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Comment on “Cycling Li-O2 batteries via LiOH formation and decomposition”

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Science  06 May 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6286, pp. 667
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf1399

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Liu et al. (Research Article, 30 October 2015, p. 530) described a lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) battery based on lithium iodide (LiI)–assisted lithium hydroxide (LiOH) formation and decomposition. We argue that LiOH cannot be oxidized by triiodide (I3). The charge capacity is from the oxidation of I instead of LiOH. The limited-capacity cycling test is misleading when the electrolyte contributes considerable parasitic reaction capacity.

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