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Title: Fabrication and characterization of high energy density lithium-rich nickel manganese cobalt oxide cathode thin films

This paper reports a method to prepare Li-rich NMC (Li1.2Mn0.55Ni0.15Co0.1O2) thin film cathodes for Li-ion batteries using magnetron sputtering and post-annealing in O2. The use of thin films with no binder and conductive additives enables to study in detail the surface reaction chemistry upon cycling as well as the microstructural changes in the bulk. We show that it is essential to control the deposition pressure to obtain the expected layered(R-3m)-layered(C2/m) structure, thus providing large reversible capacities up to 270 mAh g-1 and voltage profiles close to those expected. This is substantiated by TEM/SAED results showing that the films consist of a layered structure with trigonal symmetry in which Li/TM ordering is achieved. The study of various XPS core levels determines that the surface is comprised of Mn4+, Co3+ and Ni2+ cations inside an O2- framework. The losses mechanisms are studied during long cycling. After 184 cycles, the microstructure does not reveal the presence of Li/TM ordering, which supports that Li2MnO3 conversion is irreversible. In addition, we characterize that the surface chemistry evolves significantly upon cycling. The surface of cycled discharged electrodes is mostly made of inorganic species (LiF, Lix POy Fz , LixPFy), along with small amounts of organic speciesmore » with C-O and O-C=O groups such as PEO, LiOR and LiCO2R. Moreover, the results support that Ni and Co migrate into the bulk whereas Mn is enriched at the surface. In the case of Mn, the reduction of Mn4+ into Mn3+ is clearly evidenced, as expected from the activation of Li2MnO3 domains.« less
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Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Power Sources; Journal Volume: 4
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); High Temperature Materials Laboratory (HTML)
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States