"Uniform High Ionic Conducting Lithium Sulfide Protection Layer for Stable Lithium Metal Anode"

Hao Chen : Allen Pei, Dingchang Lin, Jin Xie, Ankun Yang, Jinwei Xu, Kaixiang Lin, Jiangyan Wang, Hansen Wang, Feifei Shi, David Boyle and Yi Cui; Advanced Energy Materials, 04/30/19.

Additional Authors: Allen Pei, Dingchang Lin, Jin Xie, Ankun Yang, Jinwei Xu, Kaixiang Lin, Jiangyan Wang, Hansen Wang, Feifei Shi, David Boyle and Yi Cui

Abstract:

Artificial solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) is one of the key approaches in addressing the low reversibility and dendritic growth problems of lithium metal anode, yet its current effect is still insufficient due to insufficient stability. Here, a new principle of “simultaneous high ionic conductivity and homogeneity” is proposed for stabilizing SEI and lithium metal anodes. Fabricated by a facile, environmentally friendly, and low-cost lithium solidsulfur vapor reaction at elevated temperature, a designed lithium sulfide protective layer successfully maintains its protection function during cycling, which is confirmed by both simulations and experiments. Stable dendritefree cycling of lithium metal anode is realized even at a high areal capacity of 5 mAh cm−2, and prototype Li–Li4Ti5O12 cell with limited lithium also achieves 900 stable cycles. These findings give new insight into the ideal SEI composition and structure and provide new design strategies for stable lithium metal batteries.