Effect of carbonate precipitant on the microstructure and electrochemical properties of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathodes

Ying Li, Lu Shi, Yu Zhou, Yang Yang, Jirong Mou, Xianhua Hou, Dunmin Lin, Kwok ho Lam

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Spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode materials with Fd3m space group were prepared using the co-precipitation method via adjusting the amount of Na2CO3 precipitant. X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement revealed that the impurity phase was effectively inhibited after the addition of more amount of Na2CO3. All samples, including the pristine LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 sample and that prepared with different extra amounts of Na2CO3, exhibited uniform polyhedron morphology and their average grain sizes increased with the amount of Na2CO3. After adding 5% more Na2CO3, the average grain size of the sample was larger than 500 nm. When compared to other samples, the amount of impurity phase was minimum in the sample prepared with 5% more Na2CO3. Due to the impurity suppression, the LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 sample prepared with 5% more Na2CO3 exhibited superior electrochemical performance for Li-ion batteries, showing initial discharge capacities of 125.4 mA h g−1 and 126.1 mA h g−1, and high capacity retentions of 90.7% and 87.6% after 200 cycles at 0.1 C and 0.5 C, respectively. It also exhibited the lowest intrinsic resistance and best Li+ diffusion kinetics among all the samples deduced from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A1671-A1678
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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