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Exceptional electrochemical performance of freestanding electrospun carbon nanofiber anodes containing ultrafine SnOx particles

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Abstract

SnOx–carbon nanofiber (CNF) composites are synthesized using the electrospinning technique for use as freestanding electrodes in Li-ion batteries. The electrodes made from the composites carbonized at 750 °C (SnOx–CNF-750) with 14.5 wt% SnOx deliver a remarkable capacity of 674 mA h g−1 after 100 cycles when discharged at 0.5 A g−1. This result is considered the highest among those reported in the literature for anodes made from similar electrospun carbon fibers containing SnOx nanoparticles. An increase in carbonization temperature to 950 °C (SnOx–CNF-950) results in a significant reduction of the particle content in the fiber due to aggregation of Sn to form nanoparticles external to the fibers, with concomitant degradation of capacities. The presence of amorphous SnOx particles at the atomic scale embedded in the conductive CNFs is thought to be responsible for the exceptional electrochemical performance of the SnOx–CNF-750 electrodes. These ultrafine particles facilitate the reaction Sn + xLi2O → SnOx + 2xLi+ + 2xe, making it highly reversible, which is confirmed by the growing peak currents with increasing scan rate indicated by cyclic voltammetry, and the absence of Sn–Sn bonds in the particles revealed by the extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). Both the SnOx particle size and content in the fiber play important roles in controlling the rate and cyclic performance of the SnOx–CNF composite electrodes.

Graphical abstract: Exceptional electrochemical performance of freestanding electrospun carbon nanofiber anodes containing ultrafine SnOx particles

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Submitted
10 Aug 2012
Accepted
05 Oct 2012
First published
08 Oct 2012

Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 9895-9902
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Exceptional electrochemical performance of freestanding electrospun carbon nanofiber anodes containing ultrafine SnOx particles

B. Zhang, Y. Yu, Z. Huang, Y. He, D. Jang, W. Yoon, Y. Mai, F. Kang and J. Kim, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 9895
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE23145J

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