Mechanistic investigation on hybrid Zn/V2O5 rechargeable battery using a binary Li+/Zn2+ aqueous electrolyte

Dauren Batyrbekuly, Sabrina Cajoly, Barbara Laïk, Jean-Pierre Pereira-Ramos, Nicolas Emery, Zhumabay Bakenov, Rita Baddour-Hadjean

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Low cost, easy processing and environment-friendly aqueous rechargeable zinc batteries have great potential for large-scale energy storage, which justifies they have been receiving extensive attention in recent years. An original concept based on the use of a binary Li+/Zn2+ aqueous electrolyte is described here in the case of Zn/V2O5 system. The Zn // Li2SO4 - ZnSO4 // V2O5 cell presents, in the narrow 1.6 - 0.8 V voltage range, interesting capacity values about 136-125 mAh g-1 at C/20-C/5 rates respectively. At 1C, a capacity of 80 mAh g-1 is outstandingly stable over more than 300 cycles with a capacity retention of 100 %. A detailed structural study by XRD and Raman spectroscopy allows unravelling the peculiar response of the V2O5 layered host lattice. Strong similarities with the well-known structural changes reported in non-aqueous lithiated electrolytes are highlighted, although the emergence of the usual distorted δ-LiV2O5 phase is not detected upon discharge to 0.8 V. The pristine host structure is restored and maintained along cycling with mitigated structural changes leading to the high capacity retention. The present electrochemical and structural findings reveal a reaction mechanism mainly based on Li+ intercalation, but co-intercalation of a few Zn2+ ions cannot be completely dismissed. The presence of zinc cations between the oxide layers is thought to relieve the structural stress induced in V2O5 under operation, resulting in a limited volume expansion of 4 %.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Dec 4 2019
Externally publishedYes

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