Cations Coordination-Regulated Reversibility Enhancement for Aqueous Zn-Ion Battery

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Author(s)

  • Long Qian
  • Wentao Yao
  • Rui Yao
  • Yiming Sui
  • Haojie Zhu
  • Fangcheng Wang
  • Jianwei Zhao
  • Cheng Yang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Functional Materials
Publication statusOnline published - 14 Jul 2021

Abstract

Aqueous Zn-ion batteries are emerging as a promising candidate for large-scale energy storage, while the short lifetime and poor reversibility of Zn anodes limit their further development. When attempting to enhance reversibility, most reported methods involve toxic and pollutive substances and decreased water content, which inevitably sacrificed safety level, rate performance, and environmentally benign characteristics. Herein, a series of low-cost and “green” molecules are introduced into the aqueous (ZnCl2, ZnSO4) electrolytes, featured with cations coordination capability, which can significantly inhibit the hydration step of Zn2+ and delay the formation of the key by-products (Zn5(OH)8Cl2·H2O, 3Zn(OH)3·ZnSO4·5H2O) in aqueous electrolytes via regulating the coordination status of Zn2+. In the optimized electrolyte system, a highly reversible Zn metal anode presents excellent electrochemical performance, featured with a long lifespan over 1185 h at 1 mA cm−2 and smooth deposition morphology. Furthermore, Zn–MnO2 batteries based on the electrolyte deliver high capacity retention of 82.9% after 200 cycles. These breakthroughs suggest that this method offers a versatile toolbox toward developing future advanced multivalent metal batteries for large-scale energy storage.

Research Area(s)

  • by-product evolution, coordination regulation, electron-donating capability, reversible anodes, Zn metal anodes

Citation Format(s)

Cations Coordination-Regulated Reversibility Enhancement for Aqueous Zn-Ion Battery. / Qian, Long; Yao, Wentao; Yao, Rui; Sui, Yiming; Zhu, Haojie; Wang, Fangcheng; Zhao, Jianwei; Zhi, Chunyi; Yang, Cheng.

In: Advanced Functional Materials, 14.07.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review