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Insights into the reversibility of aluminum graphite batteries

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Herein we report a novel study on the reaction mechanism of non-aqueous aluminum/graphite cell chemistry employing 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride:aluminum trichloride (EMIMCl:AlCl3) as the electrolyte. This work highlights new insights into the reversibility of the anion intercalation chemistry besides confirming its outstanding cycle life exceeding 2000 cycles, corresponding to more than 5 months of cycling test. The reaction mechanism, involving the intercalation of AlCl4 in graphite, has been fully characterized by means of ex situ X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy (XANES) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), evidencing the accumulation of anionic species into the cathode as the main factor responsible for the slight initial irreversibility of the electrochemical process.

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The article was received on 02 Feb 2017, accepted on 20 Apr 2017 and first published on 20 Apr 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA01018D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 9682-9690
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    Insights into the reversibility of aluminum graphite batteries

    G. A. Elia, I. Hasa, G. Greco, T. Diemant, K. Marquardt, K. Hoeppner, R. J. Behm, A. Hoell, S. Passerini and R. Hahn, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 9682
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TA01018D

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