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Next level real-time characterisation of Li- and Na-ion batteries by – Automatic Tuning Matching Cycler (plus Goniometer) – ATMC(+G) in situ NMR

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
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 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-03-01   to  2017-02-28


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 Project objective

Concerns about finite energy resources and the need to decrease greenhouse gas emissions have increased the use of intermittent renewable energies on the electric grid. This is not without its challenges requiring more efficient ways to store electrical energy to balance demand with supply. Li-ion batteries (LIBs) are the most desirable form of energy storage (high energy / power densities) but an increasing demand of Li commodity chemicals combined with geographically-constrained reserves will drive up prices in the future. Due to the high abundance, low costs and very suitable redox potential, Na-ion batteries (NIBs) should open new avenues of research and engineering as complementary alternatives to LIBs. This shift has to be accompanied with a deeper understanding of the chemical reactions involving the multiple cell components. The proposed project focuses on a next step of in situ NMR spectroscopy, offering the unique possibility of non-invasive real-time studies of batteries under operating conditions – to track the formation of intermediate phases and investigate electrolyte decomposition during cycling of LIBs and NIBs. Significantly different shifts of the multi-component samples, resonance broadening as well as interferences of the NMR and external battery cycler (EBC) circuit impair the experiments. Hence, we will set up a novel NMR probe system allowing “on-the-fly” adjustment of the NMR circuit during the measurement and sample orientation changes via an automated goniometer. Moreover, an entirely new NMR-EBC-connection design will benefit the real-time experiments. This next level Automatic Tuning Matching Cycler (plus Goniometer) – ATMC(G) – in situ NMR approach will be established in a comparative study on lithium vs. sodium iron phosphate cathodes in LIBs and NIBs, respectively, including the application of new electrolytes to improve battery safety and cost factors. The application to a wider range of systems will include Na-Sn anodes for NIBs.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2015 Yue Deng, Christopher Eames, Jean-Noël Chotard, Fabien Lalère, Vincent Seznec, Steffen Emge, Oliver Pecher, Clare P. Grey, Christian Masquelier, M. Saiful Islam
Structural and Mechanistic Insights into Fast Lithium-Ion Conduction in Li 4 SiO 4 –Li 3 PO 4 Solid Electrolytes
published pages: 9136-9145, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b04444
Journal of the American Chemical Society 137/28 2019-07-23
2016 Oliver Pecher, Anastasia Vyalikh, Clare P. Grey
Challenges and new opportunities of in situ NMR characterization of electrochemical processes
published pages: 20011, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1063/1.4961903
AIP Conference Proceedings volume 1765 2019-07-23
2016 Lavinia M. Scherf, Antti J. Karttunen, Oliver Pecher, Pieter C. M. M. Magusin, Clare P. Grey, Thomas F. Fässler
[Ge 2 ] 4− Dumbbells with Very Short Ge−Ge Distances in the Zintl Phase Li 3 NaGe 2 : A Solid-State Equivalent to Molecular O 2
published pages: 1075-1079, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201508044
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55/3 2019-07-23
2016 Lavinia M. Scherf, Oliver Pecher, Kent J. Griffith, Frank Haarmann, Clare P. Grey, Thomas F. Fässler
Zintl Phases K 4- x Na x Si 4 (1 ≤ x ≤ 2.2) and K 7 NaSi 8 : Synthesis, Crystal Structures, and Solid-State NMR Spectroscopic Investigations
published pages: 4674-4682, ISSN: 1434-1948, DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201600735
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2016/28 2019-07-23
2017 Oliver Pecher, David M. Halat, Jeongjae Lee, Zigeng Liu, Kent J. Griffith, Marco Braun, Clare P. Grey
Enhanced efficiency of solid-state NMR investigations of energy materials using an external automatic tuning/matching (eATM) robot
published pages: 127-136, ISSN: 1090-7807, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmr.2016.12.008
Journal of Magnetic Resonance 275 2019-07-23
2017 Oliver Pecher, Javier Carretero-González, Kent J. Griffith, Clare P. Grey
Materials’ Methods: NMR in Battery Research
published pages: 213-242, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b03183
Chemistry of Materials 29/1 2019-07-23
2016 Oliver Pecher, Paul M. Bayley, Hao Liu, Zigeng Liu, Nicole M. Trease, Clare P. Grey
Automatic Tuning Matching Cycler (ATMC) in situ NMR spectroscopy as a novel approach for real-time investigations of Li- and Na-ion batteries
published pages: 200-209, ISSN: 1090-7807, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmr.2016.02.008
Journal of Magnetic Resonance 265 2019-07-23
2016 Joshua M. Stratford, Phoebe K. Allan, Oliver Pecher, Philip A. Chater, Clare P. Grey
Mechanistic insights into sodium storage in hard carbon anodes using local structure probes
published pages: 12430-12433, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C6CC06990H
Chem. Commun. 52/84 2019-07-23
2016 Gosuke Oyama, Oliver Pecher, Kent J. Griffith, Shin-ichi Nishimura, Roberta Pigliapochi, Clare P. Grey, Atsuo Yamada
Sodium Intercalation Mechanism of 3.8 V Class Alluaudite Sodium Iron Sulfate
published pages: 5321-5328, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b01091
Chemistry of Materials 28/15 2019-07-23

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