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Title: Heme biomolecule as redox mediator and oxygen shuttle for efficient charging of lithium-oxygen batteries

Abstract

One of the greatest challenges with lithium-oxygen batteries involves identifying catalysts that facilitate the growth and evolution of cathode species on an oxygen electrode. Heterogeneous solid catalysts cannot adequately address the problematic overpotentials when the surfaces become passivated. But, there exists a class of biomolecules which have been designed by nature to guide complex solution-based oxygen chemistries. We show that the heme molecule, a common porphyrin cofactor in blood, can function as a soluble redox catalyst and oxygen shuttle for efficient oxygen evolution in non-aqueous Li-O 2 batteries. The heme’s oxygen binding capability facilitates battery recharge by accepting and releasing dissociated oxygen species while benefiting charge transfer with the cathode. We reveal the chemical change of heme redox molecules where synergy exists with the electrolyte species. Our study brings focus to the rational design of solution-based catalysts and suggests a sustainable cross-link between biomolecules and advanced energy storage.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [4];  [3];  [4]
  1. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Engineering; Sookmyung Women's Univ., Seoul (Republic of Korea). Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering; Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA (United States)
  2. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Engineering; Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States). Materials Chemistry Dept.
  3. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
  4. Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1338678
Report Number(s):
SAND2016-12358J
Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723; ncomms12925
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000; FG02-07ER15909
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
25 ENERGY STORAGE

Citation Formats

Ryu, Won-Hee, Gittleson, Forrest S., Thomsen, Julianne M., Li, Jinyang, Schwab, Mark J., Brudvig, Gary W., and Taylor, André D. Heme biomolecule as redox mediator and oxygen shuttle for efficient charging of lithium-oxygen batteries. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1038/ncomms12925.
Ryu, Won-Hee, Gittleson, Forrest S., Thomsen, Julianne M., Li, Jinyang, Schwab, Mark J., Brudvig, Gary W., & Taylor, André D. Heme biomolecule as redox mediator and oxygen shuttle for efficient charging of lithium-oxygen batteries. United States. doi:10.1038/ncomms12925.
Ryu, Won-Hee, Gittleson, Forrest S., Thomsen, Julianne M., Li, Jinyang, Schwab, Mark J., Brudvig, Gary W., and Taylor, André D. Wed . "Heme biomolecule as redox mediator and oxygen shuttle for efficient charging of lithium-oxygen batteries". United States. doi:10.1038/ncomms12925. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1338678.
@article{osti_1338678,
title = {Heme biomolecule as redox mediator and oxygen shuttle for efficient charging of lithium-oxygen batteries},
author = {Ryu, Won-Hee and Gittleson, Forrest S. and Thomsen, Julianne M. and Li, Jinyang and Schwab, Mark J. and Brudvig, Gary W. and Taylor, André D.},
abstractNote = {One of the greatest challenges with lithium-oxygen batteries involves identifying catalysts that facilitate the growth and evolution of cathode species on an oxygen electrode. Heterogeneous solid catalysts cannot adequately address the problematic overpotentials when the surfaces become passivated. But, there exists a class of biomolecules which have been designed by nature to guide complex solution-based oxygen chemistries. We show that the heme molecule, a common porphyrin cofactor in blood, can function as a soluble redox catalyst and oxygen shuttle for efficient oxygen evolution in non-aqueous Li-O2 batteries. The heme’s oxygen binding capability facilitates battery recharge by accepting and releasing dissociated oxygen species while benefiting charge transfer with the cathode. We reveal the chemical change of heme redox molecules where synergy exists with the electrolyte species. Our study brings focus to the rational design of solution-based catalysts and suggests a sustainable cross-link between biomolecules and advanced energy storage.},
doi = {10.1038/ncomms12925},
journal = {Nature Communications},
issn = {2041-1723},
number = ,
volume = 7,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {10}
}

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