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ACS Nano. 2016 Dec 27;10(12):10981-10987. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.6b05696. Epub 2016 Dec 8.

From Metal-Organic Framework to Li2S@C-Co-N Nanoporous Architecture: A High-Capacity Cathode for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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National Engineering Laboratory for Biomass Power Generation Equipment, School of Renewable Energy Engineering, North China Electric Power University , Beijing 102206, People's Republic of China.
College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University , Beijing 100871, People's Republic of China.


Owing to the high theoretical specific capacity (1166 mAh g-1), lithium sulfide (Li2S) has been considered as a promising cathode material for Li-S batteries. However, the polysulfide dissolution and low electronic conductivity of Li2S limit its further application in next-generation Li-S batteries. In this report, a nanoporous Li2S@C-Co-N cathode is synthesized by liquid infiltration-evaporation of ultrafine Li2S nanoparticles into graphitic carbon co-doped with cobalt and nitrogen (C-Co-N) derived from metal-organic frameworks. The obtained Li2S@C-Co-N architecture remarkably immobilizes Li2S within the cathode structure through physical and chemical molecular interactions. Owing to the synergistic interactions between C-Co-N and Li2S nanoparticles, the Li2S@C-Co-N composite delivers a reversible capacity of 1155.3 (99.1% of theoretical value) at the initial cycle and 929.6 mAh g-1 after 300 cycles, with nearly 100% Coulombic efficiency and a capacity fading of 0.06% per cycle. It exhibits excellent rate capacities of 950.6, 898.8, and 604.1 mAh g-1 at 1C, 2C, and 4C, respectively. Such a cathode structure is promising for practical applications in high-performance Li-S batteries.


cathode; lithium sulfide; lithium−sulfur battery; metal−organic frameworks


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