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Title: Interaction of FeS 2 and Sulfur in Li-S Battery System

Many transition metal sulfides are electronically conductive, electrochemically active and reversible in reactions with lithium. However, the application of transition metal sulfides as sulfur cathode additives in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries has not been fully explored. In this study, Pyrite (FeS 2) is studied as a capacity contributing conductive additive in sulfur cathode for Li-S batteries. Electrochemically discharging the S-FeS 2 composite electrodes to 1.0 V activates the FeS 2 component, contributing to the improved Li-S cell discharge energy density. However, direct activation of the FeS 2 component in a fresh S-FeS 2 cell results in a significant shuttling effect in the subsequent charging process, preventing further cell cycling. The slight FeS 2 solubility in electrolyte and its activation alone in S-FeS 2 cells are not the root causes of the severe shuttling effect. The observed severe shuttling effect is strongly correlated to the 1st charging of the activated S-FeS 2 electrode that promotes iron dissolution in electrolyte and the deposition of electronically conductive FeS on the anode SEI. Pre-cycling of the S-FeS 2 cell prior to the FeS 2 activation or the use of LiNO 3 electrolyte additive help to prevent the severe shuttling effect and allow the cell tomore » cycle between 2.6 V to 1.0 V with an extra capacity contribution from the FeS2 components. However, a more effective method of anode pre-passivation is still needed to fully protect the lithium surface from FeS deposition and allow the S-FeS 2 electrode to maintain high energy density over extended cycles. A mechanism explaining the observed phenomena based on the experimental data is proposed and discussed« less
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  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  2. Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Stony Brook Univ., NY (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0013-4651
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of the Electrochemical Society
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 164; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0013-4651
The Electrochemical Society
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies Office (EE-3V); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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