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In situ sulfur loading in graphene-like nano-cell by template-free method for Li–S batteries

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Abstract

Carbon nanomaterials with 3D structures as sulfur hosts have been widely developed in lithium–sulfur batteries because of their high specific surface area, high conductivity and structural stability. However, sulfur, loaded by melting-diffusion method, is usually attached to the outside surface of carbon host, resulting in weak adsorption to expose polysulfide. Herein, we report a template-free method for synthesizing graphene-like nano-cell (GLC) with high in situ sulfur loading (S@GLC). The GLC is expected to provide physical adsorption by enclosed graphene cell architecture and chemical adsorption by pyridinic N-doping and oxygen functional group. With these merits, the S@GLC cathode owned high sulfur content (72%) and also, it exhibited a reversible specific capacity of 1253 mA h g−1 at 0.2C, excellent rate performance, and long cycling stability (502 mA h g−1 after 400 cycles at 1C).

Graphical abstract: In situ sulfur loading in graphene-like nano-cell by template-free method for Li–S batteries

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The article was received on 09 Oct 2017, accepted on 20 Jan 2018 and first published on 22 Jan 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR07500F
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018, Advance Article
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    In situ sulfur loading in graphene-like nano-cell by template-free method for Li–S batteries

    H. Du, X. Gui, R. Yang, Z. Lin, B. Liang, W. Chen, Y. Zheng, H. Zhu and J. Chen, Nanoscale, 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7NR07500F

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