Radical or Not Radical: Revisiting Lithium-Sulfur Electrochemistry in Nonaqueous Electrolytes

Marine Cuisinier, Connor Hart, Mahalingam Balasubramanian, Arnd Garsuch, Linda F. Nazar

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Tracking down trisulfur radical in lithium-sulfur batteries is reported. In nonaqueous electrolytes, dissociation of polysulfide dianions to radicals, and particularly trisulfur S3·-, is believed to play a key role in the performance of lithium sulfur batteries. While S3·- exists in only minor concentration in glymes, exacerbated dissociation in donor solvents allows full utilization of both sulfur and lithium sulfide.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1401801
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • electrolytes
  • in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • lithium-sulfur batteries
  • trisulfur radicals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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