Highly Homogeneous Sodium Superoxide Growth in Na-O2 Batteries Enabled by a Hybrid Electrolyte

Nagore Ortiz-Vitoriano, Iciar Monterrubio, Laura Garcia-Quintana, Juan Miguel López Del Amo, Fangfang Chen, Teófilo Rojo, Patrick C. Howlett, Maria Forsyth, Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo

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Abstract

Energy storage is a major challenge for modern society, with batteries being the prevalent technology of choice. Within this area, sodium oxygen (Na-O2) batteries have the capability to make a step change, thanks to their high theoretical energy density. In order to facilitate their use, the development of electrolytes is critical to overcome certain limitations that arise because of the technology's unique chemistry, particularly relating to the stability of superoxide species. In this study, we have demonstrated the importance of selecting a suitable electrolyte to facilitate both a highly homogeneous distribution of the discharge products and to minimize the formation of undesirable reaction products. The combination of pyrrolidinium-based ionic liquid and diglyme can dramatically change the cell performance. The effect of sodium salt concentration as well as the amount of diglyme and N-butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [C4mpyr][TFSI], in Na-O2 batteries has also been comprehensively studied by combination of experimental and simulation techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)903-909
Number of pages7
JournalACS Energy Letters
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes

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