics and development of the vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) ,and discusses the key component of the electrode material which restricts the development of VRFB .The development process and current situation of the electrode materials of VRFB are summarized in terms of electrode material analysis and optimization mechanism of electro‐chemical performance .%介绍了全钒液流电池的结构、原理、特点及其发展过程,对制约全钒液流电池发展的电极材料这一关键组成作了论述。从电极材料的对比分析、电极改性方法的介绍及其电化学性能的优化机制等方面,综述了钒电池电极材料的发展过程及现状。

  13. Ionic Liquid-Organic Carbonate Electrolyte Blends To Stabilize Silicon Electrodes for Extending Lithium Ion Battery Operability to 100 °C.

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    Ababtain, Khalid; Babu, Ganguli; Lin, Xinrong; Rodrigues, Marco-Tulio F; Gullapalli, Hemtej; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Grinstaff, Mark W; Arava, Leela Mohana Reddy

    2016-06-22

    Fabrication of lithium-ion batteries that operate from room temperature to elevated temperatures entails development and subsequent identification of electrolytes and electrodes. Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) can address the thermal stability issues, but their poor ionic conductivity at room temperature and compatibility with traditional graphite anodes limit their practical application. To address these challenges, we evaluated novel high energy density three-dimensional nano-silicon electrodes paired with 1-methyl-1-propylpiperidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (Pip) ionic liquid/propylene carbonate (PC)/LiTFSI electrolytes. We observed that addition of PC had no detrimental effects on the thermal stability and flammability of the reported electrolytes, while largely improving the transport properties at lower temperatures. Detailed investigation of the electrochemical properties of silicon half-cells as a function of PC content, temperature, and current rates reveal that capacity increases with PC content and temperature and decreases with increased current rates. For example, addition of 20% PC led to a drastic improvement in capacity as observed for the Si electrodes at 25 °C, with stability over 100 charge/discharge cycles. At 100 °C, the capacity further increases by 3-4 times to 0.52 mA h cm(-2) (2230 mA h g(-1)) with minimal loss during cycling. PMID:27237138

  14. Lithium ion batteries made of electrodes with 99 wt% active materials and 1 wt% carbon nanotubes without binder or metal foils

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    Hasegawa, Kei; Noda, Suguru

    2016-07-01

    Herein, we propose lithium ion batteries (LIBs) without binder or metal foils, based on a three-dimensional carbon nanotube (CNT) current collector. Because metal foils occupy 20-30 wt% of conventional LIBs and the polymer binder has no electrical conductivity, replacing such non-capacitive materials is a valid approach for improving the energy and power density of LIBs. Adding only 1 wt% of few-wall CNTs to the active material enables flexible freestanding sheets to be fabricated by simple dispersion and filtration processes. Coin cell tests are conducted on full cells fabricated from a 99 wt% LiCoO2-1 wt% CNT cathode and 99 wt% graphite-1 wt% CNT anode. Discharge capacities of 353 and 306 mAh ggraphite-1 are obtained at charge-discharge rates of 37.2 and 372 mA ggraphite-1, respectively, with a capacity retention of 65% at the 500th cycle. The suitability of the 1 wt% CNT-based composite electrodes for practical scale devices is demonstrated with laminate cells containing 50 × 50 mm2 electrodes. Use of metal combs instead of metal foils enables charge-discharge operation of the laminate cell without considerable IR drop. Such electrodes will minimize the amount of metal and maximize the amount of active materials contained in LIBs.

  15. Polyoxometalate flow battery

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    Anderson, Travis M.; Pratt, Harry D.

    2016-03-15

    Flow batteries including an electrolyte of a polyoxometalate material are disclosed herein. In a general embodiment, the flow battery includes an electrochemical cell including an anode portion, a cathode portion and a separator disposed between the anode portion and the cathode portion. Each of the anode portion and the cathode portion comprises a polyoxometalate material. The flow battery further includes an anode electrode disposed in the anode portion and a cathode electrode disposed in the cathode portion.

  16. Performance study of magnesium-sulfur battery using a graphene based sulfur composite cathode electrode and a non-nucleophilic Mg electrolyte

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    Vinayan, B. P.; Zhao-Karger, Zhirong; Diemant, Thomas; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran; Schwarzburger, Nele I.; Cambaz, Musa Ali; Behm, R. Jürgen; Kübel, Christian; Fichtner, Maximilian

    2016-02-01

    Here we report for the first time the development of a Mg rechargeable battery using a graphene-sulfur nanocomposite as the cathode, a Mg-carbon composite as the anode and a non-nucleophilic Mg based complex in tetraglyme solvent as the electrolyte. The graphene-sulfur nanocomposites are prepared through a new pathway by the combination of thermal and chemical precipitation methods. The Mg/S cell delivers a higher reversible capacity (448 mA h g-1), a longer cyclability (236 mA h g-1 at the end of the 50th cycle) and a better rate capability than previously described cells. The dissolution of Mg polysulfides to the anode side was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The use of a graphene-sulfur composite cathode electrode, with the properties of a high surface area, a porous morphology, a very good electronic conductivity and the presence of oxygen functional groups, along with a non-nucleophilic Mg electrolyte gives an improved battery performance.Here we report for the first time the development of a Mg rechargeable battery using a graphene-sulfur nanocomposite as the cathode, a Mg-carbon composite as the anode and a non-nucleophilic Mg based complex in tetraglyme solvent as the electrolyte. The graphene-sulfur nanocomposites are prepared through a new pathway by the combination of thermal and chemical precipitation methods. The Mg/S cell delivers a higher reversible capacity (448 mA h g-1), a longer cyclability (236 mA h g-1 at the end of the 50th cycle) and a better rate capability than previously described cells. The dissolution of Mg polysulfides to the anode side was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The use of a graphene-sulfur composite cathode electrode, with the properties of a high surface area, a porous morphology, a very good electronic conductivity and the presence of oxygen functional groups, along with a non-nucleophilic Mg electrolyte gives an improved battery performance. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available

  17. Lithium polyacrylate as a binder for tin-cobalt-carbon negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Li Jing [Dept. of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. B3H 3J5 (Canada); Le, D.-B. [3M Electronic Markets Materials Division, 3M Center, St. Paul, MN 55144-1000 (United States); Ferguson, P.P. [Dept. of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. B3H 3J5 (Canada); Dahn, J.R., E-mail: jeff.dahn@dal.c [Dept. of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. B3H 3J5 (Canada); Dept. of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S. B3H 3J5 (Canada)

    2010-03-01

    A lithium polyacrylate (Li-PAA) binder has been developed by 3M Company that is useful with electrodes comprising alloy anode materials. This binder was used to prepare electrodes made with Sn{sub 30}Co{sub 30}C{sub 40} material prepared by mechanical attrition. The electrochemical performance of electrodes using Li-PAA binder was characterized and compared to those using sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) binders. The Sn{sub 30}Co{sub 30}C{sub 40} electrodes using Li-PAA and CMC binders show much smaller irreversible capacity than the ones using PVDF binder. Poor capacity retention is observed when PVDF binder is used. By contrast, the electrodes using Li-PAA binder show excellent capacity retention for Sn{sub 30}Co{sub 30}C{sub 40} materials and a specific capacity of 450 mAh/g is achieved for at least 100 cycles. The results suggest that Li-PAA is a promising binder for electrodes made from large-volume change alloy materials.

  18. Improved positive electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries: Exploring the high specific capacity of lithium cobalt dioxide and the high rate capability of lithium iron phosphate

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    Chen, Zhaohui

    During the past decade, the search for better electrode materials for Li-ion batteries has been of a great commercial interest, especially since Li-ion technology has become a major rechargeable battery technology with a market value of $3 billion US dollars per year. This thesis focuses on improving two positive electrode materials: one is a traditional positive electrode material--LiCoO2; the other is a new positive electrode material--LiFePO 4. Cho et al. reported that coating LiCoO2 with oxides can improve the capacity retention of LiCoO2 cycled to 4.4 V. The study of coatings in this thesis confirms this effect and shows that further improvement (30% higher energy density than that used in a commercial cell with excellent capacity retention) can be obtained. An in-situ XRD study proves that the mechanism of the improvement in capacity retention by coating proposed by Cho et al. is incorrect. Further experiments identify the suppression of impedance growth in the cell as the key reason for the improvement caused by coating. Based on this, other methods to improve the energy density of LiCoO2, without sacrificing capacity retention, are also developed. Using an XRD study, the structure of the phase between the O3-phase Li 1-xCoO2 (x > 0.5) and the O1 phase CoO2 was measured experimentally for the first time. XRD results confirmed the prediction of an H1-3 phase by Ceder's group. Apparently, because of the structural changes between the O3 phase and the H1-3 phase, good capacity retention cannot be attained for cycling LiCoO2 to 4.6 V with respect to Li metal. An effort was also made to reduce the carbon content in a LiFePO 4/C composite without sacrificing its rate capability. It was found that about 3% carbon by weight maintains both a good rate capability and a high pellet density for the composite.

  19. Influence of Electroconductive Additives in the Positive Electrode Material on Morphology, Structure and Characteristics of the Lead-acid Batteries

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The influence of carbon black, red lead and polyaniline additives on the structure and functional characteristics of automotive lead-acid batteries has been studied. The mechanisms contributing to the formation both of lead dioxide by the introduction of these additives and of additional conductive nanostructured cross-linking channels in the case of polyaniline are described.

  20. Liquid-metal electrode to enable ultra-low temperature sodium-beta alumina batteries for renewable energy storage

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    Lu, Xiaochuan; Li, Guosheng; Kim, Jin Y.; Mei, Donghai; Lemmon, John P.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Liu, Jun

    2014-08-01

    Commercial sodium-sulphur or sodium-metal halide batteries typically need an operating temperature of 300-350 °C, and one of the reasons is poor wettability of liquid sodium on the surface of beta alumina. Here we report an alloying strategy that can markedly improve the wetting, which allows the batteries to be operated at much lower temperatures. Our combined experimental and computational studies suggest that addition of caesium to sodium can markedly enhance the wettability. Single cells with Na-Cs alloy anodes exhibit great improvement in cycling life over those with pure sodium anodes at 175 and 150 °C. The cells show good performance even at as low as 95 °C. These results demonstrate that sodium-beta alumina batteries can be operated at much lower temperatures with successfully solving the wetting issue. This work also suggests a strategy to use liquid metals in advanced batteries that can avoid the intrinsic safety issues associated with dendrite formation.

  1. Scalable Fabrication of Nanoporous Carbon Fiber Films as Bifunctional Catalytic Electrodes for Flexible Zn-Air Batteries.

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    Liu, Qin; Wang, Yaobing; Dai, Liming; Yao, Jiannian

    2016-04-01

    A flexible nanoporous carbon-fiber film for wearable electronics is prepared by a facile and scalable method through pyrolysis of electrospun polyimide. It exhibits excellent bifunctional electrocatalytic activities for oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution. Flexible rechargeable zinc-air batteries based on the carbon-fiber film show high round-trip efficiency and mechanical stability. PMID:26914270

  2. Theoretical investigation for Li2CuSb as multifunctional materials: Electrode for high capacity rechargeable batteries and novel materials for second harmonic generation

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    Highlights: → We predict that Li2CuSb should be good electrode materials for high capacity rechargeable batteries and novel materials for SHG. → We found that intercalation of lithium leads to phase transitions, which agrees well with the experiment. → Intercalation of Li leads to increase the conductivity and break the symmetry along optical axis make the material useful for SHG application. → The microscopic second order hyperpolarizability, the vector component along the dipole moment direction is about 31.01x10-30 esu. - Abstract: Based on the first-principles electronic structure calculations, we predict that Li2CuSb should be good electrode materials for high capacity rechargeable batteries and novel materials for second harmonic generation. This prediction is based on the experimental measurements of Fransson et al. , and as step forward to do deep investigation on these materials we addressed ourselves for performing theoretical calculation. We found that intercalation of lithium leads to phase transitions, which agrees well with the experiment, increasing the conductivity of the material, and break the symmetry along the optical axis making the material useful for second harmonic generation (SHG) applications. We should emphasize that lithiated compound show very high second order optical susceptibility. We present the total charge densities in the (1 1 0) and (1 0 0) planes for the parent and lithiated phases and it was found that the parent compound shows a considerable anisotropy between the two planes in consistence with our calculated optical properties. We found that Li2CuSb possesses high second harmonic generation and its second order optical susceptibility of the total absolute value at zero frequency is equal to 142 pm/V. Based on the value of the second order optical susceptibility the microscopic second order hyperpolarizability, βijk, the vector component along the dipole moment direction is about 31.01 x 10-30 esu.

  3. Mn3O4 anchored on carbon nanotubes as an electrode reaction catalyst of V(IV)/V(V) couple for vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Highlights: • Mn3O4/MWCNTs (multi-walled carbon nanotubes) composite fabricated by a simple solvothermal method was developed as electrochemical catalyst of V(IV)/V(V) redox couple for vanadium redox flow batteries for the first time. • The electrocatalytic kinetics of the redox reactions of three electrocatalysts (pure Mn3O4, pure MWCNTs, Mn3O4/MWCNTs) were compared, and were in the order of Mn3O4/MWCNTs > MWCNTs > Mn3O4. • The cell using Mn3O4/MWCNTs has lower electrochemical polarization, with larger discharge capacity and energy efficiency. The average energy efficiency of the cell using Mn3O4/MWCNTs is 84.65%, 3.73% higher than that of the pristine cell. - Abstract: Mn3O4/MWCNTs (multi-walled carbon nanotubes) composite fabricated by a simple solvothermal method was developed as electrochemical catalyst of V(IV)/V(V) redox couple for vanadium redox flow batteries. The electrochemical activity of V(IV)/V(V) redox couple can be enhanced by the electrochemical catalysts (Mn3O4, MWCNTs, Mn3O4/MWCNTs), and the electrocatalytic kinetics of the redox reactions were in the order of Mn3O4/MWCNTs > MWCNTs > Mn3O4. The cell using Mn3O4/MWCNTs composite as electrochemical catalyst was assembled and the charge-discharge performance was evaluated. Compared with the pristine cell, the cell using positive graphite felt modified by Mn3O4/MWCNTs had lower electrochemical polarization, larger discharge capacity and energy efficiency. The average energy efficiency of the cell using modified positive electrode for 50 cycles was 84.65%, 3.73% higher than that of the pristine cell. The superior electrocatalytic performance of Mn3O4/MWCNTs composite was mainly due to the effective mixed conducting network, facilitating the electron transport and ion diffusion in the electrode/electrolyte interface

  4. A morphology, porosity and surface conductive layer optimized MnCo2O4 microsphere for compatible superior Li(+) ion/air rechargeable battery electrode materials.

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    Yun, Young Jun; Kim, Jin Kyu; Ju, Ji Young; Unithrattil, Sanjith; Lee, Sun Sook; Kang, Yongku; Jung, Ha-Kyun; Park, Jin-Seong; Im, Won Bin; Choi, Sungho

    2016-03-15

    Uniform surface conductive layers with porous morphology-conserved MnCo2O4 microspheres are successfully synthesized, and their electrochemical performances are thoroughly investigated. It is found that the microwave-assisted hydrothermally grown MnCo2O4 using citric acid as the carbon source shows a maximum Li(+) ion lithiation/delithiation capacity of 501 mA h g(-1) at 500 mA g(-1) with stable capacity retention. Besides, the given microsphere compounds are effectively activated as air cathode catalysts in Li-O2 batteries with reduced charge overpotentials and improved cycling performance. We believe that such an affordable enhanced performance results from the appropriate quasi-hollow nature of MnCo2O4 microspheres, which can effectively mitigate the large volume change of electrodes during Li(+) migration and/or enhance the surface transport of the LiOx species in Li-air batteries. Thus, the rationally designed porous media for the improved Li(+) electrochemical reaction highlight the importance of the 3D macropores, the high specific area and uniformly overcoated conductive layer for the promising Li(+) redox reaction platforms. PMID:26877264

  5. One-pot synthesis of Fe3O4/Fe/MWCNT nanocomposites via electrical wire pulse for Li ion battery electrodes

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    Highlights: • Synthesis of Fe3O4/Fe/MWCNT nanocolloids using an electrical wire explosion process. • Electrical connection of Fe3O4 to a current collector by the conducting networks. • Improved electrochemical performance of Fe3O4/Fe/MWCNT nanocomposite electrodes. - Abstract: Nanocomposites containing Fe3O4/Fe/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) were prepared via an electrical wire pulse process (a top-down approach) using Fe wire and dispersed, functionalized MWCNT in deionized water (DIW) at room temperature. The structural and electrochemical characteristics of the resulting nanocomposites were investigated in detail. When used as an anode for Li ion batteries, the Fe3O4/Fe/MWCNT nanocomposites exhibited greater cycle stability and rate performance than plain Fe3O4/Fe composites, with a capacity of 460 mA h g−1 at a rate of 168 mA g−1 after 50 cycles. The enhanced performance was attributed to superior electrical conductivity and buffering effect of the MWCNTs on volume changes of the anodes. This process is a promising facile method for lithium ion battery anode material synthesis

  6. Improved performance of electrodes based on carbonized olive stones/S composites by impregnating with mesoporous TiO2 for advanced Lisbnd S batteries

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    Moreno, Noelia; Caballero, Álvaro; Morales, Julián; Rodríguez-Castellón, Enrique

    2016-05-01

    Carbons obtained from biomass have attracted a lot of attention for use as electrodes for Li-ion batteries. Less attention has been paid to their use in Lisbnd S batteries in spite of the higher energy densities. Here, we optimized the electrochemical properties of an activated carbon (OSAC) obtained from olive stones with the help of mesoporous TiO2. The OSAC@TiO2/S hybrid composite exhibited improved electrochemical performance compared with the OSAC/S composite. The presence of TiO2 increased the delivered capacity of the cell by more than 60%, and the rate capability was notably improved. The cell could operate at current densities of 3350 mA g-1 (2 C), releasing an average capacity of 500 mAh g-1 with a coulombic efficiency close to 100%. This improvement in the electrochemical performance is attributed to the sorbent properties of TiO2 towards Li polysulfides and its facility to insert Li, which enhances the electronic and ionic conductivity of the hybrid composite.

  7. The use of deuterated ethyl acetate in highly concentrated electrolyte as a low-cost solvent for in situ neutron diffraction measurements of Li-ion battery electrodes

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    A low-cost deuterated electrolyte suitable for in situ neutron diffraction measurements of normal and high voltage Li-ion battery electrodes is reported here. Li[Ni0.4Mn0.4Co0.2]O2/graphite (NMC(442)/graphite) pouch cells filled with 1:0.1:2 (molar ratio) of lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl) imide (LiFSi):LiPF6: ethyl acetate (EA) and LiFSi:LiPF6:deuterated EA (d8-EA) electrolytes were successfully cycled between 2.8 V and 4.7 V at 40°C for 250 h without significant capacity loss, polarization growth, or gas production. The signal-to-noise ratio of neutron powder diffraction patterns taken on NMC(442) powder with a conventional deuterated organic carbonate-based electrolyte and filled with LiFSi:LiPF6:d8-EA electrolyte were virtually identical. Out of all the solvents widely available in deuterated form tested in highly-concentrated systems, EA was the only one providing a good balance between cost and charge-discharge capacity retention to 4.7 V. The use of such an electrolyte blend would half the cost of deuterated solvents needed for in situ neutron diffraction measurements of Li-ion batteries compared to conventional deuterated carbonate-based electrolytes

  8. In-situ electrochemical coating of Ag nanoparticles onto graphite electrode with enhanced performance for Li-ion batteries

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    The effects of silver hexafluorophosphate (AgPF6) as an electrolyte additive on the electrochemical behaviors of graphite anode are systematically studied by cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The surface structure and composition of graphite electrode after electrochemical cycles are investigated through scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It is found that Ag nanoparticles derived from electrochemical reduction of Ag+ are homogenously distributed on the graphite surface. Significant improvements on the discharge capacity, rate behavior, and low-temperature performance of graphite electrode are obtained. The reasons are associated with the decreased resistances of solid-electrolyte interface and charge-transfer process, which improve the electrode kinetics for Li+ intercalation/deintercalation

  9. Study of AB2 alloy electrodes for Ni/MH battery prepared by centrifugal casting and gas atomization

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    Centrifugal casting and gas atomization processes were applied on multiple phase AB2 alloys and compared to the conventional melt-and-cast. Four different compositions were chosen for this study. The roles of Zr, Mn, Cr, and Ni in various battery aspects are identified. Cooling speed was found to be crucial for the C14 and C15 phase abundances. As the cooling speed increased from 102 to 104 degrees per second, a higher percentage of C15 was found. The centrifugal casting process provided better cycle life and low temperature performance with the only trade-off being slower activation. The gas atomization process can achieve lower production cost due to the elimination of a grinding procedure and extended cycle life, but suffers from higher bulk oxygen content and thicker surface oxide, and thus inferior in all battery performance characteristics other than cycle life and charge retention.

  10. Electrochemical properties of electrospun poly(5-cyanoindole) submicron-fibrous electrode for zinc/polymer secondary battery

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    Cai, Zhijiang; Guo, Jie; Yang, Haizheng; Xu, Yi

    2015-04-01

    This study aims to develop an aqueous zinc/electrospun poly(5-cyanoindole) fibers secondary battery system. Zn foil and ZnCl2 are used as anode active materials and the electrolytic solution, respectively. Poly(5-cyanoindole) synthesized by chemical oxidation is electrospun into fibers and used as cathode active materials. FTIR and NMR test are carried out to investigate the chemical structure of poly(5-cyanoindole). Surface properties of electrospun poly(5-cyanoindole) fibers are studied by SEM, TEM, and BET. The performance of zinc/electrospun poly(5-cyanoindole) fibers battery system is evaluated in term of electrical conductivity, cyclic voltammogram, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, discharge capacity and durability test. The cell achieves 2.0 V electromotive force with about 107-61 Ah Kg-1 discharge capacity at 0.2C-10C rate. At 800th cycle, the discharge capacity remains 80-57 Ah Kg-1 at 0.2C-2C rate, which is about 75-63% of the maximum discharge capacity. These results indicate that the cell has very excellent cyclic properties as well as fast charge/discharge properties. Electrospun poly(5-cyanoindole) fibers have been proved to be a better candidate than polyindole powder as cathode material in zinc/polymer battery.

  11. Oxidized graphene as an electrode material for rechargeable metal-ion batteries – a DFT point of view

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    Graphical abstract: - Abstract: In line with a growing interest in the use of graphene-based materials for energy storage applications and active research in the field of rechargeable metal-ion batteries we have performed a DFT based computational study of alkali metal atoms (Li, Na and K) interaction with an oxidized graphene. The presence of oxygen surface groups (epoxy and hydroxyl) alters the chemisorption properties of graphene. In particular, we observe that the epoxy groups are redox active and enhance the alkali metal adsorption energies by a factor of 2 or more. When an alkali metal atom interacts with hydroxyl-graphene the formation of metal-hydroxide is observed. In addition to a potential boost of metal ion storage capability, oxygen functional groups also prevent the precipitation of the metal phase. By simulating lithiation/de-lithiation process on epoxy-graphenes, it was concluded that the oxidized graphene can undergo structural changes during battery operation. Our results suggest that the content and the type of oxygen surface groups should be carefully tailored to maximize the performance of metal-ion batteries. This is mainly related to the control of the oxidation level in order to provide enough active centers for metal ion storage while preserving sufficient electrical conductivity

  12. DEMS study of gas evolution at thick graphite electrodes for lithium-ion batteries: the effect of γ-butyrolactone

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    Lanz, Martin; Novák, Petr

    Differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS) was used to study the reductive decomposition of an electrolyte based on ethylene carbonate/dimethyl carbonate (EC/DMC), as well as the formation of a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) in this electrolyte, at thick (75-100 μm) porous graphite composite electrodes. A number of graphite electrodes differing in their electrochemical lithium intercalation properties were investigated in potential-sweep experiments. They proved to be similar with respect to the evolution of ethylene and hydrogen gas during the first two charge/discharge cycles. Due to an incomplete coulombic conversion, a high irreversible capacity, as well as slow diffusion kinetics and an enhanced ohmic resistance of the electrodes, SEI formation on these thick electrodes was not yet complete after the first charge/discharge cycle. Undesired gas evolution can be reduced by adding γ-butyrolactone (GBL) as an electrolyte co-solvent. The amount of ethylene and hydrogen gas evolved decreases with increasing percentages of GBL in an EC/DMC electrolyte, indicating that the SEI layer is built up from GBL rather than from EC decomposition products.

  13. Simultaneous fluorination of active material and conductive agent for improving the electrochemical performance of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 electrode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Song, Min Sang; Kim, Dae Sik; Park, Eunjun; Choi, Jae Man; Kim, Hansu

    2016-09-01

    High-voltage cathode materials have gained much attention as one of the promising electrode materials to increase power density of lithium ion batteries by raising the working voltage. However, the use of such high-voltage cathode materials is still challenging, because their working voltage is close to the electrochemical oxidation potential of organic electrolyte used in lithium ion batteries. In this work, we demonstrated that simultaneous fluorination of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 (LNMO) particles as well as conductive agent in the electrode could significantly improve the electrochemical stability of LNMO cathode. The resulting electrode showed better cycle performance both at room temperature and elevated temperature compared to both bare LNMO electrode and the electrode with only LNMO fluorinated. These results showed that direct fluorination of high voltage cathode can reduce the side reaction of high voltage cathode electrode with the electrolyte, thereby stabilizing the surface of carbon black as well as that of high voltage cathode material.

  14. 有机电解液型锂空气电池空气电极研究进展%Research progress on air electrode in organic electrolyte lithium-air battery

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    罗仲宽; 尹春丽; 吴其兴; 王芳; 黄洋; 李豪君; 魏蒙蒙

    2015-01-01

    Due to the advantages of ultra-high energy density, lithium-air batteries based on organic electrolyte system have received widespread concern. To seek after a high-performance, safety and applicable lithium-air battery, a lot of scholars have conducted numerous research works on cathode materials, catalysts, electrolyte, and lithium cathode. Air electrode optimization and electrolyte stability are the keys to obtaining high performance lithium-air batteries. We review some of the latest research progress on air electrode reaction mechanisms, influence factors of air electrode, materials for air cathode and catalysts in organic electrolyte lithium-air batteries. Meanwhile, advantages and disadvantages of all kinds of porous materials and catalysts, as well as impact on the electrochemical performance of batteries, were analysed. Based on these studies, we put forward the future direction for air electrodes of lithium-air batteries is to build a unique porous electrode structure with new composite oxide catalysts, to achieve high-capacity, long-life lithium-air batteries.%有机电解液体系的锂空气电池因其超高能量密度受到广泛关注。为寻求高性能、安全实用的锂空气电池,国内外就正极材料、催化剂、电解液和锂负极等开展了大量研究,其中空气电极的优化、电解液的稳定性是锂空气电池高性能发挥的关键。介绍了近年有机电解液锂空气电池空气电极上的反应机理、空气电极影响因素、正极材料和催化剂等最新研究进展,分析了各类多孔材料和催化剂的优缺点,及其对电池电化学性能的影响,结合本课题组研究成果,指出了锂空气电池空气电极的发展方向,即结合新型复合氧化物催化剂,构筑独特的多孔电极结构,以实现高容量、长寿命的锂空气电池。

  15. Why LiFePO4 is a safe battery electrode: Coulomb repulsion induced electron-state reshuffling upon lithiation

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    Wang, Yung Jui; Liu, Xiaosong; Barbiellini, B.; Hafiz, Hasnain; Basak, Susmita; Liu, Jun; Richardson, Thomas; Shu, Guojiun; Chou, Fangcheng; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Nordlund, Dennis; Sokaras, Dimosthenis; Moritz, B.; Devereaux, T. P.; Qiao, Ruimin; Chuang, Yi-De; Bansil, Arun; Hussain, Zahid; Yang, Wanli

    We performed systematic experimental and theoretical studies based on soft X-ray emission, absorption, and hard X-ray Raman spectroscopy of LixFePO4. The results show a non-rigid electron-state reconfiguration of both the occupied and unoccupied Fe-3d and O-2p states during the (de)lithiation process. The critical 3d electron state configurations are consistent with the calculations based on MBJGGA+U framework, which improves the overall lineshape prediction compared with the conventionally used GGA+U method. The combined experimental and theoretical studies show that the non-rigid electron state reshuffling guarantees the stability of oxygen during the redox reaction throughout the charge and discharge process of LiFePO4 electrodes, leading to the intrinsic safe performance of the electrodes. Work supported by the US DOE.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of Sn-Mo mixtures as negative electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Sn-Mo powder mixtures were prepared by chemical precipitation, followed by annealing at 700 oC in hydrogen atmosphere. The microstructure, morphology, and electrochemical performance of the powders were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP) and electrochemical methods. The Sn-Mo mixture exhibited an initial discharge capacity of 491 mAh g-1 with a better capacity retention displaying 277 mAh g-1 after 20 cycles. This is due to the smaller particle size and a uniform distribution of the tin particles in the molybdenum matrix that effectively minimizes the effect of the large volume changes and also maintains the mechanic stability and structural integrity of the electrodes during cycling. Therefore, the electrode of the Sn-Mo mixture prepared by chemical precipitation exhibited better cycle life.

  17. TG-MS analysis of solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) on graphite negative-electrode in lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhao, Liwei; Watanabe, Izumi; Doi, Takayuki; Okada, Shigeto; Yamaki, Jun-ichi

    The thermal stability and chemical structure of solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) formed on a natural-graphite negative-electrode in ethylene carbonate (EC) and dimethyl carbonate (DMC)-based electrolyte was investigated by thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis combined with mass spectrometry (TG-DTA/MS) and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). Due to the decomposition of SEI, two CO 2 evolution peaks at around 330 and 430 °C were detected in TG-MS studies with continuous CO 2 background. The continuous CO 2 background was attributed to the gradual decomposition of oxygen-containing polymeric species of SEI. Another two dominant components of SEI, lithium alkyl carbonate and lithium oxalate, were found to contribute to the CO 2 peaks at 330 and 430 °C separately. The effects of charging-depth, current density and cycle number on the CO 2 distribution and XPS spectra were studied. It was found that lithium oxalate was reduction product of lithium alkyl carbonate during the intercalation of lithium ions. The reduction reaction could be accelerated by elevated temperature. The transformation of SEI chemical structure showed direct effect on the thermal stability of SEI. At the same time, lithium carbonate was also found in SEI on the graphite electrode after long cycles, while it was negligible in the electrode subjected to short cycles.

  18. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of organic electrolytes, electrodes, and lithium ion transport for Li-ion batteries

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    Kent, P. R. C.; Ganesh, P.; Jiang, De-En; Borodin, O.

    2012-02-01

    Optimizing the choice of electrolyte in lithium ion batteries and an understanding of the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) is required to optimize the balance between high-energy storage, high rate capability, and lifetime. We perform accurate ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations of common cyclic carbonates and LiPF6 to build solvation models which explain available Neutron and NMR spectroscopies. Our results corroborate why ethylene carbonate is a preferred choice for battery applications over propylene carbonate and how mixtures with dimethyl carbonate improve Li-ion diffusion. We study the role of functionalization of graphite-anode edges on the reducibility of the electrolyte and the ease of Li-ion intercalation at the initial stages of SEI formation. We find that oxygen terminated edges readily act as strong reductive sites, while hydrogen terminated edges are less reactive and allow faster Li diffusion. Orientational ordering of the solvent molecules precedes reduction at the interphase. Inorganic reductive components are seen to readily migrate to the anode edges, leading to increased surface passivation of the anode. We are currently quantifying Li-intercalation barriers across realistic SEI models, and progress along these lines will be presented.

  19. The microstructure matters: breaking down the barriers with single crystalline silicon as negative electrode in Li-ion batteries.

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    Sternad, M; Forster, M; Wilkening, M

    2016-01-01

    Silicon-based microelectronics forms a major foundation of our modern society. Small lithium-ion batteries act as the key enablers of its success and have revolutionised portable electronics used in our all everyday's life. While large-scale LIBs are expected to help establish electric vehicles, on the other end of device size chip-integrated Si-based μ-batteries may revolutionise microelectronics once more. In general, Si is regarded as one of the white hopes since it offers energy densities being ten times higher than conventional anode materials. The use of monocrystalline, wafer-grade Si, however, requires several hurdles to be overcome since it its volume largely expands during lithiation. Here, we will show how 3D patterned Si wafers, prepared by the sophisticated techniques from semiconductor industry, are to be electrochemically activated to overcome these limitations and to leverage their full potential being reflected in stable charge capacities (>1000 mAhg(-1)) and high Coulomb efficiencies (98.8%). PMID:27531589

  20. Thermophysical properties of LiCoO₂-LiMn₂O₄ blended electrode materials for Li-ion batteries.

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    Gotcu, Petronela; Seifert, Hans J

    2016-04-21

    Thermophysical properties of two cathode types for lithium-ion batteries were measured by dependence on temperature. The cathode materials are commercial composite thick films containing LiCoO2 and LiMn2O4 blended active materials, mixed with additives (binder and carbon black) deposited on aluminium current collector foils. The thermal diffusivities of the cathode samples were measured by laser flash analysis up to 673 K. The specific heat data was determined based on measured composite specific heat, aluminium specific heat data and their corresponding measured mass fractions. The composite specific heat data was measured using two differential scanning calorimeters over the temperature range from 298 to 573 K. For a comprehensive understanding of the blended composite thermal behaviour, measurements of the heat capacity of an additional LiMn2O4 sample were performed, and are the first experimental data up to 700 K. Thermal conductivity of each cathode type and their corresponding blended composite layers were estimated from the measured thermal diffusivity, the specific heat capacity and the estimated density based on metallographic methods and structural investigations. Such data are highly relevant for simulation studies of thermal management and thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries, in which the bulk properties are assumed, as a common approach, to be temperature independent. PMID:27031918

  1. Co2SnO4 nanocrystals anchored on graphene sheets as high-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: • Cubic spinel Co2SnO4/G nanocomposites are synthesized by a facile hydrothermal process. • Co2SnO4/G nanocomposites show more excellent electrochemical performance than pure Co2SnO4 nanoparticles. • The nanocomposites demonstrate a high reversible discharge capacity of 1061.1 mAh g−1 at 100 mA g−1 after 100 cycles. - Abstract: Cubic spinel Co2SnO4/graphene sheets (Co2SnO4/G) nanocomposites are synthesized by a facile hydrothermal process in alkaline solution, using SnCl4 · 4H2O, CoCl2 · 6H2O and graphene oxide (GO) as the precursor. The structure and morphology of the resulting nanocomposites are characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Co2SnO4 nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed among graphene sheets, with a size of 80–150 nm. As anode material for lithium-ion batteries, the galvanostatic charge/discharge and cyclic voltammetry are conducted to indicate the electrochemical performance of Co2SnO4/G nanocomposites. Co2SnO4/G nanocomposites exhibit an improved electrochemical performance compared with pure Co2SnO4 nanoparticles, such as high reversible capacities, good cycling stability and excellent rate performance. The initial charge and discharge capacities are 996.1 mAh g−1 and 1424.8 mAh g−1. After 100 cycles, the reversible charge/discharge capacities still remain 1046/1061.1 mAh g−1 at the current density of 100 mA g−1. Co2SnO4 nanoparticles coated by Graphene sheets with superior electrochemical performance indicate that Co2SnO4/G nanocomposites are promising electrode materials used for high-storage lithium-ion batteries

  2. Production of Sn–Cu/MWCNT composite electrodes for Li-ion batteries by using electroless tin coating

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    Uysal, Mehmet, E-mail: mehmetu@sakarya.edu.tr; Cetinkaya, Tugrul; Kartal, Muhammet, E-mail: kartal@sakarya.edu.tr; Alp, Ahmet; Akbulut, Hatem

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    Cycling stability of pure tin electrodes were aimed to improve by using a suitable combination of copper and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). For this purpose, firstly Sn–Cu composite powders were produced using an electroless process. Then, Sn–Cu/MWCNT composite electrodes were prepared with dispersing different amounts of MWCNT (10 wt.%, 20 wt.%, 40 wt.%) by high energy mechanical milling method. The surface morphology of the produced Sn–Cu/MWCNT composite powders was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) was used to determine the elemental surface composition of the composites. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was performed to investigate the structure of the Sn–Cu/MWCNT composite powders. The electrochemical performance of Sn–Cu/MWCNT composite electrodes has been investigated by charge/discharge tests and cyclic voltammetry experiments. The cell discharge capacities were determined at a constant current in voltage range between 0.02 V and 1.5 V. AC Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) analysis was also carried out to measure resistivity and Li-diffusion in the assembled cells. The amounts of MWCNTs were shown to be a crucial factor to improve Sn–Cu/MWCNT composite anodes for cyclability and reversible capacity. - Highlights: • Sn–Cu/MWCNT anodes were produced by high energy mechanical milling and electroless method. • MWCNT increases electronic contact between current collector and active material. • The discharge capacity of Sn–Cu/40MWCNT composite was found to be 439 mAh g{sup −1} even after 30 cycles.

  3. Electrodeposited tin coating as negative electrode material for lithium-ion battery in room temperature molten salt

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    Fung, YS; Zhu, DR

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    A new room temperature molten salt (RTMS) [1-methyl-3-ethylimidazolium/AlCl3/SnCl2 (3:2:0.5)] was developed for depositing tin on a copper electrode. Different tin crystallites were deposited at different temperatures, giving widely different performances of the assembled lithium cell [Sn (Cu)/LiCl buffered MEICl-AlCl3 RTMS/lithium]. Tin film deposited at 50°C or higher gave a more desirable crystal structure and an improved performance than films obtained at lower temperatures. Both cyclic v...

  4. A nano-architectured porous electrode assembly of copper rich Cu6Sn5 thin film for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Highlights: ► A nano-architectured porous electrode assembly of Cu6Sn5 thin film was produced. ► Electrode’s composition and architecture effects on its performance were shown. ► An electrode with high capacity and long cycle life was produced by OAD method. -- Abstract: Cu and Sn are codeposited on a copper substrate via electron beam evaporation deposition method to form a nano porous thin film anode. The galvanostatic charge–discharge results show that the nano porous Cu6.26Sn5 thin film performs 784 mAh g−1 as first discharge capacity. A capacity fade is observed during the first three cycles, this sharp capacity decay has disappeared and a progressive increase in the capacity is observed up to 40th cycles. Then, a steady state regime has begun and continued up to 60th cycles. The enhanced electrochemical properties of the nano porous, structured Cu–Sn composite thin film is attributed to its particular composition, morphology and structure

  5. Sn/SnO2 embedded in mesoporous carbon nanocomposites as negative electrode for lithium ion batteries

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    Highlights: ► The controlled synthesis enabled the formation of metallic Sn and SnO2 into CMK-3. ► The composite showed a synergistic effect leading to impressive high capacity. ► The architecture of the composite led to a promising cycle and rate performance. - Abstract: Mesoporous Sn/SnO2/carbon composites with uniformly Sn/SnO2 embedded within the carbon pore walls have been rationally designed and synthesized. These nanocomposites have been characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS and tested as negative electrodes in a cell using lithium foil as the counter electrode. The inclusion of metallic Sn in SnO2/CMK-3 resulted in a unique, ordered structure and provided a synergistic effect which resulted in an impressive initial reversible capacity of 799 mAh g−1. In addition, at a higher current of 800 mA g−1, the heterostructure was able to provide a stable capacity of 350 mAh g−1. Furthermore, a retention capacity of ∼670 mAh g−1 was obtained after 60 cycles.

  6. Facile Fabrication of Binder-free Metallic Tin Nanoparticle/Carbon Nanofiber Hybrid Electrodes for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    In this work, a Sn nanoparticle (NP)/carbon nanofiber (CNF) hybrid with unique structure has been designed and fabricated via electrospinning and subsequent heat treatment. The cell assembled by the binder-free Sn NP/CNF hybrid demonstrates an effective capacity (46 mAh g−1 at 200 mA g−1 after 200 cycles) with high coulombic efficiency (up to 99.8%), suggesting a facile strategy for the scalable fabrication of electrochemically stable electrodes for LIBs. For understanding the electrochemical behaviors of the metallic Sn and carbon nanofibers in the lithiation/delithiation process, in situ transmission electron microscopy was applied to study the single hybrid structure. In the first charge/discharge process, real-time size variation of the Sn NP and CNFs was mainly focused, suggesting a two-step lithiation process in the metallic Sn NP. Structural characterization also indicates an irreversible delithiation in a single Sn NP/CNF hybrid structure. The electrochemical performance based on influence of carbonization temperature has also been discussed. The results and fundamental understanding of the lithiation/delithiation in the Sn-based hybrid anodes enables the communities to design flexible high-performance electrodes based on metallic active materials in a rational way

  7. Evaluation of nanocrystalline Sn3N4 derived from ammonolysis of Sn(NEt2)4as a negative electrode material for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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    Li, Xianji; Hector, Andrew L.; John R. Owen; Shah, S. Imran U.

    2016-01-01

    Bulk nanocrystalline Sn3N4 powders were synthesised by a two step ammonolysis process followed by washing with dilute acid. Their performance as Li-ion and Na-ion battery negative electrodes was assessed by galvanostatic cycling in half cells vs. the metal, giving good performance in both cases and remarkable stability in the sodium cells. The effect of carboxymethyl cellulose and sodium alginate binders was examined and the latter found to give superior performance. Capacity and stability we...

  8. Effects of the rate of anodic oxidation of the cadmium electrode and the type of separator material on the concentration of cadmium hydroxy complexes in the interelectrode space of alkali batteries

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    Concentration of cadmium hydroxy complexes in the interelectrode space of the alkaline battery mock-up behind separator materials during the anodic process on the cadmium electrode have been defined by the chronoamperometry method on the solid microelectrode. It has been found, that the supersaturation of cadmium hydroxy complexes in the interelectrode space has sharply decreased in comparison with separators of the regular structure under using of inorganic separators based on asbestos

  9. In situ X-ray diffraction characterisation of Fe0.5TiOPO4 and Cu0.5TiOPO4 as electrode material for sodium-ion batteries

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    Na-ion batteries might become a low-cost alternative to Li-ion batteries in the future. Suitable electrode materials, especially anode materials, are needed for Na-ion batteries. As possible candidates Cu0.5TiOPO4 and Fe0.5TiOPO4 were tested. While Cu0.5TiOPO4 does not react with Na+, Fe0.5TiOPO4 shows a specific charge of ≈600 mAh/g upon the first sodiation and 280 mAh/g in the first desodiation. In situ XRD in a new, versatile and reliable in situ cell revealed that Fe0.5TiOPO4 reacts via a conversion type reaction upon sodiation with an amorphisation of the sample

  10. Flame treatment of graphene oxides: cost-effective production of nanoporous graphene electrode for Lithium-ion batteries

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    Jiang, Hao-Bo; Zhang, Yong-Lai; Zhang, Yi; Liu, Yan; Fu, Xiu-Yan; Liu, Yu-Qing; Wang, Chun-Dong; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2015-12-01

    A facile production of highly porous graphene foam by using flame treatment of graphene oxide (GO) is proposed. Highly porous architectures with randomly distributed micro-crack and micro-slit were produced due to the high temperature induced ruinous reduction and rapid expansion of GO. Synchronously, abundant oxygen-containing groups (OCGs) on GO sheets could be effectively removed after flame treatment, which renders significantly increased conductivity to the resultant flame reduced GO (FR-GO). The synergistic effect of micro/nanostructuring and the OCGs removal makes FR-GO a promising candidate for electrode materials. Compared with chemically reduced GO (CR-GO), FR-GO delivers much higher specific capacity. It gives us some hints that flame treatment of graphene-based material is a smart strategy for cost-effective production of anode materials for commercial application.

  11. Performance enhancement of Lithium-ion battery with LiFePO4@C/RGO hybrid electrode

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    We present a new olivine LiFePO4(LFP)@C/reduced graphene oxide(RGO) nanocomposite synthesized by a solvothermal method. In this hybrid nanocomposite, the cooperation of the LiFePO4 with a carbon coating and the reduction of the graphene oxide has been tuned to produce an effective three-dimensional (3D) conductive network. Compared with conventional LFP@C nanocomposites, the experimental results of LFP@C/RGO nanocomposites show their outstanding electrochemical performance with higher rate capability and better cycability. In particularly, no obvious capacity fading after 200 cycles at a current of 10 C is observed and a discharge capacity of 119 mAh/g can be still delivered at 20 C, pointing out that the electronic conductivity of electrode particles also contribute to achieve a high-rate performance. This study may play a key role in large power sources when applied in industrial productions, such as electric vehicles

  12. A Desalination Battery

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    Pasta, Mauro

    2012-02-08

    Water desalination is an important approach to provide fresh water around the world, although its high energy consumption, and thus high cost, call for new, efficient technology. Here, we demonstrate the novel concept of a "desalination battery", which operates by performing cycles in reverse on our previously reported mixing entropy battery. Rather than generating electricity from salinity differences, as in mixing entropy batteries, desalination batteries use an electrical energy input to extract sodium and chloride ions from seawater and to generate fresh water. The desalination battery is comprised by a Na 2-xMn 5O 10 nanorod positive electrode and Ag/AgCl negative electrode. Here, we demonstrate an energy consumption of 0.29 Wh l -1 for the removal of 25% salt using this novel desalination battery, which is promising when compared to reverse osmosis (∼ 0.2 Wh l -1), the most efficient technique presently available. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  13. Ion-exchange synthesis and improved Li insertion property of lithiated H2Ti12O25 as a negative electrode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Kunimitsu Kataoka

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available We successfully prepared the lithiated H2Ti12O25 sample by the H+/Li+ ion exchange synthetic technique in the molten LiNO3 at 270 °C using H2Ti12O25 as a starting compound. Chemical composition of the obtained lithiated H2Ti12O25 sample was determined to be H1.05Li0.35Ti12O25-δ having δ = 0.3 by ICP-AES and DTA-TG analyses. The H+/Li+ ion exchange was also confirmed by powder XRD, 1H-MAS NMR, and 7Li-MAS NMR measurements. Electrochemical Li insertion and extraction measurements revealed that the initial coulombic efficiency was improved from 88% in H2Ti12O25 to 93% in the lithiated H2Ti12O25 sample. In addition, superior capacity retention properties for the charge and discharge cycling performance and good charge rate capability of the present lithiated H2Ti12O25 were confirmed in the electrochemical measurements. Accordingly, the lithiated H2Ti12O25 is suggested to be one of the promising high-voltage and high-capacity oxide negative electrodes in advanced lithium-ion batteries.

  14. Unexpected Li2O2 Film Growth on Carbon Nanotube Electrodes with CeO2 Nanoparticles in Li-O2 Batteries.

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    Yang, Chunzhen; Wong, Raymond A; Hong, Misun; Yamanaka, Keisuke; Ohta, Toshiaki; Byon, Hye Ryung

    2016-05-11

    In lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries, it is believed that lithium peroxide (Li2O2) electrochemically forms thin films with thicknesses less than 10 nm resulting in capacity restrictions due to limitations in charge transport. Here we show unexpected Li2O2 film growth with thicknesses of ∼60 nm on a three-dimensional carbon nanotube (CNT) electrode incorporated with cerium dioxide (ceria) nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs). The CeO2 NPs favor Li2O2 surface nucleation owing to their strong binding toward reactive oxygen species (e.g., O2 and LiO2). The subsequent film growth results in thicknesses of ∼40 nm (at cutoff potential of 2.2 V vs Li/Li(+)), which further increases up to ∼60 nm with the addition of trace amounts of H2O that enhances the solution free energy. This suggests the involvement of solvated superoxide species (LiO2(sol)) that precipitates on the existing Li2O2 films to form thicker films via disproportionation. By comparing toroidal Li2O2 formed solely from LiO2(sol), the thick Li2O2 films formed from surface-mediated nucleation/thin-film growth following by LiO2(sol) deposition provides the benefits of higher reversibility and rapid surface decomposition during recharge. PMID:27105122

  15. Morphology-Tuned Synthesis of NiCo2 O4 -Coated 3D Graphene Architectures Used as Binder-Free Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Zhang, Chunfei; Yu, Jong-Sung

    2016-03-18

    Nanostructured NiCo2 O4 is directly grown on the surface of three-dimensional graphene-coated nickel foam (3D-GNF) by a facile electrodeposition technique and subsequent annealing. The resulting NiCo2 O4 possesses a distinct flower or sheet morphology, tuned by potential or current variation electrodeposition, which are used as binder-free lithium-ion battery anodes for the first time. Both samples exhibit high lithium storage capacity, profiting from the unique binder-free electrode structures. The flower-type NiCo2 O4 demonstrates high reversible discharge capacity (1459 mAh g(-1) at 200 mA g(-1) ) and excellent cyclability with around 71 % retention of the reversible capacity after 60 cycles, which are superior to the sheet-type NiCo2 O4 . Such superb performance can be attributed to high volume utilization efficiency with unique morphological character, a well-preserved connection between the active materials and the current collector, a short lithium-ion diffusion path, and fast electrolyte transfer in the binder-free NiCo2 O4 -coated 3D graphene structure. The simple preparation process and easily controllable morphology make the binder-free NiCo2 O4 /3D-GNF hybrid a potential material for commercial applications. PMID:26918287

  16. Microwave hydrothermal synthesis of urchin-like NiO nanospheres as electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors with enhanced electrochemical performances

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    Highlights: • Urchin-like NiO nanospheres were synthesised by a microwave hydrothermal method. • The NiO nanospheres consist of nanocrystals and porous structure. • NiO nanospheres exhibited a high reversible specific capacity of 1027 mA h g−1. • The NiO nanospheres also delivered a high supercapacitance of 736 F g−1. -- Abstract: Urchin-like NiO nanospheres were synthesised by a microwave hydrothermal method. The as-synthesised NiO nanospheres were characterised by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that NiO nanosphere consists of a nanoporous structure and nanosize crystals. When applied as anode materials in lithium-ion batteries, NiO nanospheres exhibited a high reversible specific capacity of 1027 mA h g−1, an excellent cycling performance and a good high rate capability. NiO nanospheres also showed a high specific capacitance as electrode materials for supercapacitors

  17. Hybrid nanostructured microporous carbon-mesoporous carbon doped titanium dioxide/sulfur composite positive electrode materials for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries

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    Zegeye, Tilahun Awoke; Kuo, Chung-Feng Jeffrey; Wotango, Aselefech Sorsa; Pan, Chun-Jern; Chen, Hung-Ming; Haregewoin, Atetegeb Meazah; Cheng, Ju-Hsiang; Su, Wei-Nien; Hwang, Bing-Joe

    2016-08-01

    Herein, we design hybrid nanostructured microporous carbon-mesoporous carbon doped titanium dioxide/sulfur composite (MC-Meso C-doped TiO2/S) as a positive electrode material for lithium-sulfur batteries. The hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 host material is produced by a low-cost, hydrothermal and annealing process. The resulting conductive material shows dual microporous and mesoporous behavior which enhances the effective trapping of sulfur and polysulfides. The hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2/S composite material possesses rutile TiO2 nanotube structure with successful carbon doping while sulfur is uniformly distributed in the hybrid MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 composite materials after the melt-infusion process. The electrochemical measurement of the hybrid material also shows improved cycle stability and rate performance with high sulfur loading (61.04%). The material delivers an initial discharge capacity of 802 mAh g-1 and maintains it at 578 mAh g-1 with a columbic efficiency greater than 97.1% after 140 cycles at 0.1 C. This improvement is thought to be attributed to the unique hybrid nanostructure of the MC-Meso C-doped TiO2 host and the good dispersion of sulfur in the narrow pores of the MC spheres and the mesoporous C-doped TiO2 support.

  18. Microwave hydrothermal synthesis of urchin-like NiO nanospheres as electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors with enhanced electrochemical performances

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    Mondal, Anjon Kumar, E-mail: Anjon.K.Mondal@student.uts.edu.au [Centre for Clean Energy Technology, School of Chemistry and Forensic Science, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway, Sydney, NSW 2007 (Australia); Su, Dawei; Wang, Ying; Chen, Shuangqiang [Centre for Clean Energy Technology, School of Chemistry and Forensic Science, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway, Sydney, NSW 2007 (Australia); Liu, Qi [School of Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Wang, Guoxiu, E-mail: Guoxiu.wang@uts.edu.au [Centre for Clean Energy Technology, School of Chemistry and Forensic Science, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway, Sydney, NSW 2007 (Australia)

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    Highlights: • Urchin-like NiO nanospheres were synthesised by a microwave hydrothermal method. • The NiO nanospheres consist of nanocrystals and porous structure. • NiO nanospheres exhibited a high reversible specific capacity of 1027 mA h g{sup −1}. • The NiO nanospheres also delivered a high supercapacitance of 736 F g{sup −1}. -- Abstract: Urchin-like NiO nanospheres were synthesised by a microwave hydrothermal method. The as-synthesised NiO nanospheres were characterised by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that NiO nanosphere consists of a nanoporous structure and nanosize crystals. When applied as anode materials in lithium-ion batteries, NiO nanospheres exhibited a high reversible specific capacity of 1027 mA h g{sup −1}, an excellent cycling performance and a good high rate capability. NiO nanospheres also showed a high specific capacitance as electrode materials for supercapacitors.

  19. Multi-Electrode Resistivity Probe for Investigation of Local Temperature Inside Metal Shell Battery Cells via Resistivity: Experiments and Evaluation of Electrical Resistance Tomography

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Direct Current (DC electrical resistivity is a material property that is sensitive to temperature changes. In this paper, the relationship between resistivity and local temperature inside steel shell battery cells (two commercial 10 Ah and 4.5 Ah lithium-ion cells is innovatively studied by Electrical Resistance Tomography (ERT. The Schlumberger configuration in ERT is applied to divide the cell body into several blocks distributed in different levels, where the apparent resistivities are measured by multi-electrode surface probes. The investigated temperature ranges from −20 to 80 °C. Experimental results have shown that the resistivities mainly depend on temperature changes in each block of the two cells used and the function of the resistivity and temperature can be fitted to the ERT-measurement results in the logistical-plot. Subsequently, the dependence of resistivity on the state of charge (SOC is investigated, and the SOC range of 70%–100% has a remarkable impact on the resistivity at low temperatures. The proposed approach under a thermal cool down regime is demonstrated to monitor the local transient temperature.

  20. Li2FeSiO4 nanorod as high stability electrode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Li2FeSiO4 (LFS) nanorods, with a diameter of 80–100 nm and length of 0.8–1.0 μm, were synthesized successfully from a mixture of LiOH, FeSO4, and SiO2 nanoparticles via a simple hydrothermal process. The secondary structure with micro-sized bundles of nanorods was developed with high crystallinity under the hydrothermal condition of 180 °C for 72 h. Then, sucrose, as carbon source, was coated and carbonized on the surface of the LFS nanorods to fabricate LFS/C nanorod composite. The resulting LFS/C nanorod composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and surface area measurements. When used as the cathode materials for lithium-ion battery, the electrochemical performance of the LFS/C nanorod material delivers discharge capacities of 156 mAh g−1 in the voltage window of 1.8−4.7 V and also demonstrates good cycle stability when it is cycled between 1.8 and 4.1 V. In short, superior electrochemical properties could be caused by the short lithium-ion diffusion path of its nanorod structure

  1. Doping effects on structure and electrode performance of K-birnessite-type manganese dioxides for rechargeable lithium battery

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    The potassium birnessites doped with Al, Ni, and Co were prepared by calcination and aqueous treatment, which showed that single phase products were obtained with Ni and Al up to 5 at.% and Co up to 25 at.% addition to strating KMnO4. The discharge-recharge capacities and capacity retentions in an aprotic Li cell were not improved by the Ni and Al dopings, but those of the cobalt doped birnessite were improved. The initial discharge capacities of the undoped and cobalt doped birnessites were 170 and 200 mAh g-1 with capacity retentions of 56 and 80% during the initial 20 cycles, respectively. The reasons for the improvement of the battery performance by Co doping were considered as follows: (i) a change in the stacking structure, (ii) a decrease in the charge transfer resistance, and (iii) improved structural stability of the oxide. Their micro structures were evaluated by X-ray diffraction, photoelectron and Raman spectroscopies, and electron microscopy. Also, potassium birnessite synthesized by adding about 3 times excess potassium indicated that the stacking structure was similar to the 30 at.% cobalt doping sample, furthermore, the better capacity retention was achieved as cathode in a Li cell

  2. A comparison of the electrode/electrolyte reaction at elevated temperatures for various Li-ion battery cathodes

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    MacNeil, D. D.; Lu, Zhonghua; Chen, Zhaohui; Dahn, J. R.

    Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to compare the thermal stability of charged cathodes in 1 M LiPF 6 EC/DEC electrolyte. Seven possible cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LiCoO 2, LiNiO 2, LiNi 0.8Co 0.2O 2, Li 1+ xMn 2- xO 4, LiNi 0.7Co 0.2Ti 0.05Mg 0.05O 2, Li[Ni 3/8Co 1/4Mn 3/8]O 2, and LiFePO 4) were tested under the same conditions. Welded stainless steel DSC sample tubes, that ensured no weight loss during analysis, were used for these measurements, making them reliable. A consideration of these DSC results and the known electrochemical properties of the cathodes may assist the selection of the most suitable lithium-ion cathode material for use in a particular application.

  3. Nanotubes for Battery Applications

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    Nordlinder, Sara

    2005-01-01

    Nanomaterials have attracted great interest in recent years, and are now also being considered for battery applications. Reducing the particle size of some electrode materials can increase battery performance considerably, especially with regard to capacity, power and rate capability. This thesis presents a study focused on the performance of such a material, vanadium oxide nanotubes, as cathode material for rechargeable lithium batteries. These nanotubes were synthesized by a sol-gel process...

  4. Methods for thermodynamic evaluation of battery state of health

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    Yazami, Rachid; McMenamin, Joseph; Reynier, Yvan; Fultz, Brent T

    2013-05-21

    Described are systems and methods for accurately characterizing thermodynamic and materials properties of electrodes and battery systems and for characterizing the state of health of electrodes and battery systems. Measurement of physical attributes of electrodes and batteries corresponding to thermodynamically stabilized electrode conditions permit determination of thermodynamic parameters, including state functions such as the Gibbs free energy, enthalpy and entropy of electrode/electrochemical cell reactions, that enable prediction of important performance attributes of electrode materials and battery systems, such as energy, power density, current rate, cycle life and state of health. Also provided are systems and methods for charging a battery according to its state of health.

  5. Watermelon used as a novel carbon source to improve the rate performance of iron oxide electrodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Highlights: • Watermelon is used to synthesize the carbon material via an environmentally friendly process. • The derived carbon materials exhibit high specific surface area and good rate performance. • Good rate performances of these FeOx/C composites in 3.0–0.01 V are achieved. -- Abstract: The pulp of a watermelon consists of watermelon juice and flesh wall. After a hydrothermal process at 160 °C, the pulp turns into a carbon-based composite powder composed of micrometer particles and nanosheets (CPs–CSs). Through a similar hydrothermal process with the mixture of watermelon pulp and an ethanolic solution of ferric nitrate as the precursors, a powder of iron oxide–CPs–CSs composite is also synthesized. X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopies and BET surface area measurement are employed to study the compositions and structures of these composite powders. Their electrochemical properties as potential anode materials of lithium ion batteries are also investigated. It is found that after a heat treatment at 700 °C and 800 °C, the CPs–CSs composites are mesoporous carbon materials with a specific surface area of 898 m2 g−1 and 452 m2 g−1, respectively. The iron oxide–CPs–CSs composites after a heat treatment at 700 °C and 800 °C are all Fe3O4–CPs–CSs. When used as anode materials, both CPs–CSs and Fe3O4–CPs CSs show very good rate performance. Thanks to the higher surface area of the carbon component, the 700 °C-treated Fe3O4–CPs–CSs is superior to others in rate capability. It can deliver a discharge capacity of 350 mA h g−1 even at a high current density of 2500 mA g−1

  6. New tris- and pentakis-fused donors containing extended tetrathiafulvalenes: New positive electrode materials for rechargeable batteries

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    Shintaro Iwamoto

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Derivatives of tris-fused TTF extended with two ethanediylidenes (5, tris- and pentakis-fused TTFs extended with two thiophene-2,5-diylidenes (6–9 were successfully synthesized. Cyclic voltammograms of the tetrakis(n-hexylthio derivative of 5 and 7 (5d, 7d consisted of two pairs of two-electron redox waves and two pairs of one-electron redox waves. On the other hand, four pairs of two-electron redox waves and two pairs of one-electron redox waves were observed for the tetrakis(n-hexylthio derivative of 9 (9d. Coin-type cells using the bis(ethylenedithio derivatives of 5 (5b, 6 (6b and the tetrakis(methylthio derivatives of 5 (5c and 8 (8c as positive electrode materials showed initial discharge capacities of 157–190 mAh g−1 and initial energy densities of 535–680 mAh g−1. The discharge capacities after 40 cycles were 64–86% of the initial discharge capacities.

  7. Li4Ti5O12/C composite electrode material synthesized involving conductive carbon precursor for Li-ion battery

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    Li4Ti5O12/C composite was synthesized via a simple solid-state reaction using Super-P-Li conductive carbon black as reaction precursor. The prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TG and granularity analysis and their electrochemical performance was also investigated in this work. The results showed that the Li4Ti5O12/C composite had a spinel crystal structure and the particle size of the powder was uniformly distributed with an average particle size of 480 nm. The conductive carbon was embedded in the Li4Ti5O12 particles without incorporation in the Li4Ti5O12 crystal lattice during the sintering process. The added Super-P-Li carbon played an important role in improving the electronic conductivity and electrochemical performance of the Li4Ti5O12/C electrode. Compared with raw Li4Ti5O12, the Li4Ti5O12/C composite exhibited higher rate capability and excellent reversibility. The initial discharge capacity of Li4Ti5O12/C composite was 174.5 mAh g-1 at 0.5C and 169.3 mAh g-1 at 1C.

  8. Research of new AB type hydrogen storage materials that can be used as a negative electrode in nickel -metal hydride battery; Recherche de nouveaux composes intermetalliques hydrurables de type AB utilisables comme electrode negative d`accumulateur nickel-hydrure

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    Jordy, Ch.

    1994-12-15

    The aim of this work is to determine new AB type hydrogen storage materials that can be used as a negative electrode in nickel-metal hydride battery. The main requested solid-gas hydrogenation properties are as follows : a reversible capacity higher than 400 mAh/g and a plateau pressure close to 0, 01 MPa at 25 deg C. Binary intermetallic compounds have been selected according to their high hydrogen capacity. The thermodynamic properties of the hydride have to be adjusted by partial substitution of the A and/or B elements. The selected binary intermetallic rate to the substitution was based on known thermodynamic models and on criteria on hydrogen atom occupation in interstitial sites. The only alloys, which could have interest, are the one which are homogeneous. Amongst them, the compounds Ti(Fe{sub 1-x}) where M=Ni,Co,Mn,Cr, showed a solid-gas capacity higher than 400 mAh/g and a plateau pressure close to 0,01 MPa at 25 deg C. Nevertheless, the electrochemical capacity is extremely low due to the iron corrosion in concentrated KOH. The electrochemical capacities of (Ti{sub 1-x-y} Zr{sub x}M{sub y})Ni compounds for M=V and Si are the most promising in the AB type since a 350 m Ah/g reversible capacity has been measured bY THE CONSTANT POTENTIAL METHOD. We also showed that the partial zirconium substitution made the martensitic transformation temperature higher. (author)

  9. Effect of carbon black on the performance of gas diffusion electrode of lithium-air battery%炭黑对锂空气电池气体扩散电极性能的影响

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    马玉林; 于海滨; 刘元贵; 尹鸽平

    2012-01-01

    Effects of 3 kinds of carbon black, such as BP2000,XC-72 and acetylene black on electrochemical performance of gas diffusion electrodes for lithium-air battery were studied. The discharge performance of lithium-air battery was tested, acetylene black was determined to be superior to others for electrode. Acetylene black content and load were optimized and it delivered a specific capacity of 2 531 mAh/g at 0.2 mA/cm2 by discharging to 2.0 V when the content and load reached to 80% and 1.0 mg in electrode.SEM test result showed that the battery failure was mainly due to the accumulation of reaction products in electrode.%研究了BP2000、XC-72及乙炔黑等3种炭黑对锂空气电池气体扩散电极的电化学性能影响,测试了锂空气电池的放电性能,确定了电极用的最佳炭黑为乙炔黑.对电极上乙炔黑的含量及载量进行优化,当乙炔黑含量为80%、载量为1.0 mg时,以0.2 mA/cm2的电流放电至2.0V,炭黑的比容量可达2 531 mAh/g.SEM测试结果表明:反应产物在电极上的堆积是电池失效的主要原因.

  10. Alkaline quinone flow battery.

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    Lin, Kaixiang; Chen, Qing; Gerhardt, Michael R; Tong, Liuchuan; Kim, Sang Bok; Eisenach, Louise; Valle, Alvaro W; Hardee, David; Gordon, Roy G; Aziz, Michael J; Marshak, Michael P

    2015-09-25

    Storage of photovoltaic and wind electricity in batteries could solve the mismatch problem between the intermittent supply of these renewable resources and variable demand. Flow batteries permit more economical long-duration discharge than solid-electrode batteries by using liquid electrolytes stored outside of the battery. We report an alkaline flow battery based on redox-active organic molecules that are composed entirely of Earth-abundant elements and are nontoxic, nonflammable, and safe for use in residential and commercial environments. The battery operates efficiently with high power density near room temperature. These results demonstrate the stability and performance of redox-active organic molecules in alkaline flow batteries, potentially enabling cost-effective stationary storage of renewable energy. PMID:26404834

  11. Developments in redox flow batteries

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    Tangirala, Ravichandra

    2011-01-01

    This thesis describes the investigation of the electrochemistry principles, technology, construction and composition of the electrode materials, electrolyte and additives used in redox flow batteries. The aim was to study a flow battery system with an appreciable working performance. The study explores and compares mainly three different redox flow battery technologies; all-vanadium, soluble lead-acid and a novel copper-lead dioxide flow batteries. The first system is based in sulfuric acid e...

  12. Electrode for a lithium cell

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    Thackeray, Michael M.; Vaughey, John T.; Dees, Dennis W.

    2008-10-14

    This invention relates to a positive electrode for an electrochemical cell or battery, and to an electrochemical cell or battery; the invention relates more specifically to a positive electrode for a non-aqueous lithium cell or battery when the electrode is used therein. The positive electrode includes a composite metal oxide containing AgV.sub.3O.sub.8 as one component and one or more other components consisting of LiV.sub.3O.sub.8, Ag.sub.2V.sub.4O.sub.11, MnO.sub.2, CF.sub.x, AgF or Ag.sub.2O to increase the energy density of the cell, optionally in the presence of silver powder and/or silver foil to assist in current collection at the electrode and to improve the power capability of the cell or battery.

  13. Capacity and power fade cycle-life model for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle lithium-ion battery cells containing blended spinel and layered-oxide positive electrodes

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    Cordoba-Arenas, Andrea; Onori, Simona; Guezennec, Yann; Rizzoni, Giorgio

    2015-03-01

    This paper proposes and validates a semi-empirical cycle-life model for lithium-ion pouch cells containing blended spinel and layered-oxide positive electrodes. For the model development and validation experimental data obtained during an aging campaign is used. During the campaign the influence of charge sustaining/depleting operation, minimum state of charge (SOC), charging rate and temperature on the aging process is studied. The aging profiles, which are prescribed in power mode, are selected to be representative of realistic plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) operation. The proposed model describes capacity fade and resistance increase as function of the influencing stress factors and battery charge throughput. Due to its simplicity but still good accuracy, the applications of the proposed aging model include the design of algorithms for battery state-of-health (SOH) monitoring and prognosis, PHEV optimal energy management including battery aging, and the study of aging propagation among battery cells in advanced energy storage systems.

  14. Applications of Carbon Materials in Negative Electrode for Lead-Carbon Ultra-battery%炭材料在铅炭超级电池负极中的应用∗

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    胡晨; 相佳媛; 林跃生; 刘皓; 高飞; 杨凯; 来小康

    2015-01-01

    Lead-carbon ultra-battery is a hybrid electrochemical energy storage device,which combines a lead-acid battery with an asymmetric super-capacitor by internal paralleling.The new battery has higher power density and longer cycle life,and offers potential for using in electric vehicles and large stationary applications.The main reason for the improved performance of lead-acid battery is the use of carbon materials to reduce sulfate in the negative elec-trode of the battery.The valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA)battery fails prematurely due to the progressive build-up of lead sulfate mainly on the surfaces of the negative plates.The accumulation of lead sulfate reduces the effective reaction area of the negative plates,making the charge and discharge processes of the negative plates difficult.It has been found that adding carbon to the negative active material can enhance the performance of the lead-acid batteries un-der high-partial-state-of-charge (HRPSoC)conditions.Lead-carbon ultra-batteries exhibit remarkable improvement in the rate capability,active material utilization,cycle performance and charge acceptance compared to the conventional lead-acid batteries in high-rate partial-state-of-charge cycling duty.Herein the progress of research in application of carbon materials in lead-carbon ultra-battery and the underlying mechanisms of carbon additives in preventing/reducing formation of sulfation on the negative electrode of the batteries are reviewed.%铅炭超级蓄电池是由铅酸电池和超级电容器通过创新组合而形成的新型电化学储能装置,具有高功率、长寿命的特点,在电动汽车与规模储能方面有良好的应用前景。其性能突破的关键是将炭材料用到铅炭超级电池负极中,降低负极硫酸盐化。在高倍率部分荷电态工况下,阀控铅酸电池失效的原因是在负极板表面生成致密、不导电的硫酸铅的绝缘层。炭材料添加剂能抑制负极不可逆硫酸盐化,

  15. Photoelectrochemical solar battery

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    The invention relates to the field of solar energy conversion and can be used to the elaboration of photoelectrochemical solar batteries. Summary of the invention consists in the fact that in the photoelectrochemical solar battery comprising of a photo electrode and a counter-electrode, placed into an electrolyte solution, comprising the oxidation-reduction system, the photo electrode is made of a semiconductor of n-type ZnIn2S4 and as electrolyte is used aqueous solution Na2S4 - Na2S2. The technical result of the invention consists in the sulphur ions inter exchange from the photo electrode surface and from the electrolyte solution that leads to the reduction of photo electrode photo corrosion

  16. The Electrocatalytic Study of LiCoO2 in Air Electrode for Lithium-Air Battery%锂空气电池空气电极LiCoO2电催化性能研究

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    高军; 武巍; 田艳艳; 杨勇

    2012-01-01

    自设计建立锂空气电池实验装置,研究以掺入LiCoO2作为电催化剂的空气正极的电化学性能及其放电前后催化剂结构的变化.循环伏安、XRD及充放电测试等表明,LiCoO2能够很大程度地改善空气电极的放电性能.尤其是在放电前,将掺有LiCoO2的空气正极充电至4.1 V,此时LiCoO2的Co元素呈现较高的价态(Co3+/Co4+),催化作用因此更加显著.%The LiCoO2 has been investigated as a new electrocatalyst for air electrodes using homemade lithium-air battery. The electrochemical performance and structural changes of the LiCoO2 based composite air electrodes have been studied. The results of CV, XRD and charge-discharge tests show that the composite air electrodes composed of LiCoO2 can greatly improve the discharge performance of lithium-air batteries. In particular when the composite air electrodes are charged to 4.1 V before further discharging, the obvious catalytic effects of LiCoO2 are attributed to higher valence state of the Co element in LiCoO2, especially at charged state.

  17. Carbon black and vapor grown carbon fibers binary conductive additive for the Li1.18Co0.15Ni0.15Mn0.52O2 electrodes for Li-ion batteries

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    Carbon black (CB) and vapor-grown carbon fibers (VGCFs) are used as conductive additives for the Li1.18Co0.15Ni0.15Mn0.52O2 electrodes for Li-ion batteries. The fibrous VGCFs can bridge the isolated Li1.18Ni0.15Co0.15Mn0.52O2 regions, thus construct an effective conductive network for electron transport. In addition, incorporation of CB and VGCFs can improve the electrochemical kinetics of the cathode material by retarding the harmful side reactions, promoting the charge transfer reactions and increasing the apparent lithium diffusion coefficient. In all electrodes under investigation, the one prepared with 3 wt.% of VGCFs and 12 wt.% of CB shows the largest discharge capacity of 252 mAh g−1 at the 0.2C rate with excellent capacity retention and rate capability. - Highlights: • CB/VGCFs binary conductive additive is used for Li-excess layered cathode electrode. • The binary conductive additive constructs a continuous network for electron transport. • The binary conductive additive improves the electrochemical kinetics of the electrode. • Improved electrochemical performance is gained using the binary conductive additive

  18. Effect of pore distribution of carbon on performance of air electrode for lithium air batteries%碳的孔分布对锂空气电池空气电极性能影响

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    王凌岩; 谢凯; 王珲; 韩喻

    2012-01-01

    Microstructural parameter of carbon is an important factor that restricts the performance of lithium oxygen batteries. In this paper, five kinds of carbon, which had different microstructural parameter were chosen to prepare the air electrode and the discharge capacity of these electrodes were tested, the monograph of these air electrodes before and after discharge were observed by SEM. The effect of pore distribution of carbon on the performance of air electrode also was discussed. The results show that the pore distribution of carbon has important influences on the performance of air electrode and air electrode made of carbon that has relative optimal pore distribution behave relative best.%碳的微观结构是限制锂空气电池空气电极性能的重要因素.选用五种具有不同微观结构参数的碳材料分别制备了空气电极,并测试了相应电池的放电比容量,采用扫描电镜对放电前后空气电极的表理形貌进行了观察,研究探讨了碳的微观结构对于空气电极放电性能的影响.结果表明,碳的孔分布是影响空气电极的重要因素,由具有相对最优孔径分布的碳材料制备的空气电极表现出相对最佳的电性能.

  19. Li(Ni0.40Mn0.40Co0.15Al0.05)O2: A promising positive electrode material for high-power and safe lithium-ion batteries

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    Bains, J.; Croguennec, L.; Bréger, J.; Castaing, F.; Levasseur, S.; Delmas, C.; Biensan, Ph.

    2011-10-01

    Li1.11(Ni0.40Mn0.39Co0.16Al0.05)0.89O2 was synthesized through coprecipitation of a mixed hydroxide followed by calcination with LiOH·H2O during 10 h at 500 °C and 950 °C. Electrochemical tests and their comparison with those obtained for an industrial Li(Ni1-y-zCoyAlz)O2 material reveal that Li1.11(Ni0.40Mn0.39Co0.16Al0.05)0.89O2 shows good charge-discharge performance, even at high rate according to a protocol well established by car-makers for testing power abilities of batteries for electric and hybrid electric vehicles. In addition, this material shows a significant improvement in thermal stability in the highly deintercalated state (charged state of the battery) over the industrial material. Equivalent (or higher) energy and power densities with a significantly greater thermal stability make of Li1.11(Ni0.40Mn0.39Co0.16Al0.05)0.89O2 an interesting candidate as positive electrode material for large lithium-ion batteries.

  20. Mesoporous NiCo2O4 nanoneedles grown on three dimensional graphene networks as binder-free electrode for high-performance lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors

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    Graphical abstract: Mesoporous NiCo2O4 nanoneedles grown on three dimensional graphene networks have been successfully prepared by a facile solvothermal reaction with subsequent annealing treatment. Significantly, as a binder-free electrode for high-performance lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors, the hybrid exhibits high specific capacity/capacitance and excellent cycling stability over long-term cycling. - Highlights: • Mesoporous NiCo2O4 nanoneedles grown on 3D graphene networks are successfully prepared. • The NiCo2O4/3DGN hybrid is directly used as binder-free electrode for LIBs and SCs. • The hybrid exhibits superior long-term cycling stability up to 2000 cycles for LIBs application. • The hybrid delivers a high specific capacitance of 970 F g−1 at 20 A g−1. • The hybrid demonstrates excellent capacitance retention of ∼96.5% after 3000 cycles for SCs application. - Abstract: Mesoporous nickel cobaltite (NiCo2O4) nanoneedles grown on three dimensional graphene networks have been successfully prepared by a facile solvothermal reaction with subsequent annealing treatment. The NiCo2O4/3DGN hybrid is then used as binder-free electrode for high-performance lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors. The three dimensional graphene based binder-free electrode is considered more desirable than powder nanostructures in terms of shorter Li+ ion diffusion and electron transportation paths, good strain accommodation, better interfacial/chemical distributions and high electrical conductivity. As a result, when used as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), it exhibits high specific discharge capacity as well as superior cycling stability up to 2000 cycles. When it is used for supercapacitor application, this hybrid delivers a high specific capacitance of 970 F g−1 at a high current density of 20 A g−1 with excellent capacitance retention of ∼96.5% after 3000 cycles. Moreover, this synthesis strategy is simple and effective, which

  1. 光伏电池正极银浆用球形银粉的制备%Fabrication of Spherical Silver Powders Used for the Front Electrode Paste of Photovoltaic Battery

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    琚伟; 马望京; 彭丹; 牟秋红; 张方志; 陈义祥

    2015-01-01

    采用化学还原法制备光伏电池正极银浆用球形银粉,通过扫描电镜(SEM)和激光粒度仪表征了银粉的形貌和粒度,研究还原剂的种类、表面活性剂浓度以及反应时间等工艺条件对银粉粒度及形貌的影响。结果表明,采用抗坏血酸作还原剂、聚乙烯吡咯烷酮(PVP)作分散剂时,可以得到分散性好、粒度约为1.5µm的球状银粉。将该银粉制成浆料,印刷、烘干并烧结后,表征了电极形貌,用四探针电阻仪测得烧结银层的方阻<5mΩ/□,可满足太阳能电池的电性能要求。%The spherical silver powders used for the front electrode paste of photovoltaic battery were prepared by chemical reduction. The morphology, particle size and dispersity of silver powders were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and laser particle size analyzer. The silver powders prepared are about 1.5 µm in particle size, and well dispersed in spherical shape. The influencing factors were analyzed, such as the type of reducer, concentration of surfactant and reaction time etc. The silver powders were fabricated into the silver paste. After being sintered, the morphology and resistance of front electrode were measured. The results showed that the silver powders could meet the need of fabricating the front electrode of photovoltaic battery.

  2. Batteries: Overview of Battery Cathodes

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    Doeff, Marca M

    2010-07-12

    hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs); a market predicted to be potentially ten times greater than that of consumer electronics. In fact, only Liion batteries can meet the requirements for PHEVs as set by the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), although they still fall slightly short of EV goals. In the case of Li-ion batteries, the trade-off between power and energy shown in Figure 1 is a function both of device design and the electrode materials that are used. Thus, a high power battery (e.g., one intended for an HEV) will not necessarily contain the same electrode materials as one designed for high energy (i.e., for an EV). As is shown in Figure 1, power translates into acceleration, and energy into range, or miles traveled, for vehicular uses. Furthermore, performance, cost, and abuse-tolerance requirements for traction batteries differ considerably from those for consumer electronics batteries. Vehicular applications are particularly sensitive to cost; currently, Li-ion batteries are priced at about $1000/kWh, whereas the USABC goal is $150/kWh. The three most expensive components of a Li-ion battery, no matter what the configuration, are the cathode, the separator, and the electrolyte. Reduction of cost has been one of the primary driving forces for the investigation of new cathode materials to replace expensive LiCoO{sub 2}, particularly for vehicular applications. Another extremely important factor is safety under abuse conditions such as overcharge. This is particularly relevant for the large battery packs intended for vehicular uses, which are designed with multiple cells wired in series arrays. Premature failure of one cell in a string may cause others to go into overcharge during passage of current. These considerations have led to the development of several different types of cathode materials, as will be covered in the next section. Because there is not yet one ideal material that can

  3. Spatial atomic layer deposition on flexible porous substrates: ZnO on anodic aluminum oxide films and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on Li ion battery electrodes

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    Sharma, Kashish [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309 (United States); Routkevitch, Dmitri; Varaksa, Natalia [InRedox, Longmont, Colorado 80544 (United States); George, Steven M., E-mail: Steven.George@Colorado.Edu [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309 and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309 (United States)

    2016-01-15

    Spatial atomic layer deposition (S-ALD) was examined on flexible porous substrates utilizing a rotating cylinder reactor to perform the S-ALD. S-ALD was first explored on flexible polyethylene terephthalate polymer substrates to obtain S-ALD growth rates on flat surfaces. ZnO ALD with diethylzinc and ozone as the reactants at 50 °C was the model S-ALD system. ZnO S-ALD was then performed on nanoporous flexible anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films. ZnO S-ALD in porous substrates depends on the pore diameter, pore aspect ratio, and reactant exposure time that define the gas transport. To evaluate these parameters, the Zn coverage profiles in the pores of the AAO films were measured using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). EDS measurements were conducted for different reaction conditions and AAO pore geometries. Substrate speeds and reactant pulse durations were defined by rotating cylinder rates of 10, 100, and 200 revolutions per minute (RPM). AAO pore diameters of 10, 25, 50, and 100 nm were utilized with a pore length of 25 μm. Uniform Zn coverage profiles were obtained at 10 RPM and pore diameters of 100 nm. The Zn coverage was less uniform at higher RPM values and smaller pore diameters. These results indicate that S-ALD into porous substrates is feasible under certain reaction conditions. S-ALD was then performed on porous Li ion battery electrodes to test S-ALD on a technologically important porous substrate. Li{sub 0.20}Mn{sub 0.54}Ni{sub 0.13}Co{sub 0.13}O{sub 2} electrodes on flexible metal foil were coated with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} using 2–5 Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD cycles. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD was performed in the S-ALD reactor at a rotating cylinder rate of 10 RPM using trimethylaluminum and ozone as the reactants at 50 °C. The capacity of the electrodes was then tested versus number of charge–discharge cycles. These measurements revealed that the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} S-ALD coating on the electrodes enhanced the capacity stability. This S

  4. Air and metal hydride battery

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    Lampinen, M.; Noponen, T. [Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Otaniemi (Finland). Lab. of Applied Thermodynamics

    1998-12-31

    The main goal of the air and metal hydride battery project was to enhance the performance and manufacturing technology of both electrodes to such a degree that an air-metal hydride battery could become a commercially and technically competitive power source for electric vehicles. By the end of the project it was possible to demonstrate the very first prototype of the air-metal hydride battery at EV scale, achieving all the required design parameters. (orig.)

  5. Studies on the electrode material for the all vanadium redox flow battery%全钒氧化还原流体电池电极材料的研究

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    李俊杰; 朱扬清; 杨华铨

    2001-01-01

    Various electrode material has been studied at 1.1 mol/L VOSO4 solution in 2 mol/L H2SO4 as electrolyte,using both cycilic voltammetry and A.C.impedance.The research result:the property of carbon electrodes is better then metals.Carbon electrodes may be used in vanadium battery.%选用不同类型的电极材料在1.1 mol/L VOSO4和2 mol/L H2SO4组成的电解液中进行循环伏安、交流阻抗研究,观察电极材料氧化还原的可逆性,研究结果表明:碳材料的电极比金属电极的性能好,可望用碳类材料作钒电池的电极材料.

  6. Fabrication of voids-involved SnO2@C nanofibers electrodes with highly reversible Sn/SnO2 conversion and much enhanced coulombic efficiency for lithium-ion batteries

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    Xie, Wenhe; Gu, Lili; Xia, Fangyuan; Liu, Boli; Hou, Xiaoyi; Wang, Qi; Liu, Dequan; He, Deyan

    2016-09-01

    Despite their potential application in lithium-ion battery electrodes, one apparent disadvantage for SnO2-based materials is that the electrodes suffer low coulombic efficiency especially for the initial cycle, which originates from the irreversible conversion of SnO2 to Sn, the formation of solid electrolyte interphase and the other possible side reactions. Here we design a novel nanofiber structure in which SnO2 nanoparticles are well separated and confined by inner porous carbon framework and then hooped by outer carbon shell. The resultant SnO2/voids@C nanofibers electrode displays not only a high reversible capacity of 986 mAh g-1 at 200 mA g-1 after 200 cycles, but also a high initial coulombic efficiency of 73.5%. It has been shown that such a rational design can efficiently reduce the side reactions and promote the reversible conversion of Sn to SnO2 for both half and full cells.

  7. Structure analyses using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption near edge structure for amorphous MS3 (M: Ti, Mo) electrodes in all-solid-state lithium batteries

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    Matsuyama, Takuya; Deguchi, Minako; Mitsuhara, Kei; Ohta, Toshiaki; Mori, Takuya; Orikasa, Yuki; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu; Kowada, Yoshiyuki; Hayashi, Akitoshi; Tatsumisago, Masahiro

    2016-05-01

    Electronic structure changes of sulfurs in amorphous TiS3 and MoS3 for positive electrodes of all-solid-state lithium batteries are examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and the X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES). The all-solid-state cell with amorphous TiS3 electrode shows the reversible capacity of about 510 mAh g-1 for 10 cycles with sulfur-redox in amorphous TiS3 during charge-discharge process. On the other hand, the cell with amorphous MoS3 shows the 1st reversible capacity of about 720 mAh g-1. The obtained capacity is based on the redox of both sulfur and molybdenum in amorphous MoS3. The irreversible capacity of about 50 mAh g-1 is observed at the 1st cycle, which is attributed to the irreversible electronic structure change of sulfur during the 1st cycle. The electronic structure of sulfur in amorphous MoS3 after the 10th charge is similar to that after the 1st charge. Therefore, the all-solid-state cell with amorphous MoS3 electrode shows relatively good cyclability after the 1st cycle.

  8. Methods and systems for thermodynamic evaluation of battery state of health

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    Yazami, Rachid; McMenamin, Joseph; Reynier, Yvan; Fultz, Brent T

    2014-12-02

    Described are systems and methods for accurately characterizing thermodynamic and materials properties of electrodes and battery systems and for characterizing the state of health of electrodes and battery systems. Measurement of physical attributes of electrodes and batteries corresponding to thermodynamically stabilized electrode conditions permit determination of thermodynamic parameters, including state functions such as the Gibbs free energy, enthalpy and entropy of electrode/electrochemical cell reactions, that enable prediction of important performance attributes of electrode materials and battery systems, such as energy, power density, current rate, cycle life and state of health. Also provided are systems and methods for charging a battery according to its state of health.

  9. 全钒液流电池用PTFE-碳纳米管电极的性能%Characteristics of graphite based composite electrodes containing carbon nanotubes for vanadium redox flow batteries

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    李丹丹; 褚有群; 李雯雯; 马淳安

    2013-01-01

      以聚四氟乙烯(PTFE)为黏结剂制备了不同组分的石墨粉(GP)和多壁碳纳米管(MWCNT)复合电极,采用恒电位阶跃、循环伏安、电化学阻抗谱及恒电流充放电等方法系统考察了 GP-MWCNT 复合电极在全钒液流电池(VRFB)体系中的电化学性能。实验结果表明:复合电极中MWCNT含量的增加有利于VRFB正、负极反应的进行,纯MWCNT电极表现出最优的电化学性能;以纯MWCNT电极为正、负极构建的VRFB电池在30 mA/cm2的恒电流充放电条件下表现出了良好的稳定性和电化学性能,电流效率、电压效率和能量效率分别为96%、87%和84%。%Graphite (GP) based composite electrodes containing multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) were prepared for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) using polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) as binding agent. Electrochemical performance of the GP-MWCNT composite electrodes was characterized by chronoamperometry, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results showed that both positive and negative electrode reactions of VRFB benefited from the use of more MWCNT in the composite electrode, and the best electrochemical performance was obtained with pure MWCNT electrode. A VRFB was therefore constructed using pure MWCNT electrodes as both the positive and negative electrodes. Preliminary charge/discharge tests at a current density of 30 mA/cm2 demonstrated that the VRFB had a good stability and electrochemical performance. The current efficiency, voltage efficiency and energy efficiency were 96%, 87%and 84%, respectively.

  10. Direct Observation of Active Material Concentration Gradients and Crystallinity Breakdown in LiFePO4 Electrodes During Charge/Discharge Cycling of Lithium Batteries

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    Roberts, Matthew R.; Madsen, Alex; Nicklin, Chris; Rawle, Jonathan; Palmer, M.; Owen, John R.; Hector, Andrew L.

    2014-01-01

    The phase changes that occur during discharge of an electrode comprised of LiFePO4, carbon, and PTFE binder have been studied in lithium half cells by using X-ray diffraction measurements in reflection geometry. Differences in the state of charge between the front and the back of LiFePO4 electrodes have been visualized. By modifying the X-ray incident angle the depth of penetration of the X-ray beam into the electrode was altered, allowing for the examination of any concentration gradients th...

  11. Electrodes the electrochemical supercapacitors

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    Kocian, M.; Vondrák, Jiří; Sedlaříková, M.

    Brno : University of Technology Brno, 2003, s. 109-111. ISBN 80-214-2298-X. [Advanced Batteries and Accumulators /4./. Brno (CZ), 15.06.2003-19.06.2003] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4032918 Keywords : Electrodes Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  12. Button batteries

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    Swallowing batteries ... These devices use button batteries: Calculators Cameras Hearing aids Penlights Watches ... If a person puts the battery up their nose and breathes it further in, ... problems Cough Pneumonia (if the battery goes unnoticed) ...

  13. Effects of Propylene Carbonate Content in CsPF6-Containing Electrolytes on the Enhanced Performances of Graphite Electrode for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Zheng, Jianming; Yan, Pengfei; Cao, Ruiguo; Xiang, Hongfa; Engelhard, Mark H; Polzin, Bryant J; Wang, Chongmin; Zhang, Ji-Guang; Xu, Wu

    2016-03-01

    The effects of propylene carbonate (PC) content in CsPF6-containing electrolytes on the performances of graphite electrode in lithium half cells and in graphite∥LiNi0.80Co0.15Al0.05O2 (NCA) full cells are investigated. It is found that the performance of graphite electrode is significantly affected by PC content in the CsPF6-containing electrolytes. An optimal PC content of 20% by weight in the solvent mixtures is identified. The enhanced electrochemical performance of graphite electrode can be attributed to the synergistic effects of the PC solvent and the Cs(+) additive. The synergistic effects of Cs(+) additive and appropriate amount of PC enable the formation of a robust, ultrathin, and compact solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer on the surface of graphite electrode, which is only permeable for desolvated Li(+) ions and allows fast Li(+) ion transport through it. Therefore, this SEI layer effectively suppresses the PC cointercalation and largely alleviates the Li dendrite formation on graphite electrode during lithiation even at relatively high current densities. The presence of low-melting-point PC solvent improves the sustainable operation of graphite∥NCA full cells under a wide temperature range. The fundamental findings also shed light on the importance of manipulating/maintaining the electrode/electrolyte interphasial stability in various energy-storage devices. PMID:26862677

  14. Study of the interface between Na-rich and Li-rich phases in a Na-inserted spinel Li4Ti5O12 crystal for an electrode of a sodium-ion battery.

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    Kitta, Mitsunori; Kataoka, Riki; Kohyama, Masanori

    2016-07-20

    Spinel lithium titanate (LTO; Li4Ti5O12) is one of the promising materials for negative electrodes of sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). The stable charge-discharge performance of SIB cells using LTO electrodes depends on the reversible Na insertion-extraction mechanism of LTO, where the spinel lattice is expanded with Na insertion, and two phases, Na-inserted LTO (Na-LTO) and Li-inserted LTO (Li-LTO) phases, are generated. These phases are confirmed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), while the mechanism of the two-phase coexistence with different lattice volumes is yet unclear. Here, we investigate the detailed morphology of the coexisting Na-LTO and Li-LTO phases using in situ XRD measurements and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation. Na-LTO (a = 8.74 Å) and Li-LTO (a = 8.36 Å) phases are confirmed in both the electrochemically formed Na-inserted LTO electrode and the single-crystalline LTO thin specimen. We observed that the Na-LTO/Li-LTO interface is parallel to the (001) plane, and contains an inevitable lattice mismatch along the interface, while the expansion of the Na-LTO phase can be partially relaxed normal to the interface. We observed that the Na-LTO/Li-LTO interface has interface layers of lattice disordering with a 1-2 nm width, relaxing the lattice mismatch, as opposed to results from the previous scanning TEM observation. How the different lattice volumes at the two-phase interface are relaxed should be the key issue in investigation of the mechanism of Na insertion and extraction in LTO electrodes. PMID:27391208

  15. Lithium Ion Battery Anode Aging Mechanisms

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    Victor Agubra

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Degradation mechanisms such as lithium plating, growth of the passivated surface film layer on the electrodes and loss of both recyclable lithium ions and electrode material adversely affect the longevity of the lithium ion battery. The anode electrode is very vulnerable to these degradation mechanisms. In this paper, the most common aging mechanisms occurring at the anode during the operation of the lithium battery, as well as some approaches for minimizing the degradation are reviewed.

  16. Electrochemical characterization of monoclinic and orthorhombic Li3CrF6 as positive electrodes in lithium-ion batteries synthesized by a sol-gel process with environmentally benign chemicals

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    Lieser, Georg; Winkler, Volker; Geßwein, Holger; de Biasi, Lea; Glatthaar, Sven; Hoffmann, M. J.; Ehrenberg, Helmut; Binder, Joachim R.

    2015-10-01

    Lithium transition metal fluorides (Li3MF6; M = Fe, V) with cryolite structure are investigated as positive electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. A novel sol-gel process with trifluoroacetic acid as fluorine source was used to synthesize monoclinic and orthorhombic Li3CrF6. A ball milling process with Li3CrF6, binder, and conductive agent was applied to form a Li3CrF6 composite, which was electrochemically characterized against lithium metal for the first time. The electrochemical properties of two different modifications are quite similar, with a reversible specific capacity of 111 mAhg-1 for monoclinic Li3CrF6 and 106 mAhg-1 for orthorhombic Li3CrF6 (1 eq. Li ≙ 143 mAhg-1). The electrochemically active redox couple CrIII/CrII was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  17. Thermodynamic and kinetic studies of LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 as a positive electrode material for Li-ion batteries using first principles.

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    Dixit, Mudit; Kosa, Monica; Lavi, Onit Srur; Markovsky, Boris; Aurbach, Doron; Major, Dan Thomas

    2016-03-01

    Ni-rich Li-based layered Ni, Co, and Mn (NCM) materials have shown tremendous promise in recent years as positive electrode materials for Li-ion batteries. This is evident as companies developing batteries for electrical vehicles are currently commercializing these materials. Despite the considerable research performed on LiNiαCoβMnγO2 systems, we do not yet have a complete atomic level understanding of these materials. In this work we study the cationic ordering, thermodynamics, and diffusion kinetics of LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 (NCM-523). Initially, we show that cationic ordering can be predicted employing cheap atomistic simulations, instead of using expensive first-principles methods. Subsequently, we investigate the electrochemical, thermodynamic and kinetic properties of NCM-523 using density functional theory (DFT). Our results demonstrate the importance of including dispersion corrections to standard first principles functionals in order to correctly predict the lattice parameters of layered cathode materials. We also demonstrate that a careful choice of computational protocol is essential to reproduce the experimental intercalation potential trends observed in the LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 electrodes. Analysis of the electronic structure confirms an active role of Ni in the electrochemical redox process. Moreover, we confirm the experimental finding that on complete delithiation, this material remains in an O3 phase, unlike LiCoO2 and NCM-333. Finally, we study various pathways for the Li-ion diffusion in NCM-523, and pinpoint the preferred diffusion channel based on first principles simulations. Interestingly, we observe that the Li diffusion barrier in NCM-523 is lower than that in LiCoO2. PMID:26878345

  18. All-graphene-battery: bridging the gap between supercapacitors and lithium ion batteries

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    Haegyeom Kim; Kyu-Young Park; Jihyun Hong; Kisuk Kang

    2014-01-01

    Herein, we propose an advanced energy-storage system: all-graphene-battery. It operates based on fast surface-reactions in both electrodes, thus delivering a remarkably high power density of 6,450 W kg−1 total electrode while also retaining a high energy density of 225 Wh kg−1 total electrode, which is comparable to that of conventional lithium ion battery. The performance and operating mechanism of all-graphene-battery resemble those of both supercapacitors and batteries, thereby blurring th...

  19. 全钒离子氧化还原液流电池电极活性物质的研究%Study on Electrode Active Materials for all Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

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    张环华; 肖楚民; 张平民

    2000-01-01

    介绍了以VOSO4为原料,电解制备全钒离子氧化还原液流电池的正极活性物质V(Ⅴ)盐和负极活性物V(Ⅱ)盐,并用循环伏安法研究了它们在石墨电极上的电化学性质。结果表明,在硫酸溶液中,作为全钒电池的正极和负极V(Ⅴ)/V(Ⅳ)和V(Ⅲ)/V(Ⅱ)电对在石墨电极上的氧化还原反应均为单电子准可逆过程.%Electrolytic method to prepare positive and negative active materials from VOSO4 sulphuric acid solution for all vanadium redox flow battery is described. V(Ⅴ)salt is obtained in anode area and V(Ⅱ) salt is in cathode area. The electrochemical behaviour of the two series salt on graphite electrode have also been studied by cyclic voltammetry. The results showed that the redox reactions of V(Ⅴ)/V(Ⅳ) and V(Ⅲ)/V(Ⅱ) couples in sulfuric adid,which are used for anolyte and catholyte in a redox flow battery,is qusi-reversible.

  20. Design and Evaluation of a Three Dimensionally Ordered Macroporous Structure within a Highly Patterned Cylindrical Sn-Ni Electrode for Advanced Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Yongcheng Jin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A 3-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM structure within a highly patterned cylindrical Sn-Ni alloy electrode was tailored by using various monodispersed polystyrene (PS templates via a colloidal crystal templating process coupled with an electroplating process. The pore size and the wall thickness in the “inverse opal” 3DOM structure were increased with increasing the size of the PS template beads used in this study. The electrochemical performance of prepared electrodes was examined in order to reveal the correlation between the rate capability and the 3DOM structure. Except the electrode with 1.2 μm pores, the discharge capacities gradually decreased with increasing the current density, showing a capacity conservation ratio of 87% for the electrode with 0.5 μm pores and that of 84% for the electrode with 3.0 μm pores when the current density increased from 0.05 mA cm−2 to 2.0 mA cm−2. The reason for this difference is attributed to the fact that the wall thickness of less than 0.5 μm in the electrode with 1.2 μm pores has a short Li+ diffusion distance in solid-state walls. In addition, it is expected that high regularity of 3DOM structure plays a great role on rate capability. Consequently, the 3DOM structure prepared from 1.2 μm PS template beads was favorable for improving the rate capability.