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A common framework for the simulation of next-generation metal-sulfur batteries

Richter, Raphael and Häcker, Joachim and Danner, Timo and Wagner, Norbert and Friedrich, Andreas and Latz, Arnulf (2018) A common framework for the simulation of next-generation metal-sulfur batteries. 15th Symposium on Modeling and Validation of Electrochemical Energy Devices, 12.13. Apr. 2018, Arau, Schweiz.

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Modern Lithium-ion batteries based on intercalation chemistry hold more than twice as much energy by weight and are ten times cheaper as the first commercial versions sold by Sony. But today they are near its limits. Metal anodes for ‘beyond Li-Ion’ batteries, such as Lithium-sulfur or Lithium-air, promise higher energy density and lower cost. In recent years magnesium-sulfur batteries are discussed as an attractive next-generation energy storage system. Magnesium can be directly used as anode material due to its dendrite-free deposition and thus increases the safety as well as energy density of such a cell. Two electrons are stored per Mg atom which compensates the rather low discharge potential of magnesium-sulfur cells of 1.7 V and provides a high capacity of 3832 mAh/cm3 and 2230 mAh/g with an energy density of over 3200 Wh/l [1]. Such an energy density is beyond that of lithium-sulfur batteries and is, therefore, very promising for automotive and stationary applications. Furthermore, magnesium and sulfur are both naturally abundant, low in price and non-toxic. However, magnesium-sulfur batteries are in a very early stage of research and development. The system suffers from similar problems like the early Li-S batteries which are a low coulombic efficiency and cycle life, mainly associated with the well-known polysulfide shuttle. Moreover, the reactions at both the positive and negative electrode are not yet fully understood but similar sulfur reduction mechanisms are generally assumed [2]. In order to harvest the conceptual similarities between lithium and magnesium sulfur batteries we formulate a common framework for metal sulfur batteries. In a multiscale approach we describe both the processes in sulfur host materials (e.g. meso/mricoporous carbons) and on cell level (1+1D). The transport of dissolved species is modeled by the Nernst-Planck equation and sulfur red/ox kinetics are described by a reduced mechanism which is able to reproduce the key experimental results for Me-S batteries [3]. Therefore, the model is able to capture the kinetics of sulfur redistribution in the cell during cycling driven by the polysulfide shuttle. By taking into account side reactions at the negative electrode we are able to describe the experimentally observed decrease in coulombic efficiency and capacity. In our presentation we focus on the investigation of common properties of Li-S and Mg-S batteries, and more importantly key differences between the two. The simulation results will be compared to in- house experimental data measured on sulfur/carbon composite electrodes, such as charge and discharge curves as well as electrochemical impedance spectra. For these experiments the Mg-S and Li-S cells under investigation are identical with respect to dimensions, cathode material and electrolyte solvent. In close collaboration with the experimental groups at DLR and HIU we aim at guiding new developments of the Mg-S system. References: 1. H. D. Yoo, I. Shterenberg, Y. Gofer, G. Gershinsky, N. Pour, D. Aurbach, Energy Environ. S. 6 (2013), 2265 2. Z. Zhao-Karger, X. Zhao, D. Wang, T. Diemant, R. J. Behm, M. Fichtner, Adv. Energy Mater. 5 (2015), 140155 3. T. Danner, G. Zhu, A. F. Hofmann, A. Latz, Electrochimica Acta 184 (2015), 124-133

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124839/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:A common framework for the simulation of next-generation metal-sulfur batteries
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Richter, RaphaelRaphael.Richter (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Häcker, JoachimJoachim.Haecker (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2031-9898
Danner, TimoTimo.Danner (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2336-6059
Wagner, NorbertNorbert.Wagner (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2596-8689
Friedrich, Andreasandreas.friedrich (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Latz, Arnulfarnulf.latz (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1449-8172
Date:12 April 2018
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Magnesium, Schwefel, Magnesium-Schwefel, MgS
Event Title:15th Symposium on Modeling and Validation of Electrochemical Energy Devices
Event Location:Arau, Schweiz
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:12.13. Apr. 2018
Organizer:PSI
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Storage and Cross-linked Infrastructures
HGF - Program Themes:Electrochemical Energy Storage
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SP - Energy Storage
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Electrochemical Prcesses (Batteries)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Computational Electrochemistry
Deposited By: Richter, Raphael
Deposited On:18 Dec 2018 16:23
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:22

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