Electrochemical isotope effect and lithium isotope separation

Jay R. Black, Grant Umeda, Bruce Dunn, William F. McDonough, Abby Kavner

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(Graph Presented) A large electrochemical isotopic effect is observed upon the electrodeposition of lithium from solutions of propylene carbonate producing isotopically light metal deposits. The magnitude of fractionation is controlled by the applied overpotential and is largest close to equilibrium. Calculated partition function ratios for tetrahedrally coordinated lithium complexes and metallic lithium predict an equilibrium fractionation close to that measured experimentally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9904-9905
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jul 29


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