An-Hui Lu, State Key Lab of Fine Chemicals
Dean Miller, Argonne National Laboratory
Chongmin Wang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Reza S. Yassar, Michigan Technological University
I2: Metal Oxide Anode
Tuesday PM, April 07, 2015
Moscone West, Level 3, Room 3009
2:30 AM - *I2.01
Free-Standing Hierarchically Sandwich-Type Tungsten Disulfide Nanotubes/Graphene Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Jun Lu 1 Renjie Chen 2 Feng Wu 2 Khalil Amine 1 Jianguo Wen 1
1Argonne National Laboratory Lemont United States2Beijing Institute of Technology Beijing ChinaShow Abstract
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD), analogue of graphene, could form various dimensionalities. Similar to carbon, one dimensional (1D) nanotube of TMD materials has wide application in hydrogen storage#65292;Li-ion batteries and super-capacitors due to their unique structure and properties. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of tungsten disulfide nanotubes (WS2-NTs)/graphene (GS) sandwich-type architecture as anode for lithium-ion batteries for the first time. The graphene based hierarchical architecture plays vital roles in achieving fast electron/ion transfer, thus leading to good electrochemical performance. When evaluated as anode, WS2-NTs /GS hybrid could maintain a capacity of 318.6 mA/g over 500 cycles at a current density of 1A/g. Besides, the hybrid anode does not require any additional polymetric binder, conductive additives or a separate metal current-collector. The relatively high density of this hybrid is beneficial for high capacity per unit volume. Those characteristics make it a potential anode material for light and high performance lithium-ion batteries.
3:00 AM - I2.02
Spray Pyrolysis Synthesis of NiO-Si Yolk-Shell Structure and Their Application as Anode Material in Lithium Ion Batteries
Lanlan Zhong 1 Tim Kwok 1 Lorenzo Mangolini 1
1University of California, Riverside Riverside United StatesShow Abstract
Silicon, with a high specific capacity ~ 3,579 mAh/g, has been widely investigated as anode materials in lithium ion batteries . There are few well know issues preventing the commercialization of silicon for this application, such as pulverization induced by volume expansion, low electrical conductivity, unstable solid electrolyte formation upon cycling. These issues have been addresses to some extent, although many of the proposed nanostructures that solve these problems are realized using slow and difficult to scale techniques. We propose a simple, scalable method to produce a metal-silicon nano-structure and we verify its applicability as anode material for lithium-ion batteries. NiO-Si core shell particles are synthesized utilizing a one-step spray pyrolysis method starting from a mixture of silicon nanoparticles and NiCl2.6H2O water based precursor. After coating, the core shell NiO-Si structure is annealed either at low temperature (<200°C) in a hydrogen atmosphere, or at 500°C in presence of polyvinylpirrolidone (PVP). These two procedures form either a Ni cage - Si core structure or a similar cage structure but covered with an amorphous carbon layer . Our preliminary results indicates that the latter structure has good electrical conductivity and prevents the direct contact between silicon nanoparticle and the electrolyte, resulting in an anode that maintains a high specific discharge capacity (>1240 mAh/g, silicon basis) for 110 cycles at 0.5 C discharge rate. The amorphous carbon coating successfully prevents the silicon nanoparticles inside the shell from directly contacting the electrolyte during cycling. We verified this by testing the battery performance with and without fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC) additive, finding little to no change in capacity and stability. In the case of silicon in direct contact with electrolyte, FEC additive helps forming thinner and more stable SEI on silicon surface improving the cycling performance . In addition to its scalability, another advantage of this technique is its potential applicability to other material systems, such as NiO-Sn, NiO-SnO etc.
 M. N. Obrovac and L. Christensen, Electrochemical and Solid State Letters 2004, 7, A93-A96.
 C. C. Nguyen and B. L. Lucht, Journal of The Electrochemical Society 2014, 161(12), A1933-A1938.
3:15 AM - I2.03
Carbon-Coated ZnFe2O4 Nanocrystals for Advanced Lithium-Ion Anodes
Beibei Jiang 1 Cuiping Han 1 Xinchang Pang 1 Yingkui Yang 1 Zhiqun Lin 1
1Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta United StatesShow Abstract
As the leading battery technology, lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have been widely used in consumer electronics. However, for future large-scale applications in electric or hybrid vehicles, further improvement would require concerning power and energy density demanded by such applications. Compared with the theoretical specific capacity of commercialized graphite (372 mAh/g) which is widely used as anode material in LIBs, the transition metal oxide shows great promise as they can provide much higher capacities and rate capabilities. For example, Zinc Ferrite (ZnFe2O4), which can be regarded as the replacement of one iron atom of Fe3O4 by zinc element, can provide an enhanced theoretical capacity of 1000mAh/g. To date, many efforts have been put on developing transition metal oxide based nanostructured-materials to enhance the rate performance. These nanostructures, such as nanoparticles, hollow nanospheres, nanotubes, etc., are effective in facilitating the Li ion diffusion due to a reduced diffusion length within the active materials and an increased electrolyte/electrode contact area. Moreover, carbon-based nanocomposites formed by carbon coating proved to enhance not only the ionic but also the electronic conductivity of electrode, which is very promising for high rate performances.
Here we propose a general method to synthesize carbon-coated ZnFe2O4 nanocrystals with various nanostructures templated by star-like poly (acrylic acid)-block-polystyrene (PAA-PS) diblock copolymer and polystyrene-block-poly(acrylic acid)-block-polystyrene (PS-PAA-PS) triblock copolymer. Through a strong coordination bonding between the metal moiety of inorganic precursors and the functional groups of PAA (-COOH), ZnFe2O4 nanocrystals can be selectively incorporated into the space formed by the PAA block in star-like block copolymer templates. As a result, ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles and hollow nanospheres can be synthesized guided by the star-like PAA-PS and PS-PAA-PS templates, respectively. In addition, the size of ZnFe2O4 nanocrystals could be easily changed by varying the molecular weight of templates. The soft template not only serves as an easy control over the size and shape of ZnFe2O4 nanocrystals, but also acts as carbon source when calcinated at high temperature at argon atmosphere. We demonstrated that the carbon-coated ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles and hollow nanospheres obtained by the templating method would be superior anode materials for LIBs.
3:30 AM - I2.04
Water-Free Titania-Bronze Thin Films with Superfast Lithium Ion Transport
Kui Zhang 1 Michael Katz 1 Baihai Li 1 Sung Joo Kim 1 Xianfeng Du 1 Xiaoguang Hao 1 Jacob Ragnar Jokisaari 1 Shuyi Zhang 1 George Graham 1 Anton Van der Ven 2 Bart Bartlett 1 Xiaoqing Pan 1
1University of Michigan Ann Arbor United States2University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara United StatesShow Abstract
The bronze polymorph of titanium dioxide (TiO2-B) is interesting for many applications including high rate lithium ion batteries (LIBs), solar cells, photocatalysis, thermoelectrics and sensing, owing to its uniquely layered structure with open channels and highly asymmetric unit cell. However, such a metastable phase is extremely hard to obtain with high purity and crystallinity, significantly impeding its development in these fields. After more than 30 years since the first synthesis of TiO2-B in 1980, hydrothermal methods are still the dominant route to produce this material in powder form, with limited purity, randomized crystal orientation and unavoidable presence of lattice water. Here we report the discovery of a waterless process to synthesize hetero-epitaxial crystalline thin films of TiO2-B using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) onto its more stable variant, Ca:TiO2-B (CaTi5O11), which serves as a template. The growth mechanism and various microstructures in the thin films are clearly shown at the atomic scale. By aligning the more open channels to out-of-plane directions, extremely high rates of lithium ion transport, up to 600C, with extraordinary structural stability can be achieved. As the methods and equipment required are readily accessible to the extended research community, we anticipate our report may stimulate further studies on and applications of these materials, which are attractive in realms that extend beyond LIBs.
4:15 AM - I2.05
Atomic-Scale Investigation of the Role of Twin Boundary in Lithiation Process in SnO2 Nanowires
Anmin Nie 1 Reza Shahbazian-Yassar 1
1Michigan Technological University Houghton United StatesShow Abstract
During the past two decades, it has become clear that structural defects can greatly alter the behavior of nanoscale materials. With increased use of nanomaterials in the electrode architecture of Li-ion batteries, one should take into account how such defects can influence the electrochemical response of battery electrodes. In spite of this need, our fundamental understanding about the kinetics of lithium ions at microstructural defects is at its infancy. Here, we report, for the first time, the lithiation behavior of the individual SnO2 nanowires containing twin boundary (TB). Comparing with the single crystal SnO2 nanowire, in which the lithium ions preferred to diffusion along the  direction, our in situ TEM study indicates that the lithium transport pathway will totally change when the TB exists inside the SnO2 nanowires. Direct atomic-scale imaging of the initial lithiation stage of the TB-SnO2 nanowire and the DFT simulations prove that the lithium ions prefer to intercalate in the vicinity of the TB, which acts as a conduit for lithium ion diffusion inside the nanowires. Our results should lead to working out the great impact of interfaces on mass transfer, transport and storage and guide the development of high performance electrochemical devices that rely on ion transport by microstructure engineering.
4:30 AM - I2.06
Wrapping Strategy for SnO2 with Porosity-Tuned Graphene for High Rate Lithium-Anodic Performance
Seunghoon Nam 1 Jaewon Kim 1 SeungJae Yang 1 Sangheon Lee 1 Joonhyeon Kang 1 Jun Young Oh 1 Chong Rae Park 1 Taeho Moon 2 Kyu Tae Lee 3 Byungwoo Park 1
1Seoul National University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)2Dankook University Cheonan Korea (the Republic of)3Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology Ulsan Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
The previous studies on SnO2 as electrode materials convey a message that the inevitable pulverization of SnO2 particles can be resolved by carbon-based materials. Since graphene has also proved effective for the harmful decrepitation of the particles with an advantage of electronic conductivity, wrapping SnO2 by sufficient amount of graphene seems to be an answer to enhancing its cycle life. On the other hand, severe wrapping of SnO2 by graphene is deleterious to its rate capability due to the sluggish motion of Li+ through the stacked graphene layers. Thus, in order to make graphene sheets favorable for Li-ion diffusion, they were modified to have large porosity with 3-D architectures, by a simple heating-rate control. The porous graphene-wrapped SnO2, having direct diffusion channels for Li+, outperforms the SnO2 with less-porous graphene. Consequently, the excellent performances are fulfilled, showing both stable cyclability (~1100 mAh g-1 up to 100 cycles) and high rate capability (~690 mAh g-1 under 3600 mA g-1). This strategy using porosity-tuned graphene sheet furnishes a valuable insight into the effective encapsulation of active materials, especially for those undergoing pulverization during cycling.
 Y. Oh, S. Nam, S. Wi, J. Kang, T. Hwang, S. Lee, H. H. Park, J. Cabana, C. Kim and B. Park, J. Mater. Chem. A2, 2023 (2014).
 S. J. Yang, T. Kim, H. Jung, and C. R. Park, Carbon53, 73 (2013).
Corresponding Author: Byungwoo Park: firstname.lastname@example.org
4:45 AM - I2.07
Li Storage Characteristics of C-Coated Porous SiOx Using Water-Oil Templating as a High Capacity Anode Material for Lithium-Ion Battery
Eunjun Park 1 Jaewoo Lee 2 Min-Sik Park 2 Young-Jun Kim 2 Hansu Kim 1
1Hanyang Univ Seoul Korea (the Republic of)2Korea Electronics Technology Institute Seongnam-si Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Si based anode materials for lithium-ion batteries have gained much attention due to its high theoretical capacity (3,580 mAhg-1). However, Si anode materials have critical limit to commercial use because of poor cycle performance associated with severe volume changes during cycling. To solve this problem, various approaches have been suggested. In particular, porous structure of Si materials would be helpful for improvement of cycle performance. In this work, C-coated mesoporous SiOx nanoparticles were prepared as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries using a sol-gel reaction of Si precursor with oil templates. The hydrophobic oil, pore former, was uniformly distributed into the SiOx precursor. After heat treatment under reducing atmosphere, the residual oil was contributed to form the carbon layer, which would be assisted to improve electrical conductivity of active materials, on the surface of SiOx matrix. The C-coated mesoporous SiOx nanoparticles showed a reversible capacity of 730 mAhg-1 at current density of 200 mAg-1 with stable cycle performance over 100 cycles and high rate capabilities. The microstructure and electrochemical properties of the C-coated mesoporous SiOx nanoparticles will be discussed in more detail.
5:00 AM - I2.08
A General Method of Fabricating Flexible Spinel-Type Oxide/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Aerogels for Advanced Lithium-ion Batteries
Guobo Zeng 1 Nan Shi 2 Michael Hess 1 Xi Chen 1 Wei Cheng 1 Tongxiang Fan 2 Markus Niederberger 1
1ETH Zurich Zurich Switzerland2Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai ChinaShow Abstract
Technological improvements in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are being driven by an ever-increasing demand for portable electronic devices and electric vehicles applications. The main challenge remains developing electrode materials with high capacity, excellent rate performance and longer lifespan. The spinel-type transition metal oxides (AB2O4), particularly in the form of nanomaterials, have long been exploited as high capacity anode for LIBs; however, their poor Li+ and e- conductivity and huge volume change upon cycling impede the high-rate and cyclability performance towards its practical application. Here we present a general and facile approach to fabricate flexible spinel/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) composite aerogels as a binder-free high-performance anode where the spinel nanocrystals are integrated within an interconnected rGO network. Benefitting from the hierarchical porosity of rGO aerogel and its mechanical stability, the hybrid system synergistically enhances the intrinsic properties of each component, yet robust and flexible. As a result, the spinel/rGO composite aerogel demonstrates superior electrochemical performance up to 60C (1C = 1 A g-1) and long-term stability over 250 cycles at 1C rate (still ongoing). We believe the versatile strategy developed here can be easily extended to the co-assembly of rGO with other functional metal oxides/sulfides for diverse applications as e.g. supercapacitors or in catalysis.
5:15 AM - I2.09
Mgh2 as High Performance Anode Material for All-Solid-State Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Batteries
Liang Zeng 1 Koji Kawahito 2 Takayuki Ichikawa 1 Hiroki Miyaoka 3 Yoshitsugu Kojima 1
1Hiroshima University Higashi-Hiroshima Japan2Hiroshima University Higashi-Hiroshima Japan3Hiroshima University Higashi-Hiroshima JapanShow Abstract
Magnesium hydride MgH2, which is a well-known compound for hydrogen storage, had been investigated as a novel anode material for lithium-ion batteries reported by Oumellal et al. The theoretical capacity of MgH2 is 2038 mA h g-1 if 2 Li+ incorporate into MgH2, which is almost 6 times to that of graphite. However, the capacity fades rapidly and reduces to less than 200 mA h g-1 after only 5 ~ 10 cycles [1,2], and no improvement had been done for years. In this study, we had successfully retained the reversible capacity of MgH2 electrode by using LiBH4 as a solid-state electrolyte. The result shows a stable reversible capacity of approximately 1230 mA h g-1 can be obtained in the cycling test at a current density of 100 mA g-1 between 0.3 and 1.0 V with nearly 100% capacity retention and 100% coulombic efficiency. The electrode evolution upon discharge-charge process at different stages had also been investigated in this study. This work opens a new way to look for high capacity anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. In addition, the electrochemical performance of numerous metal hydrides will be investigated by using LiBH4 based solid-state electrolytes.
 Y. Oumellal, A. Rougier, G. A. Nazri, J. M. Tarascon, L. Aymard, Nat. Mater.2008, 7, 916.
 S. Brutti, G. Mulas, E. Piciollo, S. Panero, P. Reale, J. Mater. Chem.2012, 22, 14531.
I3: Poster Session: Enhanced Performance by Nanostructure
Tuesday PM, April 07, 2015
Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Level, Salon 7/8/9
9:00 AM - I3.01
ldquo;Flashrdquo;, Size Tunable Synthesis of SnO2 Nanocrystals Encapsulated in 3D Macroporous Carbon and Its Pseudocapacitive Contribution to High Performance Li+ Storage
Yue Ma 1 Kristina EDSTROuml;M 1
1Uppsala University Uppsala SwedenShow Abstract
Size tunable SnO2 nanocrystals (NCs) encapsulated in 3d macroporous carbon as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have been synthesized via a rapid, scalable combustion method by using the biodegradable and recyclable polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) foam as the carbon source. The electrostatic forces between the copious hydroxyl groups of purified PVA sponge and tin precursor guaranteed the uniformly and intimate integration of tin oxide nanocrystals on the carbon matrix. The ultrafast combustion process carbonized the processed PVA molecules into a 3d carbon matrix, which not only encapsulated the SnO2 nanocrystals to buffer the volume changes during the lithiation/delithiation process, but preserve the interconnected pore system for the facile electrolyte percolation. The best performing electrode based on the composite with optimized size range of SnO2 NCs and graphitization degree of carbon delivered a remarkable rate performance up to 8 A g-1 and long term cyclability up to 500 cycles for Li+ storage. Based on the detailed electrochemical analysis, in-situ technique and post-mortem morphological characterizations, we confirmed and quantitatively analyzed the contributions from traditional alloying/de-alloying mechanism and non-diffusion controlled pseudocapcitive behavior to the high rate Li+ storage.
9:00 AM - I3.03
TiNb2O7 Thin Films: A Promising Anode Material for Rechargeable Li-Ion Micro Batteries
Venkateswarlu Daramalla 1 S.B Krupanidhi 1
1Indian Institute of Science Bangalore IndiaShow Abstract
In this work, the usage of TiNb2O7 (TNO) thin films as anode material is successfully demonstrated for the first time. The TNO thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscope analyses reveal the phase pure monoclinic crystal structure of TNO thin films grown on Pt (200)/TiO2/SiO2/Si (100) substrates. The field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy studies show that TNO films consist of pyramidal shape like morphology of 120 nm average grain sizes. The average RMS roughness was found to be 10.8 nm. The XPS studies confirm the chemical state of Nb, Ti as +5, +4 with good cation stochiometry. The galvanostatic charge/discharge cycle studies indicated the initial discharging specific capacity at 88 µAh µm-1 cm-2 and charging specific capacity at 91 µAh µm-1 cm-2 at 30 µA cm-2 current density. Further, the structural and morphology analysis on TNO films after charge-discharge cycles reveal its excellent crystal structure stability and less volume expansion. The excellent columbic efficiency of 92 % is observed for first 12 cycles. The average Li insertion voltage was found to be at 1.65 V with excellent reversibility reaction and fast kinetics from cyclic voltamogram test. These non optimized preliminary results suggest TNO thin films can be used as new anode material for Li-ion rechargeable batteries with high specific capacity, good structural stability and excellent reversibility.
9:00 AM - I3.04
Efficient Lithium Storage from Modified Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes with Open-Ends
Sanghyun Hong 2 Hyunyoung Jung 2 Sung Mi Jung 1 Yung Joon Jung 2
1MIT Cambridge United States2Northeastern University Boston United StatesShow Abstract
Here we report on the use of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VA-CNTs) with controlled length and artificially modified morphologies as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The lithium ion storage capacity of the CNTs modified physically by ion milling process is improved significantly compared to the non-modified case because their vertical alignment can increase the accessibility of Li ions, and Li ion diffusion into the CNTs through the surface defects can shorten the diffusion length. The irreversible discharge capacity of the modified VA-CNTs anode reaches up to 2350 mAh/g at 2C in the first cycle, and the reversible capacity is in the range of 1200 to 557 mAh/g for the 2nd to 20th cycles. These results suggest that the morphology of the CNTs with structural and surface defects play an important role in enhancing the capacity and make them excellent candidates for high performance electrode materials in Li ion batteries.
9:00 AM - I3.05
Voltage-Controlled Synthesis of Cu-Li2O@Si Core-Shell Nanorod Arrays as High-Performance Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Hao Wu 1 Ning Du 1 Hui Zhang 1 Deren Yang 1
1School of Materials Science amp; Engineering, Zhejiang University Hangzhou ChinaShow Abstract
We demonstrate the synthesis of Cu-Li2O@Si core-shell nanorod arrays via the lithiation of pre-synthesized CuO@Si core-shell nanorod arrays during the first cycle. When the voltage is set at the usual voltage range of Si anodes (0.01~2 V), the reaction between CuO and lithium is irreversible. Therefore, Cu-Li2O@Si core-shell nanorod arrays are the actual anode materials of lithium-ion batteries after the first lithiation process, which show a high capacity of 1977 mAhg-1 after 100 cycles and good cycling performance at 0.2 C. The core-shell structures can enhance the conductivity and accommodate the volume change during the lithiation/delithiation process, which may be responsible for the good performance. The morphology and structure of CuO@Si core-shell nanorod arrays after 5 cycles has been characterized by the TEM, HRTEM and SEAD pattern, confirming the lithiation/de-lithiation mechanism of the anodes. The synthetic process has been integrated in the electrochemical testing process via the voltage control, which can be extended to other core-shell structures as high-performance anodes of LIBs.
9:00 AM - I3.06
A Mechanistic Understanding of the Performance of Lignin-Derived Carbon Composite Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries
Nicholas McNutt 1 Marshall McDonnell 2 1 Orlando Rios 3 Mikhail Feygenson 4 Thomas Proffen 5 David Keffer 6
1University of Tenenssee Knoxville United States2University of Tennessee Knoxville United States3Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States4Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States5Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States6University of Tennessee Knoxville United StatesShow Abstract
Novel lignin-based carbon composite materials consisting of amorphous and crystalline domains have been developed for use as anodes in lithium-ion batteries. The performance of these anodes is comparable to conventional anode materials at a significantly reduced manufacturing cost. However, the mechanism behind the performance of these novel materials is unknown. In this work, we develop an understanding of this mechanism through the use of reactive molecular dynamics simulations performed on computational models of the experimental systems. The nature of lithium-ion mobility in each domain and the degree of ion storage vs diffusion is ascertained as a function of ion-loading and related to structural properties of each composite system, including crystallite size, volume fraction of crystalline material, and composite density. Voltage profiles of the model systems are compared to those obtained from experiment. The molecular mechanism behind the performance of these systems is used to formulate a prediction of an ideal combination of material properties that would allow the development of even higher performing composite anodes.
9:00 AM - I3.07
Physical and Electrochemical Analysis of Graphitic Anodes for High-Power Li-Ion Batteries
Umer Farooq 1
1University of Science and Technology Changwon Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Commercialization of electric vehicles (EV) is hindered due to the fact that present Li-ion batteries offer low rate capability performance. EVs require an energy storage system that can show potential in terms of all electrochemical parameters like high capacity, long cycle life, high coulombic efficiency and high power density. Presently used anodes in Li-ion batteries are stable and show long cycle life however some modifications are needed to enhance their rate capability performance. A comprehensive comparative study is conducted to study the parameters that can improve rate-capability of graphitic anodes. Five different graphite samples having different particle sizes, crystalline diameter, contact angle and surface area are used in comprehensive study. Electrochemical tests including rate-capability test, diffusivity test (GITT), hybrid pulse power characteristics are conducted to examine battery behavior at elevated C-rates. The results revealed rate-capability highly depends on different features of materials like wet-ability, porosity and surface area of material.
9:00 AM - I3.08
Fabrication of a Metal Fibril Mat Si Anode by a Using a Sputtering Method for Flexible Lithium-Ion Battery
Joo Hyuk Lee 1 Sang Woo Kim 1 Seonghyun Song 2 Jun Kyung Lee 1 Ki Seok Lee 3 Yong Min Lee 2 Kuk Young Cho 1
1Kongju National University Cheonan Korea (the Republic of)2Hanbat National University Daejeon Korea (the Republic of)3Kongju National University Cheonan Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Flexible lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) is considered as most promising energy source for the next-generation flexible portable electronics devices. Flexible LIBs require a mechanical durability against repeated deformation that commonly occurs in flexible electronic devices. However, research on flexible LIBs is still in the nascent stage. In this study, we report the fabrication of a binder-free metal fibril mat-supported Si (Si@SFM) anode by a one-step process using a sputtering method. Fabrication of the Si@SFM anode was carried out using the radiofrequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method. In order to evaluate the electrochemical properties was fabricated by using the anode, 2032 coin-type half-cells were prepared and exhibited stable capacity retention. These results suggest that the Si@SFM electrode is readily suitable for use in rechargeable flexible LIBs.
9:00 AM - I3.09
Synthesis of Graphene Wrapped Silicon@Polyaniline Composites Using Supercritical Fluid for Li Battery Anode
Sang Ha Lee 1 Sengyoen Park 1 Misuk Cho 1 Youngkwan Lee 1
1Sungkyunkwan University Suwon Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Here we demonstrate a novel strategy for the preparation of graphene wrapped silicone@ polyaniline nanoparticles (Si@PANi/graphene). Si nanoparticles were covered by PANi via chemical polymerization, and the Si@PANi nanoparticles were wrapped by graphene under supercritical carbon dioxide fluid (scCO2). Structure, composition, surface area and pore distribution of Si@PANi/graphene were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) images, X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), thermogravimetic analysis (TGA) and Brunauer-Emmett and Teller analysis (BET). The electrochemical properties as a Li-ion battery anode were also characterized by galvanostatic charge-discharge test, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. With the aid of scCO2, Si@PANi particles were homogeneously deposited between graphene sheets, providing a stable and efficient electrical contact between silicon particles during cycling, and consequently Si@PANi/graphene showed high capacity, cyclic stability and rate-capability.
9:00 AM - I3.10
High Performance 3D Si/Ge Nanorods Array Anode Buffered by TiN/Ti Interlayer for Lithium/Sodium Ion Batteries
Chuang Yue 1 2 Yingjian Yu 1 Shibo Sun 1 Xu He 1 Jing Li 1 2
1Xiamen University Xiamen China2University of California Berkeley Berkeley United StatesShow Abstract
The rapid development of the integrated circuit (IC) and Micro/Nano-Electro Mechanical System (M/NEMS) technologies are promoting the continued emergence or commercialization of the miniaturized autonomous devices such as wireless sensor networks (WSN) in smart grid.[1-4] In order to operate independently, the micro/nano autonomous electronic devices must have on-board power supply. However, the battery miniaturization still can not keep pace with the size scaling-down of the CMOS electronic technologies, due to the poor electrochemical performance of the micro/nano batteries or the un-compatible battery fabrication process with the IC technologies. Currently, the transition from two dimensional (2D) to three dimensional (3D) rechargeable LIBs with better electrochemical properties in a small areal footprint was found to cope well with state-of-the-art semiconductor technologies conceptually providing new opportunities for micro/nano power systems in the future. [5-7]
In this work, the electrochemical performances of 3D hexagonal match-like Si/Ge nanorod (NR) arrays buffered by TiN/Ti interlayer, which were fabricated on Si substrates by a cost-effective, wafer scale and Si-compatible process, were demonstrated and systematically investigated as the anode in lithium/sodium ion batteries (L/SIBs). The optimized Si/TiN/Ti/Ge composite NR array anode displays superior areal/specific capacities and cycling stability by reason of their favourable 3D nanostructures and the effective conductive layers of TiN/Ti thin films. Lithium/Sodium ion insertion behaviors were experimentally investigated in post-morphologies and elemental information of the cycled composite anode, and theoretically studied by the first principles calculations.
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9:00 AM - I3.11
Innovative Development of Silicon Nanolayer-Embedded Graphite Anode for Realizing the Commercialization of High Energy Lithium-Ion Battery
Minseong Ko 1 Jaephil Cho 1
1Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology Ulsan Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
As the widespread emergence of modern technologies combined with human life, lithium ion battery (LIBs) has become one of the most important energy power sources focused on vehicles for transportation and stationary applications. However, the current LIBs provide a low energy density with reaching the theoretical limits, which emphasize the urgent need for new high energy density battery systems.
Herein, we have prepared the amorphous silicon nanolayer-embedded graphite/carbon hybrids by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method with developing the cost-effective and scalable rotating furnace. This method broke out the fixed idea about the use of silane gas (SiH4) on the uncompetitive prices. In addition, hybrid materials not only exhibit reversible specific capacity increases from 357 mAh g-1 in accordance with natural graphite to 523 mAh g-1 with the industrial electrode density (>1.6g cc-1) but composite electrode allows for a high volumetric capacity (832mAh cm-3) even with areal capacity loading of >3mAh cm-2. Moreover, high coloumbic efficiency (92%) during the 1st cycle and rapid increase of cycling efficiency reached 99.5% over only 6th cycles were confirmed, which is quite comparable to those of commercial graphite. These efficiencies have a decisive effect on full cell performance. Including silicon, there has not been reported on matching up the electrode density and composition same with those of commercial graphite (571mAh cm-3) as of yet. In consequence, this successful hybrid anode could be extended to high-energy battery systems as a major breakthrough for electric vehicle or grid energy storage applications.
9:00 AM - I3.12
Three-Dimensional Current Collector Using Hybrid Electrode from Graphite/Silicon for Flexible Lithium Ion Batteries
Sang Woo Kim 1 Joo Hyuk Lee 1 Ki Seok Lee 2 Yong Min Lee 3 Kuk Young Cho 1
1Kongju National University Cheonan Korea (the Republic of)2Kongju National University Cheonan Korea (the Republic of)3Hanbat National University Daejeon Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Recently, the technology of portable electronic equipment has been developed in various types. For example roll-up displays, wearable devices, and implanted medical devices. Therefore, Battery should possess appropriate form to meet with demands from various applications. In addition, high energy density battery such as lithium ion battery is required for current portable electronic equipment. Silicon offers one of the highest gravimetric capacities after lithium metal. Graphite is commonly used anodes in lithium ion battery due to its high reversible capacity and good cycling stability. Herein, we report a novel 3D structure anode based on combining graphite and silicon materials using soft lithography and RF-sputtering method.
9:00 AM - I3.13
SiN and SiC Coated Silicon Thin Films as Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries
Asbjorn Ulvestad 1 2 3 Hanne Flaten Andersen 1 Preben Joakim Svela Vie 1 Jan Petter Maehlen 1 Oystein Prytz 2 Martin Kirkengen 1 2 3
1Institute for Energy Technology Kjeller Norway2University of Oslo Oslo Norway3University Graduate Center at Kjeller Kjeller NorwayShow Abstract
Silicon has a great potential as anode material in lithium-ion batteries due to its high theoretical capacity. However, silicon undergoes a large volume change during cycling, causing stress to build up and eventually leading to fracturing of the electrode material. The most common approach to solve this issue is to use nanostructured silicon, like nanoparticles, wires, thin films and porous structures. While this limits the fracturing of the electrode, it also results in very high specific surface area structures, making silicon&’s inability to form a stable solid electrolyte interface (SEI) the primary issue. A number of factors influence the formation of the SEI, making it a difficult process to control, but also makes it possible to manipulate. Previously it has been shown that a coating of TiN and TiO enhances the cycling stability and Coulombic efficiency of silicon electrodes. In this project the effect of coating silicon in silicon nitride and silicon carbide is investigated using a thin film model system. Silicon nitride has been determined to function as a conversion electrode material while silicon carbide is regarded as electrochemically inactive. The hypothesis is that both of these coatings will take part in and affect the formation of the SEI, but by different mechanisms. These mechanisms and their effect on the electrode performance are analyzed using electrochemical characterization, as well as TEM and related spectroscopy techniques.
For this work, silicon thin films are deposited on copper and nickel substrates using PECVD with silane (SiH4) as precursor. SiN and SiC coatings are obtained by adding ammonia and methane to the gas flow in the late stages of the deposition, respectively. Different coating stoichiometries are made by varying flow rate of the gasses. The pristine films are then characterized using spectroscopic ellipsometry and (S)TEM/EELS to determine their thickness and quality. Electrodes are then punched from the film, mounted in coin cells with lithium metal as counter electrode, and cycled at C/3 between 0.05 volts and 1 volt. Some cells are also run at increasing current rate to probe their high rate capability. Impedance spectroscopy is conducted at different steps during cycling to monitor the degradation mechanisms of the electrodes. Post mortem analysis of the cells, particularly with regard to SEI formation, is done using (S)TEM/EELS.
Early experiments have shown a dependency between capacity retention and nitrogen content of silicon nitride coated silicon thin film electrodes, with increasing nitrogen content resulting in increased capacity retention. The effect reaches a maximum for a slightly nitrogen deficient coating with respect to stoichiometric silicon nitride. These experiments also revealed an increased rate capability of the nitride coated electrodes compared to the non-coated electrodes, indicating that the hypothesized SEI-stabilizing effect did indeed occur.
9:00 AM - I3.14
Electrochemical Performance of Si/SiOx Nanocomposite for High Capacity Lithium Storage Materials
Hyun Dong Yoo 1 Eunjun Park 1 Jaewoo Lee 2 Min-Sik Park 2 Young-Jun Kim 2 Hansu Kim 1
1Energy Engineering, Hanyang University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)2Korea Electronics Technology Inst Seongnam-si Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Si based anode materials for lithium-ion batteries have gained much attention due to its high theoretical capacity (3,580 mAhg-1). However, Si anode materials have critical limit for commercial use because of their poor cycle performance associated with severe volume changes during cycling. To solve this problem, various approaches have been suggested. In particular, SiOx materials showed promising behaviors as anode materials for lithium ion battery. In this work, Si/SiOx nanocomposite were prepared by heat treatment of hydorgen silsesquioxane (HSiO1.5) through sol-gel reaction of triethoxysilane. Si/SiOx nanocomposite materials showed stable cycle performance with reversible capacity of about 900 mAhg-1. More detailed electrochemical performances and ex-situ analysis of Si/SiOx nanocomposite materials during cycling will be discussed in this presentation.
9:00 AM - I3.15
Structural and Electrochemical Properties of Mechanochemically Graphitized Graphene Oxide
Myungbeom Sohn 1 Eunjun Park 1 Byung Min Yoo 1 Ho Bum Park 1 Hansu Kim 1
1Hanyang Univ. Seongdong-gu Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Although reducing graphene oxide (GO) is suitable for mass production of graphene, it is highly challengeable to obtain high quality reduced graphene oxide (RGO) with cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and safe methods. In this presentation, new reduction route of GO through mechanochemical process will be presented. RGOs with various degrees of graphitization were prepared from metal-assisted room temperature mechanochemical treatment of GO. Various analytical techniques including XRD, XPS, Raman, TGA, FT-IR, and TEM revealed that the mechanochemical treatment resulted in not only deoxygeneration of GO, but restoring the formation of graphitic carbon structure of GO. Furthermore, the relationship between the degree of graphitization of RGOs and their electrochemical properties was investigated as lithium storage materials. Electrochemical tests combined with physicochemical characterization on the RGOs showed that reversible capacity and rate capability of RGOs are highly dependent on the degree of graphitization of RGOs.
9:00 AM - I3.16
Electrochemical Characteristics of TiO2 Coated Silicon Anode by Sol-Gel Method for Lithium Secondary Batteries
Byung-Ki Na 1
1Chungbuk National University Cheongju Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Theoretical capacity of Si is 3580mAh/g, which is much larger than that of graphite. However, Silicon has critical disadvantages, of low electrical conductivity and capacity fading caused by the drastic volume change that occurs during the charge-discharge cycle. The sol-gel process has several advantages e.g, considerably low working temperature and facile production of porous films and bulk materials with various shapes. In this study, silicon nanopowder was coated by TiO2 layer which can play a buffer layer.
The ratios of silicon to TiO2 were 10:90, 30:70, and 50:50. The samples were heated at 500#8451; and 700#8451; for 2 hours. The samples were analyzed with TGA(Thermogravimetric analysis), SEM(Scanning Electron Microscopy), and XRD(X-ray diffraction). Electrochemical properties were analyzed with Maccor series-4000.
The phase transition of TiO2 starts at 500#8451; and weight increase at 800 #8451; due to silicon oxidation. Before heat treatment, TiO2 phase was not observed by XRD because the phase was amorphous. But after heat treatment, the peaks were observed due to a transformation that occurred from the amorphous phase to the anatase or rutile phase. As more TiO2 was added, the particle size increased. The capacity of the sample which was heated at 700 #8451; was better than that heated at 500 #8451;.
9:00 AM - I3.17
Evidence for Continuous Monovalent Metal Ion Incorporation during a Novel Synthesis Leading to Highly Crystalline Li,Na,K-Birnessite
Sebastian Ziller 1 Sylvain Brimaud 1 Jon Fold von Bulow 2 Soren Dahl 2 Mika Linden 1
1Department of Inorganic Chemistry II, Ulm University Ulm Germany2Haldor Topsoslash;e Lyngby DenmarkShow Abstract
Birnessite is a layered manganese oxide with charge neutralizing alkali metal ions between the layers. Over the years, it has attracted interest for applications both within Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors, because it is an excellent precursor for low-temperature synthesis of manganese oxide-based materials such as LiMn2O4 - spinel and Hollandite. Most syntheses leading to highly crystalline Birnessite either requires hydrothermal conditions or a high temperature (400-500 C) post-treatment step for extended periods of time ranging from days to months. In a recent report, Fold von Bülow et al. described a fast synthesis leading to highly crystalline Birnessite within one hour at a synthesis temperature of only 65oC.(Adv. Energy Mater. 2012, 2, 309) and we can now present a detailed kinetic study of a slight modification of this synthesis. We observe that small Birnessite crystals form virtually immediately upon mixing of the reactants, albeit initially of lower crystallinity. The size of the fully developed crystalline Birnessite platelets are in the micrometer-sized platelets with a thickness of about 20 nm after a reaction time of 30 min. Importantly, monovalent cations are entering the structure gradually, and, depending on the cation, this process takes anything from an hour to several hours until equilibrium is reached. The relative contents of Li+, Na+, and K+ also change continuously. Interestingly, this leads to structural changes in the manganese oxide layers, without affecting the interlayer. Furthermore, at short reaction times, simple metal salts precipitate in parallel with the Birnessite, but only Birnessite of high crystallinity can be observed after some hours of synthesis, which is in good agreement with the observed continuous electrochemical properties of the novel Birnessite materials when mixed with carbon, and show that the capacities are high, and that both the carbon as well as the Birnessite contributes to the total capacities. Importantly, we also show that while the capacity of Birnessite increases with the number of cycles do to enhanced ion-exchange, the opposite is observed for the carbon. This novel finding has important implications for further optimizations towards supercapacitors based on Birnessite.
9:00 AM - I3.18
Cage Shaped Carbon Molecules as Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries
Hal Gokturk 1
1Ecoken San Francisco United StatesShow Abstract
For the past two decades since Li ion batteries were commercialized, graphitized carbon has been the dominant anode material. Efforts to change the anode to other group IV materials, like silicon, which might provide greater storage capacity are hindered by large volume changes which occur during intercalation/deintercalation of the Li ion . Higher energy density is extremely desirable in demanding applications such as electric vehicles. An analysis of the optimal void space into which a Li ion would comfortably fit, gives a diameter of about 0.43 nm . Such a spacing is difficult to obtain even with layered materials like graphite, let alone more densely packed materials like silicon. The objective of this research is to find cage shaped host materials which have large enough interior voids that can accommodate Li ions without excessive deformation. Host materials investigated include 2D cages such as 1,3,5,7-cyclooctatetraene (C8H8), trans,tran,cis-1,5,9-cyclododecatriene (C12H18), cyclopentadecane (C15H30) and 3D cages such as adamantane (C10H16), [2.2]paracyclophane (C16H16) and a new type of carbon ball which has a partially open surface (C76H52). Insertion of the Li ion into the selected host materials has been analyzed by first principle quantum mechanical calculations using the DFT method with B3LYP functional and Pople type basis sets augmented with polarization functions. Atomic models consist of the mentioned hosts with and without the Li ion. Interior dimensions of the chosen hosts as determined after optimizing the geometry are as follows: 0.37 nm for cyclooctatetraene, 0.40 nm for cyclododecatriene, 0.43 nm for cyclopentadecane, 0.36 nm for adamantane, 0.40 nm for paracyclophane, and 0.83 nm for the open carbon ball. All of the chosen materials have spacings greater than the interlayer distance of graphite, which is 0.335 nm. Energy of the host material with the Li ion located inside is compared with energy of the empty host plus energy of the Li ion. If the energy is lower when Li ion is inside the host, it can be expected to serve as a stable anode. Results of the calculations indicate that energy condition is satisfied for (a) 2D cages cyclododecatriene (1.3 eV lower), cyclopentadecane (1.3 eV lower), and (b) 3D cages paracyclophane (1.8 eV lower), open carbon ball (1.4 eV lower). On the other hand, cyclooctatetraene and adamantane are not spacious enough to serve as stable hosts for the Li ion. Because the chosen anode materials are single molecules, a monolayer of such molecules coated onto the copper current collector would make a very thin and light type of anode that has the potential to increase energy density.  K. Amine, et al., “Rechargeable lithium batteries and beyond: progress, challenges and future directions,” MRS Bulletin, Vol. 39, No. 5, p. 395, May 2014  H. Gokturk, “Nanostructuring of graphite with noble gas atoms,” MRS Spring Meeting, April 2013
9:00 AM - I3.19
Three-Dimensional Ordered Mesoporous CoSn Intermetallic with Various Co/Sn Ratio: Synthesis and Electrochemical Characterization as Anode for Li-Ion Battery
Gwi Ok Park 1 Jeongbae Yoon 1 Jeong Kuk Shon 2 Su-bin Park 4 Kyungho Kim 4 Hyun Ah Lee 4 Hansu Kim 3 Won-Sub Yoon 1 Ji Man Kim 4
1Sungkyunkwan University Suwon Korea (the Republic of)2Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology Suwon Korea (the Republic of)3Hanyang University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)4Sungkyunkwan University Suwon Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Sn-based intermetallic compound is general concept introducing second metal element to accommodate the inevitable internal strain caused by electrochemically induced volume change between tin and lithium-tin alloy during lithiation and delithiation processes. Particularly Co-Sn intermetallic compounds as an alternative anode material have been widely investigated during last decade due to the high capacity, cycle stability, and high rate performance. To the best of our knowledge, porous nanostructured intermetallic compound has not been investigated as anode for Li-ion battery because of the synthetic difficulty of controlling metal nucleation and sintering.
Ordered mesoporous CoSn intermetallic (CoxSny) with various Co/Sn ratio is successfully synthesized through nano-replication technique as stable and high power anode materials for lithium ion battery. Especially, this is the first result for the synthesis of ordered mesoporous CoSn intermetallic through the direct template method. The electrochemical results show that mesoporous CoxSny exhibits much better capacity than non-porous CoSn. Reversible capacity, coulombic efficiency, and cycle stability of mesoporous CoxSny materials are dependent on their structures and compositions. Especially, 30 atomic % Co contained ordered mesoporous Co0.3Sn0.7 shows 83% capacity retention after 50 cycle, which means Co atoms effectively accommodate the volume strain associates with the lithiation-delithiation processes. The rate performance of mesoporous Co0.3Sn0.7 is significantly improved, which was deeply related to the kinetic behavior such as low charge transfer resistance, large diffusion coefficient (small Warburg factor) and low internal resistance. Sustainable ordered pore structure even after 50 cycle was also observed with TEM, which means Co atoms play a buffer role effectively to accommodate the volume strain associated with the lithiation-delithiation processes.
9:00 AM - I3.20
Nano-Architected 3D Si Electrodes for Li-Ion Batteries
Xiaoxing Xia 1 Wendy Gu 1 Alexander Lozano 2 Julia R. Greer 1
1California Institute of Technology Pasadena United States2University of Toronto Toronto CanadaShow Abstract
Silicon has been intensely studied as an anode material in Li batteries because of its high storage capacity. A major drawback is that Si suffers from mechanical degradation because of the ~400% volumetric expansion during lithiation. Nanostructured Si electrodes, such as nanowires and inverse opal lattices, have shown greatly improved mechanical robustness over bulk and thin film electrodes due to the size-induced ductility in nanometer-sized Si, and the incorporation of pores and open spaces to accommodate Si volume change during lithiation cycles. We address this loss of capacity due to mechanical deformation by creating nano-architected Si electrodes that combine the benefits of material size effects and mechanically robust structural geometries.
To fabricate architected electrodes, polymer nano-lattice scaffolds are made by 2-photon lithography, and a layer of Cu and another layer of amorphous Si are deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. The Cu layer is used to improve electrical conductivity across the nano-lattice. The Si layer is kept to hundreds of nanometers in thickness in order to take advantage of enhanced ductility in Si. In an alternative approach, free-standing solid Cu nano-lattices are fabricated by electroplating Cu into a polymer mold made from positive photoresist and removing the mold afterwards. Amorphous Si is then deposited over Cu by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). The solid Cu lattice is mechanically stronger and PECVD provides more conformal Si coating.
For battery testing, an electrochemical cell is built inside of a SEM using a lithium electrode and the nano-architected Si electrode. The oxidized layer of Li2O on the Li electrode is first used as a solid electrolyte, and a constant voltage bias is applied during electrochemical cycling. In situ SEM observation shows that lithiation causes each lattice beam to expand in volume, and the overall structure to bow out slightly at locations of high lithiation. By the end of three lithiation cycles, the Si structures shows mechanical failure near the contact point between the Li and Si electrodes for the polymer-Cu-Si lattices. To provide better contact, an ionic liquid electrolyte is used to connect the Li electrode and the Si lattice. Preliminary galvanostatic cycling results in a first cycle capacity of 2200mAh/g and a capacity retention of ~80% after 16 cycles for the polymer-Cu-Si lattices. The mechanical robustness and cell cyclability are expected to improve significantly for the solid Cu lattices with PECVD-deposited Si because of structural strength and conformal coating. Nano-lattice geometries with different unit cell types, unit cell parameters, and Cu/Si thicknesses are tested and optimized for mechanical robustness, electrochemical capacity, and cell cyclability. In collaboration with Prof. Michael Ortiz, solid mechanics modeling is used to reveal the most favorable geometry to withstand dramatic volume expansion during lithiation.
I1: Si Based Anode
Tuesday AM, April 07, 2015
Moscone West, Level 3, Room 3009
9:45 AM - *I1.01
Si Nanotubes ALD Coated with TiO2, TiN or Al2O3 as High Performance Lithium Ion Battery Anodes
David Mitlin 1
1Clarkson University Potsdam United StatesShow Abstract
Silicon based hollow nanostructures are receiving significant scientific attention as potential high energy density anodes for lithium ion batteries. However their cycling performance still requires further improvement. Here we explore the use of atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TiO2, TiN and Al2O3 on the inner, the outer, or both surfaces of hollow Si nanotubes (SiNTs) for improving their cycling performance. We demonstrate that all three materials enhance the cycling performance, with optimum performance being achieved for SiNTs conformally coated on both sides with 1.5 nm of Li active TiO2. Substantial improvements are achieved in the cycling capacity retention (1700 mAh/g vs. 1287 mAh/g for the uncoated baseline, after 200 cycles at 0.2C), steady-state coulombic efficiency (~100% vs. 97-98%), and high rate capability (capacity retention of 50% vs. 20%, going from 0.2C to 5C). TEM and other analytical techniques are employed to provide new insight into the lithiation cycling-induced failure mechanisms that turn out to be intimately linked to the microstructure and the location of these layers.
10:15 AM - I1.02
High-Areal-Capacity Silicon Electrodes with Low-Cost Silicon Particles Based on Spatial Control of Self-Healing Binder
Zheng Chen 1 Chao Wang 1 Yi Cui 1 Zhenan Bao 1
1Stanford University Stanford United StatesShow Abstract
Silicon (Si) holds great promise for high-capacity lithium storage, but its poor cycling stability related to structure degradation remains to be solved. Nanostructured Si often improves cycling performance, however scalable synthesis remains challenging. Moreover, for practical applications, high areal-capacity loading above 3 mAh cm-2 is needed. So far, this was demonstrated with only a few difficult-to-fabricate Si nanostructures. We have previously demonstrated improvement in cycling stability with Si microparticles using a self-healing polymer binder. However, high areal capacity, along with long cycling tolerance, has not been achieved. In this work, through a series of systematic studies regarding the interactions between self-healing polymer and Si particles and particle size control, we are able to achieve stable electrodes with high areal capacities of 3 to 4 mAh cm-2 for low cost large Si particles (0.5 to 1.5 mu;m in diameter). These Si materials can easily be produced by existing mechanical milling processes
10:30 AM - I1.03
Large Scale Synthesis of Ultra-Thin Silicon Nanowires for Micro-Supercapacitors and Lithium Batteries
Olga Burchak 1 Gerard Lapertot 2 David Aradilla 1 Cedric Haon 3 Marlene Chapuis 3 Peter Reiss 1 Pascale Chenevier 1
1CEA Grenoble France2CEA Grenoble France3CEA Grenoble FranceShow Abstract
Silicon is a promising material for energy storage, both in electrochemical devices such as Li-ion batteries and in electrostatic devices such as micro-supercapacitors. Within Li-ion batteries it provides light weight and a potentially ten times higher capacity than carbon. Under the form of Si nanowires (SiNWs), the material can withstand the mechanical strains in lithiation/delithiation, allowing for long-term stability. In micro-supercapacitors SiNWs provide a high surface area with a low weight, a dielectric interface made of SiO2 due to SiNW surface oxidation and a high conductivity when SiNWs are doped. The supercapacitor devices then show a high power density in very short bursts (ms), and a long cycling stability over millions of galvanostatic cycles.
However, the classical CVD synthesis produces only small quantities of SiNWs as a thin film on substrate. Chemical routes have been described in the literature but they use highly pyrophoric reagents and/or high pressure conditions, which make SiNWs an expensive and scarce material. We propose a new way for the large scale/high yield synthesis of SiNWs using low cost conditions and reagents. The SiNWs produced show a thin, homogeneous diameter. Furthermore they can be doped p or n during the synthesis, as evidenced by Raman spectroscopy and electron-spin resonance (ESR). Assembled as drop-cast networks they provided efficient super-capacitor electrodes, with a power density at least 5 times higher than for micro-supercapacitors made of CVD grown SiNWs. Beside, first tests as Li intercalating material at the anode of Li batteries showed a high capacity and cycling stability.
10:45 AM - I1.04
Nano-Structured Silicon Materials as Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Maria Montero 1 Karine van der Werf 1 Wim Soppe 1
1ECN - Solliance Eindhoven NetherlandsShow Abstract
The increasing share of intermittent renewable energy sources like PV and wind in the total electricity production leads to an increasing demand for storage of electricity. Li-ion batteries are a good candidate for this. But to meet the demands, an increase in energy density and power density of all the component of these batteries is needed.
For the anode material, the need for this “new generation” of batteries has led to the search for materials with higher capacity than those available today. Commonly used graphite anodes have significant drawbacks and for this reason, silicon has been proposed as one promising anode material. Silicon has low cost, high theoretical storage capacity and high volumetric capacity. However, planar solid-state thin film silicon anodes reveal several drawbacks of which the most important is the volume expansion upon Li insertion due to the formation of LixSi alloys which causes cracking and pulverization of Si electrodes, thereby leading to the loss of electrical contact and short cycle life.
In order to overcome this, we have made new nano-structured silicon material with large porosity and studied lithium insertion mechanisms, phase transitions and electrochemical cycle life.
Self-organized nano-structured silicon has been deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). On top of a c-Si wafer, a Li diffusion barrier layer was deposited , in this case a RF-magnetron sputtered TiN layer. All samples have been characterized by optical measurements (refractive index), FTIR (oxygen and carbon content) and Raman (crystal fraction). A selection of samples were also characterized by cross-sectional SEM. We performed electrochemical cycles vs a lithium electrode using Propylene Carbonate (PC) as electrolyte. The electrochemical techniques used were Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) and Galvanostatic Intermittent Titration Technique (GITT).
Based on the optical measurements we derive the porosity of the layers and found that we can vary the porosity over a wide range by tuning the deposition conditions.
We measured the capacity and the cyclic performance for layers with various thicknesses and found capacities close to the theoretical maximum for silicon and an excellent retention of the capacity after more than 100 cycles for thin layers. For a thicker layers we observed a lower capacity, but with an equally good cyclic stability.
We will discuss the various mechanisms which may be responsible for the different behavior of thinner and thicker silicon layers.
11:30 AM - I1.05
Asymmetric Rate Performance of Thin-Film Si Anodes
Juchuan Li 1 Nancy J. Dudney 1 Xingcheng Xiao 3 Yang-Tse Cheng 2 Chengdu Liang 1 Mark W. Verbrugge 3
1Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States2Univ of Kentucky Lexington United States3General Motors Ramp;D Center Warren United StatesShow Abstract
It is widely known that the forward and backward reaction rates for reversible electrochemical reactions are not necessarily identical. For lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), in most cases the rate performance of electrodes is evaluated using identical current for charge and discharge, and possible differences between the rate performances for lithiation and de-lithiation cannot be clearly revealed. Do lithiation and de-lithiation processes give the same rate performance for amorphous LIB anodes?
Here we report an observation of asymmetric rate performance in thin-film Si anodes. Rate performance during lithiation and de-lithiation was investigated independently by ensuring the same state of charge (SOC) before each charge/discharge. For a Si thin-film electrode under a high rate of 100C (420 A g-1), 72% capacity can be delivered during lithiation in 22 seconds while only 1% capacity is observed for lithiation. A diffusion model for slab geometry is used to simulate the Li diffusion behavior in Si. The cause of this asymmetric rate performance is primarily the potential-concentration profile and voltage shift caused by ohmic resistance under high currents. Diffusion coefficients have a smaller effect on the asymmetric rate performance, where the chemical diffusion coefficient in de-lithiation is approximately 3 times lower than that in lithiation. Similar asymmetric rate performance is expected for other amorphous anodes, and rate-performance of LIB electrodes should be re-evaluated carefully to distinguish between charging and discharging.
The modeling of ionic conductivity and electrode kinetics was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. X. X. and Y.-T. C. acknowledge the support by the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231, subcontract No. 7056410 under the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program.
1. Juchuan Li, Nancy J. Dudney, Xingcheng Xiao, Yang-Tse Cheng, Chengdu Liang, and Mark W. Verbrugge, “Asymmetric Rate Behaviors of Si Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries: Ultrafast De-Lithiation vs. Sluggish Lithiation at high current densities,” Advanced Energy Materials, 201401627.
11:45 AM - I1.06
Improving the Performance of Silicon Germanium Alloy Nanowire Anode by Tailoring Atomic Arrangement of Anode Material via Surface Segregation of Silicon
Hyungki Kim 1 3 Yoonkook Son 2 Chibeom Park 1 3 Minkyung Lee 1 3 Jungah Kim 1 3 Jaephil Cho 2 Hee Cheul Choi 1 3
1Center for Artificial Low Dimensional Electronic System, Institute for Basic Science (IBS) Pohang Korea (the Republic of)2Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) Ulsan Korea (the Republic of)3Department of Chemistry, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) Pohang Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Group IV elements are promising materials for lithium storage which enables much higher energy density than commercialized graphite-based lithium ion battery (LIB). However, they suffer from tremendous volume change during lithiation (charging) and delithiation (discharging), resulting in fast capacity fading due to the pulverization of anode material during cycle. To overcome these problems, we propose a novel LIB anode structure where unlithiated core function as support frame for preventing pulverization of anode material, which can be achieved by fine control of Li+ ion diffusion from tailored atomic arrangement of anode material. To realize model system where electrochemical reaction can be controlled from the structure of anode material, we synthesized Ge dominant SiGe alloy nanowire (SiGe NW) where high population of Si is situated at the surface of SiGe nanowire (Type G-SiGe NW), which is easily obtained by annealing SiGe NW with uniform distribution of Si at high temperature in hydrogen environment. The high population of Si with low lithium diffusivity and electronic conductivity induce tardy diffusion of Li+ ion at the surface as confirmed in the galvanostatic intermittent titration technique (GITT) data, resulting in leaving unlithiated core which act as role of preventing pulverization of anode material. When the Type G-SiGe NWs are fabricated into Li half cells (2016R), it exhibits not only long cycle life with high capacity retention of 89 % at 0.2 C during 400 cycle, but also high columbic efficiency of average 98.8 % throughout 400 cycles. Although overpotential was increased slightly due to Si enrichment at the surface, high mole fraction of Ge guarantees high rate capability with 304.5 mAhg-1 at 60 C. The mechanism of Si segregation at the surface and electrochemical characterization of each SiGe NW will be discussed in detail.
12:00 PM - I1.07
Ionic and Electronic Conduction in Solid Electrolyte Interphases on Silicon Electrodes
Jie Pan 1 Yue Qi 2 Yang-Tse Cheng 1
1University of Kentucky Lexington United States2Michigan State University East Lansing United StatesShow Abstract
Engineering a stable Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) layer on high capacity Si electrodes is a critical issue to reduce the continuous capacity loss of Li-ion batteries. A hypothesis that an ideal SEI component shall be an ionic conductor and electronic insulator has been postulated based on the study of graphite electrode. In order to help design an artificial SEI for Si, it is necessary to have a detailed understanding of the properties of SEI components coated on Si electrode.
We developed a computational method based on Density Functional Theory to study ionic and electronic conduction in SEI components on Si electrodes. In our model, both ionic (e.g., Li vacancy and Li interstitial) and electronic defects (e.g., polaron) are considered to study the total electrical conduction. We apply this method to study fluorides, oxides and carbonates, which are important components in the naturally formed SEI on Si. We found that the ionic conduction was low in fluorides compared with other SEI components (e.g., carbonates). However, due to the low ionic conduction and low concentration of free carriers, fluorides on Si can help block electron leakage from the electrode and prevent further degradation of electrolyte molecules. In addition, by relating the material properties on Si electrodes and their electrochemical performance, balancing different SEI properties to design artificial SEIs on Si electrodes becomes possible.
12:15 PM - I1.08
Degradation of Silicon Nanowire-Based Anode Materials during Lithium Cycling
Jeong-Hyun Cho 1 S. Tom Picraux 2
1University of Minnesota Minneapolis United States2Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Gatos United StatesShow Abstract
One-dimensional (1D) silicon (Si) based anode nanostructures is one of the promising anode materials in lithium-ion battery because of high specific capacity and lateral relaxation leading to long cycling stability. It is well know that a solid-electrolyte-interphase (SEI) layer forms on the surfaces of the anode materials and act as a passivation layer during the Li-ion cycling. Although the SEI layer acts as a passivation layer, the formation of the SEI layer consumes Si anode materials and reduces silicon nanowire (SiNW) diameter, leading to fading of their capacity retention during cycling. In order to investigate the effect of the formation of the SEI layer with respect to the capacity retention, we directly measured the reduction in silicon nanowire diameter and volume with number of cycles. Based on the measurements, Si consumption rates versus the number of battery cycles were measured. Moreover, from the change in silicon nanowire volume, specific capacity reduction for silicon nanowire half cells was predicted and the predicted specific capacity shows a very good agreement with measurement.
12:30 PM - I1.09
Synthesis of Siox/C Nanocomposite by Mechanochemically Activated Sol-Gel Process Combined with Dry Ball Milling and Its Electrochemical Properties
Anara Molkenova 2 Izumi Taniguchi 1
1Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo Japan2Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo JapanShow Abstract
Silicon-based materials are an emerging anode technology for the use in the next generation electrochemical enegy storage, because it is cheap, widely distributed on our planet and non-toxic to the environment . However, the development of commercial silicon-based anode progresses slowly due to the properties inherent to pure silicon, such as safety and capacity limiting volume expansions during cycling and poor conductive nature . Functionalization of the nanostructured silicon oxide with conductive carbon coating is one of the possible strategies to overcome these problems. Moreover, oxide matrix of silicon benefits to alleviate large volume changes [3-4]. The present work is aimed to develop a novel simple preparation technique of SiOx/C nanocomposite through mechanochemically activated sol-gel process combined with dry-ball milling (DBM) process.
In this synthesis, tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS), aqueous ammonia and acetylene black(AB) were mixed by a high-energy ball milling at 800 rpm for 4 hours. The resulting slurry was dried at 110 oC for 2 hour in an air oven and then annealed at 600 oC for 2 hours in N2 atmosphere. The obtained sample could be identified as amorphous SiOx/C composite by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) analysis. It could be also seen a field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) observation that the SiOx/C composite was composed of large agglomerated micro-sized particles. In order to reduce the particle size, the composite was mechanically milled at 800 rpm for 4 hours by high-energy DBM with additional AB as an additive. The as-milled sample was the SiOx/C nanocomposite consisting of highly dispersed carbon nanoparticles on fine amorphous SiOx particles. Electrochemical properties of the SiOx/C nanocomposite were evaluated by assembling a CR2032 coin-type cell. The galvanostatic charge-discharge test was performed on multichannel battery testers (Hokuto Denko,HJ1010mSM8A) between 0.01 and 3.0 V versus Li/Li+ at a current density of 50 mA g-1. The cell exhibited a highly stable reversible capacity of 620 mAh g-1 at a current density of 50 mA g-1 after 30 cycles with no capacity fading. The SiOx/C nanocomposite was also annealed at different temperatures for in 3%H2+N2 atmosphere and then evaluated its battery performance.
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An-Hui Lu, State Key Lab of Fine Chemicals
Dean Miller, Argonne National Laboratory
Chongmin Wang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Reza S. Yassar, Michigan Technological University
I5: Carbon Based Materials
Wednesday PM, April 08, 2015
Moscone West, Level 3, Room 3009
2:30 AM - *I5.01
Mesoporous Silicon-Carbon Hybrid Li-Ion Anode Materials toward Practical Applications
Donghai Wang 1
1The Pennsylvania State University University Park United StatesShow Abstract
Emerging application of Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles requires LIBs with higher energy density. Developing new anode materials with high specific capacity is an effective way to increase the energy density of LIBs. Due to its high theoretical capacity (3579 mAh/g) and abundance, silicon has been regarded as one of most promising alternatives to the currently-used graphite anode. However, there is a major barrier to the practical application Si: its large volume change during charge/discharge causes to severe pulverization of Si particles and degradation of Si electrodes, leading to poor cycling stability. Extensive efforts have been devoted to improving the cyclability of Si-based anodes with encouraging results, including development of various Si nanostructures/nanocomposites, novel binders and electrolyte additives.
In this talk, I will present development of micro-sized mesoporous Si-C composite composed of interconnected Si nanoscale building blocks and carbon conductive network. The effect of Si nanoscale building blocks (size and doping composition) and carbon coating are studied on the electrochemical performance. We also engineered to produce graphene enabled dual conductive network on the micro-sized porous Si-C composite for high areal capacity electrodes toward practical application. New interpenetrated polymer gel binder for the Si anode materials will be also studied for improving efficiency and cycling stability of Si anodes. High temperature electrochemical performance of the Si anode material and related safety issues will be also discussed and correlated with the surface properties of Si materials.
3:00 AM - I5.02
Side-Chain Conducting and Phase-Separated Polymeric Binders for High-Performance Silicon Anodes in Lithium-Ion Batteries
Hui Zhao 1 Sangjae Park 1 Guo Ai 1 Cheng Wang 1 Xiangyun Song 1 Neslihan Yuca 2 Vincent Battaglia 1 Wanli Yang 1 Gao Liu 1
1Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley United States2Istanbul Technical Univ Istanbul TurkeyShow Abstract
Here we describe a class of electric-conducting polymers that conduct electron via the side chain π-π stacking. These polymers can be designed and synthesized with different chemical moieties to perform different functions, extremely suitable as conductive polymer binder for lithium battery electrode. A class of methacrylate polymers based on a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon side moiety was synthesized and applied as an electrode binder to fabricate a silicon (Si) electrode. The electron mobilities of these polymers are characterized as 1.9e-4 cm2V-1s-1. These electric conductive polymeric binders can maintain the electrode mechanical integrity and Si interface stability over a thousand cycles of charge and discharge. The as-assembled batteries exhibit a high capacity and excellent rate performance due to the self-assembled solid-state nanostructures of the conductive polymer binders. This new generation of conductive polymer binders also enhance the stability of Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) of a Si electrode over long-term cycling. The physical properties of this polymer are further tailored by incorporating ethylene oxide moieties at the side chains to enhance the adhesion and adjust swelling to improve the stability of the high loading Si electrode.
3:15 AM - I5.03
Facile Synthesis of Strongly Coupled Carbon Nanofiber-Metal Oxide Coaxial Nanocables as High Performance Anode Materials for Lithium-ion Batteries
Genqiang Zhang 1
1Los Alamos National Lab Los Alamos United StatesShow Abstract
Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have been considered as one of the most promising electric energy storage systems due to the various merits of high voltage, high capacity, low cost and environmental friendliness. However, there are still several challenging issues in LIBs to be overcome in order to fulfil the requirements as high-performance power sources in future market, including higher capacity, lower cost, longer cycle life and better rate performance. Nanostructure engineering has been demonstrated as a powerful and effective strategy in the rational design of new electrode materials with optimized performance through both morphological and compositional solutions. For example, various nanostructures with controlled morphologies including hollow spheres/cubes, nanowires/rods as well as nanoplates could achieve significantly enhanced lithium storage properties due to the size and shape effects. However, the intrinsic properties including low electrical conductivity and poor mechanical stability of most oxide electrode materials, leading to unsatisfactory cycling stability and rate performance, still seriously limit their applications. Recently, an emerging concept of hybrid nanostructures has attracted tremendous attention since better performance could be expected in such architectures. Coaxial nanocables, as one of the most interesting hybrid nanostructures, hold the great potential for simultaneously resolving the problems of poor electrical conductivity and weak mechanical stability with rational design and careful choice of core and shell components. However, there are not too many such reports showing the attractive properties of nanocable structures for lithium storage, probably due to the lack of appropriate synthesis methods.
In this work, we have successfully synthesized CNF@MnO and CNF@CoMn2O4 coaxial nanocables with considerably enhanced lithium storage performance through a facile two-step strategy. The method involves the polyol process for the synthesis of metal-glycolate layer on the surface of the CNFs and the subsequent thermal ennealing treatment undr N2 protection. These two nanocable electrodes exhibit remarkable lithium storage properties in terms of high specific capacity, long cycle life and superior rate performance. For example, at a high charge/discharge current density of 1000 mA/g, the CNF@CoMn2O4 nanocable electrode can deliver a high capacity of about 655 mAh/g and can last for at least 300 cycles, which is remarkable. The enhanced electrochemical performance could be attributed to several advantages of the smart coaxial nanocable configuration, which can effectively alleviate the volume change, prohibit the nanoparticle aggregation and facilitate the electron transport. Such high-performance nanosctructures with large-scale production might hold great potential for the fabrication of high energy and power density lithium-ion batteries.
3:30 AM - I5.04
Fabrication of Sn Embedded Free-Standing Anode by Structure-Controlled Carbon Nanofibers for Solid-State Li-ion Batteries
Dae-Hyun Nam 1 Ji Woo Kim 2 Ji-Hoon Lee 1 So-Yeon Lee 1 Hae-A-Seul Shin 1 Se-Hee Lee 2 Young-Chang Joo 1
1Seoul National University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)2University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder United StatesShow Abstract
Stress originated from volumetric expansion (~300 %) during cycling is notorious in metal alloy based anode materials including Sn (994 mAh/g). Nanoscale Sn embedded buffer matrix is an ideal structure for high performance anode of solid state Li-ion batteries. There were previous attempts to utilize 1D carbon (C) structures as a buffer matrix with transition metal alloying or atomic layer deposition (ALD) coating. However, the drawbacks of them were requirement of electrochemically unreactive materials related with low capacity and additional post treatments. Here, we developed a novel fabrication method of ideal Sn/C 1D hybrid nanostructures via porosity controlled C nanofibers. For precise modulation of Sn size and dispersion, we considered Sn diffusion originated from thermal expansion coefficient (CTE) difference between Sn (23.5×10-6 /°C) and C (1.5×10-6 /°C) during calcination. Through this fabrication method, superior anode performance was realized without current collector, binder and conducting additives.
Electrospinning proceeded with a solution of Sn acetate (SnAc) as metal precursor and polyacrylonitrile (PAN) as polymer matrix. Calcination proceeded at 700 oC, 5 h with the ambient controlled by high vacuum (HV) and Ar gas. The porosity was evaluated by BET specific surface area (SSA) and total pore volume of N2 adsorption/desorption isotherm. Structures were analyzed by FE-SEM and TEM. Electrochemical performance of Sn/C nanofibers was measured in all solid-state Li-ion cell.
We modulated Sn diffusion by controlling the porosity of C nanofiber matrix and designed 3 calcination schemes as stabilization + Ar (SA) calcination, HV calcination, and Ar calcination. Stabilization accelerated the decomposition of polymer matrix via dehydration. Furthermore, HV and Ar calcination showed differences in gas-solid reactions between CO (g), CO2 (g) and C nanofibers. In porosity measurement, SA calcination showed the highest BET SSA as 98.97 m2/g and Ar calcination showed the lowest as 10.46 m2/g. In accordance with the porosity tendency, Sn size and dispersion were controlled well. SA calcination with highest porosity formed a structure of all Sn agglomerates outside C nanofibers. HV calcination with moderate porosity induced coexistence of outside Sn agglomerates and inside Sn nanoparticles. Finally, Ar calcination with lowest porosity induced 15 nm sized Sn nanoparticles fully embedded C nanofibers. For the first time, we successfully revealed a key parameter of controlling the structures of Sn/C nanofibers. Interestingly, all Sn/C nanofibers showed ohmic contact behavior, and we demonstrated all solid-state Li-ion cell with Sn/C nanofibers as an anode without current collector. In charge/discharge cycling performance, Sn fully-embedded C nanofibers showed superior capacity of 762 mAh/g with Coulombinc efficiency over 99.5 % during 50 cycles. Intimate relationship between Sn structures and electrochemical performances is discussed.
4:15 AM - *I5.05
Novel Li-C Composite for High Performance and Stable Li Metal Anode and Batterie
Liwei Chen 1
1Chinese Academy of Sciences Suzhou ChinaShow Abstract
Li metal is the ultimate anodic material for secondary Li batteries; however, two major problems prohibit its practical application: growth of lithium metal dendrites during anodic stripping/plating cycles, which may cause serious safety hazards, and the low Coulombic efficiency due to repeated reaction between Li anode and the electrolyte.  Much effort has been exerted in recent years with modest success to control the surface electrochemistry on Li to promote uniform Li+ dissolution/ Li deposition and to prevent side reactions with electrolyte. [2-4]
Here we present a novel Li-C composite material, in which nanostructured carbon backbone serves to disperse Li metal in order to achieve high specific surface area. The resulting electrodes show much-prolonged dendrite forming time and high Coulombic efficiency in stripping/plating tests. The Li-C composite is also paired with different cathodic materials to assemble into full batteries. LiFePO4 and Li-S batteries using the Li-C composite anode with balanced anodic and cathodic capacity exhibit good performance. This novel anodic material will be highly promising for future energy storage technologies, especially those non-lithiated cathodic systems such as Li-S and Li-air batteries.
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 Lu Y., Korf K., Kambe Y., Tu Z., Archer L. A. Angew. Chem. 126, (2014) 498 - 502
4:45 AM - I5.06
Opposing Effect of Thermal Annealing on Sodiation and Lithiation of Thermally Annealed Reduced Graphene Oxide Electrodes
Lamuel David 1 Gurpreet Singh 1
1Kansas State University Manhattan United StatesShow Abstract
We study electrochemical sodium and lithium cycling, and tensile testing behavior of graphene oxide (GO) self-standing paper electrode thermally reduced at varying temperatures in Ar atmospheres. The annealed papers were directly utilized as both the working electrode and current collector in Li (LIB) or Na half-cells (NIB) and their electrochemical performance was studied for up to 1050 cycles. We find strong dependence of annealing temperature and gas environment on the electrical conductivity, electrochemical capacity, and rate capability of the electrodes. The effect however was opposing for the two cell types; electrode&’s Li capacity increased with increasing annealing temperature reaching stable ~325 mAh.ganode-1 at 100 mAh.g-1 (or ~100 mAh.cmanode-3 at ~48 mu;A.cm-2 w.r.t. total volume of the electrode) at 900 °C while maximum Na charge capacity was observed at 500 °C at stable ~110 mAh.ganode-1 at 100 mA.g-1 (or ~77 mAh.cmanode-3 at 70 mu;A.cm-2) highest reported for GO paper electrode and saw a sharp decline for temperatures above 500 °C. Further, uni-axial tensile tests and videography highlighted the high elasticity and strain to failure in crumpled paper electrodes.
5:00 AM - I5.07
A New Mechanism of Lithium-ion Storage in Novel Carbon Composite Anodes
Nicholas McNutt 1 Marshall McDonnell 1 Orlando Rios 2 Mikhail Feygenson 3 Thomas Proffen 4 David Keffer 5
1University of Tennessee Knoxville United States2Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States3Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States4Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge United States5University of Tennessee Knoxville United StatesShow Abstract
Novel carbon composite materials have been developed from low cost lignin for use as anodes in lithium-ion batteries. The composite systems consist of two interwoven domains consisting of amorphous and crystalline carbon, with edge-terminating hydrogens. In this work, we have developed atomistic models of the experimental systems, and via the use of reactive molecular dynamics simulations, we reveal the discovery of a new mechanism of lithium-ion storage as a function of ion loading and local carbon structure. The pair correlation functions and electrostatic profiles for the resulting lithium-ion distributions, computed for both favorable and unfavorable energy states, are then analyzed in order to develop an understanding of this unique type of ion localization.
5:15 AM - I5.08
Polymer Fiber Confinement for Uniform Lithium Deposition
Zheng Liang 1 Guang Yuan Zheng 1
1Stanford University Stanford United StatesShow Abstract
High performance rechargeable batteries are essential for meeting the demand for new energy storage application. Lithium metal is considered as the “Holy Grail” of battery technologies, as a result of its low gravimetric density, lowest redox potential and highest theoretical specific capacity, compared to any other lithium ion battery anode materials. However, uncontrolled lithium dendrite growth still remains as the single most critical blockade of widespread production and commercialization of lithium metal based cells. The mossy and dendritic lithium poses a potential safety hazard and leads to a low Coulombic efficiency in galvanostatic cycling. Here, we demonstrate that stable cycling of lithium metal anodes could be achieved by using a chemically inert and electronically insulating oxidized polymer nanofiber mat. The polymer network allows homogeneous lithium deposition confined inside the fiber layer via attraction forces between the polar functional groups and lithium ions. The resulting Coulombic efficiency could reach 97.4% up to a practical current density of 3 mAh/cm-1 and with an areal capacity of 1 mAh/cm-1 over more than 120 cycles. This simple approach to tackle the intrinsic problems of lithium metal would enable a series of lithium metal based energy storage technologies.
5:30 AM - I5.09
Al Anodes for Compact All-Solid-State Batteries
Chen Gong 1 Dmitry Ruzmetov 2 Norm Bartelt 3 A. Alec Talin 3 Marina S. Leite 1
1Univ. of Maryland - College Park College Park United States2NIST Gaithersburg United States3Sandia National Labs Livermore United StatesShow Abstract
All-solid-state Li-ion batteries are a promising alternative for the rapidly growing power sources for mobile devices. However, the mechanisms of lithiation/delithiation in all-solid-state batteries are still an open question, and the ‘holy grail&’ to engineer devices with extended lifetime. Here, we combine real-time scanning electron microscopy in ultra-high vacuum with electrochemical cycling and confocal Raman spectroscopy to investigate the mechanism of lithiation in all-solid-state thin film batteries with Al anodes. We find that a Li-Al-O thin layer forms at the top surface of the anode, confirmed by the emerging Raman peaks after cycling at 1380, 1585 cm-1. This oxide layer covers stable LiAl alloy mounds that are formed by a surface driven reaction (with Fd3m phase, Raman shift at 2890 cm-1). A simple thermodynamic model for the lithiation of Al suggests that LiAlO2 and Li5AlO4 are expected to form at 3.35 V and 0.17 V, respectively, indicating that different Li-Al-O phases co-exist at the surface of the anode. The rapid capacity loss in these batteries is due to the blockage of Li and Al diffusion pathways necessary for the decomposition of AlLi at room temperature and which occurs as a result of Li-Al-O formation on exposed Li-Al surfaces . The addition of a thin and inert metallic cap layer could prevent the surface driven reactions observed, and the design of new device architectures will be presented.
 M. S. Leite et al. “Insights into capacity loss mechanisms of all-solid-state Li-ion batteries with Al anodes”. J. Mat. Chem. A, in press, 2014. DOI: 10.1039/c4ta90112f. Inside Cover.
5:45 AM - I5.10
The Synergy Effect, between Carbon and Reversible MoS2 Sheets, in MoS2-Assisted Hierarchical 3D-Nano-Structured Graphenes for LIB Anode
Yoonkook Son 1 Jaephil Cho 1
1Ulsan National Institute of Sscience and Technology Ulsan Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Graphite, the most commonly used commercial anode material, encounters some disadvantages such as low theoretical specific capacity (372 mAhgminus; 1) and limited rate capability. Thus, intense efforts have been devoted to searching for new carbon-based anode materials with enhanced Li+-ion storage capacity. The carbon materials, such as graphene oxide, carbon nanotubes and amorphous carbon have shown the outstanding cycle-performance in LIBs due to fairly inert electrochemistry, high electrical conductivity, and high specific surface area. However, the first and second one might have poor electrical conductivity due to plenty of structure defects and oxygen groups. Generally, even after the reduction of graphene oxide, the prepared reduced graphene oxide show still poor electrical conductivity compared to the intrinsic graphene. The last one has relatively small surface area and non-interconnected structures, resulting in poorer electrochemical performance.
Herein, we report the synthesis of hierarchical 3D-nano-structured graphenes (H-3DNGs) via precursor-assisted CVD technique which show high surface area (~1,100 m2g-1) and conductivity (50 Scm-2). Since the H-3DNGs can provide highly efficient electronic pathways and surface area during the charge/discharge cycles of LIBs, the fabricated LIB exhibits high capacity and good cycling performance. Also, we employed a facile solvothermal method for deposition of MoS2 on the surface of the H-3DNGs. Typically, many researches have mainly focused on MoS2 in the composite of MoS2 and carbon. However, we developed the MoS2-assisted H-3DNGs (MA-H-3DNGs), using MoS2 as supporting material for H-3DNGs.
MA-H-3DNGs showed superior cycling performance and rate capability to H-3DNGs. MA-H-3DNGs revealed 1491 mAhg-1 of specific capacity even after 500 cycles at a rate of 1.0 C. Furthermore, it showed 515 mAhg-1 even at a rate of 10 C. Anomalously, MoS2 on graphene was observed to be reversible, during charge/discharge. Namely, MoS2 sheets were confirmed even after electrochemical cycling. To prove this phenomenon, we successfully calculated and simulated mutual dependence between carbon layer and MoS2 layer through Ab initio quantum chemistry methods. We found that MoS2 layer influenced carbon layer to get good Li-ion mobility and that carbon layer also had effect on MoS2 layer. In other word, we proved that synergy effect between carbon and MoS2. We will discuss details later.
I6: Poster Session: Emerging New Materials
Wednesday PM, April 08, 2015
Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Level, Salon 7/8/9
9:00 AM - I6.01
Electrochemical Property of Nanostructured Si/Al-Cu-Fe Material as an Anode Material for Lithium Ion Battery
Park Hyungil 1 Myungbeom Sohn 1 Cheol ho Park 2 Dong-Won Kim 3 Hansu Kim 1
1Hanyang Univ. Seoul Korea (the Republic of)2Iljin Electronic Co. Ansan Korea (the Republic of)3Hanyang Univ. Seoul Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Despite of high theoretical capacity of silicon based materials, their poor cycle performance caused by severe volume expansion of silicon and low initial efficiency hinder their commercial use for lithium ion battery. Silicon embedded in metal alloy matrix material is one of the promising candidates to solve these problems. Silicon nanocrystals with the size of ~200 nm embedded Al-Cu-Fe alloy materials were prepared by melt spinning process and investigated their lithium storage characteristics for lithium ion battery. Si/Al-Cu-Fe alloy materials showed stable cycle performance over 50 cycles. In order to characterize microstructure of these materials and understand their electrochemical performance, various analytical techniques including XRD, SEM and TEM were carried out. More detailed electrochemical performances and ex-situ analysis of Si/Al-Cu-Fe nanocomposite materials during cycling will be discussed in this presentation.
9:00 AM - I6.02
Highly Reversible Lithium Storage of Nanostructured MoO2 for Lithium Secondary Batteries
Ayoung Kim 1 Eunjun Park 1 Hansu Kim 1
1Energy Engineering, Hanyang University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
MoO2 has received much attention as a lithium storage anode material due to its higher energy density and higher theoretical capacity (209 mAh g-1) than LTO. However, previous studies showed that MoO2 has poor cycle performance caused by phase transition from monoclinic to orthorhombic phase during lithium intercalation and de-intercalation. In this work, nanostructured MoO2 were prepared by simple solid state synthesis and investigated as an anode material for lithium rechargeable battery. Nanostructured MoO2 showed a highly reversible capacity retention as high as 84% of the initial capacity over 100 cycles, indicating that highly stable lithium ion intercalation and de-intercalation into MoO2 lattice. More detailed electrochemical performances of MoO2 and ex-situ analysis of lithium intercalated MoO2 anode will be discussed in this presentation.
9:00 AM - I6.03
Silicon Nanoparticle Encapsulated within Pod-like Nanoporous Carbon for Li-Ion Battery
Gwi Ok Park 3 Mingshi Jin 2 Hyun Ah Lee 1 Su-bin Park 1 Kyungho Kim 1 Ji Man Kim 1
1Sungkyunkwan University Suwon-si Korea (the Republic of)2Yanbian University Yanbian China3Sungkyunkwan University Suwon Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Silicon based electrode materials for Li-ion battery have attracted great attention due to the high theoretical capacity of 4212 mAh/g (3.75 moles of Li per mole of Si) compared to graphite (1 mol Li per 6 mol C) used in commercial LIBs. Unfortunately, practical applications of silicon as an anode material exhibit the huge volume change (>300%) during the alloying / dealloying process with Li, which would result in the loss of electrical conductivity, dramatic pulverization of silicon, and consequently a rapid capacity fading in the cycling. To alleviate this problem, silicon nanosized or nanostructures materials have been suggested, which can increase the transport of electron and lithium ion and reduce mechanical stress during cycling, resulting in improved electrochemical performance. Among these nanostructures, the combination with carbon is becoming attractive and important material because it improves the electric conductivity and plays a role of a buffer of volume expansion.
In this research, a novel composite electrode material consisting of nano-sized silicon core and nanoporous hollow carbon has been developed as an anode candidate for Li storage. The two type of amorphous silicon oxide layer (dense SiO2 and nanoporous SiO2) is coated onto silicon nanoparticle to form a nanoporous carbon shell with a void space between the silicon nanoparticle core and carbon shell. Subsequently nanoporous carbon is formed through nanocasting pathway.
The composite material, silicon nanoparticle encapsulated within pod-like nanoporous carbon, involves 50 wt% of carbon species and has 1002 m2/g of high surface area with 2 nm of pores. When the composite material uses as anode electrode material for Li storage, the high reversible capacity with improved cycle stability are exhibited compared with pristine silicon. The reversible capacity of the composite material is 1007 mAh/g after 50 cycle at 400 mA/g of current density (81 mAh/g of pristine silicon nanoparticle).
These improvements are attributed to the nanoporous carbon shell, which reduces the cell impedance, prevents the aggregation of silicon nanoparticle, accommodates the volume change, and stabilizes reaction with Li during the electrochemical Li-alloying process.
9:00 AM - I6.04
Porous TiNb2O7 Nanofibers Functionalized with Conductive Ti1-xNbxN Nanoparticles as a High Power Anode Material for Li-ion Batteries
Dong Hyeok Shin 1 Hyunjung Park 1 Taeseup Song 1 Xiong Wen David Lou 2 Ungyu Paik 1
1Hanyang University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)2Nanyang Technological University Singapore SingaporeShow Abstract
For decades, many intensive researches have been conducted on Li-ion batteries. However, it still remains challenging to develop batteries with higher energy density. TiNb2O7 has recently been studied as an attractive anode material for lithium ion batteries due to its practical capacity of ~ 280 mAh g-1 much higher than those of well-known anode materials such as TiO2 (~ 150 mAh g-1) and Li4Ti5O12 (~ 160 mAh g-1). However, low electronic conductivity and poor lithium diffusivity limits its practical use as an active material. Porous TiNb2O7 nanofibers were prepared via simple electro-spinning and functionalized its surface by subsequent ammonia gas treatment. As-prepared sample has porous structure with the pore diameter of ~ 20 nm and nanocrystalite extremely reducing the diffusion pathway for lithium ion. In addition, conductive transition metal nitride (Ti1-xNbxN) on the surface of nanofibers can prompt fast electron transport along the surface. The sample shows a lithium storage capacity of ~ 250 mAh g-1 at 1C and a high rate capability of ~ 180 mAh g-1 at 100 C. These drastic achievements are attributed to enhanced kinetics related to lithium ion and electron due to the unique porous and one dimensional geometry with conductive material.
9:00 AM - I6.05
Improved Electrochemical Properties of Three-Dimensional Valley Structured Al-Si Anode Thin Films for All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Thin Film Batteries
Jongseok Jung 1 3 Haena Yim 1 Ji-Won Choi 1 2
1Korea Institute of Science and Technology Seoul Korea (the Republic of)2Korea University of Science and Technology Daejeon Korea (the Republic of)3Korea University Seoul Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
Lithium-ion batteries have been widely used as a power source of micro-devices due to their high capacity, no memory effect, and a long cycle life. However, lithium-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes have some problems about size, safety, reliability, cost, and energy density. All-solid-state Li-ion batteries can solve such problems because their solid electrolytes exhibit no leaking themselves and releasing toxic gases when the batteries are broken down. Among many anode materials such as carbon, germanium, and silicon and so on, silicon as an anode material is promising owing to its high theoretical capacity (4200 mAh/g) and no lithium metal dendrite formation after cycling. Anodes based on silicon have some limitation of fast capacity fadedness of the electrode and 400% volume increase after lithiation. To overcome the limitation, Al-Si anodes are researched as an alternative using the electrical and structural property of Al. In this work, Al-Si anode films are deposited by RF magnetron sputtering on four types of valley structured Si(100) substrates with different depths according to four intervals (10, 20, 30 and 40 of lines by means of photolithography. As depths of valleys increase, the capacities of the batteries are much higher than that of a planar type lithium ion battery, which correlate with the corresponding increase in the surface area to deposit an anode electrode. The morphology of Al-Si anodes before and after lithiation is investigated by the scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and X-ray diffraction (XRD), and the electrochemical properties of the Si-Al anode thin films are measured by WBCS 3000. We designed an all-solid-state Li-ion thin film battery with Al-Si anodes in order to obtain improved electrochemical properties and safety.
9:00 AM - I6.06
Disproportionated SnO and its Nanocomposites for Li-Ion Battery Anodes
Jae-Wan Park 1 Cheol-Min Park 1
1Kumoh National Institute of Technology Gumi Korea (the Republic of)Show Abstract
The disproportionated SnO and its nanocomposite (Sn/SnO2/C), prepared by a simple high energy mechanical milling technique, was investigated as high-capacity anode materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries. The disproportionated SnO was comprised of nanocrystalline-Sn and -SnO2, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). On the other hand, the disproportionated Sn/SnO2/C nanocomposites were comprised of disporportionated Sn and SnO2 within amorphous carbon matrices, which were also thoroughly demonstrated by XRD, HRTEM, and extended X-ray absorption fine structure. The disproportionated Sn/SnO2/C nanocomposite electrode shows good electrochemical performances, such as a high initial charge capacity of 891 mAh g-1, long capacity retention of 642 mAh g-1 after 300 cycles, good initial Coulombic efficiency of ca. 72%, and fast rate capability (2C: 628 mAh g-1, 3C: 582 mAh g-1).
9:00 AM - I6.07
Synthesis of Nano-Sized SiOx/C Composite by a Drip Combustion in Fluidized Bed Reactor and Its Electrochemical Properties
Anara Molkenova 1 Seitaro Kato 1 Izumi Taniguchi 1
1Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo JapanShow Abstract
Silica(Si) has been projected as one of the most promising anode materials of lithium-ion batteries in substitution of the graphitic carbon anode owing to its abundance in nature, low Li insertion potential and large theoretical capacity (Li4.4Si: 4200 mAh g-1). However, large volume changes of Si upon insertion and extraction of lithium can cause pulverization and breakdown of the electrical conductive network, which results in rapid capacity fading. Thus far, several approaches have been reported to overcome this issue by decreasing the particle size , using thin-films , or selecting an optimized binder . Wang et al.  have also reported that nano-sized silicon oxide(SiOx)/C composite showed a good cyclic performance.
Recently, Taniguchi and Tussupbayev  developed a novel and simple processing technique for the preparation of LiFePO4/C nanocomposites using a fluidized bed reactor and investigated the effect of a wide range of process parameters on the physical and electrochemical properties of obtained materials. In this study, we investigated the synthesis and characterization of SiOx/C nanocomposites using the same processing technique, i.e. a drip combustion in fluidized bed.
The starting solution was prepared by mixing tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and kerosene with a 2:3 volume ratio. It was supplied to a drip nozzle and dripped into a fluidized bed reactor , which is operated at 900#8451; and a fluidization number of U0 (superficial velocity) / Umf (minimum fluidized velocity) = 5. The solid particles obtained from the reactor exit were collected using a cyclone and a bag filter. The obtained sample could be identified as amorphous SiOx by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) analysis. It could be also seen from a field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) observation that the sample consisted of SiOx/C composite with several tens nanometer in size. Furthermore, we could confirm from an elemental mapping analysis by FE-SEM with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) that nano-sized silica particles were well distributed into a soft agglomeration of nano-sized carbon particles. The electrochemical performance of the nano-sized SiOx/C composite was characterized using Li|1 M LiPF6 in EC:DMC = 1:1| SiOx/C cells in the potential range from 0.01 to 3.0 V versus Li/Li+. The results of electrochemical characterization will be detailed on the conference.
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9:00 AM - I6.08
Physical and Electrochemical Properties of SiOx /C Composites Prepared by a Combination of Spray Pyrolysis and High Energy Ball Milling
Anara Molkenova 2 Izumi Taniguchi 1
1Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo Japan2Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo JapanShow Abstract
Environmental concerns and limiting oil resources constitute a huge driving force for developing advanced lithium batteries for the use in electric vehicles . The greatest challenge for the scientist is to build high power and safe batteries from inexpensive and sustainable raw materials. As a result, this challenge gave a rise to the interest in silicon oxide (SiOx) as a promising candidate for the next generation anode materials [2-3]. However, same as pure silicon, SiOx is a poor conductor and suffers from volume changes during lithium ion migration, and these problems could be possibly overcome by nanostructured SiOx with a conductive carbon layer [4-5]. In this study, a combination of spray pyrolysis and dry ball milling was used as a novel approach to prepare SiOx/C composite anode material.
A precursor solution containing tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and aqueous nitric acid (HNO3, 0.1 M) was atomized by an ultrasonic nebulizer at a frequency of 1.7 MHz. The sprayed droplets were carried into a reactor by nitrogen gas with a gas flow rate of 2 dm3 min-1. Under high reaction temperature (400-800 0C) the droplets were transformed into solid spherical particles and collected by an electrostatic precipitator at the reactor exit. The obtained samples were spherical particles with a geometric mean diameter of 0.8 mu;m and could be identified as amorphous SiOx by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) analysis. The amorphous SiOx particles prepared at 600 0C were then mixed with acetylene black(AB) by high energy dry ball milling at 800 rpm for 2 hour. The ball-milled sample was confirmed as amourphose SiOx/C composites by XRD and FT-IR analysis. As a result, we could conclude that the SiOx/C composite were successfully synthesized by the combination of spray pyrolysis and dry ball milling. The morphology and structure of the SiOx/C composite were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Electrochemical performance of SiOx/C composites was studied by using coin-type cells (CR2032). The cells were tested galvanostatically between 0.01 and 3.0 V versus Li/Li+ on multichannel battery testers at a current density of 50 mA g-1. The results of electrochemical characterization will be detailed on the conference.
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9:00 AM - I6.09
Ultrananocrystalline Diamond-Coated Silicon Nanowires for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Javier Palomino Garate 2 Rebeca Rivera 2 Deepak Varshney 1 Brad R. Weiner 3 Gerardo Morell 2
1Univ of Puerto Rico San Juan United States2University of Puerto Rico San Juan United States3University of Puerto Rico San Juan United StatesShow Abstract
Silicon nanowires (SiNWs) were conformally coated with ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) by a novel route using candle wax as seeding source, which is more effective in the diamond nucleation than traditional methods. These one-dimensional UNCD decorated SiNWs (UNCD/SiNWs) exhibit diameters in the range of 100 to 150 nm and a UNCD grain size of ~5 nm. Bare SiNWs and UNCD/SiNWs were used in lithium-ion battery (LIB) anodes, where UNCD coating provide effective conduction channels for both electrons and Li-ions and protects the integrity of SiNWs by featuring electrochemical inertness and mechanical strength. The cyclic voltammetry studies show redox peaks for Si consistent with lithium insertion/extraction, indicating good reversibility over extensive cycling. Charge-Discharge tests showed that bare SiNWS can deliver an initial discharge capacity of ~740 mAh/g and stable capacity of 255 mAh/g, however the UNCD/SiNWs electrodes supply an initial high discharge capacity of ~1270 mAh/g and a reversible capacity of ~450 mAh/g over 50 cycles. No visible cracks were found on the UNCD/SiNWs anode material after extensive Li alloying/dealloying, the anode retained its good contact with the current collector, and no anode paring was observed. Thereby, the performance of LIBs based on silicon can be enhanced by implementing the UNCD/SiNWs hybrid structure grown directly on current collector (Cu), which represents a promising anode material with high energy density and long cycling stability.
9:00 AM - I6.10
Investigation of Structures and Porosity of Electrode Materials in Li Ion Batteries
Li-Qiong Wang 1
1Brown University Barrington United StatesShow Abstract
Structures and porosity including interconnectivity of micro- and meso-porosity play an important role in the performance of porous electrode materials. The information obtained on structural and porosity changes in electrode materials during a charge-discharge cycle provides insights to a better understanding of chemical and mechanical degradation mechanisms and a better design of electrodes.
The pore geometry in most porous materials, even in the ordered mesoporous silica, is complex with interconnected cages, channels and micropores. It is challenging to directly characterize the interconnectivity of the pores in nano or meso-porous materials. The techniques such as small angle x-ray or neutron scattering and gas absorption do not provide direct information on how channels and cages are connected. In this presentation, we will demonstrate that hyperpolarized (HP) 129Xe NMR is a powerful and unique tool in probing porosity and interconnectivity in porous materials.
Hyperpolarized (HP) 129Xe NMR techniques have been applied to probe the changes in structures and porosity of silicon anode materials in Li ion batteries. A newly constructed state of art HP 129Xe NMR polarizer has enabled us to examine the changes in structures and porosity of practical silicon anodes as a result of electrochemical cycles in Li ion batteries. The influence of binders and growth of SEI layers on the porosity of an anode made of silicon, carbon black and polymer binders before and after electrochemical reactions have also been investigated using (HP) 129Xe NMR. Our initial results indicate that 129Xe NMR is a powerful diagnostic tool to any changes in porosity or surface compositions during the electrochemical reactions.
9:00 AM - I6.11
Dry-Air-Stable Lixsi-Li2O Core-Shell Nanoparticles as High-Capacity Prelithiation Reagents
Jie Zhao 1 Zhenda Lu 1 Nian Liu 1 Hyun-Wook Lee 1 Matthew T McDowell 1 Yi Cui 1
1Stanford University Stanford United StatesShow Abstract
Rapid progress has been made in realizing battery electrode materials with high capacity and long-term cyclability in the past decade. However, low 1st cycle Coulombic efficiency as a result of the formation of solid electrolyte interphase and Li trapping at the anodes, remains unresolved. Here we report LixSi-Li2O core-shell nanoparticles as an excellent prelithiation reagent with high specific capacity to compensate the first cycle capacity loss. These nanoparticles are produced via a one-step thermal alloying process. LixSi-Li2O core-shell nanoparticles are processible in a slurry and exhibit high capacity under dry air conditions with the protection of a Li2O passivation shell, indicating that these nanoparticles are potentially compatible with industrial battery fabrication processes. Both Si and graphite anodes are successfully prelithiated with these nanoparticles to achieve high 1st cycle Coulombic efficiencies of 94% to >100%. It suppresses the undesired consumption of Li from cathode materials during SEI formation. The approach is generally applicable to various anode materials involving complex nanostructures. The LixSi-Li2O core-shell nanoparticles enable the practical implementation of high-performance electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries. In addition, LixSi alloy also serves as a new anode material with the potential to pair with all high capacity lithium-free cathodes for next generation high-energy-density lithium-ion batteries.
9:00 AM - I6.12
Evidence of Extra Capacity in Ruthenium Oxide
Lacey D. Douglas 1 Anantharamulu Navulla 1 LaMartine Meda 1
1Xavier University of Louisana New Orleans United StatesShow Abstract
Synthesis and understanding of nanomaterials with improved properties are critical in the development of high capacity electrochemical cells for application in lithium ion batteries. Nanostructured materials have shown to have exceptional storage capabilities. In this project, we have prepared nanostructured columnar self-assembled ruthenium oxide (RuO2) directly on stainless steel current collectors using low pressure chemical vapor deposition. The as-prepared materials were examined by powder X-ray diffraction. 3D pyramidal structure ranging from 50 to 80 nm was self-assembled. Galvanostatic charge-discharge experiments versus Li/Li+ in the range of 4 to 0.1 V have demonstrated that these nanostructures are reversible at extremely high capacity (~1150 mAh g-1, 5.70Li per mol of RuO2). The capacity retention was approximately 100% from the first to second cycle and 87% after 60 cycles. The origin of the excess capacity was probing using cyclic voltammetry (CV), which was performed at various different voltage ranges. The CV results will be discussed.
9:00 AM - I6.13
Investigation of Hydrogels and Natural Additives as Binders for High Performance Lithium Ion Batteries
Rishi Choksi 1 Prithwish Chatterjee 1 Lenore Dai 1 Hanqing Jiang 1
1Arizona State University Tempe United StatesShow Abstract
The phenomenal growth of modern electronics has motivated us to look for more efficient energy storage solutions, e.g. lithium-ion batteries. The current generation of Li-ion batteries uses graphite in the anode, but in recent years there has been an increased focus to replace graphite with silicon, which has approximately ten times the theoretical charge capacity of graphite. Apart from personal electronic devices, such an increase in capacity could have a significant effect on a number of proposed applications, e.g. electric cars, wearable devices, etc. However, there are significant challenges to be addressed to make it a viable technology. The main challenge of using silicon as an anode material is its significant volume expansion during the charging cycle, which is caused by the larger specific volume of lithium-silicon alloys. Previously, these issues have been solved by exploiting different morphologies of silicon nanoparticles (SiNPs), such as nanoribbons and nanowires. Although such methodologies are effective and relatively successful, they are not yet economically viable.
Here, we propose to use an alternate route of soft and hard material integration by using silicon nanoparticles encapsulated with conductive hydrogels. Novel hydrogels based on natural monomers, such as chlorophyllin, are used by applying the technique of in-situ polymerization. The hydrogel used here has multiple functionalities; first, due to the low mechanical property of the hydrogel, it serves as a soft enclosure for the relative free expansion of silicon. Secondly, it helps to increase the conductivity by utilizing electrically conductive monomers in the hydrogel preparation. The Polypyrrole and phytic acid that are used also create better binding in the polymeric hydrogel. Such a method is very promising, as it alleviates the two major concerns of silicon usage in the anode of an Li-ion battery - fracture of silicon due to repeated charge cycles, and enhancement of electrical conductivity of the silicon anode. The improved binding would allow for increased adhesion energy between the SiNPs and binder materials. Furthermore, we believe such an approach would make anode fabrication based on silicon less process-intensive and overall more cost-efficient.
9:00 AM - I6.14
Boron Doped Silicon Carbonitride/Graphene Hybrid Electrode for Advanced Li-Ion Battery Applications
Lamuel David 1 Gurpreet Singh 1
1Kansas State University Manhattan United StatesShow Abstract
We demonstrate synthesis and electrochemical performance of novel molecular precursor-derived ceramic (PDC)/carbon nanotube embedded graphene self-supporting composite papers as Li-ion battery electrode. The papers were prepared through vacuum filtration of various PDC-graphene oxide (GO) dispersions in DI water followed by thermal reduction at elevated temperatures that resulted in a homogenous PDC/reduced GO papers that were highly crumpled, mechanically robust and consisted of a 3-D electrically conducting network. These electrodes showed electrochemical capacities as much as approx. 300 mAh.g-1 with respect to total weight of the electrode (approx. 500 mAh.g-1 w.r.t. active material), with negligible capacity loss for more than 1000 cycles. Boron-doped silicon carbon nitride (Si(B)CN/graphene) outperformed its un-doped counterparts (SiCN/graphene), both in terms of electrochemical capacity, cycling stability and coulombic efficiency.
9:00 AM - I6.15
Synthesis and High Rate Capability of Silicon Carbonitride (SiCN) Functionalized Boron Nitride (h-BN) Nanosheets
Lamuel David 1 Gurpreet Singh 1
1Kansas State University Manhattan United StatesShow Abstract
We report synthesis of a sheet-like composite composed of hexagonal boron nitride (or BN) functionalized with polysilazane-derived silicon carbonitride (SiCN) ceramic. The composite powder shows high electrical conductivity, is stable against oxidation up to at least 1000 °C in flowing air, and has higher Li electrochemical capacity with superior cyclic stability even at very high C-rates not observed in un-doped or boron doped SiCN. The SiCN/BN composite electrodes showed stable charge capacity of 517 mAh g-1 at 100 mA g-1 and 283 mAh g-1 even at high current density of 2400 mA g-1 at the electrode level which is almost 3 times higher than SiCN electrode prepared and tested under similar conditions. Also, the anode showed a stable Li cycling with a high charge capacity of 401 mA g-1 at 100 mA g-1 after 1000 cycles at 1600 mA g-1. Chemical characterization of the composite suggests that addition of BN to polysilazane in moderate amounts (10 wt%) followed by the pyrolysis of polysilazane/BN composite resulted in a higher free-carbon content in the SiCN matrix, which exceeded the percolation limit and improved the electrical conductivity and Li-reversible capacity.
9:00 AM - I6.16
Go beyond Solution Synthesis: Industrially Compatible Fabrication of Densely Packed Nanostructured Silicon Secondary Cluster with Mechanical Strategy for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Dingchang Lin 2 Zhenda Lu 2 Nian Liu 2 Jie Zhao 2 Po-Chun Hsu 2 Yi Cui 1
1No Institution Stanford United States2Stanford University Stanford United StatesShow Abstract
Huge progress has been made in developing silicon anodes for high-energy lithium ion battery. With powerful nano-engineering, cycle life of silicon anodes has been highly extended while unstable SEI formation has been efficiently suppressed. However, three major problems, including severe side reactions, poor scalability and low tap density, highly hinder its further industrial application. Here, these three problems are altogether resolved by a mechanical-based strategy. Rather than the solution-based chemical reactions a