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Title: Modification of Ni-Rich FCG NMC and NCA Cathodes by Atomic Layer Deposition: Preventing Surface Phase Transitions for High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Batteries

Abstract

The energy density of current lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) based on layered LiMO2 cathodes (M=Ni, Mn, Co: NMC; M=Ni, Co, Al: NCA) needs to be improved significantly in order to compete with internal combustion engines and allow for widespread implementation of electric vehicles (EVs). In this report, we show that atomic layer deposition (ALD) of titania (TiO2) and alumina (Al2O3) on Ni-rich FCG NMC and NCA active material particles could substantially improve LIB performance and allow for increased upper cutoff voltage (UCV) during charging, which delivers significantly increased specific energy utilization. Our results show that Al2O3 coating improved the NMC cycling performance by 40% and the NCA cycling performance by 34% at 1C/₋1C with respectively 4.35V and 4.4V UCV in 2Ah pouch cells. High resolution TEM/SAED structural characterization revealed that Al2O3 coatings prevented surface-initiated layered-to-spinel phase transitions in coated materials which were prevalent in uncoated materials. Lastly, EIS confirmed that Al2O3-coated materials had significantly lower increase in the charge transfer component of impedance during cycling. In conclusion, the ability to mitigate degradation mechanisms for Ni-rich NMC and NCA illustrated in this report provides insight into a method to enable the performance of high-voltage LIBs.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [1];  [1];  [4];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [6];  [7]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Energy Power Systems, LLC, Pontiac, MI (United States)
  3. PneumatiCoat Technologies, LLC, Broomfield, CO (United States)
  4. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  5. Energy Power Systems, LLC, Pontiac, MI (United States); XALT Energy, LLC, Midland, MI (United States)
  6. XALT Energy, LLC, Midland, MI (United States)
  7. Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1259416
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725; EE0005384; NFE-11-03678; TSA 14-587; LS-111201AMMW; SC0010230
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
25 ENERGY STORAGE

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Mohanty, Debasish, Dahlberg, Kevin, King, David M., David, Lamuel A., Sefat, Athena S., Wood, David L., Daniel, Claus, Dhar, Subhash, Mahajan, Vishal, Lee, Myongjai, and Albano, Fabio. Modification of Ni-Rich FCG NMC and NCA Cathodes by Atomic Layer Deposition: Preventing Surface Phase Transitions for High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Batteries. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1038/srep26532.
Mohanty, Debasish, Dahlberg, Kevin, King, David M., David, Lamuel A., Sefat, Athena S., Wood, David L., Daniel, Claus, Dhar, Subhash, Mahajan, Vishal, Lee, Myongjai, & Albano, Fabio. Modification of Ni-Rich FCG NMC and NCA Cathodes by Atomic Layer Deposition: Preventing Surface Phase Transitions for High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Batteries. United States. doi:10.1038/srep26532.
Mohanty, Debasish, Dahlberg, Kevin, King, David M., David, Lamuel A., Sefat, Athena S., Wood, David L., Daniel, Claus, Dhar, Subhash, Mahajan, Vishal, Lee, Myongjai, and Albano, Fabio. Thu . "Modification of Ni-Rich FCG NMC and NCA Cathodes by Atomic Layer Deposition: Preventing Surface Phase Transitions for High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Batteries". United States. doi:10.1038/srep26532. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1259416.
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title = {Modification of Ni-Rich FCG NMC and NCA Cathodes by Atomic Layer Deposition: Preventing Surface Phase Transitions for High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Batteries},
author = {Mohanty, Debasish and Dahlberg, Kevin and King, David M. and David, Lamuel A. and Sefat, Athena S. and Wood, David L. and Daniel, Claus and Dhar, Subhash and Mahajan, Vishal and Lee, Myongjai and Albano, Fabio},
abstractNote = {The energy density of current lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) based on layered LiMO2 cathodes (M=Ni, Mn, Co: NMC; M=Ni, Co, Al: NCA) needs to be improved significantly in order to compete with internal combustion engines and allow for widespread implementation of electric vehicles (EVs). In this report, we show that atomic layer deposition (ALD) of titania (TiO2) and alumina (Al2O3) on Ni-rich FCG NMC and NCA active material particles could substantially improve LIB performance and allow for increased upper cutoff voltage (UCV) during charging, which delivers significantly increased specific energy utilization. Our results show that Al2O3 coating improved the NMC cycling performance by 40% and the NCA cycling performance by 34% at 1C/₋1C with respectively 4.35V and 4.4V UCV in 2Ah pouch cells. High resolution TEM/SAED structural characterization revealed that Al2O3 coatings prevented surface-initiated layered-to-spinel phase transitions in coated materials which were prevalent in uncoated materials. Lastly, EIS confirmed that Al2O3-coated materials had significantly lower increase in the charge transfer component of impedance during cycling. In conclusion, the ability to mitigate degradation mechanisms for Ni-rich NMC and NCA illustrated in this report provides insight into a method to enable the performance of high-voltage LIBs.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {5}
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