Electrolytic production of silicon using liquid zinc alloy in molten CaCl2

Kouji Yasuda, Takeyuki Shimao, Rika Hagiwara, Takayuki Homma, Toshiyuki Nohira

研究成果: Article査読

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A new electrolytic production process for solar-grade Si has been proposed utilizing liquid Si–Zn alloy cathode in molten CaCl2. To establish this process, the behavior of liquid Zn metal in molten CaCl2 at 1123 K was investigated. Evaporation of Zn metal was largely suppressed by immersion in the molten salt, which enabled the use of a Zn electrode despite its high vapor pressure. Cyclic voltammetry results suggested that the reduction of SiO2 on a Zn cathode proceeded at a more negative than 1.45 V vs. Ca2+/Ca. After potentiostatic electrolysis at 0.9 V, Si particles with sizes of 2–30 μm were precipitated in the solidified Zn matrix by a slow cooling process. The rate-determining step for electrochemical reduction of SiO2 on the Zn cathode was discussed on the basis of a measurement of the alloying rate between solid Si and liquid Zn.

ジャーナルJournal of the Electrochemical Society
出版ステータスPublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • 再生可能エネルギー、持続可能性、環境
  • 表面、皮膜および薄膜
  • 電気化学
  • 材料化学


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