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Reversible structural changes and high-rate capability of Li$$_{3}$$PO$$_{4}$$-modified Li$$_{2}$$RuO$$_{3}$$ for lithium-rich layered rocksalt oxide cathodes

Taminato, So*; Hirayama, Masaaki*; Suzuki, Kota*; Kim, K.-S.*; Tamura, Kazuhisa; Kanno, Ryoji*

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122(29), p.16607 - 16612, 2018/07

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:55.06(Chemistry, Physical)

Lithium-rich layered rocksalt oxides are promising cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. We investigate the effects of surface modification by amorphous Li$$_{3}$$PO$$_{4}$$ on the structures and electrochemical reactions in the surface region of an epitaxial Li$$_{2}$$RuO$$_{3}$$(010) film electrode. Structural characterization using SXRD, HAXPES, and NR shows that surface modification by Li$$_{3}$$PO$$_{4}$$ resulted in the partial substitution of P for Li in the surface region of Li$$_{2}$$RuO$$_{3}$$. The modified (010) surface exhibits better rate capability at 20 C compared to the unmodified surface. ${it In situ}$ surface XRD confirmed that highly reversible structural changes occurred at the modified surface during lithium (de)intercalation. These results demonstrate that this surface modification stabilizes the crystal structure in the surface region, and it can improve the rate capability of lithium-rich layered rocksalt oxide cathodes.

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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*

Journal of Power Sources, 307, p.599 - 603, 2016/03

 Times Cited Count:21 Percentile:25.56(Chemistry, Physical)

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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Interfacial analysis of surface-coated LiMn$$_{2}$$O$$_{4}$$ epitaxial thin film electrode for lithium batteries

Suzuki, Kota*; Hirayama, Masaaki*; Kim, K.-S.*; Taminato, So*; Tamura, Kazuhisa; Son, J.-Y.*; Mizuki, Junichiro; Kanno, Ryoji*

Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 162(13), p.A7083 - A7090, 2015/08

 Times Cited Count:8 Percentile:65.9(Electrochemistry)

The effects of surface coatings on LiMn$$_{2}$$O$$_{4}$$ were investigated using LiMn$$_{2}$$O$$_{4}$$ epitaxial thin films with a thickness of 30 nm. Bare and surface-coated LiMn$$_{2}$$O$$_{4}$$ epitaxial thin films were synthesized on SrTiO$$_{3}$$(111) substrates using a pulsed laser deposition method. The surface coating, which was formed using the solid electrolyte Li$$_{3}$$PO$$_{4}$$ and had a thickness of 3 nm, improved the reversibility of the electrochemical reactions undergone by the LiMn$$_{2}$$O$$_{4}$$ epitaxial thin films. The changes induced in the surface structure were maintained during battery operation; in contrast, the bare LiMn$$_{2}$$O$$_{4}$$ thin film exhibited structural degradation and Mn dissolution. The structural changes induced in the coated electrode and the increase in its surface stability were intrinsic effects of the Li$$_{3}$$PO$$_{4}$$ coating and improved the electrochemical performance of the LiMn$$_{2}$$O$$_{4}$$ thin-film electrode.

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Mechanistic studies on lithium intercalation in a lithium-rich layered material using Li$$_{2}$$RuO$$_{3}$$ epitaxial film electrodes and ${{it in situ}}$ surface X-ray analysis

Taminato, So*; Hirayama, Masaaki*; Suzuki, Kota*; Kim, K.-S.*; Zheng, Y.*; Tamura, Kazuhisa; Mizuki, Junichiro; Kanno, Ryoji*

Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2(34), p.17875 - 17882, 2014/11

 Times Cited Count:18 Percentile:38.29(Chemistry, Physical)

The surface structure of a lithium-rich layered material and its relation to intercalation properties were investigated by synchrotron X-ray surface structural analyses using Li$$_{2}$$RuO$$_{3}$$ epitaxial-film model electrodes with different lattice planes of (010) and (001). Electrochemical charge-discharge measurements confirmed reversible lithium intercalation activity through both planes, corresponding to three-dimensional lithium diffusion within the Li$$_{2}$$RuO$$_{3}$$. The (001) plane exhibited higher discharge capacities compared to the (010) plane under high rate operation (over 5 C). Direct observations of surface structural changes by ${{it in situ}}$ surface X-ray diffraction (XRD) and surface X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) established that an irreversible phase change occurs at the (010) surface during the first (de)intercalation process, whereas reversible structural changes take place at the (001) surface.

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Characterization of nano-sized epitaxial Li$$_{4}$$Ti$$_{5}$$O$$_{12}$$(110) film electrode for lithium batteries

Kim, K.-S.*; Tojigamori, Takeshi*; Suzuki, Kota*; Taminato, So*; Tamura, Kazuhisa; Mizuki, Junichiro; Hirayama, Masaaki*; Kanno, Ryoji*

Denki Kagaku Oyobi Kogyo Butsuri Kagaku, 80(10), p.800 - 803, 2012/10

 Times Cited Count:11 Percentile:65.85(Electrochemistry)

Electrochemical properties and structure changes of nano-sized Li$$_{4}$$Ti$$_{5}$$O$$_{12}$$ during lithium (de)intercalation wereinvestigated using a two-dimensional thin film electrode. Li$$_{4}$$Ti$$_{5}$$O$$_{12}$$ thin films were deposited on a Nb:SrTiO$$_{3}$$(110)substrate by a pulsed laser deposition technique. In situ X-ray diffraction measurements clarified the drastic structural changes of the Li$$_{4}$$Ti$$_{5}$$O$$_{12}$$film upon soaking in the electrolyte and during the first intercalation and deintercalation processes. The surfaceregion of Li$$_{4}$$Ti$$_{5}$$O$$_{12}$$ had a different structure from the bulk during electrochemical cycling and could cause the nanosizedLi$$_{4}$$Ti$$_{5}$$O$$_{12}$$ electrodes to have high capacities and poor stabilities.

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