UENO Kazuhide


Faculty of Engineering, Division of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering

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Associate Professor

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  • 【Published Thesis】 Solvent effects on Li ion transference number and dynamic ion correlations in glyme- and sulfolane-based molten Li salt solvates  2020.06

    【Published Thesis】 Redox-active glyme–Li tetrahalogenoferrate (iii) solvate ionic liquids for semi-liquid lithium secondary batteries  2020.01

    【Published Thesis】 Rheological and Ionic Transport Properties of Nanocomposite  2020.01

    【Published Thesis】 Ionic transport in highly concentrated lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl)amide electrolytes with ketosolvents: structural implications for ionhopping conduction in liquid electrolytes  2019.02

    【Published Thesis】 Soft materials based on colloidal self-assembly in ionic liquids  2018.06

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  • 2000.04

    Yokohama National University   Faculty of Engineering   Graduated

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  • 2004.04

    Yokohama National University    Doctor Course  Completed

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  • Doctor of Engineering -  Yokohama National University

  • Master of Engineering -  Yokohama National University

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  • 2019.04

    Duty   Yokohama National UniversityFaculty of Engineering   Division of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering   Associate Professor  

  • 2017.03

    Duty   Yokohama National UniversityFaculty of Engineering   Division of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering   Specially Appointed Associate Professor  

  • 2019.04

    Concurrently   Yokohama National UniversityGraduate school of Engineering Science   Department of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Life Science   Associate Professor  

  • 2019.04

    Concurrently   Yokohama National UniversityGraduate School of Engineering   Department of Materials Science and Engineering   Associate Professor  

  • 2019.04

    Concurrently   Yokohama National UniversityCollege of Engineering Science   Department of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Life Science   Associate Professor  

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  • 2015.01

      Assistant Professor  

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  • 2019.08

    American Chemical Society

  • 2017.09

    The Electrochemical Society

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  • Energy-related chemistry

  • Polymer/Textile materials

  • Inorganic industrial materials

  • Organic and hybrid materials


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  • Highly Concentrated NaN(SO<sub>2</sub>F)<sub>2</sub>/3-Methylsulfolane Electrolyte Solution Showing High Na-Ion Transference Number under Anion-Blocking Conditions

    TATARA Ryoichi, OKAMOTO Yukihiro, UGATA Yosuke, UENO Kazuhide, WATANABE Masayoshi, DOKKO Kaoru

    Electrochemistry ( 公益社団法人 電気化学会 )    2021.09  [Refereed]

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    <p>The performance of a sodium-ion (Na) battery is significantly influenced by its electrolyte characteristics. In particular, the transport properties of the electrolyte have considerable effects on the discharge rate capability. During discharging of a Na battery at high current densities, a concentration gradient of Na salt develops because both cations and anions are mobile in the liquid electrolyte. Concentration polarization can be suppressed by increasing the Na<sup>+</sup> transference number (<i>t</i><sub>Na+</sub>) of the electrolyte. This study demonstrates that highly concentrated NaN(SO<sub>2</sub>F)<sub>2</sub> dissolved in 3-methylsulfolane (MSL) exhibits a high <i>t</i><sub>Na+</sub> value of >0.6 under anion-blocking conditions. Raman spectroscopy revealed that Na<sup>+</sup> ions formed complexes with MSL and anions in the electrolyte. Na<sup>+</sup> ions exchange ligands dynamically and move faster than the ligands, resulting in a high <i>t</i><sub>Na+</sub>. The high <i>t</i><sub>Na+</sub> enables a high-rate discharge of the Na battery, despite the low ionic conductivity of the highly concentrated electrolyte.</p>

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  • Design of Polymer Network and Li+ Solvation Enables Thermally and Oxidatively Stable, Mechanically Reliable, and Highly Conductive Polymer Gel Electrolyte for Lithium Batteries

    Kei Hashimoto, Ryoichi Tatara, Kazuhide Ueno, Kaoru Dokko, Masayoshi Watanabe

    Journal of The Electrochemical Society   168 ( 9 )   2021.09  [Refereed]

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  • Solvate electrolytes for Li and Na batteries: structures, transport properties, and electrochemistry

    Yosuke Ugata, Keisuke Shigenobu, Ryoichi Tatara, Kazuhide Ueno, Masayoshi Watanabe, Kaoru Dokko

    Physical chemistry chemical physics     2021.09  [Refereed]

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  • Electrochemical Properties of Poly(vinylidene fluoride-<i>co</i>-hexafluoropropylene) Gel Electrolytes with High-Concentration Li Salt/Sulfolane for Lithium Batteries

    OCK Ji-young, FUJISHIRO Miki, UENO Kazuhide, WATANABE Masayoshi, DOKKO Kaoru

    Electrochemistry ( 公益社団法人 電気化学会 )    2021.08  [Refereed]

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    <p>Combining highly concentrated electrolytes with a polymer network is a valid approach to simultaneously achieve fast Li<sup>+</sup> ion transport, high thermal stability, and a wide electrochemical window in a quasi-solid-state form. In this work, flexible gel electrolytes comprising commercially available poly(vinylidene fluoride-<i>co</i>-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF–HFP) and highly concentrated electrolytes of Li salts/sulfolane (SL) were prepared by a simple solution casting method. The anionic effects of the gel electrolytes on the Li-ion conductivity and charge transfer kinetics at the gel/electrode interface were investigated. The SL-based gel electrolyte with lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl)amide (LiFSA) showed an ionic conductivity of 0.7 mS cm<sup>−1</sup> and a high Li transference number (>0.5) at 30 °C. The charge transfer resistance in a [Li/gel/LiCoO<sub>2</sub>] cell with LiFSA was lower than that of the cells with lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide (LiTFSA) or LiBF<sub>4</sub>, indicating faster interfacial charge transfer kinetics in the gel electrolyte with FSA. The Li/LiCoO<sub>2</sub> cell with the LiFSA/SL gel electrolyte exhibited a higher capacity than that of the cells with the LiTFSA/SL and LiBF<sub>4</sub>/SL gel electrolytes. Hence, rationally designed gel electrolytes containing highly concentrated SL-based electrolytes enable the high rate performance of Li batteries.</p>

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  • Rate Performance of LiCoO<sub>2</sub> Half-cells Using Highly Concentrated Lithium Bis(fluorosulfonyl)amide Electrolytes and Their Relevance to Transport Properties

    KONDOU Shinji, DOKKO Kaoru, WATANABE Masayoshi, UENO Kazuhide

    Electrochemistry ( 公益社団法人 電気化学会 )  89 ( 4 )   389 - 394   2021.07  [Refereed]

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    <p>For the rapid charge-discharge performance of Li-ion batteries (LIBs), ionic conductivity (<i>σ</i>) and Li ion transference number (<i>t</i><sub>+</sub>) are important parameters of electrolytes. Electrolytes with high <i>t</i><sub>+</sub> alleviate the concentration polarization upon fast charge-discharge, and prevent the diffusion-limited mass transfer of Li<sup>+</sup> ions. Recent studies have suggested that certain highly concentrated electrolytes exhibit better rate performances than conventional organic electrolytes despite their lower <i>σ</i>. However, the relationship between the transport properties (<i>t</i><sub>+</sub> and <i>σ</i>) of highly concentrated electrolytes and the enhanced rate performance of LIBs is yet to be elucidated. To evaluate the rate performance of LIBs with highly concentrated electrolytes in terms of transport properties, we investigated the discharge rate capability of LiCoO<sub>2</sub> (LCO) half-cells using highly concentrated lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl)amide (Li[FSA]) electrolyte in γ-butyrolactone (GBL), acetonitrile (AN), dimethyl carbonate (DMC), and 1,2-dimethoxyethane (DME) solvents. There was a remarkable solvent dependence of <i>t</i><sub>+</sub>, and the highest <i>t</i><sub>Li<sup>+</sup></sub><sup>current</sup> of 0.67 was observed for GBL-based electrolyte measured using the very-low-frequency impedance spectroscopy (VLF–IS) method. The LCO half-cell with GBL-based electrolyte delivered higher discharge capacities than the cells with DMC- and DME-based electrolytes at high current densities. The improved rate performance in GBL-based electrolytes was attributable to enhanced Li<sup>+</sup> ion mass transfer derived from the high <i>t</i><sub>Li<sup>+</sup></sub><sup>current</sup>. We demonstrated the importance of <i>t</i><sub>Li<sup>+</sup></sub><sup>current</sup> on the rate capability of LCO half-cells with highly concentrated electrolytes for high-rate battery performance.</p>

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  • Electrochromic Gels That Change Their Structural Colors

    UENO Kazuhide,WATANABE Masayoshi

    Journal of Polymer Science ( The Society of Polymer Science, Japan )  55 ( 12 ) 934 - 937   2006.12  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Introduction and explanation (scientific journal)   Joint Work

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