Prof. Golodnitsky Diana

Affiliation:School of chemistry
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Postal Address:School of chemistry
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv 69978

Research Interest

Nano Materials and Thin Films for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion

Ever-shrinking applications such as smart cards, miniature remote sensors, RFID tags, and medical implants are creating an ever-growing need for smaller and thinner batteries to power the devices. Short ion diffusion path enables high-power capability of thin-film batteries. One of the key drawbacks of these batteries is limited scalability for applications that demand high areal energy density. The effective surface area of an electrode can be increased without increasing its physical size by depositing thin films on the high-aspect-ratio 3D-perforated substrates and using materials with very fine particle size. This can boost both: the surface area of the electrodes and their volume by orders of magnitude, enabling high current rates to be achieved in conjunction with high energy values per battery footprint. Our research is focused on the development of simple and inexpensive electrochemical synthesis of nanoparticle high-performance battery materials for coating of irregular surfaces, such as in three-dimensional thin-film microbatteries, which break the classical battery energy-power compromise.

Enhancing the lithium-ion conduction of polymer electrolytes for all-solid-state lithium and lithium-ion batteries is by now an old theme, and there has been much research done over the years. However, the problem of obtaining polymer electrolytes (PE) with sufficiently high conductivity (>1mS/cm) still persists, and is still relevant from both scientific and technological points of view. We recently presented a procedure for orienting the polyethylene-oxide (PEO) helices in the perpendicular direction by casting the PEs under a magnetic field, which enhances the ionic conductivity of the plane perpendicular to the film by about one order of magnitude. The magnetic-field effect is even more pronounced in polymer electrolytes with incorporated diamagnetic and ferromagnetic nano-fillers. Our current efforts address the original research approach for the development of single-molecule, orthogonally-oriented ion-conducting polymer channels (helices) by the attachment of nanosize core-shell magnetic particles to the end groups of the polymer helix, followed by casting of a polymer electrolyte film under a gradient magnetic field.

Current Main Projects (together with Prof. E. Peled):

  • Superior power and energy density Li-on microbattery
  • Novel High-Performance, Low-Cost and Safe Anode Materials for Advanced Energy Storage
  • Single ion conducting channels

Fig.1 Schematic presentation of the 3D-thin film microbattery on perforated substrate

Fig.2 SEM (A, B), STEM (C) and TEM (C-inset) images of 3D V2O5 cathode (A), composite  membrane (B) and Sn-Ni on multiwall carbon nanotubes (C) prepared by electrochemical synthesis

Fig.3. Schema of isotropic orientation of polymer chains in a typically cast PE (A), PEO helix with end-bonded γ-Fe2O3 particles (B), orthogonal orientation of polymer chains of the PE cast under strong gradient magnetic field.

Selected Publications

  • H. Mazor, D. Golodnitsky, L. Burstein, A. Gladkich E. Peled Electrophoretic deposition of lithium iron phosphate cathode for thin-film 3D-microbatteries, Journal of Power Sources 198 (2012) 264– 272
  • E. Peled, D. Golodnitsky, H. Mazor, M. Goor and S. Avshalomov, Parameter Analysis of a Practical Lithium- and Sodium-Air EV Battery, Journal of Power Sources 196 (2011) 6835–6840
  • R. Kovarsky, D. Golodnitsky, E. Peled, S. Greenbaum Study of highly conductive Magnetic Field Oriented Polymer Electrolytes with nanosize fillers Electrochimica Acta (doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2011.04.016
  • M. Roberts, P. Johns, J. Owen, D. Brandell, K. EdstrÖm, G. El-Enany, G. Gaber, C. Guery, D. Golodnitsky, M. Lacey, C. Lacoeur, H. Mazor, E. Peled, E. Perre, M. Shaijumon, P. Simon, P. Sabatier, P-L. Taberna, 3D Lithium Ion Batteries – from Fundamentals to Fabrication, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 9876-9890
  • Golodnitsky D. Electrolytes: Single Lithium Ion Conducting Polymers. In: Juergen Garche, Chris Dyer, Patrick Moseley, Zempachi Ogumi, David Rand and Bruno Scrosati, editors. Encyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources, Vol 5. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 2009. pp. 112–128.
  • E. Peled and D. Golodnitsky SEI on lithium, graphite, disordered carbons and tin-based alloys, in : SOLID-ELECTROLYTE INTERPHASE (Eds., P. Balbuena, Y. Wang) Imperial College Press and World Scientific Publishers, 2004, 1-70.
  • L. Gitelman, A. Averbuch, M. Nathan, Z. Schuss, D. Golodnitsky STOCHASTIC MODEL OF LITHIUM ION CONDUCTION IN POLY(ETHYLENE OXIDE), Journal of Applied Physics (2010) JAP: MS #JR09-5752, in press.
  • H. Mazor, D. Golodnitsky and E. Peled High-Power Copper Sulfide Cathodes for Thin-film Microbatteries" Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 12, (2009) 12 A232-A235.
  • S. Menkin, D. Golodnitsky, E. Peled Artificial solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) for improved cycleability and safety of lithium–ion cells for EV applications, Electrochemistry Communications 11 (2009) 1789–1791.
  • T. Ripenbein, D. Golodnitsky, M. Nathan, E. Peled, Porous interlaced structures for 3D-microbatteries, Electrochimica Acta doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2009.01.057.
  • V. Yufit, D. Golodnitsky, L. Burstein, M. Nathan, E. Peled. XPS and TOFSIMS study of electrodeposited molybdenum oxysulfide cathodes for lithium and lithium-ion microbatteries, J Solid State Electrochem (2008) 12, 273–285.
  • D. Golodnitsky, R. Kovarsky, H. Mazor, Yu. Rosenberg, I. Lapides, E. Peled, W. Wieczorek, A. Plewa, M. Siekierski, M.Kalita, L. Settimi, B. Scrosati, L. G. Scanlon Host-Guest Interactions in Single-Lithium-Ion Polymer Conductor, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 154, (2007) 6, A547-A553.
  • D. Golodnitsky, M. Nathan, V. Yufit, E. Strauss, T. Ripenbein, I. Shechtman, S. Menkin, L. Burstein, A. Gladkich E. Peled. Progress in Three-Dimensional (3D) Li-Ion Microbatteries, Solid State Ionics, 177, (2006) 26-32, 2811-2819.
  • E. Livshits, R. Kovarsky, D. Golodnitsky, E. Peled, New insights into structural and electrochemical properties of anisotropic polymer electrolytes, Electrochimica Acta, 50, 2005, 3805.