Novel Electrochemical Reactions in Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids and Their Applications

Toshiyuki NOHIRA
2020 Electrochemistry (Tokyo. 1999)  
In this paper, the author describes several new electrochemical reactions in molten salts (MSs) and ionic liquids (ILs), which includes the development of new ILs, and their applications. First, the electrochemical reduction of solid SiO 2 to Si in molten CaCl 2 at 1123 K is mentioned. The author explains the mechanism how the insulating SiO 2 is electrochemically reduced to silicon. A new production method of solar grade silicon (SOG-Si) is introduced as one of the promising applications of
more » ... electrochemical reduction of SiO 2 . The author also mentions another new production method of SOG-Si which utilizes a liquid Si-Zn cathode in molten CaCl 2 . Secondly, the author describes the electrodeposition of silicon and titanium from water-soluble KF-KCl MSs. Compact crystalline Si films are electrodeposited from molten KF-KCl-K 2 SiF 6 at 923 K. When K 2 TiF 6 and Ti are added in molten KF-KCl, Ti(III) ions are produced by the proportionation reaction between Ti(IV) and Ti (0) , in which compact Ti films can be electrodeposited. Thirdly, the author describes the binary and ternary mixtures of M[TFSA] (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs; TFSA = bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide) ILs as a new class of electrolytes for Li-ion batteries (LIBs) and Na-ion batteries (NIBs) operating in the intermediate temperature range. Fourthly, the development of binary and ternary mixtures of M[FSA] (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs; FSA = bis(fluorosulfonyl)amide) ILs and their applications for NIBs are mentioned; the binary and ternary mixtures of M[FSA] are unique in the points that they are inorganic compounds and have low melting temperatures. Finally, the author explains the development of several binary mixtures of M[FSA]-[O cat ][FSA] (M = Li, Na, and K; O cat = organic cations) ILs which can be used for LIBs, NIBs, and KIBs (K-ion batteries). As a typical application of the M[FSA]-[O cat ][FSA] ILs, the development of practical NIB with a capacity of 27 Ah is described.
doi:10.5796/electrochemistry.20-00098 fatcat:ehwqfbye2nd7thf4jrodftn2te