Materials for electrochemical processes

The main goal of the “Materials for electrochemical processes” lab ‘s activity is development and study of inorganic materials which are used in electrochemical cells (mainly batteries) or obtained by an electrochemical route. Our progress is a result of the complementary combination of inorganic chemistry, material science and electrochemistry. The majority of the objects of our studies are implied to find an application in a real devices within the foreseeable future (3-10 years). However, fundamental investigations are also an inherent part of our activity.
The basic directions of our work are the following:


Synthesis and study of the cathode and anode materials for metal-ion (Li-ion, Na-ion, K-ion) batteries

The main objects of our studies are complex phosphates, fluoride phosphates, borates and oxides of d-elements and alkaline metals. Image below: morphology and electrochemical properties of solvothermally prepared Li(Fe,Mn)PO4 cathode materials – the most possible candidates for the near-future application in a “made-in-Russia” high-energy and high-power batteries.
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Development of different kinds of in situ and operando techniques.

We constructed and succesfully tested electrochemical cells for in situ and operando X-ray powder diffraction, synchrotron powder diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, neutron powder diffraction and Moessbauer spectroscopy. Image below: transformation of the olivine 211/020 peak of the X-ray pattern during Li intercalation (discharge) for the LiFePO4, LiFe1/2Mn1/2PO4 and LiFe1/3Mn1/3Co1/3PO4 cathode materials in operando regime
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Electrochemical modification of inorganic materials, mainly superconductors

Image below: we enhanced the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of tetragonal Fe1+δSe from 8.5 K to 44 K by electrochemical introducing of only 0.06 Li+ into its crystal structure
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Our work is being performed in a close cooperation with Inorganic crystal chemistry lab and Skoltech Centre for electrochemical energy storage



Antipov E.V., prof, corr. RAS member – head of the lab. E-mail




Drozhzhin O.A., Ph.D. – senior researcher, deputy head. E-mail




Laurinavichyute V.K., Ph.D. –  senior researcher




Shlykova Yu.V. – economic authority



Sumanov V.D. – Ph.D. student




Tereshchenko I.V. – Ph.D. student




Zakharkin M.V. – Ph.D. student




Shevchenko V.A. – student
Gamzyukov P.I. – student
Abdullaeva Sh.N. – student
Scripnikov I.M. – student
Grebenshchekova A.D. – student



Recent publications:

Drozhzhin, O.A., Tereshchenko, I.V., Emerich, H., Antipov, E.V., Abakumov, A.M., Chernyshov, D.
An electrochemical cell with sapphire windows for operando synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction and spectroscopy studies of high-power and high-voltage electrodes for metal-ion batteries, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 25 (2018) 468-472
Panin Rodion V., Drozhzhin Oleg A., Fedotov Stanislav S., Khasanova Nellie R., Antipov Evgeny V.
NASICON-type NaMo2(PO4)3: Electrochemical activity of the Mo+4 polyanion compound in Na-cell, Electrochimica Acta, 289 (2018) 168-174
Panin Rodion V., Drozhzhin Oleg A., Fedotov Stanislav S., Suchkova Ekaterina A., Khasanova Nellie R., Antipov Evgeny V., Pyrophosphates AMoP2O7 (A = Li and Na): Synthesis, structure and electrochemical properties, Materials Research Bulletin, 106 (2018) 170-175
Drozhzhin, O.A., Shevchenko, V.A., Zakharkin, M.V., Gamzyukov, P.I., Yashina, L.V., Abakumov, A.M., Stevenson, K.J., Antipov, E.V., Improving salt-to-solvent ratio to enable high-voltage electrolyte stability for advanced Li-ion batteries, Electrochimica Acta, 263 (2018) 127-133
Sharikov, F.Y., Drozhzhin, O.A., Sumanov, V.D., Baranov, A.N., Abakumov, A.M., Antipov, E.V., Exploring the Peculiarities of LiFePO4 Hydrothermal Synthesis Using in Situ Calvet Calorimetry,   Crystal Growth and Design, 18 (2018) 879-882
Tereshchenko, I.V., Aksyonov, D.A., Drozhzhin, O.A., Presniakov, I.A., Sobolev, A.V., Zhugayevych, A., Striukov, D., Stevenson, K.J., Antipov, E., Abakumov, A.M., The Role of Semilabile Oxygen Atoms for Intercalation Chemistry of the Metal-Ion Battery Polyanion Cathodes,   Journal of the American Chemical Society, 140 (2018) 3994-4003
Drozhzhin Oleg A., Tereshchenko Ivan V., Antipov Evgeny V.,  Novel synthetic approaches to LiCoBO3 cathode material and its electrochemical properties,   Ceramics International, 43 (2017) 4670-4673
Alekseeva Anastasia M., Drozhzhin Oleg A., Dosaev Kirill A., Antipov Evgeny V., Zakharov Konstantin V., Volkova Olga S., Chareev Dmitriy A., Vasiliev Alexander N., Koz Cevriye, Schwarz Ulrich,  New superconductor LixFe1+δSe (x ≤ 0.07, Tc up to 44 K) by an electrochemical route,  Scientific reports, 6 (2016) 25624
Drozhzhin Oleg A., Sumanov Vasiliy D., Karakulina Olesia M., Abakumov Artem M., Hadermann Joke, Baranov Andrey N., Stevenson Keith J., Antipov Evgeny V., Switching between solid solution and two-phase regimes in the Li1-xFe1-yMnyPO4 cathode materials during lithium (de)insertion: combined PITT, in situ XRPD and electron diffraction tomography study, Electrochimica Acta, 191 (2016) 149-157
Karakulina, O.M., Khasanova, N.R., Drozhzhin, O.A., Tsirlin, A.A., Hadermann, J., Antipov, E.V., Abakumov, A.M.,  Antisite Disorder and Bond Valence Compensation in Li2FePO4F Cathode for Li-Ion Batteries, Chemistry of Materials, 28 (2016) pp. 7578-7581.
Laurinavichyute, V.K., Bakhtenkova, S.E., Drozhzhin, O.A., Kazakov, S.M., Antipov, E.V.,  Electrodeposition of FexSey films from acidic solutions,  Russian Journal of Electrochemistry, 52  (2016) pp. 1048-1056.
Fedotov, S.S., Khasanova, N.R., Samarin, A.Sh., Drozhzhin, O.A., Batuk, D., Karakulina, O.M., Hadermann, J., Abakumov, A.M., Antipov, E.V.,  AVPO4F (A = Li, K): A 4 v Cathode Material for High-Power Rechargeable Batteries, Chemistry of Materials, 28  (2016) pp. 411-415.