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Title: Effect of the Anion Activity on the Stability of Li Metal Anodes in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

With the significant progress made in the development of cathodes in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, the stability of Li metal anodes becomes a more urgent challenge in these batteries. Here we report the systematic investigation of the stability of the anode/electrolyte interface in Li-S batteries with concentrated electrolytes containing various lithium salts. It is found that Li-S batteries using LiTFSI-based electrolytes are more stable than those using LiFSI-based electrolytes. The decreased stability is because the N-S bond in the FSI- anion is fairly weak and the scission of this bond leads to the formation of lithium sulfate (LiSOx) in the presence of polysulfide species. In contrast, even the weakest bond (C-S) in the TFSI- anion is stronger than the N-S bond in the FSI- anion. In the LiTFSI-based electrolyte, the lithium metal anode tends to react with polysulfide to form lithium sulfide (LiSx) which is more reversible than LiSOx formed in the LiTFSI-based electrolyte. This fundamental difference in the bond strength of the salt anions in the presence of polysulfide species leads to a large difference in the stability of the anode-electrolyte interface and performance of the Li-S batteries with electrolytes composed of these salts. Therefore, anion selection is one ofmore » the key parameters in the search for new electrolytes for stable operation of Li-S batteries.« less
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Report Number(s):
48164; 48379; KC0208010
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Advanced Functional Materials, 26(18):3059-3066
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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Country of Publication:
United States
Li-sulfur battery; anion; concentrated electrolyte; lithium salt; lithium anode; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory