Lithium-sulfur batteries suffer from severe self-discharge because of polysulfide dissolution and side reaction. In this work, a novel electrolyte containing bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl) ether (BTFE) was used to mitigate self-discharge of Li-S cells having both low- and high-sulfur-loading sulfur cathodes. This electrolyte meaningfully decreased self-discharge at elevated temperature, though differences in behavior of cells with high- and low-sulfur-loading were also noted. Further investigation showed that this effect likely stems from the formation of a more robust protective film on the anode surface.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)