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Modeling Crystal Growth and Multi-Phase Flow in Metal-Air Batteries

Horstmann, Birger and Danner, Timo and Latz, Arnulf (2015) Modeling Crystal Growth and Multi-Phase Flow in Metal-Air Batteries. MaBIC, 13. April - 16. April, La Coruna, Spanien.

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We contributed to research on lithium-air batteries with aqueous as well as non-aqueous electrolytes on the pore level and the cell level. Based on the developed modeling methodologies, we study silicon-air and zinc-air batteries. In aqueous alkaline electrolytes, lithium ions react with oxygen to form lithium hydroxide in a gas diffusion electrode (GDE), where liquid and gas coexist in a porous structure. We model the electrochemical dynamics within a GDE including the effects of pressure-driven convection and multi-phase coexistence with continuum models and Lattice-Boltzmann theory [1,2]. The lithium hydroxide concentration in alkaline lithium-air batteries is accumulating during discharge until it precipitates. We rationalize that this precipitation is inhomogeneous due to fundamental transport effects in alkaline electrolytes and discuss adjusted cell designs [1]. On a microscopic level, we study the elementary kinetics of the oxygen reduction reaction on the active surfaces [3]. A second line of our research is devoted to aprotic solvents in lithium-air batteries. On a cell level, we found that slow oxygen transport in flooded electrodes is a limiting factor for power density [4]. On a pore level, we studied the nucleation of lithium peroxide on the active surfaces of the cathode [5]. The discharge product lithium peroxide is found in different morphologies inside lithium air batteries: either it forms films that passivate the active surface, or it forms particles that grow into the electrolyte pore space. We found out and explained that nucleation of lithium peroxide particles happens at discharge currents below the exchange current of the oxygen reduction reaction. Furthermore, we are performing research on metal-air batteries based upon zinc- or silicon-ions [6]. Our model explains the experimentally observed dependence of cell capacity on water content in the electrolyte of silicon-air batteries. The addition of water to the electrolyte affects the spatial distribution of the precipitation reaction and thus the balance between anode and cathode capacity. Parts of this research were performed in collaborations with Martin Z. Bazant, Volker P. Schulz, Wolfgang G. Bessler, Yasin Emre Durmus, Daniel Eberle, Johannes Stamm, Yang Shao-Horn, Betar Gallant, Robert Mitchell, Dennis Wittmaier, and Norbert Wagner. [1] B. Horstmann, T. Danner, and W. G. Bessler, Energy Environ. Sci. 6, 1299–1314 (2013). [2] T. Danner, B. Horstmann, D. Wittmaier, N. Wagner, and W. G. Bessler, J. Power Sources 264, 320–332 (2014). [3] D. Eberle and B. Horstmann, Electrochim. Acta 137, 714–720 (2014). [4] J. P. Neidhardt, D. N. Fronczek, T. Jahnke, T. Danner, B. Horstmann, and W. G. Bessler, J. Electrochem. Soc. 159, A1528 (2012). [5] B. Horstmann, B. Gallant, R. Mitchell, W. G. Bessler, Y. Shao-Horn, and M. Z. Bazant, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 4, 4217–4222 (2013). [6] Y. E. Durmus, Modeling of Silicon Air-Batteries, University of Ulm, 2013.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/100393/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Modeling Crystal Growth and Multi-Phase Flow in Metal-Air Batteries
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Horstmann, Birgerbirger.horstmann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Danner, Timotimo.danner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Latz, Arnulfarnulf.latz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2015
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:metal-air batteries, modeling, simulation
Event Title:MaBIC
Event Location:La Coruna, Spanien
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13. April - 16. April
Organizer:Albufera Energy Storage
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Efficient Energy Conversion and Use (old)
HGF - Program Themes:Fuel Cells (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E EV - Energy process technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Electrochemical Processes (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Computational Electrochemistry
Deposited By: Horstmann, Birger
Deposited On:03 Dec 2015 09:04
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:57

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