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Title: An atomistically informed mesoscale model for growth and coarsening during discharge in lithium-oxygen batteries

An atomistically informed mesoscale model is developed for the deposition of a discharge product in a Li-O-2 battery. This mescocale model includes particle growth and coarsening as well as a simplified nucleation model. The model involves LiO2 formation through reaction of O-2(-) and Li+ in the electrolyte, which deposits on the cathode surface when the LiO2 concentration reaches supersaturation in the electrolyte. A reaction-diffusion (rate-equation) model is used to describe the processes occurring in the electrolyte and a phase-field model is used to capture microstructural evolution. This model predicts that coarsening, in which large particles grow and small ones disappear, has a substantial effect on the size distribution of the LiO2 particles during the discharge process. The size evolution during discharge is the result of the interplay between this coarsening process and particle growth. The growth through continued deposition of LiO2 has the effect of causing large particles to grow ever faster while delaying the dissolution of small particles. The predicted size evolution is consistent with experimental results for a previously reported cathode material based on activated carbon during discharge and when it is at rest, although kinetic factors need to be included. The approach described in this paper synergisticallymore » combines models on different length scales with experimental observations and should have applications in studying other related discharge processes, such as Li2O2 deposition, in Li-O-2 batteries and nucleation and growth in Li-S batteries.« less
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  1. Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439, USA
  2. Mathematics and Computer Science, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439, USA
  3. Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439, USA
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 143; Journal Issue: 22
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science - Office of Basic Energy Sciences - Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR)
Country of Publication:
United States