Ultrathin lithium-ion conducting coatings for increased interfacial stability in high voltage lithium-ion batteries

Joong Sun Park, Xiangbo Meng, Jeffrey W. Elam, Shiqiang Hao, Christopher Wolverton, Chunjoong Kim*, Jordi Cabana

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Ultrathin conformal coatings of the lithium ion conductor, lithium aluminum oxide (LiAlO2), were evaluated for their ability to improve the electrochemical stability of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O 4/graphite Li-ion batteries. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy confirmed the ion conducting character of the LiAlO2 films. Complementary simulations of the activation barriers in these layers match experimental results very well. LiAlO2 films were subsequently separately deposited onto LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 and graphite electrodes. Increased electrochemical stability was observed, especially in the full cells, which was attributed to the role of the coatings as physical barriers against side reactions at the electrode-electrolyte interface. By comparing data from full cells where the coatings were applied to either electrode, the dominating failure mechanism was found to be the diffusion of transition metal ions from the cathode to the anode. The LiNi 0.5Mn1.5O4/graphite full cell with less than 1 nm LiAlO2 on the positive electrode exhibited a discharge capacity of 92 mAh/g at C/3 rate. The chemical underpinnings of stable performance were revealed by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy. First, both manganese and nickel were detected on the graphite electrode surfaces, and their oxidation states were determined as +2. Second, the ultrathin coatings on the anode alone were found to be sufficient to significantly reduce this deleterious process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3128-3134
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 27 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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