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Characterizing local structure of SiOx using confocal μ-Raman spectroscopy and its effects on electrochemical property

  • Yoo, S
  • Kim, J
  • Kang, B
Publication Date
Sep 10, 2016
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We use confocal mu-Raman spectroscopy to characterize the local microstructure of SiOx particles that are composed of amorphous and crystalline phase and to understand its effects on electrochemical reactions. Particles of bare SiOx (x similar to 1) consist of an inhomogeneous mixture of a-Si and c-Si; some particles mainly have a-Si phase but others consist mainly of micro-sized crystalline Si phase. In contrast, particles of C-coated SiOx are composed of uniform nano-sized crystalline Si embedded in a-SiO2 matrix with small amounts of a-Si. The two samples had different electrochemical properties due to this difference in microstructure. Initial coulombic efficiency (ICE) and capacity retention were higher in the C-coated SiOx than in the bare SiOx. The findings demonstrate that confocal mu-Raman spectroscopy is very useful tool for characterizing the microstructure of SiOx and the understanding of local microstructures of SiOx is very important for understanding electrochemical reactions. a (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. / 1 / 1 / 5 / 5 / scie / scopus

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