Despite the ever-growing demand for Li metals as next-generation Li battery electrodes, little attention has been paid to their oxidation stability, which must be achieved for practical applications. Here, a new class of printable solid electrolyte interphase mimic (pSEI) for antioxidative Li metal electrodes is presented. The pSEI (≈1 µm) is directly fabricated on a thin Li metal electrode (25 µm) by processing solvent-free, UV polymerization-assisted printing, exhibiting its manufacturing simplicity and scalability. The pSEI is rationally designed to mimic a typical SEI comprising organic and inorganic components, in which ethoxylated trimethylolpropane triacrylate and diallyldimethylammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide are introduced as an organic mimic (acting as a moisture-repellent structural framework) and inorganic mimic (allowing facile Li-ion transport/high Li+ transference number), respectively. Driven by the chemical/architectural uniqueness, the pSEI enables the thin Li metal electrode to show exceptional antioxidation stability and reliable full cell performance after exposure to humid environments.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics