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In pursuit of high performance lithium-oxygen batteries

Funding: 2016: $140,000
2017: $140,000
2018: $140,000

Project Member(s): McDonagh, A., Wang, G., Sun, B.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2016

Summary: This project aims to achieve high energy lithium-oxygen batteries for electric vehicles. Electrification of road transport will minimise consumption of fossil fuels, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and increase energy security. Lithium-oxygen batteries have the highest energy density among all rechargeable battery systems, which is more than ten times over the current lithium-ion batteries. Through exploration of new catalysts, redox mediators, and porous material architectures, this research intends to significantly improve the performance of lithium-oxygen batteries, including specific capacity, cycle life and round-trip efficiency.

Publications:

Kang, Z, Wu, C, Dong, L, Liu, W, Mou, J, Zhang, J, Chang, Z, Jiang, B, Wang, G, Kang, F & Xu, C 2019, '3D Porous Copper Skeleton Supported Zinc Anode toward High Capacity and Long Cycle Life Zinc Ion Batteries', ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 3364-3371.
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Tian, H, Shao, H, Chen, Y, Fang, X, Xiong, P, Sun, B, Notten, PHL & Wang, G 2019, 'Ultra-stable sodium metal-iodine batteries enabled by an in-situ solid electrolyte interphase', NANO ENERGY, vol. 57, pp. 692-702.
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Wu, W, Qi, W, Zhao, Y, Tang, X, Qiu, Y, Su, D, Fan, H & Wang, G 2019, 'Hollow CeO2 spheres conformally coated with graphitic carbon for highperformance supercapacitor electrodes', APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, vol. 463, pp. 244-252.
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Yan, K, Wang, J, Zhao, S, Zhou, D, Sun, B, Cui, Y & Wang, G 2019, 'Temperature-dependent Nucleation and Growth of Dendrite-Free Lithium Metal Anodes', ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION.
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Yu, X, Yu, Z-Y, Zhang, X-L, Zheng, Y-R, Duan, Y, Gao, Q, Wu, R, Sun, B, Gao, M-R, Wang, G & Yu, S-H 2019, '"Superaerophobic" Nickel Phosphide Nanoarray Catalyst for Efficient Hydrogen Evolution at Ultrahigh Current Densities.', Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 141, no. 18, pp. 7537-7543.
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Zhang, J, Sun, B, Zhao, Y, Tkacheva, A, Liu, Z, Yan, K, Guo, X, McDonagh, AM, Shanmukaraj, D, Wang, C, Rojo, T, Armand, M, Peng, Z & Wang, G 2019, 'A versatile functionalized ionic liquid to boost the solution-mediated performances of lithium-oxygen batteries.', Nature communications, vol. 10, no. 1.
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Zhao, S, Yan, K, Munroe, P, Sun, B & Wang, G 2019, 'Construction of Hierarchical K1.39Mn3O6 Spheres via AlF3 Coating for High-Performance Potassium-Ion Batteries', Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 9, no. 10.
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Zhao, Y, Wang, S, Liu, H, Guo, X, Zeng, X, Wu, W, Zhang, J & Wang, G 2019, 'Porous Mo2C nanorods as an efficient catalyst for the hydrogen evolution reaction', Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, vol. 132, pp. 230-235.
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Zhou, D, Tkacheva, A, Tang, X, Sun, B, Shanmukaraj, D, Li, P, Zhang, F, Armand, M & Wang, G 2019, 'Stable Conversion Chemistry-Based Lithium Metal Batteries Enabled by Hierarchical Multifunctional Polymer Electrolytes with Near-Single Ion Conduction', ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, vol. 58, no. 18, pp. 6001-6006.
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Sun, B, Li, P, Zhang, J, Wang, D, Munroe, P, Wang, C, Notten, PHL & Wang, G 2018, 'Dendrite-Free Sodium-Metal Anodes for High-Energy Sodium-Metal Batteries.', Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), vol. 30, no. 29, pp. e1801334-e1801334.
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Sun, B, Pompe, C, Dongmo, S, Zhang, J, Kretschmer, K, Schröder, D, Janek, J & Wang, G 2018, 'Challenges for Developing Rechargeable Room-Temperature Sodium Oxygen Batteries', Advanced Materials Technologies, vol. 3, no. 9.
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Xiong, P, Zhang, X, Zhang, F, Yi, D, Zhang, J, Sun, B, Tian, H, Shanmukaraj, D, Rojo, T, Armand, M, Ma, R, Sasaki, T & Wang, G 2018, 'Two-Dimensional Unilamellar Cation-Deficient Metal Oxide Nanosheet Superlattices for High-Rate Sodium Ion Energy Storage.', ACS Nano, vol. 12, pp. 12337-12346.
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Yan, K, Sun, B, Munroe, P & Wang, G 2018, 'Three-dimensional pie-like current collectors for dendrite-free lithium metal anodes', Energy Storage Materials, vol. 11, pp. 127-133.
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Guo, X, Sun, B, Su, D, Liu, X, Liu, H, Wang, Y & Wang, G 2017, 'Recent developments of aprotic lithium-oxygen batteries: functional materials determine the electrochemical performance', Science Bulletin, vol. 62, no. 6, pp. 442-452.
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Li, C-S, Sun, Y, Gebert, F & Chou, S-L 2017, 'Current Progress on Rechargeable Magnesium-Air Battery', ADVANCED ENERGY MATERIALS, vol. 7, no. 24.
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Liu, H, Liu, X, Li, W, Guo, X, Wang, Y, Wang, G & Zhao, D 2017, 'Porous Carbon Composites for Next Generation Rechargeable Lithium Batteries', Advanced Energy Materials, vol. 7, no. 24, pp. 1-11.
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Sun, B, Kretschmer, K, Xie, X, Munroe, P, Peng, Z & Wang, G 2017, 'Hierarchical Porous Carbon Spheres for High-Performance Na-O2 Batteries.', Advanced Materials, vol. 29, no. 48, pp. 1-8.
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Wang, T, Kretschmer, K, Choi, S, Pang, H, Xue, H & Wang, G 2017, 'Fabrication Methods of Porous Carbon Materials and Separator Membranes for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries: Development and Future Perspectives', Small Methods, vol. 1, no. 8, pp. 1-19.
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Xie, X, Wang, S, Kretschmer, K & Wang, G 2017, 'Two-dimensional layered compound based anode materials for lithium-ion batteries and sodium-ion batteries.', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 499, pp. 17-32.
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Zhang, J, Sun, B, McDonagh, AM, Zhao, Y, Kretschmer, K, Guo, X & Wang, G 2017, 'A multi-functional gel co-polymer bridging liquid electrolyte and solid cathode nanoparticles: An efficient route to Li–O2batteries with improved performance', Energy Storage Materials, vol. 7, pp. 1-7.
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Zhang, J, Sun, B, Zhao, Y, Kretschmer, K & Wang, G 2017, 'Modified Tetrathiafulvalene as an Organic Conductor for Improving Performances of Li-O2 Batteries.', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 56, no. 29, pp. 8505-8509.
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Mondal, AK, Liu, H, Xie, X, Kretschmer, K & Wang, G 2016, 'Hydrothermal Synthesis of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube-Zinc Manganate Nanoparticles as Anode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries', CHEMPLUSCHEM, vol. 81, no. 4, pp. 399-405.
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Sun, B, Guo, L, Ju, Y, Munroe, P, Wang, E, Peng, Z & Wang, G 2016, 'Unraveling the catalytic activities of ruthenium nanocrystals in highperformance aprotic Li–O₂ batteries', Nano Energy, vol. 28, pp. 486-494.
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Wei, Y, Sun, B, Su, D, Zhu, J & Wang, G 2016, '3D Free-Standing NiCo2O4@graphene Foam for High-Performance Supercapacitors', ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 737-743.
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Xu, J, Su, D, Bao, W, Zhao, Y, Xie, X & Wang, G 2016, 'Rose flower-like NiCo2O4 with hierarchically porous structures for highly reversible lithium storage', JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, vol. 684, pp. 691-698.
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FOR Codes: Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified, Nanomaterials, Electrochemistry, Energy Storage (excl. Hydrogen), Energy Transformation not elsewhere classified