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Title: Effect of Electrolyte on High Sulfur Loading Li-S Batteries

Practical lithium-sulfur batteries require high sulfur electrode loading and lean electrolyte designs, which entail more research efforts on the two cell-design parameters - sulfur loading and electrolyte/sulfur loading ratio (E/S). In this work, a systematic investigation is performed to understand the impact of these two variables over key Li-S cell performance parameters. It is demonstrated that Li-S cells’ power performance strongly depends on the E/S ratio, while both E/S ratio and sulfur loading significantly influence the cycle life of Li-S cells. Low E/S ratio and high sulfur loading both give rise to fast lithium anode corrosion, which induces fast capacity fade and Coulombic efficiency decay. Pre-passivation of the lithium anode with an ionic conductor Li 3PO 4 protection layer only improves the Coulombic efficiency retention at sulfur loading levels much lower than the practical threshold. Meanwhile, increasing the concentration of LiNO 3 additive in the electrolyte is found effective in sustaining the cycling capacity and the Coulombic efficiency over a reasonable usage window (~200 cycles). In conclusion, the role of LiNO 3 is the protection of lithium anode during cycling.
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  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  2. Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States)
  3. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)
  4. Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States)
  5. Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, 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: 165; Journal Issue: 2; 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)
Country of Publication:
United States
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