Reduction of Charge and Discharge Polarization by Cobalt Nanoparticles-Embedded Carbon Nanofibers for Li-O-2 Batteries

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The problem of high charge polarization is one of the most significant challenges in current nonaqueous Li-O-2 batteries. The development of an electrode for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) at reduced overpotential is thus essential. Here, we suggest a binder- free electrode based on Co nanoparticles embedded in carbon nanofibers (Co-CNFs), which simultaneously reduces the charge and discharge polarization and extends cycling stability. Co-CNF gives rise to a lower discharge polarization because of an enhanced oxygen reduction reaction activity compared to Co-free CNF. Although the embedment of Co does not enhance the OER activity, it significantly reduces charge overvoltage by forming easily decomposable amorphous Li2O2. A mechanism for the formation of amorphous Li2O2 is suggested in terms of charge localization induced by the Co NPs. The findings suggest a new electrode design strategy of combining inexpensive metals and carbon materials for modulating the phase of the discharge product.
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WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH
Issue Date
2015-08
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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CHEMSUSCHEM, v.8, no.15, pp.2496 - 2502

ISSN
1864-5631
DOI
10.1002/cssc.201500520
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/204054
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CBE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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