Simulation of Fast-Scan Nanogap Voltammetry at Double-Cylinder Ultramicroelectrodes J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-06-14 Pavithra Pathirathna, Ryan J. Balla, Shigeru Amemiya
High temporal resolution of fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) is widely appreciated in fundamental and applied electrochemistry to quantitatively investigate rapid dynamics of electron transfer and neurotransmission using ultramicroelectrodes (UMEs). Faster potential scan, however, linearly increases the background current, which must be subtracted for quantitative FSCV. Herein, we numerically simulate fast-scan nanogap voltammetry (FSNV) for quantitative detection of diffusing redox species under quasi-steady states without the need of background subtraction while maintaining high temporal resolution of transient FSCV. These advantages of FSNV originate from the use of a parallel pair of cylindrical UMEs with nanometer-wide separation in contrast to FSCV with single UMEs. In FSNV, diffusional redox cycling across the nanogap is driven voltammetrically at the generator electrode and monitored amperometrically at the collector electrode without the transient background. We reveal that the cylindrical collector electrode can reach quasi-steady states ∼104 times faster than the generator electrode with identical sizes to allow for fast scan. Double-microcylinder and nanocylinder UMEs enable quasi-steady-state FSNV at hundreds volts per second as practiced for in-vivo FSCV and megavolts per second as achieved for ultra-FSCV, respectively. Rational design and simple fabrication of double-cylinder UMEs are proposed to broaden the application of nanogap voltammetry.
Anti-Tau Antibodies Based Electrochemical Sensor for Detection of Tau Protein Biomarkers J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-06-07 Nicholas Carlin, Sanela Martic-Milne
Neuronal tau protein is one of the biomarkers of neurodegeneration which remains without a cure and differential diagnosis. Hence, novel methods are needed for detection of tau protein. Toward this aim, the detection of full-length tau441 protein was achieved using the electrochemical immunoassay based on direct immobilization of anti-tau antibodies on Au surface by using an active N-hydroxysuccinimide ester coupling chemistry (Ab-Au). The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to monitor tau441 binding to Ab-Au in the presence [Fe(CN)6]3−/4− redox probe. The reduction in the charge-transfer resistance, Rct, was observed upon tau441 binding to Ab-Au. Detection of tau441 was observed in μM to nM range with high specificity and selectivity. The electrochemical immunosensor exhibited minimal non-specific binding to bovine serum albumin. Tau441 did not bind to Au surface functionalized with non-tau-specific antibody MOPC-21. The electrochemical biosensor was optimized by screening various anti-tau antibodies. The tau441 binding to anti-tau antibodies was also measured using Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). The label-free electrochemical impedance spectroscopy immunosensor may be used for selective detection of tau protein in biological fluids, as a biomarker of neurodegeneration.
Low-Impedance, High Surface Area Pt-Ir Electrodeposited on Cochlear Implant Electrodes J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-05-22 Curtis D. Lee, Eric M. Hudak, John J. Whalen III, Artin Petrossians, James D. Weiland
A high surface area, Pt-Ir coating was electrodeposited onto the contacts of Advanced Bionics HiFocus 1j electrode arrays. The coating was imaged using optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the impedance was directly measured using clinically relevant voltage transients of biphasic pulses as short as 17 μs. The coating, which SEM showed to completely cover the underlying substrate, decreased the polarization impedance of 17 μs and 32 μs pulses by 91% and 93%, respectively.
Miniaturized Amperometric Glucose Sensors Based on Polymer/ Enzyme Modified Carbon Electrodes in the Sub-Micrometer Scale J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-05-02 Miriam Marquitan, Tim Bobrowski, Andrzej Ernst, Patrick Wilde, Jan Clausmeyer, Adrian Ruff, Wolfgang Schuhmann
Carbon electrodes in the sub-micrometer scale were modified with polymer/enzyme films for the fabrication of miniaturized amperometric glucose sensors. The electrodes were modified by means of electrochemically induced co-deposition of various polymers and glucose converting enzymes by (i) activation of protected crosslinkers and formation of a dense crosslinker-polymer network that is able to entrap the biocatalyst on the electrode surface and by (ii) using an electrodeposition paint that was deposited on chemically modified carbon electrodes upon a basic pH shift. The polymer matrixes were equipped with Os-complexes that act as redox shuttles for the electron transfer between the electrode surface and the entrapped redox enzyme. The polymer/enzyme modified electrodes were active toward the oxidation of glucose with a sensitivity in the pA mM−1 range. A linear current response was observed for a glucose concentration of up to 15 mM depending on the polymer/enzyme combination. Owing to their geometry in the sub-micron range, the developed sensors are expected to measure glucose with minimal invasiveness down to the single cell level.
Gold Nanoparticles Sensitized ZnO Nanorods Arrays for Dopamine Electrochemical Sensing J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-04-11 Wen-Hui Zhou, Hai-Hui Wang, Wei-Tian Li, Xiu-Chun Guo, Dong-Xing Kou, Zheng-Ji Zhou, Yue-Na Meng, Qing-Wen Tian, Si-Xin Wu
One-dimensional nanostructure materials offer opportunities for improving performance of electrochemical sensors. In this work, vertically ZnO nanorods (ZNRs) sensitized with gold nanoparticles (GNPs) were designed and fabricated onto indium tin oxide coated polyethylene terephthalate (ITO/PET) film for dopamine sensing. ZNRs that helpful for electric signal collecting by providing electron transfer pathways were electrodeposited on ITO/PET film firstly. Then GNPs that possess excellent electrocatalytic activity toward target were decorated onto ZNRs via potentiodynamic electrodeposition. These gold nanoparticles sensitized ZnO nanorods arrays (GNPs/ZNRs) combine the advantages of GNPs and ZNRs, thus providing chance to develop electrochemical sensors with ultrahigh sensitivity and excellent selectivity. Several important nervous system diseases (such as Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, senile dementia, AIDS, et al.) have proved to be associated with dysfunctions of dopamine system. So, the detection of dopamine becomes essential in clinical medical practice and nerve physiology study. When used for dopamine sensing, the fabricated electrochemical sensor shows two linear dynamic ranges (0.01–20 μM and 50–1000 μM) toward dopamine. Moreover, this proposed electrochemical sensor has been successfully applied to the determination of dopamine in human urine with satisfied recoveries (95.3% to 111.3%) and precision (1.1% to 8.4% of RSD).
Polymer Composite Optically Integrated Lab on Chip for the Detection of Ammonia J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-04-10 Jayan Ozhikandathil, Simona Badilescu, Muthukumaran Packirisamy
This paper reports a novel method to detect ammonia by using the ninhydrin – PDMS composite. The polymer composite film is prepared by integrating ninhydrin into the PDMS polymer matrix. Further, an optical lab-on-a-chip device is developed by integrating the ninhydrin-polymer composite into a microfluidic device for the detection of ammonia. The chemisorption of ammonia onto the composite resulted in the change in its optical absorption property. The proposed device has an integrated light emitting diode and photoresistor in order to measure the change in absorption and hence the detection and quantification of ammonia are performed. The response time of the sensor was found to be linear for a wide range of ammonia concentrations and it is shortest for the thin (100 μm) composite film. The limit of detection of the proposed device is found to be as low as 2ppm. The proposed sensor platform is also demonstrated for the detection of amino acids.
A Model for Safe Transport of Critical Patients in Unmanned Drones with a 'Watch Style Continuous Anesthesia Sensor J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-04-06 Ahmed Hasnain Jalal, Yogeswaran Umasankar, Fraker Christopher, Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., Shekhar Bhansali
We envision unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for rapid evacuation of critically-ill patients from hazardous locations to health care facilities in safe zones. For safety, medical teams accompany patients to monitor vital signs and titrate anesthesia dose during transport. UAV transports would require continuous automated remote monitoring of both vital signs and of sedative dose to be feasible and safe. Volatile anesthetics (isoflurane) are the only anesthetic agents that can be monitored continuously with infrared spectroscopy (IR) devices; but unsuitable for transport. Our objective is to devise a safe UAV transport protocol incorporating novel technology for gas monitoring. Our group has developed and tested a miniaturized wearable fuel cell sensor that can detect isoflurane gas vapors as low as 40 ppm (within therapeutic range) with a sensitivity of 0.0112 nA ppm−1 cm−2. Ambient signal interference was resolved by principal component analysis (PCA). Data variance of 1st and 2nd principal components was 88.68% and 11.31%, respectively. The PCA regression model reported here can determine accurate Isoflurane concentrations. Electronic IoT platform has been built constituting micro-fuel cell, miniaturized electronic components with Bluetooth. This wearable sensor can be incorporated into a comprehensive life support system for casualty evacuation in conjunction with autonomous UAV emergency medical operations.
Graphene/TiO2-Ag Based Composites Used as Sensitive Electrode Materials for Amaranth Electrochemical Detection and Degradation J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-03-31 Florina Pogacean, Marcela-Corina Rosu, Maria Coros, Lidia Magerusan, Marioara Moldovan, Codruta Sarosi, Alin-Sebastian Porav, Raluca-Ioana Stefan-van Staden, Stela Pruneanu
Graphene/TiO2-Ag based composites having various quantities of TiO2-Ag nanoparticles (5, 10 or 15 wt%) were successfully prepared through a facile chemical-thermal route. The morphological and structural characteristics of the synthesized materials denoted GTA-5, GTA-10 and GTA-15 were investigated by TEM, XRD and FTIR techniques. The composites were used for the modification of three gold electrodes (Au/GTA-5, Au/GTA-10, Au/GTA-15) which were next employed in the electrochemical detection and degradation of amaranth (an azo dye model). The electrode with the best performance in terms of sensitivity was the Au/GTA-10 electrode. It had considerably larger sensitivity (24 mA/M), in comparison with that of Au/GTA-5 and Au/GTA-15 electrode (8 mA/M and 12 mA/M, respectively). The limit of detection was the same for all modified electrodes (LOD = 1 × 10−7 M; S/N = 3). The Au/GTA-10 electrode was also tested at the electrochemical degradation of amaranth, from aqueous solutions. The degradation reaction followed a first order kinetics with a half-time of degradation of 203 minutes. The response characteristics of the proposed sensor made it a good candidate for integration in the Ubiquitous sensor's network for IOT.
Investigation of Interface Bonding Mechanisms between Glassy Carbon Microelectrodes and Polyimide Substrate through Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-03-31 Mieko Hirabayashi, Kyle Logan, Christopher P. Deutschman, Thomas W. McDowell, Martha Z. Torres, David Pullman, Sam Kassegne
With increasing innovations in lithographically patterned glassy carbon (GC) microstructures supported on a flexible polyimide substrate, interest in understanding the nature and strength of the interface between these two materials has come to the forefront. However, although polyimide and glassy carbon have been both extensively studied independently, interface bonds between them in a composite structure have not been investigated. The work presented here investigates the interaction between GC and polyimide at their interface by comparing the infrared spectrum of the composite microstructures (GC bonded to polyimide) to the spectra of both materials alone. A significant difference in the hydroxyl and anhydride peaks between the polyimide, carbon, and composite was found, indicating the presence of not only hydrogen bonding, but also covalent bonding in the composite microstructure. Functionalization of GC through oxygen plasma etching and annealing above 200°C was observed to result in the formation of additional anhydrides. We submit that the presence of these sets of strong covalent bonds opens vast opportunities for a wider usage of variety of robust GC microstructures supported on polyimide substrate.
Gold Nanoparticles-Thiol-Functionalized Reduced Graphene Oxide Coated Electrochemical Sensor System for Selective Detection of Mercury Ion J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-03-22 N. Ramila Devi, Manickam Sasidharan, Ashok K. Sundramoorthy
Reduced graphene oxide (rGO) dispersion was obtained by ultrasonication of rGO powder using dodecanethiol (-SH) as an exfoliating agent. Using thiol chemistry, the gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) were assembled onto the rGO-SH modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) which showed a strong binding with the surface of the coated electrode. Furthermore, the GCE/rGO-SH/Au-NPs electrode was used to detect mercury (Hg2+) ions in the aqueous solution. When employed as a working electrode, Hg2+ ions get adsorbed on the electrode surface which was later electrochemically oxidized by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) with the enhanced oxidation current at +0.172 V. Moreover, this sensor platform showed linear response for Hg detection from 1–10 μM in phosphate buffer saline (PBS) solution and the detection limit was found to be 0.2 μM (S/N = 3). The characterization of the Au-NPs and rGO-SH films were studied by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-Visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The application of the prepared sensor was also demonstrated in detecting mercury ions in tap water samples with satisfactory recovery analysis.
ZnO Nanorods Adsorbed with Photochemical Ag Nanoparticles for IOT and Field Electron Emission Application J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-03-21 Sheng-Joue Young, Tsan-Hua Wang
Silver (Ag)-nanopracticles (NPs) are adsorbed on the exterior of ZnO nanorods (NRs) grown on glass substrates and the field electron emission (FEE) properties of the silver-NPs adsorbed ZnO NRs were investigated. The Ag-NPs adsorbed ZnO NRs were composed on glass substrate by simple photochemical method. The FEE research reveal the turn-on electric fields of ZnO NRs without and with Ag-NPs adsorption were decreased from 3.2 to 2.5 V/μm in the darkness. When exposing UV light, the turn-on electric field is decreased from 3 to 1.7 V/μm. This could be due to the improved FEE properties of Ag-decorated ZnO NRs were chiefly caused by lower effective work function, formation of quantum well and increased emitter points by attachment of Ag nanoparticles protrusion. The developed device in this study has the potential for internet of things (IOT) application.
Metal Incorporated Polymeric Nanodots Based Electrode Material for Fluorescent Supercapacitors J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-03-20 Indu Pandey, Jai Deo Tiwari, Praveen Kumar Sekhar
In this article, a new class of fluorescent supercapacitor electrode material has been developed by electro-polymerization of Rhodamine b dye in presence of Potassium Ferrocyanide on pencil graphite electrode. The morphology and surface properties of plain polymeric Rhodamine nanodots and Potassium Ferrocyanide incorporated polymeric Rhodamine nanodots were analyzed. Optical and electronic properties of Potassium Ferrocyanide incorporated polymeric Rhodamine b nanodots was found to be superior in comparison with polymeric Rhodamine b nanodots. Potassium Ferrocyanide incorporated polymeric Rhodamine b nanodots shows an enhanced specific conductance (320.0 F/g), and better rate capability 3 to 4 times higher than the plain polymeric Rhodamine b nanodots modified graphite electrodes. The electrochemical activity of the fluorescent Potassium Ferrocyanide doped polymeric Rhodamine b nanodots was found to be easily tailored by changing the concentration of Potassium Ferrocyanide. The 2:1 molar ratio (Potassium Ferrocyanide and Rhodamine b) based polymeric nanodots shows excellent specific capacitance (434.8 F g−1) and fluorescent maxima 580 nm in comparison to other mixing ratios. Potassium Ferrocyanide doped polymeric Rhodamine b nanodots possess excellent rate performance, high energy density of 150.06 Wh kg−1 at a power density of 900 W kg−1, and robust cycling durability, with 99.5% retaining in its specific capacitance even after 6500 cycles. Even after 8 months (40,000 cycles) of testing, the performance of the supercapacitor did not degrade. The excellent performance of the investigated fluorescent nanodots as electrode material could open up the application of supercapacitors to Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Conductive Polymer-Ag Honeycomb Thin Film: The Factors Affecting the Complexity of the Microstructure J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-03-14 Sajjad Husain Mir, Bungo Ochiai
We present control of morphology of conductive polymer-Ag honeycomb thin films prepared by a facile directed self-assembly process based on metal-complexation-induced phase separation at the air/water interface. Continuous Ag honeycombs with pore sizes controlled from 1 μm to 500 nm were grown on the polymer matrix. The current-sensing scanning probe microscopy analysis proved that the Ag-hybrid pattern is conductive. The honeycomb film can be transformed to a semi-transparent film by hybridization with poly(methyl methacrylate). These materials are potentially applicable in fabrication of electronic devices.
Synthesis and Characterization of an Efficient Hole-Conductor Free Halide Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 Semiconductor Absorber Based Photovoltaic Device for IOT J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-03-13 Khursheed Ahmad Parrey, Anver Aziz, S. G. Ansari, Sajjad Husain Mir, Ajit Khosla, Asad Niazi
Organometal halide perovskite (CH3NH3PbI3) absorber was synthesized from CH3NH3I and PbI2 in N, N dimethylformamide by solution spin coating process. Characterization by X-ray diffraction, optical and electron microscopy studies confirmed a well-formed nano-crystalline tetragonal pervoskite structure. The synthesized CH3NH3PbI3 was used as a photo absorber material in a hole-conductor free photovoltaic device with TiO2 as an electron conductor. This configuration of the perovskite photovoltaic device exploits the role of CH3NH3PbI3 simultaneously as light absorber and hole-conducting material. We report two device configurations: (a) with a compact TiO2 buffer layer introduced between the porous TiO2 and FTO and (b) without the compact TiO2 layer over the FTO substrate. The simple solar cell structure FTO/TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3/Agpresented here shows good photovoltaic performance under illumination with standard AM1.5 sunlight. For the champion devices from the two structures, (a) and (b), we obtained short circuit photocurrent densities asJsc = 17.4 mA/cm2 and 19.5 mA/cm2, open circuit voltage Voc = 1.0 V and 1.45 V, fill factor FF = 0.54 and 0.29 and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 9.39% and 8.19% respectively under solar light intensity flux of 100 mW/cm2. We find that structure (a) offers significantly better device parameters. The results of the present work suggest a route to realize a simple, low cost and highly efficient perovskite photovoltaic device. These devices could be realized in miniaturized sensors and electronic components applied in Internet of Things (IoT).
Immobilizing Siderophores on Solid Surfaces for Bacterial Detection J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-03-12 Priyanka Bhadra, Mohammed S. Shajahan, Paresh N. Patel, Enakshi Bhattacharya, Anju Chadha, Praveen Kumar Sekhar
The article reports a proof of concept validation of bacterial detection using Siderophores. Desferrioxamine B (DesfB) was used as the Siderophore to capture Escherichia coli on gold coated microcantilever surface. Self-assembled monolayer based gold thiol chemistry was used for surface functionalization of the Siderophore on top surface of the microcantilever. The bacterial attachment to the siderophore was observed through Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Fluorescence Microscopy. The DesfB coated surface allows only the live bacterial cells to be attached and it is evident through the FTIR band formation. In a mixture of live and dead E. coli cells, the Fluorescence Microscope image indicates green emission from live cells and a core-shell structure formation upon progress of time. For a sample dilution of 10−1, the mass change of live E. coli bonded to Siderophores is four times higher than that of dead cells and 12 times higher to that of negative control on microcantilevers. Therefore this study should be considered as a foundation to build a miniaturized biosensing platform to distinguish between bacterial or viral infections in real time. The proposed platform could differentiate between bacterial and viral infections thus rendering it as Point of Care (PoC) diagnostic tool aiding Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Non-Enzymatic Electrochemical Detection of Urea on Silver Nanoparticles Anchored Nitrogen-Doped Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Modified Electrode J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-02-21 T. H. Vignesh Kumar, Ashok K. Sundramoorthy
Herein, we demonstrated synthesis and application of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) decorated nitrogen doped single-walled carbon nanotube through a one-step thermal-reduction method using melamine as the nitrogen source. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray diffraction data confirmed the successful synthesis of Ag-NPs functionalized nitrogen doped single-walled carbon nanotubes(Ag-N-SWCNTs). The nitrogen-doping notably modified the properties of the SWCNT and it showed stronger affinity for the attachment of Ag-NPs. By integrating the high surface area and electrical properties of N-SWCNTs with Ag-NPs, the obtained Ag-N-SWCNTs nanocomposite showed high catalytic activity than N-SWCNTs and pristine-SWCNTs. The enzyme-based methods have some disadvantages. For example, high fabrication cost and poor stability, due to these intrinsic disadvantages, non-enzymatic sensors have received more interest in fabrication of sensors. A non-enzymatic electrochemical urea sensor was developed by modifying glassy carbon electrode (GCE) with Ag-N-SWCNTs and a layer of Nafion (Nf). Thus, the fabricated sensor exhibited lower limit of detection (4.7 nM), with an enhanced sensitivity of 141 μAmM−1cm−2 for urea detection in the range of 66 nM to 20.6 mM(R2 = 0.966). The reliability of the as-fabricated sensor was successfully investigated by using it to detect urea in tap water and milk samples. The NF/Ag-N-SWCNTs based urea sensor offers several advantages such as simple fabrication procedure, non-enzymatic and low-cost, so this sensor can be applied to detect urea in various samples from food, fertilizer industries and environmental fields. Moreover, the modified electrode showed phenomenal stability with no loss in activity of storage under ambient conditions. In addition, the novel hybrid NF/Ag-N-SWCNTs/GCE showed high selectivity toward urea with good repeatability and reproducibility further confirmed that this method can be utilized for detection of urea.
Ternalization Approach for Tuning Light Absorption and Crystalline Structure of Diketopyrrolopyrrole-Based Polymer Using Bisthiadiazole Unit J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-02-13 Seijiro Fukuta, Tomoya Higashihara
Diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) and bisthiadiazole (BTDz)-based terpolymers were developed to obtain tunable optical properties and crystalline structures. Using dibromo-compounds of DPP and BTDz with distannylated thienylene vinylene (TV) moieties, high molecular weight polymers (44,100-99,200) with varied BTDz compositions (25, 50, or 75 mol%) were obtained. The introduction of BTDz generated a complementary light absorption band in the short-wavelength region (∼550 nm), while the DPP units created an intramolecular charge transfer band at ∼730 nm. As a result, terpolymers with a deep highest occupied molecular orbital energy of −5.50 eV and narrow bandgap of <1.5 eV were obtained. In addition, the crystal orientation of the DPP-based polymer was changed from edge-on to face-on by copolymerizing with only 25 mol% BTDz units.
Thinning of Cathode Catalyst Layer in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells Due to Foreign Cation Contamination J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-02-09 Charles J. Banas, Md. Aman Uddin, Jaehyung Park, Leonard J. Bonville, Ugur Pasaogullari
Four hundred hour fuel cell tests were performed on commercial, as-received and Ca2+ contaminated catalyst coated membranes (CCMs) to evaluate the effects of long term exposure of foreign cations on fuel cell performance and degradation. Following testing, significant thinning of the cathode catalyst layer was observed across the entire active area in the contaminated cell, while only localized thinning was observed in the as-received baseline CCM. Analysis of the elemental maps and line intensity profiles of platinum (Pt) obtained from energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDX) shows minimal change in total platinum content across the thickness of the catalyst layer, and hence loss of carbon is suspected to be the cause of the thinning. A numerical model is employed to show the foreign cation redistribution during testing, which shows proton depletion in the cathode catalyst layer when the CCM is contaminated with foreign cations. We hypothesize that this lack of protons leads to accelerated carbon corrosion in the cathode to supply protons to oxygen reduction where foreign cations block transport of protons. A carbon corrosion scheme is presented which shows that under the operating potentials of the cell, carbon oxidation can occur, leading to the observed thinning.
Potential Dependence of Pt and Co Dissolution from Platinum-Cobalt Alloy PEFC Catalysts Using Time-Resolved Measurements J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-02-09 Rajesh K. Ahluwalia, Dionissios D. Papadias, Nancy N. Kariuki, Jui-Kun Peng, Xiaoping Wang, Yifen Tsai, Donald G. Graczyk, Deborah J. Myers
An electrochemical flow cell system with catalyst-ionomer ink deposited on glassy carbon is used to investigate the aqueous stability of commercial PtCo alloys under cyclic potentials. An on-line inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer, capable of real-time measurements, is used to resolve the anodic and cathodic dissolution of Pt and Co during square-wave and triangle-wave potential cycles. We observe Co dissolution at all potentials, distinct peaks in anodic and cathodic Pt dissolution rates above 0.9 V, and potential-dependent Pt and Co dissolution rates. The amount of Pt that dissolves cathodically is smaller than the amount that dissolves anodically if the upper potential limit (UPL) is lower than 0.9 V. At the highest UPL investigated, 1.0 V, the cathodic dissolution greatly exceeds the anodic dissolution. A non-ideal solid solution model indicates that the anodic dissolution can be associated with the electrochemical oxidation of Pt and PtOH to Pt2+, and the cathodic dissolution to electrochemical reduction of a higher Pt oxide, PtOx (x > 1), to Pt2+. Pt also dissolves oxidatively during the cathodic scans but in smaller amounts than due to the reductive dissolution of PtOx. The relative amounts Pt dissolving oxidatively as Pt and PtOH depend on the potential cycle and UPL.
Development of a Simple and Rapid Diagnostic Method for Polymer-Electrolyte Fuel Cells J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-01-13 Lalit M. Pant, Zhiwei Yang, Michael L. Perry, Adam Z. Weber
A simple and fast diagnostic tool has been developed for analyzing polymer-electrolyte fuel-cell degradation. The tool is based on analyzing changes in polarization curves of a cell over its lifetime. The shape of the polarization-change curve and its sensitivity to oxygen concentration are found to be unique for each degradation pathway based on analysis from a detailed 2-D numerical model of the cell. Using the polarization-change curve methodology, the primary mechanism for degradation (kinetic, ohmic, and/or transport related) can be identified. The technique is applied to two sets of data to explain performance changes after two different cells undergo voltage-cycling accelerated stress test, where it is found that changes are kinetic and then ohmic or transport in nature depending on the cell type. The diagnostic tool provides a simple method for rapid determination of primary degradation mechanisms. Areas for more detailed future investigations are also summarized.
Unsupported Pt3Ni Aerogels as Corrosion Resistant PEFC Anode Catalysts under Gross Fuel Starvation Conditions J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2018-01-06 Sebastian Henning, Ryo Shimizu, Juan Herranz, Laura Kühn, Alexander Eychmüller, Makoto Uchida, Katsuyoshi Kakinuma, Thomas J. Schmidt
Mitigating catalyst corrosion is crucial for the commercial success of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs). Novel catalysts that can withstand the harsh conditions in case of gross fuel (i.e. H2) starvation events at the PEFC anode are needed to increase the fuel cell stack's service life and to meet the durability targets set for automotive applications. To make progress in this respect, we have tested an unsupported, bimetallic Pt3Ni alloy (aerogel) catalyst at the PEFC anode and subjected it to a stress test that mimics the high potentials (≥ 1.5 V vs. the reversible hydrogen electrode) encountered upon fuel starvation. In contrast to commercial carbon-supported platinum catalysts (Pt/C), the Pt3Ni aerogel displays excellent durability and performance retention in end-of-life fuel cell polarization curves. Additionally, the aerogel catalyst shows ≈35% higher surface-specific activity for the hydrogen oxidation/evolution reaction than Pt/C. These results highlight the great potential of using novel unsupported catalysts at the anode of PEFCs.
Electrochemical Microscopy Based on Spatial Light Modulators: A Projection System to Spatially Address Electrochemical Reactions at Semiconductors J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-12-30 Yan B. Vogel, Vinicius R. Gonçales, J. Justin Gooding, Simone Ciampi
Here we describe a “light projector” system that can address, i.e. “read and write” electrochemical reactions on a non-structured macroscopic semiconducting electrode with spatial and temporal resolution. In our approach the illumination of an amorphous silicon electrode/electrolyte interface is spatially defined by means of a ferroelectric micromirror system that gives total freedom on both the two-dimensional light profile (illumination shapes) as well as on the transient times of the projected images. The device has no moving parts and allows for spatial and temporal control of the illumination stimulus driving local changes to the rate of an electrochemical reaction. The performance of the system is assessed by generating microscale patterns of Cu2O on the electrode (“electrochemical writing”) followed by their 2D current mapping (“electrochemical reading”) using methanol electro-oxidation and carbon dioxide electro-reduction. The latter illustrate the electrochemical imaging aspects of the device using two technologically relevant examples.
Study of Cu Film Surface Treatment Using Formic Acid Vapor/Solution for Low Temperature Bonding J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-12-28 Wenhua Yang, Yangting Lu, Chenggong Zhou, Jian Zhang, Tadatomo Suga
In this paper, the surface of Cu film was treated with formic acid vapor and solution for Cu low temperature bonding. After formic acid vapor/solution treatment, Cu film surface oxide was reduced, and surface became rougher. For formic acid vapor treatment, with the increase of treatment time, Cu film surface was reduced gradually at 200°C, surface roughness and particle size became bigger. For formic acid solution treatment, the reduction of the surface of the copper film was the most abundant when the solution concentration is 50%. After the treatment with formic acid solution, the surface roughness and particle size of copper film increase significantly. As the formic acid solution on the surface of copper film has a certain role in corrosion, using formic acid solution treatment, better surface reduction and rougher surface for Cu film were obtained. By contrast, using formic acid vapor treatment, surface reduction is not so good, but surface is smoother than that treated by formic acid solution. Cu/Cu direct bonding was realized at 200°C after formic acid vapor/solution treatment. Using formic acid vapor treatment, Cu/Cu bond strength is about 18.2 MPa, which is higher than that using formic acid vapor treatment.
Role of Hydrogen Evolution during Epitaxial Electrodeposition of Fe on GaAs J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-12-20 Karin Leistner, Kenny Duschek, Jonas Zehner, Mingze Yang, Andreas Petr, Kornelius Nielsch, Karen L. Kavanagh
The electrode reactions during the initial stages of Fe electrodeposition on GaAs from a sulfate-based aqueous electrolyte, were investigated. Electrochemical quartz microbalance measurements were carried out to distinguish hydrogen evolution from Fe deposition. For conditions with a lower hydrogen evolution rate, hemispherical Fe nanoparticles with negligible in-plane magnetic anisotropy are obtained. In contrast, when hydrogen evolution dominates over Fe electrodeposition, the deposited nanoparticles exhibit a defined faceted shape, crystallographic alignment and magnetic in-plane anisotropy. This beneficial impact of hydrogen evolution on the epitaxy is discussed with regard to the role of hydrogen adsorption during Fe/GaAs interface formation.
The Application of Heterostructured SrTiO3-TiO2 Nanotube Arrays in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-12-19 Qiong Sun, Yong Hong, Tao Zang, Qiuhong Liu, Liyan Yu, Lifeng Dong
Heterostructured SrTiO3-TiO2 nanotube arrays (ST-TNTAs) on fluoride doped SnO2 conductive glass (FTO) were synthesized through a three-step in-situ hydrothermal reaction. TiO2 nanotubes in ST-TNTAs vertically grew on the FTO substrate in single crystallized rutile phase, while SrTiO3 grains in cubic perovskite phase dispersed evenly on the surface of TiO2. The sandwich shaped all-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were assembled with TiO2 nanorods, nanotubes and ST-TNTAs as the photoanode, respectively. Once SrTiO3 deposited, the position of Fermi level of the composited semiconductor raised, resulting in the increase of open circuit voltage (VOC). Meanwhile, both short-circuit current density (JSC) and photoelectrical conversion efficiency (η) increased first and then decreased with the amount of SrTiO3. In comparison to TiO2 nanorods and nanotubes, ST-TNTAs demonstrated the highest photoelectrical conversion efficiency (5.42%) under the irradiation of solar simulator and external quantum efficiency (EQE) at visible region, and also the lowest electron transfer resistance, which further proved that SrTiO3 acted as a good medium for electron transfer between TiO2 and photosensitizer. As a result, both the increased surface area of the nanotube relative to the nanorod and the matched bandgap structure in the composited structure of TiO2 and SrTiO3 improve the performance of the DSSCs.
Controlled and Selective Growth of 1D and 3D CdTe Nanostructures through a Structurally Engineered Porous Alumina Template for Enhanced Optical Applications J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-12-15 Harsimran Singh Bindra, Subish John, Somnath C. Roy, Om Prakash Sinha, S. S. Islam, Ranu Nayak
Current manuscript describes porous alumina (PA) template assisted electrodeposition of high aspect ratio nanowires and dense hierarchical structures of CdTe. We demonstrate here for the first time that simple structural engineering of a PA template can lead to electrochemical growth of diverse shapes of CdTe nanostructures. Facile and cost-effective modifications have been implemented for the fabrication of self-organized through-hole PA membrane and its transfer onto any rough substrate. These modifications have facilitated extended duration (30 minute to 1 hour) electrodeposition of CdTe nanostructures at high bath temperature of 60°C without delaminating the PA membrane. High aspect ratio nanowires of 60 nm diameter and 2.8 μm length were growth through the self-ordered PA membrane without any underlying metal coating i.e. without altering its optical properties. An average of 56% optical absorption (within 350 nm – 1400 nm wavelength) and a moderate photoluminescence was observed for the CdTe nanowires. Minor variation in the anodization process resulted into a non-uniform/branched PA template that enabled the formation of dense 3D hierarchical structures of CdTe using similar electrodeposition conditions as that used for CdTe nanowires. The hierarchical CdTe nanostructures exhibited very high total optical absorption of ∼90% within 350 nm – 1400 nm wavelength and a strong photoluminescence was also demonstrated that was almost 10 fold more intense than the CdTe nanowires.
Rapid Thermal Processed CuInSe2 Layers Prepared by Electrochemical Route for Photovoltaic Applications J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-12-08 Ashwini B. Rohom, Priyanka U. Londhe, Nandu B. Chaure
Impact of rapid thermal (RT) annealing and normal selenization process on the properties of CuInSe2 (CIS) layers prepared by electrochemical route is reported. Cyclic voltammetric measurement was carried out to optimize the co-deposition potentials. A range of characterization techniques were employed to study the properties. Three prominent reflections(112),(204/220) and (312/116) of tetragonal CIS were exhibited in as-deposited CIS layers. Upon selenization, the crystallinity was found to be improved. Uniform, compact, densely packed surface morphology was observed in as-prepared sample. Large grains are developed upon RT annealing due to recrystallization. Elemental composition obtained by EDAX confirms the growth of stoichiometric layers. Photo-electrochemical study demonstrates the p-type conductivity. Current-voltage, capacitance-voltage, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were conducted to investigate the influence of the grain size and crystallinity on electrical properties. Energy band-gap estimated from absorption spectra were 1.18, 1.04 and 0.98 eV for as-deposited, selenized, RT annealed samples, respectively. X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy confirms the presence of Cu+, In3+ and Se2− oxidation states in all CIS layers. Power conversion efficiency of 3.05% and 5.94% were achieved for selenized and RT annealed samples, respectively. The improved efficiency measured for RT annealed sample is proposed due to the growth of highly crystalline, large grain and compact surface morphology.
On The Mechanism of the Anisotropic Dissolution of Silicon in Chlorine Containing Hydrofluoric Acid Solutions J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-12-06 André Stapf, Peter Nattrodt, Edwin Kroke
The wet-chemical acidic treatment of silicon wafer surfaces is very important in photovoltaic, microelectronic and further industries. Recent works report on new mixtures for acidic anisotropic etching mixtures based on hydrofluoric acid HF and hydrochloric acid HCl with an added oxidant. The aim of this work was to get an insight into the reactions during the etching process of silicon in the system HF-HCl-Cl2. The etching mixtures, gaseous reaction products, as well as the generated silicon surfaces were investigated by 19F, 29Si, and 35Cl NMR, ion chromatography (IC), iodometric titration, FT-IR spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance FT-IR spectroscopy (DRIFT) as well as scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX). A reaction scheme for the anisotropic dissolution of silicon in chlorine containing aqueous HF-solutions is proposed, which involves dissolved Cl2 as the oxidizing agent, coordination of fluoride/chloride ions and formation of a hydrophilic surface. These steps are similar to the well known alkaline anisotropic etching of silicon.
Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation by Single Site and Small Nuclearity Clusters of Cobalt J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-11-30 John R. Swierk, T. Don Tilley
Cobalt oxides are an earth abundant material that exhibits high electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) across a wide pH range. Recent studies suggest that OER catalysis can proceed through an active site comprised of one or two cobalt atoms but that multiple adjacent cobalt centers are preferred to stabilize high valent cobalt oxo-intermediates by delocalization. Utilizing molecular precursors to prepare single, isolated cobalt atoms (SS-Co) and small clusters of Co3O4 we find that OER proceeds more efficiently on Co3O4. Using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), these results were rationalized at an atomic level. The EIS results support a hypothesis that charge transfer related to the formation of reaction intermediates proceeds more easily on Co3O4 than on SS-Co, which is attributed to the difficulty in forming Co(IV) = O and unlikely nucleophilic attack by water to form Co(II)-OOH.
ZnO Nanorod-Arrays as Photo-(Electro)Chemical Materials: Strategies Designed to Overcome the Material's Natural Limitations J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-11-30 Jan Kegel, Ian M. Povey, Martyn E. Pemble
The urgent need for clean and storable energy drives many currently topical areas of materials research. Among the many materials under investigation zinc oxide is one of the most studied in relation to its use in photo-(electro)chemical applications. This study aims to give an overview of some of the main challenges associated with the use of zinc oxide for these applications: the high density of intrinsic defects which can lead to fast recombination, low visible light absorption and the occurrence of photo-corrosion. Employing simple low-temperature solution based methods; it is shown how defect-engineering can be used to increase the photo-electrochemical performance and how doping can strongly increase the visible light absorption of zinc oxide nanorod-arrays. Furthermore the deposition of ultra-thin titanium dioxide layers using atomic layer deposition is investigated as possible route for the protection of zinc oxide against photo-corrosion.
Enriched Photoelectrochemical Performance of Phosphate Doped BiVO4 Photoelectrode by Coupling FeOOH and rGO J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-11-28 Qin Shi, Xiaozhe Song, Hui Wang, Zhaoyong Bian
Bismuth vanadate is a promising photoanode with a set of intrinsic limitations for water oxidation and photoelectrochemical degradation of organic pollution. FeOOH/P:BiVO4/rGO composite with a considerably small charge-transfer resistance was successfully developed by doping the BiVO4 lattice with phosphate (P:BiVO4), photo-depositing FeOOH nanoparticles on P:BiVO4 nanoparticles, and grafting reduced graphene oxide (rGO) onto the surface of P:BiVO4, in that order. This composite photoelectrode significantly improves photoelectrochemical performance originating from its effective suppression on electron-hole recombination and charge transfer at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface. The photoelectrocatalysts were systematically characterized by FTIR, XPS, SEM, TEM, UV-vis and XRD. The characterization results show that FeOOH/P:BiVO4/rGO consisted of spherical agglomerates comprising a large number of P:BiVO4 nanoparticles with an average size of approximately 10 nm. FeOOH nanoparticles were successfully loaded onto the surface of P:BiVO4 nanoparticles, and rGO layers with a thickness of approximately 4 nm were coated onto the P:BiVO4 particles. The enhanced photoelectrochemical properties were observed using linear sweep voltammetry. The mechanism underlying the observed photoelectrocatalytic activity enhancement was determined using Mott-Schottky analysis and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The photocurrent density of FeOOH/P:BiVO4/rGO in a Na2SO4 solution with 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) at 0.6 VAg/AgCl is approximately 100 times higher than that of P:BiVO4; the onset potentials of FeOOH/P:BiVO4/rGO (0.008 VAg/AgCl) is 5 times lower than that of P:BiVO4 (0.043 VAg/AgCl). It is suggested that FeOOH/P:BiVO4/rGO obtains the highest photoelectrocatalytic performance for 2,4-DCP degradation. The proposed mechanism is that the synergistic effect between FeOOH and rGO can alleviate two main limitations of P:BiVO4: suppression on the bulk recombination and interfacial recombination formed at the P:BiVO4-FeOOH junction and effective charge transfer at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface.
Surface States- and Field-Effects at GaAs(100) Electrodes in Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Acid Solution J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-11-22 Mirela Enache, Catalin Negrila, Mihai Anastasescu, Gianina Dobrescu, Mihail Florin Lazarescu, Valentina Lazarescu
Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) effects at the electrified p- and n-GaAs(100)/H2SO4 interfaces were investigated by EIS, XPS and AFM. XPS data revealed that under the open circuit conditions, SDS adsorption on GaAs(100) results in a protective overlayer which prevents the further oxidation in air of both types of semiconductor surfaces. The dopant nature is, however, decisive for the way of bonding the surfactant molecule to the surface. At the p-doped substrate, SDS adsorbs mainly at As sites by its hydrocarbon tail and by the anion head to the Ga sites at the n-doped one. Although the surfactant behaves as a dipole under the applied potential control, the dopant type plays a key role in the SDS interaction with GaAs(100) electrodes too. EIS data evidenced that SDS interaction with n-GaAs(100) electrode brings a pronounced decrease of the capacitive contribution of the surface states and a shift of the flatband potential to less negative values, unlike the p-doped one, where no significant change in its electronic properties was observed. These results were rationalized in terms of surface states- and field-effects operating at the electrified interfaces under discussion.
Electrochemical UV Sensor Using Carbon Quantum Dot/Graphene Semiconductor J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-10-03 Yuxuan Wang, Morgan Myers, John A. Staser
Our group has developed an electrochemical UV sensor utilizing carbon quantum dots as the photoactive material functionalizing a graphene semiconductor layer. When used as a photoactive electrode in contact with a solid polymer electrolyte in a photoelectrochemical cell, illumination under UV radiation at 365 nm induces a photocurrent with a corresponding change in device voltage. The time-dependent change in voltage is a function of UV radiation intensity. Varying the UV LED power density from 26.6 mW/cm2 (approximately 100% intensity) to 5.1 mW/cm2 (approximately 20% intensity) results in time-dependent potential changes (dU/dt) ranging from approximately 4.0 mV/s to 0.5 mV/s. The dU/dt vs. LED power density trend is nearly linear (r2 = 0.97). Similarly, when a constant bias potential is applied to the cell, a sustained photocurrent is observed under UV illumination, with the magnitude of the photocurrent a linear function of the LED power density. In that case, the coefficient of determination r2 = 0.98. These results indicate that a graphene semiconductor, when functionalized with a photoactive material like carbon quantum dots, has application as a UV sensor with the ability to quantify the intensity of UV radiation.
Viability of Polysulfide-Retaining Barriers in Li-S Battery J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-09-30 Erik J. Berg, Sigita Trabesinger
Lithium–sulfur (Li–S) batteries are among the most promising candidates for future high-energy, low-cost energy-storage systems. However, still many challenges have to be solved on the way to their commercialization. One of the most prominent of those is related to the polysulfide shuttle. In recent years, various approaches have been developed to contain, control or eliminate its effects, and thus to achieve higher specific charge, higher coulombic efficiencies and longer cycling life. One of recurring approaches is best described as introducing ‘polysulfide barriers’, either inorganic or polymeric membranes with lithium-ion conduction or interlayers with adsorptive properties, preventing polysulfides from reaching the lithium metallic anode. All of these approaches result in improved performance and longer cycling life of the Li–S battery. However, little attention has been given to the commercial viability of such solutions. Here we present a simple model to evaluate the practicability of polysulfide barriers in terms of gravimetric and volumetric energy densities as well as cost. We take into account the effects of barrier thickness, the physical properties and cost of the materials they are made of, as well as account for sulfur loading when assessing the viability of polysulfide barrier implementation into a practical Li–S cell.
Perspective--Lithium-Sulfur Batteries J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-09-29 Patrick Bonnick, Erika Nagai, John Muldoon
Despite immense effort to solve the problem of lithium polysulfide dissolution in Li-S batteries, only partially successful solutions have been found for liquid-based electrolytes. Further research efforts to showcase new sulfur, positive electrode technologies should ensure they demonstrate commercially applicable sulfur loadings of > 3 mg/cm2, electrolyte to sulfur weight ratios < 3 and current densities > C/2. Alternatively, by using solid electrolytes lithium polysulfide dissolution is eliminated and research can be refocused on the cell-limiting factor of reversibly stripping and plating Li metal without dendrite growth.
What Limits the Rate Capability of Li-S Batteries during Discharge: Charge Transfer or Mass Transfer? J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-14 T. Zhang, M. Marinescu, S. Walus, P. Kovacik, G. J. Offer
Li-S batteries exhibit poor rate capability under lean electrolyte conditions required for achieving high practical energy densities. In this contribution, we argue that the rate capability of commercially-viable Li-S batteries is mainly limited by mass transfer rather than charge transfer during discharge. We first present experimental evidence showing that the charge-transfer resistance of Li-S batteries and hence the cathode surface covered by Li2S are proportional to the state-of-charge (SoC) and not to the current, directly contradicting previous theories. We further demonstrate that the observed Li-S behaviors for different discharge rates are qualitatively captured by a zero-dimensional Li-S model with transport-limited reaction currents. This is the first Li-S model to also reproduce the characteristic overshoot in voltage at the beginning of charge, suggesting its cause is the increase in charge transfer resistance brought by Li2S precipitation.
The Dependence of Mass Transfer Coefficient on the Electrolyte Velocity in Carbon Felt Electrodes: Determination and Validation J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-10 Xin You, Qiang Ye, Ping Cheng
In a flow battery, the salient impact of the electrolyte velocity on the mass transfer coefficient in carbon felt electrodes is demonstrated and quantified. A lab-scale flow battery, fed with identical electrolyte solutions containing Fe2+/Fe3+ as active substances in both the anode and the cathode, is used to realize stable tests free from side reactions in a broad range of current densities. The electrolyte velocities ranging from 2.5 to 15 mm s−1 are selected in this work, which are typical in flow through electrodes in most flow batteries. By measuring limiting currents at various flow rates, a correlation between the mass transfer coefficient and the velocity in dimensionless form is obtained as Sh = 1.68 Re0.9. Meanwhile, a 2-D numerical model incorporating this correlation and the experimentally measured electrolyte conductivity is proposed. Voltage losses of the battery fed with adequate reactants at different velocities are both experimentally measured and numerically simulated. The agreement between simulated results and experimental data verifies the applicability of this correlation under normal operating conditions below limiting currents.
One-Dimensional Porous Electrode Model for Predicting the Corrosion Rate under a Conductive Corrosion Product Layer J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-08 Maalek Mohamed-Said, Bruno Vuillemin, Roland Oltra, Laurent Trenty, Didier Crusset
General corrosion is the main form of corrosion likely to affect carbon steels in an anoxic and near neutral environment such as encountered in the context of long term storage of steel canisters in a deep geological repository. This paper aims at studying the influence of the electrical and geometrical properties of a siderite corrosion product layers (CPL) formed in such conditions on its stability and on its subsequent protective properties against corrosion. A 1-D numerical model describing general corrosion under a porous conductive CPL and accounting for chemical evolution in the electrolyte is presented. It is demonstrated that a conductive layer with a cathodic activity increases the corrosion rate and the Fe2 + ions concentration. Otherwise, a conductive layer leads to high saturation levels of siderite and high pH values within the CPL and consequently to a stabilization of the CPL. It is shown also that the stability of the CPL is promoted when it is initially thick and/or when it has a low porosity.
Micro-Scale Analysis of Liquid Water Breakthrough inside Gas Diffusion Layer for PEMFC Using X-ray Computed Tomography and Lattice Boltzmann Method J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-08 P. Satjaritanun, J. W. Weidner, S. Hirano, Z. Lu, Y. Khunatorn, S. Ogawa, S. E. Litster, A. D. Shum, I. V. Zenyuk, S. Shimpalee
The main objective of this work is to predict the breakthrough pressure of liquid water transport through the gas diffusion layer (GDL) and/or micro porous layer (MPL) used in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. The integration of structural GDL and MPL with Lattice Boltzmann Method is primary focused. The numerical predictions are also compared with experimental data. The interaction between liquid phase and different surface treatments of solid structures controls the evolution of liquid water and the change of capillary pressure. The geometries of GDLs and MPLs were obtained by three dimensional reconstructed micro-structure images from both nanometer and micrometer-scaled high spatial resolution X-ray computed tomography (CT). The predictions of water breakthrough pressure agree with the data observed in the experiment. They also reveal that the breakthrough pressure and liquid water evolution inside the GDL samples are different when the wetting properties of GDL and/or MPL are changed. The detailed microporous property can be obtained using high spatial resolution image from nanometer-scaled X-ray CT, a.k.a. Nano X-ray CT. Meanwhile, images from micrometer-scaled X-ray CT, a.k.a. Micro X-ray CT, give proper field of view to cover complete vision of porous materials, including cracks in the MPL.
Analysis of Ge-Si Heterojunction Nanowire Tunnel FET: Impact of Tunneling Window of Band-to-Band Tunneling Model J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-07 Erry Dwi Kurniawan, Shang-Yi Yang, Vasanthan Thirunavukkarasu, Yung-Chun Wu
Tunnel FET (TFET) has potential applications in the next generation ultra-low power transistor to substitute the conventional FETs. It can offer very steep inverse subthreshold swing slope to maintain a low leakage current, thus it can be very essential for limiting power consumption in MOSFETs. The carriers in TFET transport from source to channel by the band-to-band tunneling (BTBT) mechanisms. To realize high saturation currents of TFET, it critically depends on the transmission probability, TWKB. In indirect semiconductor, such as Si and Ge, the BTBT model is very crucial for designing and predicting the device performance. In this paper, we employed the nonlocal BTBT model applied to three-dimensional Ge-Si heterojunction TFET with gate length 10 nm compare with Si TFET by including quantum effects simulation. The results show that the Ge-Si TFET outperforms Si TFET because of the lower bandgap and larger tunneling windows. BTBT generation rates of Ge-Si TFET are higher than Si TFET in the on-state condition. The highest BTBT generation rates are located in the source and channel junction and its peaks close to the gate dielectric.
Simulations of Turbulent Flow, Mass Transport, and Tertiary Current Distribution on the Cathode of a Rotating Cylinder Electrode Reactor in Continuous Operation Mode during Silver Deposition J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-06 Mario Rosales, José L. Nava
This work presents numerical simulations of turbulent flow, mass transport and tertiary current distribution on the cathode of a rotating cylinder electrode reactor (RCE) in a continuous operation mode. A configuration of a RCE with electrolyte inlet at the bottom and the electrolyte exit at the top was employed. Silver electrodeposition (12.15 mol m−3 (1300 ppm) Ag(I), 883.5 mol m−3 (23000 ppm) CN−, pH 13 and 150 mS cm−1 conductivity) was used as a test system. Bulk electrolysis in the RCE was performed at a constant potential of − 1.2 V vs. SCE, which ensured complete mass transport control. A constant volumetric inflow rate of 0.1 L min−1 at the RCE inlet was employed. CFD simulations were obtained solving the RANS equations with the standard k − ε turbulence model. For mass transport simulations, the averaged diffusion-convection equation was solved. For the simulations of tertiary current distribution, wall functions were employed. The tertiary current distribution on the RCE interface along the z-coordinate presented one border effect close to the electrolyte inlet, afterwards, even current distribution was obtained. The border effect is created by the abruptly silver concentration depletion at the electrolyte inlet. Good agreement between mass transport correlation and current distribution simulations with experimental data were attained.
Multi-Scale Simulation of Heterogeneous Surface Film Growth Mechanisms in Lithium-Ion Batteries J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-03 Fridolin Röder, Richard D. Braatz, Ulrike Krewer
A quantitative description of the formation process of the solid electrolyte interface (SEI) on graphite electrodes requires the description of heterogeneous surface film growth mechanisms and continuum models. This article presents such an approach, which uses multi-scale modeling techniques to investigate multi-scale effects of the surface film growth. The model dynamically couples a macroscopic battery model with a kinetic Monte Carlo algorithm. The latter allows the study of atomistic surface reactions and heterogeneous surface film growth. The capability of this model is illustrated on an example using the common ethylene carbonate-based electrolyte in contact with a graphite electrode that features different particle radii. In this model, the atomistic configuration of the surface film structure impacts reactivity of the surface and thus the macroscopic reaction balances. The macroscopic properties impact surface current densities and overpotentials and thus surface film growth. The potential slope and charge consumption in graphite electrodes during the formation process qualitatively agrees with reported experimental results.
Determination of Tortuosity Using Impedance Spectra Analysis of Symmetric Cell J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-03 Simon Malifarge, Bruno Delobel, Charles Delacourt
An approach to increase the autonomy of batteries developed for transportation applications, without changing currently-used positive and negative active materials, is to increase the battery energy density by increasing the active material loading (mg.cm−²) of the electrodes. A direct consequence of a higher loading is the increase of mass transport-related issues across the electrode porosity. Therefore, the optimization of the porous electrode structure is mandatory to facilitate the access of lithium ions to the whole electrode volume. In this regard, pore tortuosity is a key parameter whose determination is not so straightforward. Although tomography techniques and corresponding analyses are promising methods to acquire precise geometrical information about porous electrode, they hardly can be used as a routine technique. In this work, a transmission-line-model analysis of the electrochemical impedance diagram of symmetric cells containing porous electrodes in blocking condition, i.e. without any charge transfer reaction, is proposed in order to readily derive pore tortuosity. The method is applied to a set of graphite electrodes composed of anisotropic particles.
Extending Newman's Pseudo-Two-Dimensional Lithium-Ion Battery Impedance Simulation Approach to Include the Nonlinear Harmonic Response J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-02 Murbach, M. D., Schwartz, D. T.
The pseudo-two-dimensional (P2D) model of lithium-ion batteries couples a volume-averaged treatment of transport, reaction, and thermodynamics to solid-state lithium diffusion in electrode particles. Here we harness the linear and nonlinear physics of the P2D model to evaluate the fundamental (linear) and higher harmonic (nonlinear) response of a LiCoO2|LiC6 cell subject to moderate-amplitude sinusoidal current modulations. An analytic-numeric approach allows the evaluation of the linearized frequency dispersion function that represents electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and the higher harmonic dispersion functions we call nonlinear electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (NLEIS). Base case simulations show, for the first time, the full spectrum second and third harmonic NLEIS response. The effect of kinetic, mass-transport, and thermodynamic parameters are explored. The nonlinear interactions that drive the harmonic response break some of the degeneracy found in linearized models. We show that the second harmonic is sensitive to the symmetry of the charge transfer reactions in the electrodes, whereas EIS is not. At low frequencies, NLEIS probes aspects of the cell thermodynamics that are not accessible with EIS. In short, NLEIS has the potential to increase the number of physicochemical parameters that can be assessed in experiments similar in complexity to standard EIS measurements.
The Kinetic Parameters of the Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER) Calculated on Inactive Anodes via EIS Transfer Functions: *OH Formation J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-02 Garcia-Osorio, D. A., Jaimes, R., Vazquez-Arenas, J., Lara, R. H., Alvarez-Ramirez, J.
The electrocatalytic behavior of "inactive" (Boron Doped Diamond (BDD), SnO2-Sb and PbO2) anodes toward the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is evaluated using dc and ac techniques, under controlled experimental conditions (e.g. air bubbling, ohmic drop correction). Tafel slopes estimated from anodic polarization curves for all catalysts are located above 100 mV dec–1, suggesting that the rate-controlling step is similar for these materials at determined overpotentials. In agreement with the literature, it could be associated with the •OH generation since "active catalysts" displays slopes below 80 mV dec–1. A transfer function model is derived to account for the kinetic parameters of the OER mechanism for each anode, throughout its fitting to experimental electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) spectra. The model considers the kinetics of each elementary reaction and the material balances for the rates of formation of the adsorbates (H2Oads, •OHads, •Oads, •OOHads, and O2ads) involved in the OER. It is found that the rate-controlling step on SnO2-Sb (≤2.14 V), PbO2 (≤1.74 V) and BDD (2.54–2.71 V) is associated with the •OH formation, while this control is only modified when the potential becomes more positive for the oxide catalysts, thus, being determined by the production of adsorbed oxygen O2ads which on its turn promotes the O2 evolution. On the other hand, the rate-control step remains similar for BDD over the entire analyzed potential range, standing out its unique properties as inactive catalyst of the OER.
Multiphase Porous Electrode Theory J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-06-01 Smith, R. B., Bazant, M. Z.
Porous electrode theory, pioneered by John Newman and collaborators, provides a macroscopic description of battery cycling behavior, rooted in microscopic physical models. Typically, the active materials are described as solid solution particles with transport and surface reactions driven by concentration fields, and the thermodynamics are incorporated through fitting of the open circuit potential. However, this approach does not apply to phase separating materials, for which the voltage is an emergent property of inhomogeneous concentration profiles, even in equilibrium. Here, we present a general framework, "multiphase porous electrode theory", based on nonequilibrium thermodynamics and implemented in an open-source software package called "MPET". Cahn-Hilliard-type phase field models are used to describe the active materials with suitably generalized models of interfacial reaction kinetics. Classical concentrated solution theory is implemented for the electrolyte phase, and Newman’s porous electrode theory is recovered in the limit of solid solution active materials with Butler-Volmer kinetics. More general, quantum-mechanical models of faradaic reactions are also included, such as Marcus-Hush-Chidsey kinetics for electron transfer at electrodes, extended for concentrated solutions. The full model and implementation are described, and a variety of example calculations are presented to illustrate the novel features of the software compared to existing battery models.
Quantifying Mass Transfer Rates in Redox Flow Batteries J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-31 Milshtein, J. D., Tenny, K. M., Barton, J. L., Drake, J., Darling, R. M., Brushett, F. R.
Engineering the electrochemical reactor of a redox flow battery (RFB) is critical to delivering sufficiently high power densities, as to achieve cost-effective, grid-scale energy storage. Cell-level resistive losses reduce RFB power density and originate from ohmic, kinetic, or mass transfer limitations. Mass transfer losses affect all RFBs and are controlled by the active species concentration, state-of-charge, electrode morphology, flow rate, electrolyte properties, and flow field design. The relationship among flow rate, flow field, and cell performance has been qualitatively investigated in prior experimental studies, but mass transfer coefficients are rarely systematically quantified. To this end, we develop a model describing one-dimensional porous electrode polarization, reducing the mathematical form to just two dimensionless parameters. We then engage a single electrolyte flow cell study, with a model iron chloride electrolyte, to experimentally measure cell polarization as a function of flow field and flow rate. The polarization model is then fit to the experimental data, extracting mass transfer coefficients for four flow fields, three active species concentrations, and five flow rates. The relationships among mass transfer coefficient, flow field, and electrolyte velocity inform engineering design choices for minimizing mass transfer resistance and offer mechanistic insight into transport phenomena in fibrous electrodes.
A Non-Electroneutral Model for Complex Reaction-Diffusion Systems Incorporating Species Interactions J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-31 Minton, G., Purkayastha, R., Lue, L.
In this study we develop a general framework for describing reaction-diffusion processes in a multi-component electrolyte in which multiple reactions of different types may occur. Our motivation for this is the need to understand how the interactions between species and processes occurring in a complex electrochemical system. We use the framework to develop a modified Poisson-Nernst-Planck model which accounts for the excluded volume interaction (EVI) and incorporates both electrochemical and chemical reactions. Using this model, we investigate how the EVI influences the reactions and how the reactions influence each other in the contexts of the equilibrium state of a system and of a simple electrochemical device under load. Complex behavior quickly emerges even in relatively simple systems, and deviations from the predictions of ideal solution theory, together with how they may influence the behavior of more complex system, are discussed.
Optimal Design of Li-Ion Batteries through Multi-Physics Modeling and Multi-Objective Optimization J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-26 Liu, C., Liu, L.
Battery design variable optimization can significantly affect battery capacity, discharge specific power, and discharge specific energy. However, many design variables need to be taken into consideration, which requires intensive computation and simulation. Our previously developed comprehensive battery degradation model is utilized in this optimization study via parallel computing. A three-electrode cell is developed for model validation over long term cycling. The objectives of optimization are maximizing discharge specific power and specific energy as well as minimizing capacity loss. Several design variables (e.g., thickness, particle size, and porosity) are optimized through a modified Elitist Non-Dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm (NSGA-II). The obtained Pareto-optimal solutions that show electrode thickness, particle sizes, porosity, and conductivity are the battery design variables that can significantly affect battery performance. In addition, a sensitivity analysis suggests that a thicker electrode and a smaller particle size can improve battery performance. The optimized batteries have a better performance over 750 cycle's simulation: less SOC swing and less reduction of capacity. The design optimization framework developed herein can be modified and applied to various type of batteries with different optimization objectives and battery design variables.
Adjoint Method for the Optimization of the Catalyst Distribution in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-25 Lamb, J., Mixon, G., Andrei, P.
In this article we present an adjoint method for the optimization of the catalyst distribution in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). By using the theory of functional analysis we derive analytical equations for the sensitivity functions of the cell voltage with respect to the catalyst distribution in a very general framework, independent on the transport model used to simulate the PEMFC. Then we present an efficient numerical algorithm to calculate the sensitivity functions using the adjoint method. The adjoint method has the advantage that it can be applied to the optimization of systems with a large (>104) number of optimization variables that are computed simultaneously and independently to maximize the objective function. Finally, we apply the method to the optimization of 2-D platinum distribution in PEMFCs. We show that the optimum platinum distribution varies with the operating conditions, position of landings and openings, cell geometry, and dimensions of the catalyst layers. The method presented in this work can be naturally extended to the optimization of other 2-D and 3-D field variables such as the porosity of catalyst and gas diffusion layers, particle size distribution, or microstructure of the cell.
Thermodynamic Model for Substitutional Materials: Application to Lithiated Graphite, Spinel Manganese Oxide, Iron Phosphate, and Layered Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt Oxide J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-25 Verbrugge, M., Baker, D., Koch, B., Xiao, X., Gu, W.
We derive and implement a method to describe the thermodynamics of electrode materials based on a substitutional lattice model. To assess the utility and generality of the method, we compare model results with experimental data for a variety of electrode materials: lithiated graphite and layered nickel-manganese-cobalt oxide (Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicle negative and positive electrode materials, respectively), manganese oxide (in the positive electrodes of the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Chevrolet Volt Extended Range Electric Vehicle and the positive electrode of many high-power-density batteries), and iron phosphate (Gen 1 Chevrolet Spark Electric Vehicle positive electrode material and of immediate interest for 12 and 48 V applications). An early version of the model has been applied to lithiated silicon (Li-Si). As was found in the Li-Si study, the model enables one to quantitatively represent experimental data from these different electrode materials with a small number of parameters, and, in this sense, the approach is both general and efficient. An open question is the utility of controlled-potential vs. controlled-current experiments for the elucidation of the system thermodynamics. We provide commentary on this question, and we highlight other open questions throughout this work.
Nonlinear State-Variable Method (NSVM) for Li-Ion Batteries: Finite-Element Method and Control Mode J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-24 Guo, M., Jin, X., White, R. E.
The finite element method (FEM) was used in our nonlinear state-variable method (NSVM) presented recently (J. Electrochem. Soc., 164, E3001 (2017)). The details of the application of the FEM to solve the lithium ion pseudo-2D (P2D) model equations using the NSVM are presented here for several control modes (constant current, voltage, power, or load). Validation of the method was performed by comparison to rigorous full-order models and experimental data. The FEM based NSVM shows excellent performance, and the estimated cell parameters are determined with a high confidence level.
Considering Photon Scattering and Harmonics for Synchrotron X-ray Radiographic Imaging of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-24 Ge, N., George, M. G., Lee, J., Muirhead, D., Chevalier, S., Banerjee, R., Liu, H., Wysokinski, T. W., Belev, G., Webb, M. A., Zhu, N., Bazylak, A.
We predicted the attenuated, undesired secondary scattered, and undesired harmonic components of measured X-ray intensities from synchrotron X-ray radiographic visualizations of liquid water in an operating polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell. The undesired secondary scattered component of the measured intensity increased as a function of the liquid water thickness (traversed by the X-ray beam). This increase in the secondary scattered component led to a decrease in the calibrated attenuation coefficient for liquid water, decreasing the accuracy of water quantification. We recommend calibrating the attenuated coefficient with a range of water thicknesses defined by the maximum expected water thickness present in the PEM fuel cell. The undesired harmonic component of the measured intensity also increased as a function of liquid water thickness, which led to a decrease in the accuracy of the measured liquid water thickness.
Improving the Lithium Ion Transport in Polymer Electrolytes by Functionalized Ionic-Liquid Additives: Simulations and Modeling J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-24 Diddens, D., Paillard, E., Heuer, A.
We present a theoretical study combining molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with an analytical lithium ion transport model [Maitra and Heuer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 2007, 98, 227802] to highlight a novel strategy to increase the lithium mobility in polymer electrolytes based on poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). This is achieved by using a pyrrolidinium-based ionic liquid (IL) where the cation has been chemically functionalized by a short oligoether side chain [von Zamory et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18(31), 21539] as an additive. Since the oligoether moieties at the pyrrolidinium cations form pronounced coordinations to the lithium ions for sufficiently long side chains, the ions can be detached from the PEO backbone. In this way, a fundamentally new lithium ion transport mechanism is established (shuttling mechanism), in which the lithium dynamics is decoupled from the polymer dynamics, the latter typically being slow under experimental conditions. Based on our simulations, we incorporate this novel mechanism into our existing model, which accurately reproduces the observed lithium dynamics. We demonstrate that the use of oligoether-functionalized IL additives significantly increases the lithium diffusivity. Finally, we show that for experimentally relevant electrolytes containing long polymer chains, an even stronger increase of the lithium mobility can be expected.
Equilibration Process in Response to a Change in the Anode Gas Using Thick Sm-Doped Ceria Electrolytes in Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-23 Miyashita, T.
The electronic conductivity of Sm-doped ceria is very low in air but increases substantially in H2 gas. Conventional models can explain the equilibration processes of yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolytes and thin mixed ionic-electronic conducting electrolytes in response to variations in the fuel composition. However, the equilibration processes of thick samaria-doped ceria electrolytes have not yet been explained. We measured and attempted to explain the equilibration process of a very thick (6.6 mm) samaria-doped ceria electrolyte in response to a change in the anode gas. The measured open-circuit voltage gradually increased to an equilibrium voltage of 0.80 V within 5 min. However, based on the chemical diffusion coefficient equation for the electron diffusion current, the equilibrium time should have been much longer than 5 min. When we assumed a current-independent constant anode voltage loss (0.35 V), the calculations were substantially improved for determining the experimental results.
A Study on the Effect of Porosity and Particles Size Distribution on Li-Ion Battery Performance J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-19 Taleghani, S. T., Marcos, B., Zaghib, K., Lantagne, G.
A pseudo two-dimensional model (P2D) is presented that describes the effect of the structural properties of the positive electrode on Li-ion cell performance during discharge. The validation of the mono-modal model was done by using Doyle's experiment and results [C.M. Doyle, University of California, Berkeley (1995)]. A large increase or decrease in the porosity beyond a specific value led to a sharp change in the cell voltage curve and lower cell capacities. The maximum specific energy was obtained in the porosity range of 0.55, while the specific power still had a high value. Furthermore, different particle size distribution models, including mono-modal, bi-modal and 3-particle models, were compared to each other. The mono-modal model was the ideal state with the lowest total polarization. The bi-modal and 3-particle models approached this ideal state when the volume fraction of the smallest particles in their structures increased. This structural arrangement in these models led to more uniform local current density distribution profiles resulting in a greater decrease in cell polarization. Different discharge current densities were applied to different particle size distribution models, and the results showed that the particle size distribution has a greater effect at higher discharge current densities.
Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution: H+ or H2O Reduction? A Rotating Disk Electrode Study J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-18 Grozovski, V., Vesztergom, S., Lang, G. G., Broekmann, P.
We study the effect of H+ and OH– diffusion on the hydrogen evolution reaction in unbuffered aqueous electrolyte solutions of mildly acidic pH values. We demonstrate that the cathodic polarization curves measured on a Ni rotating disk electrode in these solutions can be modeled by assuming two irreversible reactions, the reduction of H+ and that of water molecules, both following Erdey-Grúz–Volmer–Butler kinetics. The reduction of H+ yields a transport-limited and thus, rotation rate-dependent current at not very negative potentials. At more cathodic potentials the polarization curves are dominated by the reduction of water and no mass transfer limitation seems to apply for this reaction. Although prima facie the two processes may seem to proceed independently, by the means of finite-element digital simulations we show that a strong coupling (due to the recombination of H+ and OH– to water molecules) exists between them. We also develop an analytical model that can well describe polarization curves at various values of pH and rotation rates. The key indication of both models is that hydroxide ions can have an infinite diffusion rate in the proximity of the electrode surface, a feature that can be explained by assuming a directed Grotthuss-like shuttling mechanism of transport.
Ion Diffusivity through the Solid Electrolyte Interphase in Lithium-Ion Batteries J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-05-17 Benitez, L., Seminario, J. M.
Understanding the transport properties of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) is a critical piece in the development of lithium ion batteries (LIB) with better performance. We studied the lithium ion diffusivity in the main components of the SEI found in LIB with silicon anodes and performed classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations on lithium fluoride (LiF), lithium oxide (Li2O) and lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) in order to provide insights and to calculate the diffusion coefficients of Li-ions at temperatures in the range of 250 K to 400 K, which is within the LIB operating temperature range. We find a slight increase in the diffusivity as the temperature increases and since diffusion is noticeable at high temperatures, Li-ion diffusion in the range of 1300 K to 1800 K was also studied and the diffusion mechanisms involved in each SEI compound were analyzed. We observed that the predominant mechanisms of Li-ion diffusion included vacancy assisted and knock-off diffusion in LiF, direct exchange in Li2O, and vacancy and knock-off in Li2CO3. Moreover, we also evaluated the effect of applied electric fields in the diffusion of Li-ions at room temperature.
Modeling of Effect of Double-Layer Capacitance and Failure of Lead-Acid Batteries in HRPSoC Application J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-04-14 Gandhi, K. S.
Lead-acid batteries fail faster in partial state-of-charge start-stop technology than in SLI application. Accumulation of lead sulfate on negative electrode’s surface has been identified as the cause. It is also known that life can be enhanced by increasing capacitance of negative electrode. A bench-marking test cycle is used to explain these observations through a one-dimensional model. It is shown that, at the large discharge current densities used, faradaic reactions in the electrodes are spatially inhomogeneous, and charging is unable to reverse its effects. Consequently, lead sulfate deposit is larger on electrode’s surface than at its center. Model uses a rate expression for charging modified to include diffusion of Pb2 +, and predicts that sulfate continues to accumulate with cycling. A portion of electrode becomes inactive when volume fraction of sulfate reaches a critical value there. Battery fails when inactive area becomes large. It is shown that double-layer capacitance suppresses the non-uniformity in the faradaic reaction and alters the pattern of accumulation of sulfate. Negative electrode does not benefit from this since its capacitance is low. Sulfate accumulates in positive electrode also, but does not reach critical levels since positive electrode’s capacitance is large. This explains the life enhancing effect of capacitance.
Communication--Modeling Polymer-Electrolyte Fuel-Cell Agglomerates with Double-Trap Kinetics J. Electrochem. Soc. (IF 3.259) Pub Date : 2017-04-14 Pant, L. M., Weber, A. Z.
A new semi-analytical agglomerate model is presented for polymer-electrolyte fuel-cell cathodes. The model uses double-trap kinetics for the oxygen-reduction reaction, which can capture the observed potential-dependent coverage and Tafel-slope changes. An iterative semi-analytical approach is used to obtain reaction rate constants from the double-trap kinetics, oxygen concentration at the agglomerate surface, and overall agglomerate reaction rate. The analytical method can predict reaction rates within 2% of the numerically simulated values for a wide range of oxygen concentrations, overpotentials, and agglomerate sizes, while saving simulation time compared to a fully numerical approach.
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