Photoelectron Spectroscopic Evidence for Overlapping Redox Reactions for SnO2 Electrodes in Lithium-Ion Batteries
2017 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
In-house and synchrotron-based photoelectron spectroscopy (XPSand HAXPES) evidence is presented for an overlap between the conversion andalloying reaction during the cycling of SnO2 electrodes in lithium-ion batteries(LIBs). This overlap resulted in an incomplete initial reduction of the SnO2 as wellas the inability to regenerate the reduced SnO2 on the subsequent oxidative scan.The XPS and HAXPES results clearly show that the SnO2 conversion reactionoverlaps with the formation of the lithium tin alloy and that the conversion reactiongives rise to the formation of a passivating Sn layer on the SnO2 particles. The latterlayer renders the conversion reaction incomplete and enables lithium tin alloy toform on the surface of the particles still containing a core of SnO2. The results alsoshow that the reoxidation of the lithium tin alloy is incomplete when the formationof tin oxide starts. It is proposed that the rates of the electrochemical reactions andhence the capacity of SnO2-based electrodes are limited by the lithium masstransport rate through the formed layers of the reduction and oxidations products.In addition, it is shown that a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer is continuously formed at potentials lower than about 1.2 VLi+/Li during the first scan and that a part of the SEI dissolves on the subsequent oxidative scan. While the SEI was found tocontain both organic and inorganic species, the former were mainly located at the SEI surface while the inorganic species werefound deeper within the SEI. The results also indicate that the SEI dissolution process predominantly involves the organic SEIcomponents.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-316876DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b01529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-316876DiVA: diva2:1079224