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An in-situ Raman study of the oxygen reduction reaction in ionic liquids

Authors
Publisher
Elsevier B.V.
Volume
46
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.elecom.2014.06.001
Keywords
  • Lithium–Oxygen Batteries
  • Ionic Liquids
  • Oxygen Reduction Reaction

Abstract

Abstract In-situ Raman spectroscopy is applied, for the first time, to elucidate the reaction products of oxygen reduction in two types of ionic liquids: 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (C2mimTFSI) and 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (Pyr14TFSI). The degradation of C2mimTFSI by superoxide attack is evidenced by the appearance of bands characteristic of amide and carbonate compounds. On the contrary, Pyr14TFSI is found to be resistant towards degradation. It is observed that superoxide is the first product of oxygen reduction in Pyr14TFSI, and the formation of Li2O2 is observed at longer times.

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