The electrochemical performance of rechargeable Li-air batteries containing a reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/α-MnO2composite and neat α-MnO2electrode is studied. The rGO/α-MnO2composite exhibits a specific capacity as high as 558.4 mA h g-1at a current density of 100 mA g-1, indicating its potential to make a good cathode material. The composite electrode also presents a relatively moderate degradation of capacities with increasing cycles, compared to the neat α-MnO2electrode. rGO functions as the conducting medium to connect the α-MnO2nanorods, thus improving the Li ion transfer. The mechanisms responsible for the capacity degradation in the composite electrodes are studied after a series of interrupted charge/discharge cycles, detecting Li2O2and LiF as the main reaction products formed on the electrode surface. In particular, the LiF layer is identified to be an important component of reaction products, which serves as a barrier to reactions between the Li ions and electrons with the electrode, giving rise to detrimental effects on the cyclic and capacity performance of Li-air batteries.
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- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Materials Science(all)