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Artificial SEI Transplantation: A Pathway to Enabling Lithium Metal Cycling in Water-Containing Electrolytes

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posted on 01.01.2019, 00:00 authored by N Singh, T S Arthur, M Jones, O Tutusaus, K Takechi, T Matsunaga, Robert KerrRobert Kerr, Patrick HowlettPatrick Howlett, Maria ForsythMaria Forsyth, F Mizuno
© 2019 American Chemical Society. The activity of metallic anodes, such as Li, in water-containing electrolytes is essential for the development and realization of high-energy-density battery systems like Li-air. Due to the inherent incompatibility between Li and water, pathways must be established to allow these two materials to coexist in a battery system. In this work, the formation and transplantation of water-protective SEIs on the surface of Li metal using ionic liquid electrolytes allowed for the cycling of Li metal in water-containing organic electrolytes. Further, we found that these SEIs could be utilized to successfully cycle Li from air-containing organic electrolytes as well. This discovery opens an avenue of research wherein Li metal anodes find a practical use in Li-air batteries, allowing further development of a battery system capable of delivering the highest theoretical specific energy among rechargeable battery systems.

History

Journal

ACS Applied Energy Materials

Volume

2

Issue

12

Pagination

8912 - 8918

Publisher

ACS Publications

Location

Washington, D.C.

eISSN

2574-0962

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal