Yantao Zhang

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The aprotic Li-O2 battery has attracted a great deal of interest because, theoretically, it can store far more energy than today's batteries. Toward unlocking the energy capabilities of this neotype energy storage system, noble metal-catalyzed high surface area carbon materials have been widely used as the O2 cathodes, and some of them exhibit excellent(More)
The aprotic Li-O2 battery has attracted a great deal of interest because theoretically it can store more energy than today's Li-ion batteries. However, current Li-O2 batteries suffer from passivation/clogging of the cathode by discharged Li2 O2 , high charging voltage for its subsequent oxidation, and accumulation of side reaction products (particularly Li2(More)
Utilization of LiFePO4 as a cathode material for Li-ion batteries often requires size nanonization coupled with calcination-based carbon coating to improve its electrochemical performance, which, however, is usually at the expense of tap density and may be environmentally problematic. Here we report the utilization of micron-sized LiFePO4, which has a(More)
The reduction of O2 to solid Li2O2, via the intermediates O2- and LiO2, is the desired discharge reaction at the positive electrode of the aprotic Li-O2 batteries. In practice, a plethora of byproducts are identified together with Li2O2 and have been assigned to the side reactions between the reduced oxygen species (O2-, LiO2, and Li2O2) and the battery(More)
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