Chemistry Department Colloquium

"Advanced Diagnostic Tools for Lithium Metal and Solid State Batteries"

Presented by Prof. Y. Shirley Meng, Laboratory for Energy Storage & Conversion, The University of Chicago, IL, USA Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS), IL, USA

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 2:00 pm — Videoconference / Virtual Event (see link below)

Lithium (Li) metal has been considered as an ideal anode for high-energy rechargeable Li batteries while Li nucleation and growth at the nano scale remains mysterious as to achieving reversible stripping and deposition. A few decades of research have been dedicated to this topic and we have seen breakthroughs in novel electrolytes in the last few years, where the efficiency of lithium deposition is exceeding 99%. Here, cryogenic-transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM/Cryo-FIB) was used to reveal the evolving nanostructure of Li deposits at various transient states in the nucleation and growth process, in which a disorder-order phase transition was observed as a function of current density and deposition time. More importantly, the complementary techniques such as titration gas chromatography (TGC) reveals the important insights about the phase fraction of solid electrolyte interphases (SEI) and electrochemical deposited Li (EDLi). While cryo-EM has made significant contributions to enabling lithium metal anodes for batteries, its applications in the area of solid state electrolytes, thick sulfur cathodes are still in its infancy, therefore, I will discuss a few new perspectives about how future cryogenic imaging and spectroscopic techniques can accelerate the innovation of novel energy storage materials and architectures.

Hosted by: Enyuan Hu

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