Combined Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy/Inductively Coupled Plasma Analysis As Diagnostics for Soluble Manganese Species from Mn-Based Positive Electrode Materials in Li-ion Cells

Y. Shilina, B. Ziv, A. Meir, A. Banerjee, S. Ruthstein, S. Luski, D. Aurbach, I. C. Halalay

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Manganese dissolution from positive electrodes significantly reduces the durability of lithium-ion batteries. Knowledge of dissolution rates and oxidation states of manganese ions is essential for designing effective mitigation measures for this problem. We show that electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) combined with atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) or inductively coupled plasma (ICP) can determine both manganese dissolution rates and relative Mn3+ amounts, by comparing the correlation between EPR and AAS/ICP data for Mn2+ standards with that for samples containing manganese cations dissolved from active materials (LiMn2O4 (LMO) and LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 (LNMO)) into the same electrolyte solution. We show that Mn3+ and not Mn2+, is the dominant species dissolved from LMO, while Mn2+ is predominant for LNMO. Although the dissolution rate of LMO varies significantly for the two investigated materials, due to particle morphology and the presence of Cr in one of them, the Mn speciation appears independent of such details. Thus, the relative abundance of dissolved manganese ions in various oxidation states depends mainly on the overall chemical identity of the active material (LMO vs LNMO). We demonstrate the relevance of our methodology for practical batteries with data for graphite-LMO cells after high-temperature cycling or stand at 4.2 V.
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