X-ray Spectroscopy and Imaging as Multiscale Probes of Intercalation Phenomena in Cathode Materials Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • © 2017, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. Intercalation phenomena are at the heart of modern electrochemical energy storage. Nevertheless, as out-of-equilibrium processes involving concomitant mass and charge transport, such phenomena can be difficult to engineer in a predictive manner. The rational design of electrode architectures requires mechanistic understanding of physical phenomena spanning multiple length scales, from atomistic distortions and electron localization at individual transition metal centers to phase inhomogeneities and intercalation gradients in individual particles and concentration variances across ensembles of particles. In this review article, we discuss the importance of the electronic structure in mediating electrochemical storage and mesoscale heterogeneity. In particular, we discuss x-ray spectroscopy and imaging probes of electronic and atomistic structure as well as statistical regression methods that allow for monitoring of the evolution of the electronic structure as a function of intercalation. The layered α-phase of V2O5 is used as a model system to develop fundamental ideas on the origins of mesoscale heterogeneity.

altmetric score

  • 2.1

author list (cited authors)

  • Horrocks, G. A., De Jesus, L. R., Andrews, J. L., & Banerjee, S.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • September 2017

published in

  • JOM  Journal