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Argonne/Univ of St. Andrews researchers explore activated lithium metal oxides as high capacity electrodes for Li-air batteries

Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory in the US and the University of St. Andrews in the UK report on the use of activated Lithium-metal-oxides as catalytic electrodes for high-capacity lithium-air batteries in the journal Electrochemical Solid-State Letters. Argonne began ramping up its efforts on Li-air batteries in 2009. (Earlier post.)

The team investigated Lithium-metal oxides with a high formal Li2O content—such as Li5FeO4 (5Li2O•Fe2O3) and a Li2MnO3•LiFeO2 composite ({Li2O•MnO2}•{Li2O•Fe2O3}) as electrocatalysts for primary and rechargeable Li-O2 (lithium-air) cells.

Activation occurs predominantly by Li2O removal, either electrochemically or chemically by acid-treatment. Superior electrochemical behavior is obtained if activation occurs by acid-treatment; Li2MnO3•LiFeO2 catalysts provide 2,516 mAh/g (carbon) corresponding to 931 mAh/g (electrocatalyst + carbon) during the initial discharge. The reaction is reasonably reversible during the early cycles. The approach has implications for designing electrocatalysts that participate through electrochemical Li2O extraction/reformation reactions, offering exceptionally high capacities.

—Trahey et al.


  • L. Trahey, C. S. Johnson, J. T. Vaughey, S.-H. Kang, L. J. Hardwick, S. A. Freunberger, P. G. Bruce, and M. M. Thackeray (2011) Activated Lithium-Metal-Oxides as Catalytic Electrodes for LiO Cells. Electrochem. Solid-State Lett. 14, A64 doi: 10.1149/1.3555366



One more possible fine tunning of the Lithium battery to increase overall performance. All the R & D going on should produce a superior battery by 2015/2016.


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