Electrochemical Properties of Li2FeP2O7/C Nanocomposites Prepared from LiH2PO4 and Fe(NO3)39 H2o used As a Precursor

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
West Hall 1 (Phoenix Convention Center)
H. C. Jang, H. Nagano (Tokyo Institute of Technology), and I. Taniguchi (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Application of lithium-ion battery has been extended from mobile phones, laptop, and portable electronic devices to large scale electric devices with its improvement of capacity and cycle life. Adapting to the electric vehicle (EV) or energy storage system (ESS) as an electrical power source, there are required cathode materials which are safety, low cost and environmentally benign. Thus far, several studies on crystal structure of poly-anion compounds with Fe (II) as cathode materials for lithium-ion battery have been reported [1,2]. Furthermore, synthesis of Li2FeP2O7/C composites has been introduced with various synthesis methods, such as solid state reaction [3], sol-gel [4] and splash combustion method [5]. In this study, we have prepared Li2FeP2O7/C nanocomposites  from LiH2PO4 and Fe(NO3)3¥9H2O used as a precursor by a novel preparation method, and then investigated their electrochemical properties.



The precursor solution was prepared by dissolving stoichiometric amounts of LiH2PO4 and Fe(NO3)3¥9H2O in distilled water and then atomized at a frequency of 1.7MHz using an ultrasonic nebulizer. The sprayed droplet were transported to a reactor using a 3% H2+N2 gas with a gas flow rate of 1 L min-1 , heated in the range of 600 to 800 oC and converted into solid particles through the evaporation of the solvent, the precipitation of the solute,  drying and  thermal decomposition within a laminar flow aerosol reactor. The resulting powder was collected at the reactor exit using an electrostatic precipitator operated at 150 oC. The powder was then milled with acetylene black (AB) in ethanol by high-energy planetary ball milling, and then annealed to obtain the crystalized Li2FeP2O7.

The crystalline phase of the samples was studied by X-ray diffractionanalysis using Cu-Kα radiation. The surface morphology of the samples was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Keyence YE-8800) at 8 kV.

The electrochemical performance of Li2FeP2O7/C nanocomposite was investigated using coin-type cells (CR2032). A 1 mol dm-3 LiPF6 solution in a solvent mixture of ethylene carbonate (EC) and dimethyl carbonate (DMC) in 1:1 volume ratio was used as the electrolyte. The cathode consisted of 70 wt. % Li2FeP2O7/C, 10 wt. % polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF) as a binder and 20 wt. % acetylene black. The cells were cycled in a constant current-constant voltage mode at a 0.05 C rate (where 1 C = 110 mA g−1) to 4.3 V, held at 4.3 V until C/100, and then discharged to 2.0 V at a 0.05C rate.

Results and discussion

Fig. 1 shows the XRD patterns of the samples prepared by spray pyrolysis (SP) at different synthesis temperatures and then annealed at 600 oC. The XRD patterns of the samples prepared by SP above 700 oC were indexed to the pure-phase of Li2FeP2O7.

SEM images in Fig. 2 shows the morphology of the Li2FeP2O7/C composite sample prepared at 800 oC by SP with wet ball milling (WBM) and then annealed at 600 oC for 2 h. While the spray pyrolysis sample consisted of spherical particles with approximately 1 μm in size, primary particles with several hundred nm could be observed, as shown in Fig. 2, which may indicate the reducing particle size of Li2FeP2O7 in the WBM process. As a result, we could conclude from these results that Li2FeP2O7/C nanocomposite was synthesized by a novel preparation method, i.e., a combination of SP and WBM with heat treatment.

The Li2FeP2O7/C nanocomposite prepared at 800 oC by SP with WBM and then annealed at 600 oC for 2 h was used as a cathode active material of lithium battery and then the cell performance test was carried out in a room temperature. Fig. 3 shows the charge-discharge curves of the cell. The cell exhibited an initial discharge capacity of 108 mAh g-1 at the discharge rate of 0.05C, which corresponds to 98% of its theoretical capacity (110 mAh g-1). Also, it shows a discharge capacity of 101 mAh g-1 at 5th cycle. The Li2FeP2O7/C composite cathode exhibited a wide potential plateau at approximately 3.4 V vs Li.


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