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Choi, Nam-Soon
Energy Materials Lab
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  • Rechargeable lithium battery, electrolytes for next generation Mg and Na battery

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Improvement in self-discharge of Zn anode by applying surface modification for Zn-air batteries with high energy density

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Title
Improvement in self-discharge of Zn anode by applying surface modification for Zn-air batteries with high energy density
Author
Lee, Sang-MinKim, Yeon-JooEom, Seung-WookChoi, Nam-SoonKim, Ki-WonCho, Sung-Baek
Keywords
Hydrogen evolution; Overpotential; Self-discharge; Surface modification
Issue Date
201304
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Citation
JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, v.227, no., pp.177 - 184
Abstract
The self-discharge of Zn anode material is identified as a main factor that can limit the energy density of alkaline Zn-air batteries. Al2O3 has most positive effect on controlling the hydrogen evolution reaction accompanied by corroding Zn anode among various additives. The overpotential for hydrogen evolution is measured by potentio-dynamic polarization analysis. AI-oxide with high overpotential for hydrogen; evolution reaction is uniformly coated on the surface of Zn powders via chemical solution process. The morphology and composition of the surface-treated and pristine Zn powders are characterized by SEM, EDS, XRD and XPS analyses. Aluminum is distributed homogeneously over the surface of modified Zn powders, indicating uniform coating of Al-oxide, and O1s and Al2p spectra further identified surface coating layer to be the Al-oxide. The Al-oxide coating layer can prevent Zn from exposing to the KOH electrolyte, resulting in minimizing the side reactions within batteries. The 0.25 wt.% aluminum oxide coated Zn anode material provides discharging time of more than 10 h, while the pristine Zn anode delivers only 7 h at 25 mA cm(-2). Consequently, a surface-treated Zn electrode can reduce self-discharge which is induced by side reaction such as H-2 evolution, resulting in increasing discharge capacity.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2012.11.046
ISSN
0378-7753
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