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Stability enhancing ionic liquid hybrid electrolyte for NVP@C cathode based sodium batteries

Abstract

Cost-efficient, high-voltage, stable sodium-based cathodes are needed to develop commercial-scale sodium batteries. In this work, a Na3V2(PO4)3/carbon (NVP@C) composite sodium cathode material is synthesized by a novel, facile, two-step, solid state method. This material delivered a discharge capacity of 115 mAhg-1 at 0.5C rate with a conventional organic electrolyte. Improvements in stable cycling were found when NVP@C was paired with a “hybrid” electrolyte comprising a [50:50] v/v mixture of 1M Sodium bis(fluorosulfonyl)amide (NaFSI) in an organic electrolyte and an ionic liquid, N-methyl-N-propyl pyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide (C3mpyrTFSI). Sodium batteries based on NVP@C cathode retained 95% after 100 cycles at 0.5 C rate. We show that the hybrid electrolyte enhanced the electrochemical performance of the NVP@C cathode material by forming a stable SEI (solid-electrolyte interphase) layer on the surface. Electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to study the SEI layers on electrodes that had been subjected to 100 cycles with hybrid or conventional organic electrolytes. The hybrid electrolyte produced a less resistive, highly Na+ ion permeable SEI layer, explaining its superior sodium battery performance, compared to that found with the conventional organic electrolyte.

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The article was received on 06 Nov 2017, accepted on 04 Jan 2018 and first published on 10 Jan 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7SE00537G
Citation: Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Stability enhancing ionic liquid hybrid electrolyte for NVP@C cathode based sodium batteries

    D. MacFarlane, M. V. Chinnareddy, S. Mitra, M. Forsyth, M. Kar and A. K. Raj, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7SE00537G

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