Glyme-based electrolyte formulation analysis in aprotic lithium-oxygen battery and its cyclic stability

Michael Tang, Jia Cheng Chang, S. Rajesh Kumar, Shingjiang Jessie Lue*

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In this work, the effect of electrolyte composition was evaluated on lithium-oxygen (Li–O2) battery using carbon cloth air electrode. Seven ether-based solvents were measured for their conductivity, viscosity, contact angle and decomposition temperature. The results were compiled with other physical properties to screen potential solvents for future testing. Diglyme and tetraglyme were identified and each of them was individually mixed with one of four lithium salts, yielding eight combinations of electrolytes. These electrolytes were assembled into Li–O2 batteries and the voltage and capacity data were recorded during cycling discharge/charge test. The effects of organic electrolyte physical properties on the battery impedance and cyclic life were discussed. Among the eight electrolytes, lithium bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonimide (LiTFSI) in tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether (tetraglyme) resulted in the longest cyclic life at a discharge capacity cutoff of 2000 mAh gPt−1 than other compositions. This performance may be ascribed to the electrolyte's high conductivity, sufficient viscosity and suitable contact angle with the air electrode.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115926
StatePublished - 15 11 2019

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  • Aprotic electrolyte
  • Cycling test
  • Impedance analysis
  • Lithium-air battery


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