Ionic liquids (ILs), with wide electrochemical stability window, high thermal stability, and nonvolatility, are promising electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries. Among ILs with various types of anion, bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (FSI−)-based ILs are particularly appealing owing to their high ionic conductivity, low viscosity, and great anode compatibility. However, strong corrosivity of FSI− toward the Al current collector at high potential restricts their practical utilization. In this study, three strategies are implemented to overcome this limitation. Li+ fraction modulation, FSI−/bis(trifluoromethyl)sulfonylimide (TFSI−) molar ratio optimization, and their synergistic combination are used to achieve optimal charge–discharge of a high-voltage LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 (LNMO) cathode with an Al substrate. The effects of the IL composition on the electrochemical properties of a graphite anode are also investigated. The proposed IL electrolyte, which lacks any organic solvents, has an optimal Li+/FSI−/TFSI− molar ratio and thus can effectively suppress the Al corrosion, allowing a 5-V graphite//LNMO full cell to be realized. A reversible capacity of ~ 135 mAh g−1 (based on LNMO) and a capacity retention of ~ 85% after 200 cycles are found for the full cell. This study opens a new route for FSI−-based IL electrolytes in the field of high-voltage and high-safety lithium-ion battery applications.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Chemistry
- Environmental Chemistry
- General Chemical Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering