Tuning the Solid Electrolyte Interphase for Selective Li- and Na-Ion Storage in Hard Carbon

Fernando A. Soto, Pengfei Yan, Mark H. Engelhard, Asma Marzouk, Chongmin Wang, Guiliang Xu, Zonghai Chen, Khalil Amine, Jun Liu, Vincent L. Sprenkle, Fedwa El-Mellouhi, Perla B. Balbuena, Xiaolin Li

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Solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) films with controllable properties are highly desirable for improving battery performance. In this paper, a combined experimental and theoretical approach is used to study SEI films formed on hard carbon in Li- and Na-ion batteries. It is shown that a stable SEI layer can be designed by precycling an electrode in a desired Li- or Na-based electrolyte, and that ionic transport can be kinetically controlled. Selective Li- and Na-based SEI membranes are produced using Li- or Na-based electrolytes, respectively. The Na-based SEI allows easy transport of Li ions, while the Li-based SEI shuts off Na-ion transport. Na-ion storage can be manipulated by tuning the SEI layer with film-forming electrolyte additives, or by preforming an SEI layer on the electrode surface. The Na specific capacity can be controlled to < 25 mAh g-1; ≈ 1/10 of the normal capacity (250 mAh g-1). Unusual selective/preferential transport of Li ions is demonstrated by preforming an SEI layer on the electrode surface and corroborated with a mixed electrolyte. This work may provide new guidance for preparing good ion-selective conductors using electrochemical approaches.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvanced Materials
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017



  • Li-ion batteries
  • Na-ion batteries
  • Selective ion transfer
  • Solid-electrolyte interphase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Soto, F. A., Yan, P., Engelhard, M. H., Marzouk, A., Wang, C., Xu, G., Chen, Z., Amine, K., Liu, J., Sprenkle, V. L., El-Mellouhi, F., Balbuena, P. B., & Li, X. (Accepted/In press). Tuning the Solid Electrolyte Interphase for Selective Li- and Na-Ion Storage in Hard Carbon. Advanced Materials. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201606860