Anion-tunable properties and electrochemical performance of functionalized ferrocene compounds

Lelia Cosimbescu, Xiaoliang Wei, M. Vijayakumar, Wu Xu, Monte L. Helm, Sarah D. Burton, Christina M. Sorensen, Jun Liu, Vincent Sprenkle, Wei Wang

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We report a series of ionically modified ferrocene compounds for hybrid lithium-organic non-aqueous redox flow batteries, based on the ferrocene/ferrocenium redox couple as the active catholyte material. Tetraalkylammonium ionic moieties were incorporated into the ferrocene structure, in order to enhance the solubility of the otherwise relatively insoluble ferrocene. The effect of various counter anions of the tetraalkylammonium ionized species appended to the ferrocene, such as bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, hexafluorophosphate, perchlorate, tetrafluoroborate, and dicyanamide on the solubility of the ferrocene was investigated. The solution chemistry of the ferrocene species was studied, in order to understand the mechanism of solubility enhancement. Finally, the electrochemical performance of these ionized ferrocene species was evaluated and shown to have excellent cell efficiency and superior cycling stability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14117
JournalScientific reports
Publication statusPublished - Sep 16 2015


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Cosimbescu, L., Wei, X., Vijayakumar, M., Xu, W., Helm, M. L., Burton, S. D., Sorensen, C. M., Liu, J., Sprenkle, V., & Wang, W. (2015). Anion-tunable properties and electrochemical performance of functionalized ferrocene compounds. Scientific reports, 5, [14117].