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Title: Sparingly Solvating Electrolytes for High Energy Density Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Abstract

Moving to lighter and less expensive battery chemistries compared to lithium-ion requires the control of energy storage mechanisms based on chemical transformations rather than intercalation. Lithium sulfur (Li/S) has tremendous theoretical specific energy, but contemporary approaches to control this solution-mediated, precipitation-dissolution chemistry requires using large excesses of electrolyte to fully solubilize the polysulfide intermediate. Achieving reversible electrochemistry under lean electrolyte operation is the only path for Li/S to move beyond niche applications to potentially transformational performance. An emerging topic for Li/S research is the use of sparingly solvating electrolytes and the creation of design rules for discovering new electrolyte systems that fundamentally decouple electrolyte volume from reaction mechanism. This perspective presents an outlook for sparingly solvating electrolytes as the key path forward for longer-lived, high-energy density Li/S batteries including an overview of this promising new concept and some strategies for accomplishing it.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1332600
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-118925
Journal ID: ISSN 2380-8195; KC0208010
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: ACS Energy Letters; Journal Volume: 1; Journal Issue: 3
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Cheng, Lei, Curtiss, Larry A., Zavadil, Kevin R., Gewirth, Andrew A., Shao, Yuyan, and Gallagher, Kevin. Sparingly Solvating Electrolytes for High Energy Density Lithium-Sulfur Batteries. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00194.
Cheng, Lei, Curtiss, Larry A., Zavadil, Kevin R., Gewirth, Andrew A., Shao, Yuyan, & Gallagher, Kevin. Sparingly Solvating Electrolytes for High Energy Density Lithium-Sulfur Batteries. United States. doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00194.
Cheng, Lei, Curtiss, Larry A., Zavadil, Kevin R., Gewirth, Andrew A., Shao, Yuyan, and Gallagher, Kevin. Mon . "Sparingly Solvating Electrolytes for High Energy Density Lithium-Sulfur Batteries". United States. doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00194.
@article{osti_1332600,
title = {Sparingly Solvating Electrolytes for High Energy Density Lithium-Sulfur Batteries},
author = {Cheng, Lei and Curtiss, Larry A. and Zavadil, Kevin R. and Gewirth, Andrew A. and Shao, Yuyan and Gallagher, Kevin},
abstractNote = {Moving to lighter and less expensive battery chemistries compared to lithium-ion requires the control of energy storage mechanisms based on chemical transformations rather than intercalation. Lithium sulfur (Li/S) has tremendous theoretical specific energy, but contemporary approaches to control this solution-mediated, precipitation-dissolution chemistry requires using large excesses of electrolyte to fully solubilize the polysulfide intermediate. Achieving reversible electrochemistry under lean electrolyte operation is the only path for Li/S to move beyond niche applications to potentially transformational performance. An emerging topic for Li/S research is the use of sparingly solvating electrolytes and the creation of design rules for discovering new electrolyte systems that fundamentally decouple electrolyte volume from reaction mechanism. This perspective presents an outlook for sparingly solvating electrolytes as the key path forward for longer-lived, high-energy density Li/S batteries including an overview of this promising new concept and some strategies for accomplishing it.},
doi = {10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00194},
journal = {ACS Energy Letters},
number = 3,
volume = 1,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jul 11 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Mon Jul 11 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
}