For the further development of lithium-ion batteries, improvement of their cyclic performance is crucial. However, the mechanism underlying the deterioration of the battery cyclic performance is not fully understood. We investigated the effects of the electronic structure at the electrode/ electrolyte interface on the cyclic performance of the cathode materials via in situ total-reflection fluorescence X-ray absorption spectroscopy. In a LiCoO2 thin-film electrode that exhibits gradual deterioration upon subsequent Li ion extractions and insertions (cycling), the reduction of Co ions at the electrode/electrolyte interface was observed upon immersion in an organic electrolyte, with subsequent irreversible changes after cycling. In contrast, in a LiFePO4 thin-film electrode, the electronic structure at the electrode/electrolyte interface was stable and reversible upon electrolyte immersion with subsequent cycling. The increased stability of the electronic structure at the LiFePO4/electrolyte interface affects its cycling performance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films