Biomimetic Superoxide Disproportionation Catalyst for Anti-Aging Lithium-Oxygen Batteries

Chihyun Hwang, Jong Tae Yoo, Gwan Yeong Jung, Se Hun Joo, Jonghak Kim, Aming Cha, Jung Gu Han, Nam Soon Choi, Seok Ju Kang, Sang Young Lee, Sang Kyu Kwak, Hyun Kon Song

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Reactive oxygen species or superoxide (O2 -), which damages or ages biological cells, is generated during metabolic pathways using oxygen as an electron acceptor in biological systems. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) protects cells from superoxide-triggered apoptosis by converting superoxide to oxygen and peroxide. Lithium-oxygen battery (LOB) cells have the same aging problems caused by superoxide-triggered side reactions. We transplanted the function of SOD of biological systems into LOB cells. Malonic acid-decorated fullerene (MA-C60) was used as a superoxide disproportionation chemocatalyst mimicking the function of SOD. As expected, MA-C60 as the superoxide scavenger improved capacity retention along charge/discharge cycles successfully. A LOB cell that failed to provide a meaningful capacity just after several cycles at high current (0.5 mA cm-2) with 0.5 mAh cm-2 cutoff survived up to 50 cycles after MA-C60 was introduced to the electrolyte. Moreover, the SOD-mimetic catalyst increased capacity, e.g., more than a 6-fold increase at 0.2 mA cm-2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9190-9197
Number of pages8
JournalACS Nano
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 27

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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