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Shun-Li Shang, Zhaoxin Yu, Yi Wang, Donghai Wang, Zi-Kui Liu
Sodium-ion (Na) solid-state electrolytes (SSEs) are critical to address notorious safety issue associated with liquid electrolytes used in the current Na-ion batteries. Fulfilling multiple innovations is a grand challenge but imperative for advanced Na-ion SSE such as a combination of high ionic conductivity and excellent chemical stability. Here, our first-principles and phonon calculations reveal that Na3P1-xAsxS4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) is a solid-state superionic conductor stabilized at 0 K by zero-point vibrational energy and at finite temperatures by vibrational and configurational entropies...
April 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yu Li, Xingzhen Zhou, Ying Bai, Guanghai Chen, Zhaohua Wang, Hui Li, Feng Wu, Chuan Wu
As a typical multi-electron cathode material for lithium ion batteries, iron fluoride (FeF3) and its analogues suffer from poor electronic conductivity and low actual specific capacity. Herein, we introduce Ag nanoparticles by silver mirror reaction into the FeF3·0.33H2O cathode to build the electronic bridge between the solid (active materials) and liquid (electrolyte) interface. The crystal structures of as-prepared samples are characterized by XRD and Rietveld refinement. Moreover, the density of states (DOS) of FeF3·0...
April 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Annkatrin Lennert, Michelle Sternberg, Karsten Meyer, Rubén D Costa, Dirk M Guldi
In the current work, novel symmetrically alkyl-substituted imidazolium-based ionic liquids have been synthesized featuring either iodide (I(-)) or selenocyanate (SeCN(-)) as counteranions. Physicochemical assays based on spectroscopy and electrochemistry techniques have been performed to identify the best ionic liquid for application as electrolytes in quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (qssDSSC). The latter were mixed with additives such as 4-tert-butylpyridine (4tbpy) and guanidinium thiocyanate (GuSCN) to optimize electrode surface coverage, ionic diffusion, and dye regeneration...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Alexander Yulaev, Hongxuan Guo, Evgheni Strelcov, Lei Chen, Ivan V Vlassiouk, Andrei Kolmakov
Atomic-scale thickness, molecular impermeability, low atomic number, and mechanical strength make graphene an ideal electron-transparent membrane for material characterization in liquids and gases with scanning electron microscopy and spectroscopy. Here, we present a novel sample platform made of an array of thousands of identical isolated graphene-capped micro-channels with high aspect ratio. A combination of a global wide field of view with high resolution local imaging of the array allows for high throughput in situ studies as well as for combinatorial screening of solutions, liquid interfaces and immersed samples...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yu-Fei Song, Jun Hu, Hongling Diao, Wenjing Luo
The development of advanced anode materials is of significance for the next generation of lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Herein, the imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) was covalently grafted on the surface of graphene oxides (GO) via the carboxyl-amino bond,providing a loading hotbed for the Dawson-type POM of (NH4)6P2Mo18O62 (denoted as P2Mo18). The as-prepared GO-IL-P2Mo18 nanocomposite was characterized by FT-IR, Raman, TGA, SEM, TEM and XPS. When the nanocomposite was used as the anode material for lithium ion batteries (LIBs), it showed a high reversible capacity of 903...
April 25, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Hui Wang, Masaki Matsui, Hiroko Kuwata, Hidetoshi Sonoki, Yasuaki Matsuda, Xuefu Shang, Yasuo Takeda, Osamu Yamamoto, Nobuyuki Imanishi
Reversible dendrite-free low-areal-capacity lithium metal electrodes have recently been revived, because of their pivotal role in developing beyond lithium ion batteries. However, there have been no reports of reversible dendrite-free high-areal-capacity lithium metal electrodes. Here we report on a strategy to realize unprecedented stable cycling of lithium electrodeposition/stripping with a highly desirable areal-capacity (12 mAh cm(-2)) and exceptional Coulombic efficiency (>99.98%) at high current densities (>5 mA cm(-2)) and ambient temperature using a diluted solvate ionic liquid...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
Snehashis Choudhury, Charles Tai-Chieh Wan, Wajdi I Al Sadat, Zhengyuan Tu, Sampson Lau, Michael J Zachman, Lena F Kourkoutis, Lynden A Archer
An electrochemical cell based on the reversible oxygen reduction reaction: 2Li(+) + 2e (-) + O2↔ Li2O2, provides among the most energy dense platforms for portable electrical energy storage. Such Lithium-Oxygen (Li-O2) cells offer specific energies competitive with fossil fuels and are considered promising for electrified transportation. Multiple, fundamental challenges with the cathode, anode, and electrolyte have limited practical interest in Li-O2 cells because these problems lead to as many practical shortcomings, including poor rechargeability, high overpotentials, and specific energies well below theoretical expectations...
April 2017: Science Advances
M Agostini, S Brutti, M A Navarra, S Panero, P Reale, A Matic, B Scrosati
Electrochemical energy storage devices based on Li-ion cells currently power almost all electronic devices and power tools. The development of new Li-ion cell configurations by incorporating innovative functional components (electrode materials and electrolyte formulations) will allow to bring this technology beyond mobile electronics and to boost performance largely beyond the state-of-the-art. Here we demonstrate a new full Li-ion cell constituted by a high-potential cathode material, i.e. LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, a safe nanostructured anode material, i...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Christina Schneidermann, Nicolas Jaeckel, Steffen Oswald, Lars Giebeler, Volker Presser, Lars Borchardt
Nitrogen-doped nanoporous carbons have been synthesized by a solvent-free mechanochemically-induced one-pot synthesis. This facile approach involves the mechanochemical treatment and carbonization of three solid materials: potassium carbonate, urea, and lignin, which is a waste product from pulp industry. The resulting nitrogen-doped porous carbons offer a very high specific surface area up to 3000 m2 g-1 and large pore volume up to 2 cm3 g-1. The mechanochemical reaction and the impact of activation and functionalization are investigated by nitrogen- and water physisorption and high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)...
April 24, 2017: ChemSusChem
Sungho Han
The mobility and solvation of lithium ions in electrolytes are crucial for the performance and safety of lithium ion batteries. It has been known that a single type of solvent cannot satisfy the requirements of both mobility and solvation simultaneously for electrolytes. Therefore, complex solvent mixtures have been used to optimize both properties. Here we present the effects of density on the dynamics and solvation of organic liquid electrolytes via extensive molecular dynamics simulations. Our study finds that a small variation in density can induce a significant effect on the mobility of electrolytes but does not influence the solvation structure of a lithium ion...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Kun Kelvin Fu, Yunhui Gong, Boyang Liu, Yizhou Zhu, Shaomao Xu, Yonggang Yao, Wei Luo, Chengwei Wang, Steven D Lacey, Jiaqi Dai, Yanan Chen, Yifei Mo, Eric Wachsman, Liangbing Hu
Solid-state batteries are a promising option toward high energy and power densities due to the use of lithium (Li) metal as an anode. Among all solid electrolyte materials ranging from sulfides to oxides and oxynitrides, cubic garnet-type Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) ceramic electrolytes are superior candidates because of their high ionic conductivity (10(-3) to 10(-4) S/cm) and good stability against Li metal. However, garnet solid electrolytes generally have poor contact with Li metal, which causes high resistance and uneven current distribution at the interface...
April 2017: Science Advances
Beniamin Zahiri, Pradeep Kumar Sow, Chun Haow Kung, Walter Mérida
The interaction of a droplet with a solid surface is characterized by two parameters, the contact angle and the wetted area under the droplet. The Cassie-Baxter and the Wenzel modes make predictions on the interfacial area by comparing the contact angles on smooth surfaces (the intrinsic wettability) with those on rough surfaces (the apparent wettability). In these models, the actual wetted area is used as a fitting parameter. In this work, we highlight the significance of determining the actual wetted area under the droplet and the limitation of using only the contact angle to represent the wetting behavior of a surface...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Hyacinthe Randriamahazaka, Kinji Asaka
We investigate the electromechanical properties of bucky-gel electrochemical actuators incorporating various amounts of single-walled carbon nanotubes and an ionic liquid electrolyte, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, that are able to convert electrochemical energy into mechanical energy. The interplay between mechanical and electrochemical effects is studied. The electromechanical responses are investigated by means of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and bending displacement measurements...
April 21, 2017: Faraday Discussions
Sujay A Chopade, Jesus G Au, Ziang Li, Peter W Schmidt, Marc A Hillmyer, Timothy P Lodge
Mechanically robust polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) exhibiting high ionic conductivity at ambient temperature are a prerequisite for next-generation electrochemical devices. We utilized a polymerization-induced microphase separation (PIMS) strategy to prepare nanostructured materials comprising continuous conducting nanochannels intertwined with a mechanically and thermally robust cross-linked polymeric framework. Addition of succinonitrile (SN) rendered the poly(ethylene oxide)/lithium (Li) salt conducting domains completely amorphous, resulting in outstanding conductivities (∼0...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Chaoji Chen, Linfeng Peng, Yiju Li, Lei Zhang, Jingwei Xiang, Pei Hu, Shijie Cheng, Yunhui Huang, Jia Xie
Conversion/alloy-reaction electrode materials promise much higher energy density than the commonly used ones based on intercalation chemistries. However, the low electronic conductivity, and specially the large volume expansion upon lithiation hinder their practical applications. Here for the first time, a unique granadilla-inspired structure was designed to prepare the conversion/alloy-reaction anode of carbon coated tin/calcium tin oxide (C@void@Sn/CaSnO3) ternary composite. The granadilla-inspired structure ensures the intimate contact between the Sn/CaSnO3 nanoparticles and the carbon matrix, providing not only conductive networks for electron transport and short distance for Li+ diffusion but also effective space for the electrode volume-expansion towards conversion/alloy reaction...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Alexia Barbosa De Lima, Laurent Joly
Electro-osmosis (EO) is a powerful tool to manipulate liquids in micro and nanofluidic systems. While EO has been studied extensively at liquid-solid interfaces, the case of liquid-vapor interfaces, found e.g. in foam films and bubbles, remains to be explored. Here we perform molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of EO in a film of aqueous electrolyte covered with fluid layers of ionic surfactants and surrounded by gas. Following the experimental procedure, we compute the zeta potential from the EO velocity, defined as the velocity difference between the middle of the liquid film and the surrounding gas...
April 19, 2017: Soft Matter
Kunio Shimada, Osamu Mochizuki, Yoshihiro Kubota
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of particles as filler in soft rubber sensors installed in artificial skin. We examine sensors made of natural rubber (NR-latex) that include magnetic particles of Ni and Fe₃O₄ using magnetic compound fluid (MCF). The 1-mm thickness of the electrolytically polymerized MCF rubber makes production of comparatively thin rubber sensors feasible. We first investigate the effect of magnetic particles Ni and Fe₃O₄ on the curing of MCF rubber. Next, in order to adjust the electric properties of the MCF rubber, we adopt Al₂O₃ dielectric particles...
April 19, 2017: Sensors
Ying Wu, Yu Jiang, Jinan Shi, Lin Gu, Yan Yu
TiO2 as an anode for sodium-ion batteries (NIBs) has attracted much recent attention, but poor cyclability and rate performance remain problematic owing to the intrinsic electronic conductivity and the sluggish diffusivity of Na ions in the TiO2 matrix. Herein, a simple process is demonstrated to improve the sodium storage performance of TiO2 by fabricating a 1D, multichannel, porous binary-phase anatase-TiO2 -rutile-TiO2 composite with oxygen-deficient and high grain-boundary density (denoted as a-TiO2-x /r-TiO2-x ) via electrospinning and subsequent vacuum treatment...
April 18, 2017: Small
David Yan, Martin Z Bazant, P M Biesheuvel, Mary C Pugh, Francis P Dawson
Linear sweep and cyclic voltammetry techniques are important tools for electrochemists and have a variety of applications in engineering. Voltammetry has classically been treated with the Randles-Sevcik equation, which assumes an electroneutral supported electrolyte. In this paper, we provide a comprehensive mathematical theory of voltammetry in electrochemical cells with unsupported electrolytes and for other situations where diffuse charge effects play a role, and present analytical and simulated solutions of the time-dependent Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations with generalized Frumkin-Butler-Volmer boundary conditions for a 1:1 electrolyte and a simple reaction...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
A Ehsani, E Kowsari, M Dashti Najafi, R Safari, H Mohammad Shiri
This study demonstrates a method for improving supercapacitive performance of electrochemically synthesized conductive polymer. In this regards, 1-Butyl-3-methyl imidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BI) as a new high efficient ionic liquid was synthesized using chemical approach and then fabricated POAP/BI films by electro-polymerization of POAP in the presence of BI to serve as the active electrode for electrochemical supercapacitor. Theoretical study (AIM) and electrochemical analysis have been used for characterization of ionic liquid and POAP/BI composite film...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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