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New Strategy Proposed for Ultra-long Cycle Lithium-ion Battery

In recent years, lithium-ion batteries have been widely used in many fields. Compared with traditional lithium ion battery cathode materials, more lithium ions in lithium-rich manganese-based cathode materials of unit mass participate in energy storage. However, in the process of battery reaction, stress accumulation and lattice oxygen loss will cause some microcracks in lithium-rich manganese-based materials. The migration of transition metal ions will lead to phase transition of materials and other harmful side reactions, making the actual battery performance less than ideal.

How to effectively avoid these adverse effects during the battery cycle is the key to improve the material performance and make the material truly practical in the future.

According to a study recently published in Chemical Engineering Journal, researchers from the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have prepared high-performance cathode materials for lithium-rich manganese-based lithium-ion batteries.

The researchers, led by Prof. ZHAO Bangchuan, have carried out sulfur doping and in-situ growth of coherent spinel phase synchronously on the surface of lithium-rich manganese-based materials combining with oxygen vacancy optimization strategies.

The epitaxial spinel coating layer cohered with the inner layer phase can effectively avoid the direct contact between the electrolyte and the active material during the battery reaction, and provide a three-dimensional channel for the diffusion of lithium ions.

In addition, sulfur doping can expand the crystal plane spacing of surface layered phase materials, reduce the energy barrier of charge transfer in the materials, and the chemical bond formed between sulfur and transition metal elements can also adjust the irreversible anion redox and stabilize the structure of materials.

At the same time, the oxygen vacancy induced by sulfur doping can also inhibit the loss of surface-active oxygen and protect the integrity of the bulk phase structure.

With the multifunctional modification of the surface layer, this lithium-rich manganese-based material has excellent performance, especially the cycling performance: after 600 cycles, the capacity retention rate of coin battery can reach 82.1%, the energy density of the packed full battery assembled with commercial graphite anode can reach 604 Wh kg-1, and the capacity retention rate is 81.7% after 140 cycles.

This work provides reference for further modification of lithium-rich manganese-based materials.”

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