Nanoporous Hybrid Electrolytes for High-Energy Batteries Based on Reactive Metal Anodes

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/623569
Title:
Nanoporous Hybrid Electrolytes for High-Energy Batteries Based on Reactive Metal Anodes
Authors:
Tu, Zhengyuan; Zachman, Michael J.; Choudhury, Snehashis; Wei, Shuya; Ma, Lin; Yang, Yuan; Kourkoutis, Lena F.; Archer, Lynden A.
Abstract:
Successful strategies for stabilizing electrodeposition of reactive metals, including lithium, sodium, and aluminum are a requirement for safe, high-energy electrochemical storage technologies that utilize these metals as anodes. Unstable deposition produces high-surface area dendritic structures at the anode/electrolyte interface, which causes premature cell failure by complex physical and chemical processes that have presented formidable barriers to progress. Here, it is reported that hybrid electrolytes created by infusing conventional liquid electrolytes into nanoporous membranes provide exceptional ability to stabilize Li. Electrochemical cells based on γ-Al2O3 ceramics with pore diameters below a cut-off value above 200 nm exhibit long-term stability even at a current density of 3 mA cm−2. The effect is not limited to ceramics; similar large enhancements in stability are observed for polypropylene membranes with less monodisperse pores below 450 nm. These findings are critically assessed using theories for ion rectification and electrodeposition reactions in porous solids and show that the source of stable electrodeposition in nanoporous electrolytes is fundamental.
Citation:
Tu Z, Zachman MJ, Choudhury S, Wei S, Ma L, et al. (2017) Nanoporous Hybrid Electrolytes for High-Energy Batteries Based on Reactive Metal Anodes. Advanced Energy Materials 7: 1602367. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602367.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Advanced Energy Materials
KAUST Grant Number:
KUS-C1-018-02
Issue Date:
6-Jan-2017
DOI:
10.1002/aenm.201602367
Type:
Article
ISSN:
1614-6832
Sponsors:
The authors are grateful to the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) award DE-AR-0000750, DE-FOA-001002 for supporting this study. The study also made use of the electrochemical characterization facilities of the KAUST-CU Center for Energy and Sustainability, which was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) through Award # KUS-C1-018-02. Electron microscopy facilities at the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), an NSF-supported MRSEC through Grant DMR-1120296, were also used for the study. Additional support for the FIB/SEM cryostage and transfer system was provided by the Kavli Institute at Cornell and the Energy Materials Center at Cornell, DOE EFRC BES (DE-SC0001086). M.J.Z. and L.F.K. acknowledge support by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
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dc.contributor.authorTu, Zhengyuanen
dc.contributor.authorZachman, Michael J.en
dc.contributor.authorChoudhury, Snehashisen
dc.contributor.authorWei, Shuyaen
dc.contributor.authorMa, Linen
dc.contributor.authorYang, Yuanen
dc.contributor.authorKourkoutis, Lena F.en
dc.contributor.authorArcher, Lynden A.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-15T10:35:09Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-15T10:35:09Z-
dc.date.issued2017-01-06en
dc.identifier.citationTu Z, Zachman MJ, Choudhury S, Wei S, Ma L, et al. (2017) Nanoporous Hybrid Electrolytes for High-Energy Batteries Based on Reactive Metal Anodes. Advanced Energy Materials 7: 1602367. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201602367.en
dc.identifier.issn1614-6832en
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/aenm.201602367en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/623569-
dc.description.abstractSuccessful strategies for stabilizing electrodeposition of reactive metals, including lithium, sodium, and aluminum are a requirement for safe, high-energy electrochemical storage technologies that utilize these metals as anodes. Unstable deposition produces high-surface area dendritic structures at the anode/electrolyte interface, which causes premature cell failure by complex physical and chemical processes that have presented formidable barriers to progress. Here, it is reported that hybrid electrolytes created by infusing conventional liquid electrolytes into nanoporous membranes provide exceptional ability to stabilize Li. Electrochemical cells based on γ-Al2O3 ceramics with pore diameters below a cut-off value above 200 nm exhibit long-term stability even at a current density of 3 mA cm−2. The effect is not limited to ceramics; similar large enhancements in stability are observed for polypropylene membranes with less monodisperse pores below 450 nm. These findings are critically assessed using theories for ion rectification and electrodeposition reactions in porous solids and show that the source of stable electrodeposition in nanoporous electrolytes is fundamental.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors are grateful to the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) award DE-AR-0000750, DE-FOA-001002 for supporting this study. The study also made use of the electrochemical characterization facilities of the KAUST-CU Center for Energy and Sustainability, which was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) through Award # KUS-C1-018-02. Electron microscopy facilities at the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), an NSF-supported MRSEC through Grant DMR-1120296, were also used for the study. Additional support for the FIB/SEM cryostage and transfer system was provided by the Kavli Institute at Cornell and the Energy Materials Center at Cornell, DOE EFRC BES (DE-SC0001086). M.J.Z. and L.F.K. acknowledge support by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.en
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.subjectdendriteen
dc.subjection rectificationen
dc.subjectlithium metal batteriesen
dc.subjectlithium transference numberen
dc.subjectnanoporous electrolyteen
dc.titleNanoporous Hybrid Electrolytes for High-Energy Batteries Based on Reactive Metal Anodesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalAdvanced Energy Materialsen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering; Cornell University; Ithaca NY 14850 USAen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Applied and Engineering Physics; Cornell University; Ithaca NY 14850 USAen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering; Cornell University; Ithaca NY 14850 USAen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Chemistry and Geochemistry; Colorado School of Mines; Golden CO 80401 USAen
dc.contributor.institutionKavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science; Cornell University; Ithaca NY 14853 USAen
kaust.grant.numberKUS-C1-018-02en
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