Correlation between Electrolyte Chemistry and Solid Electrolyte Interphase for Reversible Ca Metal Anodes

Zhen Hou, Rui Zhou, Yunduo Yao, Zhiwen Min, Ziheng Lu, Ye Zhu, Jean Marie Tarascon, Biao Zhang

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The development of rechargeable Ca metal batteries (RCMBs) is hindered by the Ca2+ passivating solid electrolyte interphases (SEIs). The cation solvation structure dictated by electrolyte chemistry plays a critical role in the SEIs properties. While a relatively weak cation-solvent binding is preferred in Li metal anodes to promote anion-derived SEIs, we demonstrate an enhanced Ca deposition/stripping reversibility under a strong cation-solvent interaction, which is materialized in strongly-solvating solvent and highly-dissociated salt combinations. Such electrolyte formulations benefit the formation of solvent-occupied solvation structure and minimize the anion reduction, resulting in organic-rich/CaF2-poor SEIs for reversible Ca metal anodes. Furthermore, RCMBs paired with an organic cathode using the optimized electrolytes are demonstrated as a proof-of-concept. Our work reveals the paradigm shift in SEIs design for Ca metal anodes, opening up new opportunities for emerging RCMBs.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202214796
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2022


  • Ca Deposition/Stripping
  • Electrolyte Formulation
  • Solid Electrolyte Interphase
  • Solvation Structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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