The Mn 3d electronic-structure change of the LiMn2O4 cathode during Li-ion extraction/insertion in an aqueous electrolyte solution was studied by operando resonant soft X-ray emission spectroscopy (RXES). The Mn L3 RXES spectra for the charged state revealed the Mn4+ state with strong charge-transfer from the O 2p to Mn 3d orbitals dominates, while for the open-circuit-voltage and discharged states it is ascribed to the mixture of sites with Mn3+ and Mn4+ states. The degree of charge transfer is significantly different between the Mn3+ and Mn4+ states, indicating that the redox reaction takes place on the strongly-hybridized Mn 3d-O 2p orbital rather than the localized Mn 3d orbital.
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