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Investigation of the Decomposition Mechanism of Lithium Bis(oxalate)borate (LiBOB) Salt in the Electrolyte of an Aprotic Li–O2

Abstract: 

The stability of the lithium bis(oxalate) borate (LiBOB) salt against lithium peroxide (Li2O2) formation in an aprotic Li–O2 (Li–air) battery is investigated. From theoretical and experimental findings, we find that the chemical decomposition of LiBOB in electrolytes leads to the formation lithium oxalate during the discharge of a Li–O2 cell. According to density functional theory (DFT) calculations, the formation of lithium oxalate as the reaction product is exothermic and therefore is thermodynamically feasible. This reaction seems to be independent of solvents used in the Li–O2 cell, and therefore LiBOB is probably not suitable to be used as the salt in Li–O2 cell electrolytes.

Citation: 
Lau KC, J Lu, J Low, D Peng, H Wu, HM Albishri, DA Al-Hady, LA Curtiss, and K Amine.2014."Investigation of the Decomposition Mechanism of Lithium Bis(oxalate)borate (LiBOB) Salt in the Electrolyte of an Aprotic Li–O2 Battery."Energy Technology 2(4):348-354. doi:10.1002/ente.201300164
Authors: 
KC Lau
J Lu
J Low
D Peng
H Wu
HM Albishri
DA Al-Hady
LA Curtiss
K Amine