Interface Engineering via Ti3C2Tx MXene Electrolyte Additive toward Dendrite-Free Zinc Deposition

Chuang Sun, Cuiping Wu, Xingxing Gu*, Chao Wang*, Qinghong Wang*

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Abstract

Zinc metal batteries have been considered as a promising candidate for next-generation batteries due to their high safety and low cost. However, their practical applications are severely hampered by the poor cyclability that caused by the undesired dendrite growth of metallic Zn. Herein, Ti C T MXene was first used as electrolyte additive to facilitate the uniform Zn deposition by controlling the nucleation and growth process of Zn. Such MXene additives can not only be absorbed on Zn foil to induce uniform initial Zn deposition via providing abundant zincophilic-O groups and subsequently participate in the formation of robust solid-electrolyte interface film, but also accelerate ion transportation by reducing the Zn concentration gradient at the electrode/electrolyte interface. Consequently, MXene-containing electrolyte realizes dendrite-free Zn plating/striping with high Coulombic efficiency (99.7%) and superior reversibility (stably up to 1180 cycles). When applied in full cell, the Zn-V O cell also delivers significantly improved cycling performances. This work provides a facile yet effective method for developing reversible zinc metal batteries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number89
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalNano-Micro Letters
Volume13
Issue number1
Early online date8 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Mar 2021

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