Structural distortion induced by manganese activation in a lithium-rich layered cathode

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Author(s)

  • Liguang Wang
  • Alvin Dai
  • Wenqian Xu
  • Sungsik Lee
  • Wonsuk Cha
  • Ross Harder
  • Tongchao Liu
  • Geping Yin
  • Pengjian Zuo
  • Jun Wang
  • Jun Lu
  • Jiajun Wang

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14966-14973
Journal / PublicationJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume142
Issue number35
Online published9 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The search for batteries with high energy density has highlighted lithium-rich manganese-based layered oxides due to their exceptionally high capacity. Although it is clear that both cationic and anionic redox are present in the charge compensation mechanism, the microstructural evolution of the Li2MnO3-like phase during anionic redox and its role in battery performance and structural stability are still not fully understood. Here, we systematically probe microstructural evolution using spatially resolved synchrotron X-ray measurements and reveal an underlying interaction between the Li2MnO3-like domains and bulk rhombohedral structure. Mn ion activation and a previously unobserved structural distortion are discovered at high voltages, and can be related to structural strain present in the Li2MnO3-like phase upon substantial lithium ion extraction. Moreover, we elucidate a correlation between this structural distortion and irreversible phase transitions by thermally perturbing delithiated samples. These insights highlight a pathway toward achieving high capacity cathode materials required for future commercial applications.

Citation Format(s)

Structural distortion induced by manganese activation in a lithium-rich layered cathode. / Wang, Liguang; Dai, Alvin; Xu, Wenqian; Lee, Sungsik; Cha, Wonsuk; Harder, Ross; Liu, Tongchao; Ren, Yang; Yin, Geping; Zuo, Pengjian; Wang, Jun; Lu, Jun; Wang, Jiajun.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 142, No. 35, 02.09.2020, p. 14966-14973.

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