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Title: Realizing the Full Potential of Insertion Anodes for Mg-ion Batteries Through the Nano-Structuring of Sn

For next-generation rechargeable batteries, magnesium is of great interest as an alternative to Lithium due to its relative abundance, low toxicity, and bivalent charge (3833 mAh/cm3 and 2205 mAh/g). However, Mg-ion batteries face unique challenges related to the formation of anode passivation layers, anode-electrolyte-cathode incompatibilities, slow solid-state Mg2+ diffusion, and ion trapping. Using analytical (scanning) transmission electron microscopy ((S)TEM) and ab initio modeling, we have investigated Mg2+ intercalation and extraction mechanisms in β-SnSb alloy nanoparticles (NPs). During the first several charge-discharge cycles, the SnSb particles irreversibly break down into a network of pure-Sn and Sb-rich sub-particles, as Mg-ions replace Sn ions in the SnSb lattice. Once the morphology has stabilized, the small Sn NPs (< 20 nm) are responsible for the majority of reversible storage capacity, while the Sb-rich particles trap substitutional-Mg atoms in the lattice and are significantly less active. This result strongly indicates that pure-Sn nanoparticles on a graphene support can act as a high capacity anode for Mg-ion batteries.
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47296; KC0208010
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Nano Letters, 15(2):1177-1182
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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Country of Publication:
United States
N07650; SnSb; Mg-ion batteries; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory