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Title: Theoretical and experimental studies of electrified interfaces relevant to energy storage.

Advances in technology for electrochemical energy storage require increased understanding of electrolyte/electrode interfaces, including the electric double layer structure, and processes involved in charging of the interface, and the incorporation of this understanding into quantitative models. Simplified models such as Helmholtz's electric double-layer (EDL) concept don't account for the molecular nature of ion distributions, solvents, and electrode surfaces and therefore cannot be used in predictive, high-fidelity simulations for device design. This report presents theoretical results from models that explicitly include the molecular nature of the electrical double layer and predict critical electrochemical quantities such as interfacial capacitance. It also describes development of experimental tools for probing molecular properties of electrochemical interfaces through optical spectroscopy. These optical experimental methods are designed to test our new theoretical models that provide descriptions of the electric double layer in unprecedented detail.
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Technical Report
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States