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High performance asymmetric V2O5-SnO2 nanopore battery by atomic layer deposition


Here we report the high performance and cyclability of an asymmetric full cell nanopore battery, comprised of V2O5 as cathode and prelithiated SnO2 as anode, with integrated nanotubular Pt current collectors underneath each nanotubular storage electrode, confined within anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) nanopore . Enabled by atomic layer deposition (ALD), this coaxial nanotube full cell is fully confined within the high aspect ratio nanopore (150nm in diameter, 50um in length), with an ultra-small volume of about 1fL. By controlling the amount of lithium ion prelithiated into the SnO2 anode, we can tune full cell output voltage in the range of 0.3V to 3V. When tested as a massively parallel device (~2billion/cm2), this asymmetric nanopore battery array displays exceptional rate performance and cyclability: when cycled between 1V and 3V, capacity retention at 200C rate is ~73% of that at 1C, and at 25C rate only 2% capacity loss occurs after more than 500 charge/discharge cycles. With the increased full cell output potential, the asymmetric V2O5-SnO2 nanopore battery shows significantly improved energy and power density over the previously reported symmetric cell, 4.6 times higher volumetric energy and 5.2 times higher power density – an even more promising indication that controlled nanostructure designs employing nanoconfined environments with large electrode surface areas present promising directions for future battery technology.

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The article was received on 27 Mar 2017, accepted on 08 Jul 2017 and first published on 12 Jul 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR02151H
Citation: Nanoscale, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    High performance asymmetric V2O5-SnO2 nanopore battery by atomic layer deposition

    C. Liu, N. Kim, G. W. Rubloff and S. B. Lee, Nanoscale, 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7NR02151H

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