The effect of polymeric binders in the sulfur cathode on the cycling performance for lithium–sulfur batteries†
Recently, great advances of the Li–S battery technology have enabled its penetration as the power source of mid- and large-sized devices, which require high energy and power density that cannot be achieved with Li-ion batteries. While the most successful Li–S battery operation is enabled by the tailoring of the sulfur composite cathode composite structure, the binder system has recently been considered as another important factor. We study the structural and electrochemical performance of sulfur cathodes prepared with two different binders. Enhanced battery performance is observed in the SBR/CMC-based electrode and its origin is scrutinized.