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Use of Zn sponges has been recently proposed as an effective means of limiting the shape change and dendrite formation issues, affecting the anodes of electrically rechargeable Zn-based batteries. This paper contributes to this field of research with in situ X-ray computed microtomography (XCMT) monitoring of the morphological and chemical changes undergone by Zn-sponge anodes during electrochemical cycling. Starting from a pristine anode, fabricated in the discharged state, this was first charged and then subjected to a representative series of charge–discharge sequences and, in correspondence, it was studied by XCMT in order to determine (i) the volume fractions of Zn and ZnO, porosity, and their space arrangement and (ii) the degree of connectivity of the elemental Zn framework. Good stability of the metal framework, reversibility of the Zn and ZnO phases, and their space distribution, with a limited …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
29 Apr 2020

Benedetto Bozzini, Claudio Mele, Alessio Veneziano, Nicola Sodini, Gabriele Lanzafame, Antonietta Taurino, Lucia Mancini

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Volume: 3 Issue: 5 Pages: 4931-4940
ACS Applied Energy Materials