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Title: Unraveling the Complex Delithiation and Lithiation Mechanisms of the High Capacity Cathode Material V 6O 13

V 6O 13 is a promising Li-ion battery cathode material for use in the high temperature oil field environment. The material exhibits a high capacity, and the voltage profile contains several plateaus associated with a series of complex structural transformations, which are not fully understood. The underlying mechanisms are central to understanding and improving the performance of V 6O 13-based rechargeable batteries. In this study, we present in situ X-ray diffraction data that highlight an asymmetric six-step discharge and five step charge process, due to a phase that is only formed on discharge. The LixV 6O 13 unit cell expands sequentially in c, b, and a directions during discharge and reversibly contracts back during charge. The process is associated with change of Li ion positions as well as charge ordering in LixV 6O 13. Density functional theory calculations give further insight into the electronic structures and preferred Li positions in the different structures formed upon cycling, particularly at high lithium contents, where no prior structural data are available. Lastly, the results shed light into the high specific capacity of V 6O 13 and are likely to aid in the development of this material for use as a cathode for secondarymore » lithium batteries.« less
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  1. Univ. of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom)
  2. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao (China)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Chemistry of Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 29; Journal Issue: 13; Journal ID: ISSN 0897-4756
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22), Scientific User Facilities Division; European Commission, Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Country of Publication:
United States
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