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Title: Advanced Characterization Techniques in Promoting Mechanism Understanding for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Abstract

Due to the numerous advantages, such as high specific capacity, etc., lithium-sulfur batteries (Li-S batteries) have attracted much attention as next-generation energy storage systems. To meet future needs for commercial application, Li-S batteries will require both improved cycle life and high energy density. It is of critical importance to understand the fundamental mechanisms in Li-S system to further improve the whole battery performance. Various advanced characterization techniques, over the past few years, have proven their important role in promoting the mechanism understanding for Li-S batteries. Here, we review the recent progress of mechanism understanding, including redox reactions, Li polysulfides dissolution, and etc., in Li-S systems based on the advanced characterization techniques. Special focus is placed on how these advanced characterization techniques are being employed and what characteristic or capability they possess. The necessity of combination of multiple characterization, difference between ex situ and in situ experimental methods, as well as importance of characterization conditions in Li-S batteries are also discussed.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [1];  [1]
  1. Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 China; School of Physical SciencesUniversity of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 China
  2. Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 China
  3. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA 99352 USA; Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR 72701 USA
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1490393
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-131442
Journal ID: ISSN 1616-301X
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Advanced Functional Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 28; Journal Issue: 38; Journal ID: ISSN 1616-301X
Publisher:
Wiley
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Zhao, Enyue, Nie, Kaihui, Yu, Xiqian, Hu, Yong-Sheng, Wang, Fangwei, Xiao, Jie, Li, Hong, and Huang, Xuejie. Advanced Characterization Techniques in Promoting Mechanism Understanding for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1002/adfm.201707543.
Zhao, Enyue, Nie, Kaihui, Yu, Xiqian, Hu, Yong-Sheng, Wang, Fangwei, Xiao, Jie, Li, Hong, & Huang, Xuejie. Advanced Characterization Techniques in Promoting Mechanism Understanding for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries. United States. doi:10.1002/adfm.201707543.
Zhao, Enyue, Nie, Kaihui, Yu, Xiqian, Hu, Yong-Sheng, Wang, Fangwei, Xiao, Jie, Li, Hong, and Huang, Xuejie. Thu . "Advanced Characterization Techniques in Promoting Mechanism Understanding for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries". United States. doi:10.1002/adfm.201707543.
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title = {Advanced Characterization Techniques in Promoting Mechanism Understanding for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries},
author = {Zhao, Enyue and Nie, Kaihui and Yu, Xiqian and Hu, Yong-Sheng and Wang, Fangwei and Xiao, Jie and Li, Hong and Huang, Xuejie},
abstractNote = {Due to the numerous advantages, such as high specific capacity, etc., lithium-sulfur batteries (Li-S batteries) have attracted much attention as next-generation energy storage systems. To meet future needs for commercial application, Li-S batteries will require both improved cycle life and high energy density. It is of critical importance to understand the fundamental mechanisms in Li-S system to further improve the whole battery performance. Various advanced characterization techniques, over the past few years, have proven their important role in promoting the mechanism understanding for Li-S batteries. Here, we review the recent progress of mechanism understanding, including redox reactions, Li polysulfides dissolution, and etc., in Li-S systems based on the advanced characterization techniques. Special focus is placed on how these advanced characterization techniques are being employed and what characteristic or capability they possess. The necessity of combination of multiple characterization, difference between ex situ and in situ experimental methods, as well as importance of characterization conditions in Li-S batteries are also discussed.},
doi = {10.1002/adfm.201707543},
journal = {Advanced Functional Materials},
issn = {1616-301X},
number = 38,
volume = 28,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {3}
}

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In situ / operando characterization techniques for rechargeable lithium–sulfur batteries: a review
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In-operando optical imaging of temporal and spatial distribution of polysulfides in lithium-sulfur batteries
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On the Surface Chemical Aspects of Very High Energy Density, Rechargeable Li–Sulfur Batteries
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Synchrotron X-ray Analytical Techniques for Studying Materials Electrochemistry in Rechargeable Batteries
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Nanostructured Li 2 S–C Composites as Cathode Material for High-Energy Lithium/Sulfur Batteries
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Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: Electrochemistry, Materials, and Prospects
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Lithium-Sulfur Battery: Evaluation of Dioxolane-Based Electrolytes
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In Operando X-ray Diffraction and Transmission X-ray Microscopy of Lithium Sulfur Batteries
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Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Study of a Lithium/Sulfur Battery: Modeling and Analysis of Capacity Fading
journal, January 2013

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Lithium Polysulfide Radical Anions in Ether-Based Solvents
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Improving lithium–sulphur batteries through spatial control of sulphur species deposition on a hybrid electrode surface
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V 2 O 5 Polysulfide Anion Barrier for Long-Lived Li–S Batteries
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How to Obtain Reproducible Results for Lithium Sulfur Batteries?
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Fluorinated Reduced Graphene Oxide as an Interlayer in Li–S Batteries
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In Situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Studies of Discharge Reactions in a Thick Cathode of a Lithium Sulfur Battery
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Investigations of lithium–sulfur batteries using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
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New Nanostructured Li2S/Silicon Rechargeable Battery with High Specific Energy
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Advances in Li–S batteries
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Metallic anodes for next generation secondary batteries
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Structural change of the porous sulfur cathode using gelatin as a binder during discharge and charge
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Mechanistic insights into operational lithium–sulfur batteries by in situ X-ray diffraction and absorption spectroscopy
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Liquid electrolyte lithium/sulfur battery: Fundamental chemistry, problems, and solutions
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Gluing Carbon Black and Sulfur at Nanoscale: A Polydopamine-Based “Nano-Binder” for Double-Shelled Sulfur Cathodes
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Binary electrolyte based on tetra(ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether and 1,3-dioxolane for lithium–sulfur battery
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Revisiting TEGDME/DIOX Binary Electrolytes for Lithium/Sulfur Batteries: Importance of Solvation Ability and Additives
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Insight into the Interfacial Process and Mechanism in Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: An In Situ AFM Study
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Multidimensional operando analysis of macroscopic structure evolution in lithium sulfur cells by X-ray radiography
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New Insights on the Structure of Electrochemically Deposited Lithium Metal and Its Solid Electrolyte Interphases via Cryogenic TEM
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Electrochemical reduction of sulfur in aprotic solvents
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AFM as an analysis tool for high-capacity sulfur cathodes for Li–S batteries
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A Reversible Phase Transition for Sodium Insertion in Anatase TiO 2
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Improved cycle stability and high security of Li-B alloy anode for lithium–sulfur battery
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Slurryless Li 2 S/Reduced Graphene Oxide Cathode Paper for High-Performance Lithium Sulfur Battery
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Atomic structure of sensitive battery materials and interfaces revealed by cryo–electron microscopy
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The Effect of Interactions and Reduction Products of LiNO 3 , the Anti-Shuttle Agent, in Li-S Battery Systems
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Manipulating surface reactions in lithium–sulphur batteries using hybrid anode structures
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New insight into the working mechanism of lithium–sulfur batteries: in situ and operando X-ray diffraction characterization
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Durable Carbon-Coated Li 2 S Core–Shell Spheres for High Performance Lithium/Sulfur Cells
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