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Title: Investigation of the Decomposition Mechanism of Lithium Bis(oxalate)borate (LiBOB) Salt in the Electrolyte of an Aprotic Li–O2 Battery

The stability of the lithium bis(oxalate) borate (LiBOB) salt against lithium peroxide (Li2O2) formation in an aprotic Li–O2 (Li–air) battery is investigated. From theoretical and experimental findings, we find that the chemical decomposition of LiBOB in electrolytes leads to the formation lithium oxalate during the discharge of a Li–O2 cell. According to density functional theory (DFT) calculations, the formation of lithium oxalate as the reaction product is exothermic and therefore is thermodynamically feasible. This reaction seems to be independent of solvents used in the Li–O2 cell, and therefore LiBOB is probably not suitable to be used as the salt in Li–O2 cell electrolytes.
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  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  2. King Abdulaziz Univ., Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); King Abdulaziz Univ., Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
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Journal Name: Energy Technology; Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 4
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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United States
25 ENERGY STORAGE electrolytes; Li–air batteries; Li–O2 batteries; lithium oxalate; LiBOB; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory