An asymmetric electrolyte to simultaneously meet contradictory requirements of anode and cathode

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  • Yiran Ying
  • Daming Zhu
  • Haitao Huang
  • Li Song

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2925
Journal / PublicationNature Communications
Volume14
Issue number1
Online published22 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023

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Abstract

One of the major obstacles hindering the application of zinc metal batteries is the contradictory demands from the Zn metal anode and cathodes. At the anode side, water induces serious corrosion and dendrite growth, remarkably suppressing the reversibility of Zn plating/stripping. At the cathode side, water is essential because many cathode materials require both H+ and Zn2+ insertion/extraction to achieve a high capacity and long lifespan. Herein, an asymmetric design of inorganic solid-state electrolyte combined with hydrogel electrolyte is presented to simultaneously meet the as-mentioned contrary requirements. The inorganic solid-state electrolyte is toward the Zn anode to realize a dendrite-free and corrosion-free highly reversible Zn plating/stripping, and the hydrogel electrolyte enables consequent H+ and Zn2+ insertion/extraction at the cathode side for high performance. Therefore, there is no hydrogen and dendrite growth detected in cells with a super high-areal-capacity up to 10 mAh·cm−2 (Zn//Zn), ~5.5 mAh·cm−2 (Zn//MnO2) and ~7.2 mAh·cm−2 (Zn//V2O5). These Zn//MnO2 and Zn//V2O5 batteries show remarkable cycling stability over 1000 cycles with 92.4% and over 400 cycles with 90.5% initial capacity retained, respectively. © 2023, The Author(s).

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An asymmetric electrolyte to simultaneously meet contradictory requirements of anode and cathode. / Chen, Shengmei; Ying, Yiran; Ma, Longtao et al.
In: Nature Communications, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2925, 01.12.2023.

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

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