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Influence of Carbonate Electrolyte Solvents on Voltage and Capacity Degradation in Li-Rich Cathodes for Li-ion Batteries

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Weng, B 
Mahadevegowda, A 
Temprano, I 
Wang, H 


jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:pLithium‐rich cobalt‐free cathodes, such as Lijats:sub1.2</jats:sub>Mnjats:sub0.6</jats:sub>Nijats:sub0.2</jats:sub>Ojats:sub2</jats:sub> (LMR), are promising next‐generation cathode materials because of their high energy density, cost efficiency, and sustainability. Nevertheless, LMRs suffer from degradation problems such as voltage decay during cycling. Different LMR surface doping and coating strategies are proposed to suppress LMR voltage decay with varying extents of success. Here, the role played by different electrolyte solvents in oxygen loss from the LMR surface is instead investigated. X‐ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), synchrotron XRD, and online electrochemical mass spectrometry (OEMS) results show that ethylene carbonate (EC) leads to accelerated oxygen loss from the LMR surface. As a result, cycling LMR cathodes in EC‐free electrolytes such as pure EMC, improves the capacity retention and reduces voltage decay. This approach provides a new strategy to increase the cycling stability of LMR cathodes, which is important for the development of more sustainable high‐performance batteries.</jats:p>


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40 Engineering, 4016 Materials Engineering, 34 Chemical Sciences, 3406 Physical Chemistry, 7 Affordable and Clean Energy

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Advanced Energy Materials

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European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) ERC (866005)