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Novel and Scalable Synthesis of BnHxz- Boron Clusters as Solid-State Electrolytes for Sodium Batteries and their Detailed Study for Hydrogen Storage Applications

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Defense Thèse de doctorat : Univ. Genève, 2020 - Sc. 5454 - 2020/04/29
Abstract All-solid-state batteries (ASSBs) promise higher power and energy density compared to batteries based on liquid electrolytes. Recently, a stable 3V ASSB based on the super ionic conductor (1mS cm-1 near room temperature) Na4(B12H12)(B10H10) has demonstrated excellent cycling stability. This electrolyte Na4(B12H12)(B10H10) can be obtained directly using the 5 steps, scalable and solution-based synthesis shown in scheme 1 (TEA = Et4N+). The use of the wet chemistry in the final step allows the solution processing of the solid electrolyte and to improve the contacts with the cathode material during assembly of the battery. This new synthesis is a cost efficient synthesis for the precursors Na2B10H10 and Na2B12H12 which are commercially very expensive. Two key parameters to tune the kinetics and selectivity of this solvolthermal synthesis of closo-hydroborates were identified: the choice of the counter cation, tetraethylammonium ((C2H5)4N+, TEA+) vs tetrabutylammonium (TBA+), and the solvent.
Keywords Hydrogen storageClosoboranesSynthesisEnergyAll solid state batteriesSodiumNovel and scalable synthesis
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URN: urn:nbn:ch:unige-1401548
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GIGANTE, Angelina. Novel and Scalable Synthesis of BnHxz- Boron Clusters as Solid-State Electrolytes for Sodium Batteries and their Detailed Study for Hydrogen Storage Applications. Université de Genève. Thèse, 2020. doi: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:140154 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:140154

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