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Title: Surface Phenomenon in Electrochemical Systems
Authors: Gupta, Tanya
Advisors: Steingart, Daniel A.
Contributors: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Keywords: Battery
Prussian Blue
Subjects: Engineering
Materials Science
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: Interfaces play a critical role in the performance of electrochemical systems. This thesis focusses on interfaces in batteries and covers aspects of interfacial morphologies of metal anodes, including Silicon, Lithium and Zinc. Growth and cycling of electrochemically grown Lithium and Zinc metal structures is investigated. A new morphology of Zinc, called Hyper Dendritic Zinc is introduced. It is cycled against Prussian Blue Analogues and is shown to improve the performance of this couple significantly. Characterization of materials is done using various electron microscopy techniques ranging from Low Energy Electron Microscope (LEEM), to high energy Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). LEEM is used for capturing subtle surface phenomenon occurring during epitaxial process of electrolyte on anode. The system studied is Silicon (100) during Chemical Vapor Deposition of Ethylene Carbonate. A strain driven relaxation theory is modeled to explain the unusual restructuring of Si substrate. The other extreme, TEM, is often used to study electrochemical processes, without clear understanding of how the high-energy electron beam can influence the sample under investigation. Here, we study the radiolysis in liquid cell TEM and emphasize on the enhancement of radiation dose at interfaces of the liquid due to generation of secondary and backscattered electrons from adjoining materials. It is shown that this effect is localized in a 10 nm region around the interface and can play a dominating role if there is an interface of liquid with heavy metals like Gold and Platinum which are frequently used as electrode materials. This analysis can be used to establish guidelines for experimentalists to follow, for accurate interpretation of their results.
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Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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