Tailored metal oxide thin film on polyethylene separators for sodium-ion batteries

Jin Il Kim, Jinwoo Heo, Jong Hyeok Park

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The development of polymer separators for Na+-ion batteries has not been of interest because conventional polyolefin (e.g., polyethylene or polypropylene) separators are not suitable for the solvation of Na+-ion-containing electrolytes. Here, we report a simple surface modification method based on chemical vapor deposition of SiO2 applied to a polyethylene separator for Na+-ion batteries. A thin SiO2 layer is coated uniformly onto a porous polymer separator with the negligibly increased total separator thickness. Improved wetting ability of the SiO2-film-coated polyethylene separators with a polar electrolyte based on ethylene carbonate (EC) and dimethyl carbonate (DMC) solvents is demonstrated, with superior electrochemical performance characteristics, such as initial specific capacity, C-rate and cyclic stability. In addition, the thin SiO2 coating film results in substantially suppressed thermal shrinkage, which may lead to improvements in the thermal and dimensional stability of Na+-ion batteries. Compared to a glass-fiber separator and the conventional PE separator, the metal-oxide-thin-film-coated polyethylene separator will accelerate the development of Na+-ion batteries for various electrochemical energy storage applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A1965-A1969
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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