Preparation of Composite Single‐Ion Conductor Membrane and Its Application in Lithium–Oxygen Battery

Mingxing Wang, Xiangqun Zhuge, Tong Liu, Shuyong Jia, Kun Luo*, Yurong Ren, Aamir Shahzad, Xiaoteng Liu*

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Redox mediators (RMs) are reported to effectually encourage the inactive decomposition of discharge products in lithium–oxygen batteries (LOBs); however, oxidized RMs and other injurious species still attack the Li anodes. An ionic liquid (IL)‐modified PVDF single‐lithium‐ion conducting composite membrane that can permit Li+ only but blocks anions and other molecules is prepared. The PVDF is combined with the strong‐acid cation styrene exchange resin with cation exchange characteristics to make a heterogeneous composite single‐ionic conductor membrane and the IL modification causes the formation of a more‐dense groove inside the PVDF membrane apparently strengthening the conductivity of the membrane without losing its impermeability to cations and discharge intermediates. The utility of the modified composite PVDF (MCP) separator greatly extends the cycle life of the LOB from 66 to 347 cycles at 1000 mAg−1 and 1000 mAhg−1 compared to cells using glass fiber separators. Rate performance is significantly enhanced at 3000 and 5000 mAg−1, increasing from 33 and 21 cycles to 171 and 137 cycles. The full discharge capacity also expands from 3702 to 51 205 mAhg−1. The MCP separator enables iodide‐assisted cathode processes and improves lithium anode stripping/plating, which is essential to improve the performance of nonelectrolytic LOBs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2300111
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Energy and Sustainability Research
Issue number12
Early online date21 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023

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