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Title: Dynamic behaviour of interphases and its implication on high-energy-density cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries

Undesired electrode–electrolyte interactions prevent the use of many high-energy-density cathode materials in practical lithium-ion batteries. Efforts to address their limited service life have predominantly focused on the active electrode materials and electrolytes. Here an advanced three-dimensional chemical and imaging analysis on a model material, the nickel-rich layered lithium transition-metal oxide, reveals the dynamic behaviour of cathode interphases driven by conductive carbon additives (carbon black) in a common nonaqueous electrolyte. Region-of-interest sensitive secondary-ion mass spectrometry shows that a cathode-electrolyte interphase, initially formed on carbon black with no electrochemical bias applied, readily passivates the cathode particles through mutual exchange of surface species. By tuning the interphase thickness, we demonstrate its robustness in suppressing the deterioration of the electrode/electrolyte interface during high-voltage cell operation. Finally, our results provide insights on the formation and evolution of cathode interphases, facilitating development of in situ surface protection on high-energy-density cathode materials in lithium-based batteries.
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  1. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States). Materials Science and Engineering Program and Texas Materials Inst.
  2. Ulsan National Inst. of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan (South Korea). Dept. of Energy Engineering, School of Energy and Chemical Engineering
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
EE0006447; EE0007762
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
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