Guiding Zn Uniform Deposition with Polymer Additives for Long-lasting and Highly Utilized Zn Metal Anodes
Doudou Feng, Yucong Jiao*, and Peiyi Wu*. Guiding Zn Uniform Deposition with Polymer Additives for Long-lasting and Highly Utilized Zn Metal Anodes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, e202314456.
The parasitic side reaction on Zn anode is the key issue which hinders the development of aqueous Zn-based energy storage systems on power-grid applications. Here, a polymer additive (PMCNA) engineered by copolymerizing 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) and N-acryloyl glycinamide (NAGA) was employed to regulate the Zn deposition environment for satisfying side reaction inhibition performance during long-term cycling with high Zn utilization. The PMCNA can preferentially adsorb on Zn metal surface to form a uniform protective layer for effective water molecule repelling and side reaction resistance. In addition, the PMCNA can guide Zn nucleation and deposition along 002 plane for further side reaction and dendrite suppression. Consequently, the PMCNA additive can enable the Zn//Zn battery with an ultrahigh depth of discharge (DOD) of 90.0% for over 420 h, the Zn//active carbon (AC) capacitor with long cycling lifespan, and the Zn//PANI battery with Zn utilization of 51.3% at low N/P ratio of 2.6.