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Lithium intercalation and structural changes at the LiCoO$$_{2}$$ surface under high voltage battery operation

Taminato, So*; Hirayama, Masaaki*; Suzuki, Kota*; Tamura, Kazuhisa; Minato, Taketoshi*; Arai, Hajime*; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu*; Ogumi, Zempachi*; Kanno, Ryoji*

An epitaxial-film model electrode of LiCoO$$_{2}$$(104) was fabricated on SrRuO$$_{3}$$(100)/Nb:SrTiO$$_{3}$$(100) using pulsed laser deposition. The 50 nm thick LiCoO$$_{2}$$(104) film exhibited lithium (de-)intercalation activity with a first discharge capacity of 119 mAh g$$^{-1}$$ between 3.0 and 4.4 V, followed by a gradual capacity fading with subsequent charge-discharge cycles. In contrast, a 3.2 nm thick Li$$_{3}$$PO$$_{4}$$-coated film exhibited a higher intercalation capacity of 148 mAh g$$^{-1}$$ with superior cycle retention than the uncoated film. In situ surface X-ray diffraction measurements revealed a small lattice change at the coated surface during the (de-)intercalation processes compared to the uncoated surface. The surface modification of LiCoO$$_{2}$$ by the Li$$_{3}$$PO$$_{4}$$ coating could lead to improvement of the structural stability at the surface region during lithium (de-)intercalation at high voltage.

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