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Surface Amalgam on Magnesium Electrode: Protective Coating or Not?

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Abstract

A better control of the metal–electrolyte interface is mandatory to help the development of rechargeable magnesium batteries. Protecting the magnesium surface by a coating layer to avoid its passivation with conventional liquid electrolytes is a promising strategy. Herein, in contact with a mercury droplet, a crystalline amalgam layer is created on the surface of magnesium. After the creation of this surface coating, a remarkable improvement of the plating/stripping process is observed with magnesium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide/dimethoxyethane electrolyte, whereas strong surface passivation hindering electrochemical cycling occurs when using bare magnesium. The detailed investigation of the evolution of the amalgam layer during cycling, however, shows substantial chemical and morphological electrochemical changes, eventually showing that such a layer does not act as a protecting coating, but rather as an independent electrode material deposited on an inert Mg substrate
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hal-03884770 , version 1 (23-01-2023)

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Clément Pechberty, Jean-Bernard Ledeuil, Joachim Allouche, Rémi Dedryvère, Lorenzo Stievano, et al.. Surface Amalgam on Magnesium Electrode: Protective Coating or Not?. Energy Technology, 2023, 11, pp.2201098. ⟨10.1002/ente.202201098⟩. ⟨hal-03884770⟩
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