Sodium ion secondary battery (SIB) is a low-cost and ubiquitous secondary battery for next-generation large-scale energy storage. The diffusion process of large Na+ (ionic radius is 1.12 Å), however, is considered to be slower than that of small Li+ (0.76 Å). This would be a serious disadvantage of SIB as compared with the Lithium ion secondary battery (LIB). By means of the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), we determined the diffusion constant (D) of Na+ in thin films of O3- and P2-type NaCoO2 with layered structures. We found that the D values (∼ 0.5-1.5 × 10-10 cm2/s) of Na+ are higher than those (<1 × 10-11 cm2/s) of Li+ in layered LiCoO2. Especially, the D values of O3-NaCoO2 are even higher than those of P2-NaCoO2, probably because O3-NaCoO2 shows successive structural phase transitions from the O3, O'3, P'3, to P3 phases with Na+ deintercalation. We further found that the activation energy (E D ∼ 0.4eV) for the Na+ diffusion is significantly low in these layered cobalt oxides. We found a close relation between the relative capacity and the renormalized discharge rate (= L2/DT, where L and T are the film thickness and discharge time, respectively).
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