Lithium Insertion in Nanostructured TiO2(B)
ANTHONY G. DYLLA, GRAEME HENKELMAN, AND
KEITH J. STEVENSON*
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin,
Austin, Texas 78712, United States
RECEIVED ON JUNE 12, 2012
to become feasible alternatives to current technology,
but only if scientists can develop energy storage materialsthat offer high capacity and high rate capabilities. Chemists havestudied anatase, rutile, brookite and TiO2(B) (bronze) in bothbulk and nanostructured forms as potential Li-ion batteryanodes. In most cases, the specific capacity and rate of lithiationand delithiation increases as the materials are nanostructured.
Scientists have explained these enhancements in terms of highersurface areas, shorter Liþ diffusion paths and different surfaceenergies for nanostructured materials allowing for more facilelithiation and delithiation. Of the most studied polymorphs,nanostructured TiO2(B) has the highest capacity with promising high rate capabilities. TiO2(B) is able to accommodate 1 Liþ per Ti,giving a capacity of 335 mAh/g for nanotubular and nanoparticulate TiO2(B). The TiO2(B) polymorph, discovered in 1980 by Marchand andco-workers, has been the focus of many recent studies regarding high power and high capacity anode materials with potential applicationsfor electric vehicles and grid storage. This is due to the material's stability over multiple cycles, safer lithiation potential relative to graphite,reasonable capacity, high rate capability, nontoxicity, and low cost (Bruce, P. G.; Scrosati, B.; Tarascon, J.-M. Nanomaterials for RechargeableLithium Batteries. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 2930"2946). One of the most interesting properties of TiO2(B) is that both bulk andnanostructured forms lithiate and delithiate through a surface redox or pseudocapacitive charging mechanism, giving rise to stable high ratecharge/discharge capabilities in the case of nanostructured TiO2(B). When other polymorphs of TiO2 are nanostructured, they still mainlyintercalate lithium through a bulk diffusion-controlled mechanism. TiO2(B) has a unique open crystal structure and low energy Liþ pathwaysfrom surface to subsurface sites, which many chemists believe to contribute to the pseudocapacitive charging.
Several disadvantages exist as well. TiO2(B), and titania in general, suffers from poor electronic and ionic conductivity.
Nanostructured TiO2(B) also exhibits significant irreversible capacity loss (ICL) upon first discharge (lithiation). NanostructuringTiO2(B) can help alleviate problems with poor ionic conductivity by shortening lithium diffusion pathways. Unfortunately, this alsoincreases the likelihood of severe first discharge ICL due to reactive Ti"OH and Ti"O surface sites that can cause unwantedelectrolyte degradation and irreversible trapping of Liþ. Nanostructuring also results in lowered volumetric energy density, whichcould be a considerable problem for mobile applications. We will also discuss these problems and proposed solutions.
Scientists have synthesized TiO2(B) in a variety of nanostructures including nanowires, nanotubes, nanoparticles, mesoporous-
ordered nanostructures, and nanosheets. Many of these structures exhibit enhanced Liþ diffusion kinetics and increased specificcapacities compared to bulk material, and thus warrant investigation on how nanostructuring influences lithiation behavior. ThisAccount will focus on these influences from both experimental and theoretical perspectives. We will discuss the surface chargingmechanism that gives rise to the increased lithiation and delithiation kinetics for TiO2(B), along with the influence of dimensionalconfinement of the nanoarchitectures, and how nanostructuring can change the lithiation mechanism considerably.
development of energy storage materials that offer high
In order for electric vehicles and grid storage devices to
capacity and high rate capabilities is needed.2,3 Pseudoca-
become viable alternatives to current technology, further
pacitors can be considered hybrids of traditional batteries
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(high energy density but typically poor power output) anddouble layer capacitors (high power output during shortbursts but low energy density). The pseudocapacitive energystorage mechanism is different from batteries in that surfaceredox properties dominate the charge-transfer processesrather than normal Faradaic diffusion-controlled insertionprocesses.4 Metal oxides such as RuO2 and IrO2 act as pseudo-capacitors offering exceptional power, fast charging, and long-term stability while also affording some of the advantages oftraditional secondary batteries such as reasonable storagecapacity.4,5 Pseudocapacitors with moderate energy densityat high charge rates over many cycles could find applications inhybrid-electric or electric vehicles. The pseudocapacitor could
FIGURE 1. Scheme showing idealized voltage and differential capacity
be employed when fast power delivery during acceleration is
(dC/dV) profiles for three basic charge storage mechanisms along with acontinuum of their energy storage properties. Pseudocapacitors are
required. Efficient use of renewable energies through load
attractive because they take advantage of the attractive properties of
leveling will also require the ability to store and deliver charge
both batteries (charge storage) and capacitors (high rate delivery or
rapidly.3 For these applications, RuO
2 and IrO2 would be cost
prohibitive making, TiO2 a relatively inexpensive option. By
Equation 2 describes current due to normal diffusion con-
nanostructuring certain electroactive materials, this surface
trolled Faradaic Liþ insertion processes where the current is
charge-transfer process (pseudocapacitive effect) becomes
linear with the square root of scan rate. In the case of
the dominant storage mechanism and can offer 10"100 times
pseudocapacitance, the extent of charge (Δq) is dependent
the capacitance of a traditional carbon-based double layercapacitor.4 As mentioned in the Conspectus, TiO
upon the change in voltage (ΔV), and thus, the total charge
anode material in that both bulk and nanostructured forms
passed, d(Δq)/d(ΔV), is the equivalent of capacitance and
lithiate/delithiate through this pseudocapacitive mechanism,
gives rise to the sloping galvanostatic (I"V) profiles often
making it an attractive material for the applications noted
exhibited by those materials.4 Figure 1 shows a general
schematic of the three basic charge storage mechanisms in
Electrochemical methods have been used to measure
relation to galvanostatic and differential capacity (dC/dV)
Liþ diffusion kinetics as well as the relative contributions of
plots. Liþ insertion via pseudocapacitance is similar to a
both capacitive (including double layer capacitance and
battery in that a redox reaction is required for charge storage
pseudocapacitance) and diffusion controlled insertion pro-
but dissimilar in that the process is not diffusion limited.
cesses to the overal capacity of nanostructured anatase
Wang and co-workers have systematically studied how
materials.6,7 More specifical y, cyclic voltammetry (CV) can be
nanoparticle size affects the relative contributions of pseu-
used to determine the general relationship between current
docapacitance and bulk diffusion controlled intercalation of
and scan rate by eqs 1 and 2 below:
Liþ into nanocrystalline anatase.9 By combining eqs 1 and 2
above and simplifying to eq 3 below:
i(V) ¼ k1v þ k2v1=2
They were able to determine relative contributions of
pseudocapacitance and diffusion controlled intercalation
where CΦ is surface capacitance, ν is the scan rate, n is the
at a given potential using scan rate studies. Figure 2
number of electrons, F is the Faraday constant, A is the
shows that as the particle size decreased, the contribution
electrode area, c is the concentration of Liþ, D is the diffusion
of pseudocapacitance increased as well as slightly in-
coefficient, R is the transfer coefficient, R is the gas constant,
creasing the overall storage capacity of the material. The
and T is the temperature. Equation 1 describes capacitive
galvanostatic plot shown in Figure 2 also shows the more
current due to surface confined redox processes (pseudo-
capacitive-like sloping behavior indicative of this surface
capacitance) where the current is linear with scan rate.
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FIGURE 2. Contribution of diffusion controlled capacity and surface capacitance (pseudocapacitance) as a function of anatase nanoparticle size (left)and galvanostatic discharge curves for the three sizes studied (right). Reprinted with permission from ref 9. Copyright 2007 American ChemicalSociety.
2. The TiO2(B) Structure
In subsequent cycles, LixTiO2(B) is reversibly lithiated/
The advantages of using TiO
delithiated as shown in eq 5.
2 as an anode in rechargeable
lithium ion batteries lie in its characteristic safety and stabi-
LixTiO2(B)TLix " yTiO2(B) þ yLiþ þ ye "
lity. Graphite is the most widely used anode material inrechargeable lithium ion batteries due in part to its low
The unit cell contains 8 Ti sites and 10 Liþ sites, giving a
lithiation potential (∼0.1 V vs Li/Liþ) that allows for a large
theoretical capacity of 1.25 Liþ/Ti (∼420 mAh/g), though
voltage difference between cathode an anode and reason-
calculations suggest that because of Liþ"Liþ repulsions
ably high capacity. The fact that graphite lithiates at a
only 8 Liþ sites can be filled giving a capacity of 1.00 Liþ/
potential near that of the Li/Liþ couple poses a problem in
Ti (335 mAh/g).11 Liþ can bind to three unique sites within
that the lithium electroplating can cause short circuit and
the crystal: four A1 and four A2 sites sit near equatorial
thermal runaway conditions resulting in combustion of
and axial oxygens in the titania octahera, respectively,
organic electrolyte and catastrophic battery failure. Choos-
and two C sites lie in the open channel along the b-axis.
ing an anode with a higher lithiation potential such as TiO2(
Figure 3 shows the crystal structure along with labeled Liþ
∼1.6 V vs Li/Liþ) greatly reduces the chance of this type of
battery failure. Among the common polymorphs, TiO
has attracted recent attention due mainly to high energy
Much of the interest in TiO2(B) as an anode material lies in
density, but also because of the ability to nanostructure this
its unique crystal structure. Compared to other titania poly-
polymorph into several distinct architectures which provides
morphs, TiO2(B) has the lowest density, and the perovskite-
opportunities to systematically study the charge storage
like layered structure along with the open channel parallel
to the b-axis suggests that fast Liþ diffusion should be
possible. While high rate capabilities have been observed
2(B) was first synthesized in 1980 by Marchand and
co-workers from the layered titanate K
for nanostructured TiO
2(B), the mechanism responsible is
still debated.11 7Liþ spin-alignment echo nuclear magnetic
2Ti4O9 via acid washing and finally dehy-
drated to the layered TiO
resonance (SAE-NMR) correlation spectroscopy studies have
2(B) structure.10 TiO2(B) has a
monoclinic C2/m structure comprised of edge- and corner-
shown Liþ self-diffusivity to be quite slow even in nanowire
6 octahedra with an open channel parallel to
2(B) suggesting that another mechanism is at
the b-axis that sits between axial oxygens. Initially TiO
play besides facile Liþ diffusion through the b-axis channel in
lithiates as shown in eq 4.
the bulk of the crystal.12,13 High surface areas and uniquesurface energetics have been largely invoked to describe the
xLi þ TiO2(B) þ xe "TLixTiO2(B)
high capacity and rates for nanostructured TiO2(B).1
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FIGURE 3. Unit cell of TiO2(B) with idealized Liþ insertion sites.
3. Lithiation of TiO2(B)
Bulk TiO2(B). Bulk TiO2(B) lithiates to x = 0.7"0.8
(LixTiO2(B)) upon first discharge (lithiation) with stable slowrate cycling in the range of x = 0.3"0.6.14"17 The galvano-static charging/discharging profiles of bulk TiO2(B) show twodistinct plateaus between 1.4 and 1.6 V vs Li/Liþ uponreduction (intercalation) and similar peaks at slightly higher
FIGURE 4. Typical cyclic voltammogram of Liþ insertion and
potentials (ΔV ≈ 100 mV) upon oxidation (deintercalation).
deinsertion into bulk TiO2(B) along with an inset of the peak current
Zukalova and co-workers were the first to determine the
for both oxidation and reduction as a function of scan rate that shows
pseudocapacitive Liþ insertion behavior of TiO
a linear relationship associated with surface charging mechanism.
Reprinted with permission from ref 18. Copyright 2005 American
rate dependent studies on bulk TiO2(B) showing a linear rela-
tionship between scan rate and peak current (see Figure 4).18
Nanowires and Nanotubes. Much of the initial research
bulk TiO2(B). The main difference between the 1-D nano-
on the lithiation of nanostructured TiO2(B) comes from Bruce
architectures is that the nanotubes have a more sloped
and co-workers on TiO2(B) nanowires and nanotubes.16,19,20
profile and increased first cycle ICL relative to the nanowires.
Armstrong et al. used a simplified hydrothermal reaction
Sloping profiles in galvanostatic charge/discharge cycles are
involving anatase powders in KOH solutions to produce the
often observed for nanostructured Liþ intercalation materi-
potassium titanate precursor followed by ion exchange in
als. This behavior was explained in terms of the curvature of
acid to form the hydrogen titanate that was then dehydrated
the nanotube walls leading to strain-induced surface free
to form TiO2(B) nanowires and nanotubes.19,21 They were
energy changes. As described above, the pseudocapacitive
able to produce either nanotubes or nanowires by control-
charging mechanism requires that the degree of lithiation be
ling the time and temperature of the final dehydration step.
dependent on the potential. In this mechanism, the materi-
Shorter times at lower temperatures produced nanotubes
al's surface acts as a solid solution host to Liþ insertion and
with an external diameter of 10"20 nm and an internal
the free energy of the surface changes incrementally as a
diameter of 5"8 nm with micrometer lengths, while longer
function of Liþ concentration. This is in contrast to nanowires
times at higher temperatures produced nanowires with 20"
that have relatively large widths and less surface strain and act
40 nm diameters with lengths of several micrometers. Other
more like bulk materials. The higher degree of ICL for TiO2(B)
methods for creating nanowires and nanotubes have been
nanotubes relative to nanowires was also explained in terms of
reported including low temperature22 and microwave23 meth-
higher reactivity toward electrolyte decomposition on the
ods. In their study of low temperature synthesis methods for
strained nanotube surface. The first discharge capacity of TiO2(B)
producing TiO2(B) nanowires, Daoud and Pang found that the
nanowires and nanotubes at a charge rate of 50 mA/g
synthesis of nanotube, nanoribbon, or nanowire structures was
(0.15 C) was 305 (0.91 Liþ/Ti) and 338 (1.01 Liþ/Ti) mAh/g,
highly dependent upon the temperature of the reaction.22 This
respectively. The capacity dropped to 200 and 230 mAh/g,
suggests that the collapse and dehydration of the layered
respectively, for the second cycle discharge.
hydrogen titanate intermediate plays a significant role in the
In terms of specific site filling and lithiation mechanisms,
resultant TiO2(B) nanostructure formed.
several experimental studies have suggested that facile
The galvanostatic charge/discharge cycles of nanowires
lithiation occurs radially into the walls of the nanotubes
and nanotubes typically exhibit redox plateau positions, or
and perpendicular to the flat surface of the nanowires rather
redox peaks in differential capacity plots (dC/dV), similar to
than down the long axis of the 1-D structures that is also
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parallel to the b-axis or C site tunnels.1,24 Brutti and co-workers used combined FTIR, XPS, and electrochemicalstudies to investigate the increased ICL observed for nano-tube geometries.25 Earlier work had suggested that eitherelectrolyte decomposition or high-energy surface sites act-ing as irreversible Liþ traps during the first lithiation cyclewere the cause of the ICL.24 The latter was ruled out as themain contributor because surface treatments of TiO2(B)nanotubes with Li(CH3CO2) dramatically mitigated the ICL.
The lithium acetate reacts with surface Ti"OH to form aTi"O"Li tube surface that is less reactive toward electrolytedecomposition.
Nanoparticles. The synthesis of TiO2(B) nanoparticles
was first described by Kobayashi and co-workers.26 Theyfirst synthesized a Ti-glycolate complex that was then re-acted with H2SO4 to form the hydrogen titanate precursor.
Finally, the solution of hydrogen titanate was hydrother-mally reacted to form nanoparticles of TiO2(B) in the 3"6 nmsize range.
Galvanostatic charging curves of phase-pure TiO2(B) nano-
particles have only been recently reported by Ren and
FIGURE 5. Gravimetric capacity (a) and relative volumetric charge
Bruce.27 The redox peak positions reported in the dC/dV
retention (b) as a function of charge rate for various TiO2 nanostructures.
Reproduced from ref 27. Copyright 2012 John Wiley & Sons.
plots were similar to those of nanowire and nanotubegeometries, implying a similar Liþ insertion mechanism.
capability. Porosity and high surface area has been added
The nanoparticle dC/dV plot does differ from both the
to anatase through sol"gel routes involving structure direct-
nanowire and bulk architectures in that a large capacitive-
ing diblock copolymers,28 by templating of preformed ana-
like region was observed in the 1.4"1.0 V range. This
tase nanocrystals,28 and by reactive ballistic deposition.29
capacitive profile is similar to that observed for nanotubes
This increased porosity can enhance both overall storage
which may suggest that curvature and/or strain near the
capacity and high rate capacity due to improved Li-ion
surface of these nanomaterials plays an important role in
coupled electron transfer kinetics, faster diffusion of Liþ
the lithiation mechanism. The first discharge capacity for
through the interconnected TiO2 network, and increased
TiO2(B) nanoparticles was reported as 322 mAh/g (0.96 Liþ/Ti)
electrode/electrolyte contact areas.
at 50 mA/g (0.15 C) charge rate. This discharge capacity is
Interestingly, when using the sol"gel method for synthe-
close to the theoretical value, but some ICL is observed upon
sizing mesoporous TiO2, a second TiO2 phase is often
first charge pointing to redox behavior associated with
introduced as a minor component. The hydrolysis condi-
electrolyte degradation on the first cycle. Upon second
tions required for the formation of Ti"O"Ti oligomeric
discharge at the same rate, the capacity falls to 251 mAh/g
networks are difficult to control and can result in multiphase
(0.75 Liþ/Ti) with good retention upon charge (96%). The
materials. Kavan and co-workers noted the impurity during
nanoparticulate TiO2(B) outperforms nanotubes, nanowires,
electrochemical experiments showing unique Liþ insertion
and bulk TiO2(B) in both fast and slow charge rate capacity as
at 1.6 V.30 This phase was first believed to be an amorphous
can be seen in Figure 5 where several nanoarchitectures of
surface anatase species, but was later confirmed to be a
TiO2(B) along with other titania polymorphs are compared.
TiO2(B) impurity.18 In the case of reactive ballistic deposition
The authors attributed the enhanced capacity and kinetics of
of titanium in an oxygen environment, Lin and co-workers
the nanoparticles to increased surface structural distortions
observed lithium insertion peaks in the cyclic voltammetry
making Liþ transport more facile.
similar in position to those found in TiO2(B) and determined
Mesoporous TiO2(B). As mentioned in the previous sec-
that a mixture of surface pseudocapacitance and diffusion
tions, high surface area, nanostructured TiO2(B) with strained
controlled Liþ insertion was responsible for the charging
surfaces appear to enhance both the capacity and rate
behavior.29 These examples point to the complex conditions
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that are required to control titania polymorphism at the
followed by dehydration at 350 !C.35 They argued that the
increased capacity of the layer-structured derived TiO2(B) re-
Proch!azka et al. reported on a dip-coating method to
lative to conventional TiO2(B) was due to the increased surface
produce mesoporous TiO2(B) on conductive substrates and
area. Stable 253 mAh/g capacity was achieved at 100 mA/g
showed fast lithiation kinetics of the thin films for smart
(0.3 C). Liu and co-workers used a modified version of the Xiang
electrochromic window applications.31 Some anatase con-
synthesis to create a porous nanosheet morphology.36 By
taminants were observed that were likely due to the calcina-
adding ammonia to TiCl4 and ethylene glycol in the during
tion procedure required to convert the amorphous titania to
solvothermal condensation, they found that a hierarchical
TiO2(B). Liu and co-workers recently reported on the lithia-
pore structure was added to the nanosheets. The cyclic vol-
tion of mesoporous TiO2(B) microspheres.32 The advantage
tammetry studies showed redox peaks similar to other reports
of a mesoporous microsphere geometry lies in the ability to
for nanostructured TiO2(B) along with a smal amount of anatase
increase volumetric energy density due to efficient micro-
byproduct. The first discharge capacity at 34 mA/g (0.1 C)
sphere packing while maintaining the nanostructure needed
charge rate was 332 mAh/g with significant ICL of 25%. The
for fast surface lithiation kinetics. The CVs showed broad
material showed good high rate capability with highly stable
capacitive-like profiles with redox peaks associated with both
220 mAh/g capacity at a 10 C charge rate over 200 cycles.
TiO2(B) and anatase. The 0.1 C rate capacity was steady at
They attributed the high rate capability to both the ultrathin
250 mAh/g after a first cycle capacity of 310 mAh/g, and
geometry and the pore structure that allowed facile access
the material exhibited highly stable charging capacity of
between layers that may otherwise stack on top of one
160 mAh/g at 10 C. Recently, Dylla and co-workers reported
another and therefore be less accessible to electrolyte and
on the influence of mesoporosity on the rate capability of
would hinder Liþ diffusion. Most recently, Dyl a and co-workers
mesoporously ordered 4"5 nm TiO2(B) nanoparticles.33 Using
have reported a combined experimental/theoretical study on
TiO2(B) nanoparticles as building blocks and a common di-
the lithiation of TiO2(B) nanoparticles and nanosheets. The
block copolymer (P123) as a structure directing agent, they
experimental dC/dV plots and simulations support significantly
were able to control the phase purity of the resultant mesopor-
different lithiation/delithiation behavior for nanosheets com-
ous thin film structure. They found that the open pore structure
pared to nanoparticles due to the elongated geometry of the
enhanced the high rate charging capacity significantly over
nanosheet crystal structure along the a-axis.37
nontemplated composites of TiO2(B) nanoparticles and showedthrough scan rate dependent studies that the mesoporous
4. Theoretical Studies
structures lithiated through a pseudocapacitive mechanism.
Panduwinata and Gale calculated from first principles the
Similar to the other mesoporous studies, large capacitive-like
thermodynamics of low concentration Liþ site occupancy in
CVs were observed with the double peak behavior consistent
TiO2(B).38 They found the A2 site to be slightly more favor-
with TiO2(B) lithium insertion and 170 mAh/g capacity was
able than the C site due to the increased interactions with
achieved at a rate of 2.3 C.
neighboring oxygens, five versus two interactions, respec-
Nanosheets. The previous sections on various forms of
tively. Finally, the A1 site was found to be the least favorable
TiO2(B) have shown that the kinetics and capacity for lithia-
due to increased Liþ"Ti repulsions and lattice strain induced
tion of TiO2(B) are influenced by both size and architectural
by the cation. They also pointed out that there was con-
control. Ideally then, a flat thin surface of TiO2(B) should
siderably less lattice expansion within the TiO2(B) structure
provide superior fast lithiation behavior since the entirety of
compared to anatase or rutile which undergoes significant
the material would be considered surface. Xiang and co-
anisotropic expansions upon Liþ insertion. Liþ diffusion in
workers reported the first synthesis of ultrathin TiO2(B)
the dilute limit was also explored, and diffusion from C sites
nanosheets. Using a simple hydrothermal reaction between
to A2 sites was found to be lowest in energy followed by A2
ethylene glycol and TiCl3 they were able to produce high
to C and A1 to C. These three lowest energy diffusion barriers
purity, atomically thin sheets with nanocrystalline domains
all occur in either the a- or c-axis direction which are known
throughout the 200"300 nm continuous sheets.34
to be parallel to radial diffusion in TiO2(B) nanotubes and
Jang and co-workers were able to produce nanosheet-
nanowires. These calculations correlate well with the experi-
derived TiO2(B) that showed promising fast charge rate capa-
mental results showing increased rate capability for the
city by condensing a layer-structured titanate (H2Ti4O9) into a
nanotube geometry that allows for radial diffusion through
tunnel-structured titanate (H2Ti8O17) by heating to 200 !C
the a- and c-axes. Contrary to these results, Arrouvel and
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co-workers used DFT to calculate an off-centered C site asbeing most stable at low Liþ concentrations followed by A2and A1 site occupation.39 They also calculated diffusionalong the b-axis to be most favorable although they onlyconsidered C-to-C site diffusion, which again is in contra-diction to the calculations of Panduwinata and Gale.
In a combined DFT and experimental study, Islam and co-
workers found C-site binding to be preferential followed byA2 and A1. However, speculation of anatase impuritiesmixed with the TiO2(B) used in this study may have led toan incorrect interpretation of the data.40 They also arguedthat the curved surfaces of these nanostructures would be ahindrance to diffusion into the interior of the structure due to
FIGURE 6. Differential capacity plots of TiO2(B) nanoparticles (NP-top)
compression in the a"b plane as Li+ diffused deeper
and nanosheets (NS-bottom) at 50 mA/g charge rate along with anoverlay of DFTþU calculated lithiation/delithiation potentials and
into radius of the 1-D structures. Using DFT calculations,
relative Liþ concentrations (height) for the lithiation/delithiation
Koudriachova showed A1 site absorption on (001) surfaces
process. The histogram colors correlate to the intercalation sites being
to be favorable and connected to subsurface A2 sites via
filled: blue = A1, green = A2, and yellow = C. Reprinted with permission
low energy diffusion pathways in the c-axis direction until
from ref 37. Copyright 2012 American Chemical Society.
all of the A2 sites had been filled, leading to 0.5 Liþ/Ti.41
lithiation, all of the A2 sites are filled, followed by alternating
This low energy diffusion pathway was thought to contri-
A1 sites until x = 0.75. Similar to the work by Dalton and co-
bute to the pseudocapacitive behavior of TiO2(B) in nano-
workers,42 the symmetric C site was found to be unstable
wires and nanotubes which have a stretched surface
due to Liþ"Liþ repulsions from neighboring A2 sites and a
allowing for minimization of Liþ"Ti interactions from the
new site was found shifted in the b-axis direction though was
A1 surface sites to the A2 subsurface sites. Recently, Dalton
found to be filled at extremely low voltages out of the range
and co-workers used DFT in combination with Monte Carlo
typically studied experimentally. In contrast, TiO2 na-
simulations to predict Liþ site occupancies as well as voltage
nosheets were calculated to favorably lithiate at the C sites
curves and phase diagrams.42 Their calculations showed A1
at low concentrations followed by A2 sites and A1 sites. The
to be the most stable site at low Liþ concentrations followed
difference in calculated site filling between the 2-D and 3-D
by A2. The C site was shifted in the b-axis direction but was
nanostructures was attributed to the relaxed calculated
still highly unfavorable compared to A1 and A2 site occu-
TiO2(B) nanosheet architecture that allows for decreased
pancy. Upon filling to x = 0.25, A1 sites are filled on different
Liþ"Liþ repulsions at A2 and C sites allowing for favorable
planes in the c-axis direction and all of A1 sites are fil ed at x =
C site binding and a shifting in the A2 site away from the ideal
0.5. At x = 0.75, an inversion occurs that causes A2 and C sites
axial position. Figure 6 shows a comparison of dC/dV plots
to be fil ed in the (001) plane. Final y, at x = 1.0, all of the A2 and
along with histogram overlays of the DFTþU derived Liþ site
C sites are filled.
occupancy voltages and relative concentrations.
In the previously mentioned theoretical studies, the en-
ergy penalty (þU) was not included in the calculations.
5. Challenges and Future Prospects
Morgan and Watson recently showed that DFT alone is
While the high surface energy architectures such as nano-
inadequate to describe Liþ binding in anatase because of
tubes and nanoparticles provide facile lithiation kinetics,
the delocalization of 3d electrons over all Ti centers.43 Only
they are often coupled with ICL associated with electrolyte
by adding the energy penalty that forces 3d electrons to
degradation occurring on those same high energy sites. The
localize at Ti centers does the theory predict the expected Liþ
nanosheet geometry may be the best option to take advan-
site occupation behavior. Most, recently Dylla and co-work-
tage of both the high capacity and rates offered by these
ers showed in a combined experimental and DFTþU study
nanoarchitectures while avoiding significant ICL as the sur-
that site filling preferences change as a function of
face strain effect should be lessened for the flexible sheets.
nanoarchitecture.37 For 3-D structures such as bulk and
Furthermore, any nanoarchitecture used in a battery where
nanoparticles, the preference for filling follows A2 > C > A1
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