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Li–air batteries: Importance of singlet oxygen


The deployment of Li–air batteries is hindered by severe parasitic reactions during battery cycling. Now, the reactive singlet oxygen intermediate is shown to substantially contribute to electrode and electrolyte degradation.

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Figure 1: Deviation from a truly reversible Li–O2 electrochemistry.


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Luntz, A., McCloskey, B. Li–air batteries: Importance of singlet oxygen. Nat Energy 2, 17056 (2017).

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