Mesoscale Elucidation of Solid Electrolyte lnterphase Layer Formation in Li-Ion Battery Anode Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 American Chemical Society. Capacity fade in lithium-ion batteries largely originates from the undesired electrolyte decomposition, which results in the formation of solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) and the anode surface passivation. In this work, a mesoscale interfacial modeling approach is developed to investigate the formation and growth of the SEI film on a typical graphite based anode over several cycles. It is found that lithium diffusion kinetics in the SEI film significantly affects the SEI growth rate. A lower lithium diffusion barrier leads to a higher growth rate. The present model demonstrates that the SEI thickness is a linear function of the square root of the charging time over long-time cycling. Growth of multicomponent SEI film is also elucidated. It is found that the heterogeneity of the SEI film may lead to instability in lithium ion concentration distribution.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Hao, F., Liu, Z., Balbuena, P. B., & Mulcherjee, P. P.

citation count

  • 37

complete list of authors

  • Hao, Feng||Liu, Zhixiao||Balbuena, Perla B||Mulcherjee, Partha P

publication date

  • January 2017