A high-capacity dual-electrolyte aluminum/air electrochemical cell

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Author(s)

  • Lei Wang
  • Fude Liu
  • Wentao Wang
  • Guandong Yang
  • Dawei Zheng
  • Zhuangchun Wu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30857-30863
Journal / PublicationRSC Advances
Volume4
Issue number58
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Abstract

A novel dual-electrolyte aluminum/air cell (DEAAC), consisting of an aluminum metal anode in an organic anolyte, an anion polymer exchange membrane, and an air electrode in an aqueous alkaline catholyte, has been investigated. The anion membrane separates the organic anolyte from the aqueous catholyte, while allowing hydroxide ions to pass through. The DEAAC exhibited an open circuit voltage (VOC) of 1.6 V and a short current density (J SC) of 65 mA cm-2. With kitchen aluminum foil as the fuel, the DEAAC achieved an anodic capacity of 6000 mA h cm-3 at a discharge current density of 30 mA cm-2, which is much higher than the lithium's theoretical capacity of 2060 mA h cm-3. The anodic capacity of the DEAAC increased by 30-50 folds at different discharge current densities compared with that of a traditional alkaline Al/air cell (AAC). Overall, the DEAAC is promising as an electrochemical energy storage device because it has no detrimental hydrogen generation problem and exhibits very high anodic capacity. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.

Citation Format(s)

A high-capacity dual-electrolyte aluminum/air electrochemical cell. / Wang, Lei; Liu, Fude; Wang, Wentao et al.
In: RSC Advances, Vol. 4, No. 58, 2014, p. 30857-30863.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review