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Enabling immobilization and conversion of polysulfides through a nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes/ultrathin MoS2 nanosheet core–shell architecture for lithium–sulfur batteries

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Abstract

Lithium–sulfur batteries are widely considered as promising next generation energy storage devices due to their high energy density and low cost. However, the shuttle effect and sluggish kinetics of polysulfide conversion are still key challenges for practical application. Herein, we designed hierarchical nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes/ultrathin molybdenum disulfide nanosheets in a core–shell architecture (denoted as NC@MoS2) to alleviate the shuttle effect and propel redox reaction kinetics, thereby improving the electrochemical performance of lithium–sulfur batteries. Both experimental investigations and theoretical studies reveal that MoS2 nanosheets can chemically immobilize lithium polysulfides and catalyze the conversion of polysulfides. Moreover, this unique core–shell architecture could facilitate rapid electrical transport and favorable electrolyte infiltration. We have demonstrated that the obtained S–NC@MoS2 cathodes exhibit excellent rate capability (516 mA h g−1 at 5C) and superior cycle stability (only 0.049% capacity decay per cycle up to 1000 cycles at 2C). Remarkably, the composite cathode with a high sulfur loading of 3.6 mg cm−2 still maintains high rate capability and stable cycling performance over 300 cycles. This work offers a new strategy to develop high-performance lithium–sulfur batteries through the exploration of two-dimensional mediator catalysts.

Graphical abstract: Enabling immobilization and conversion of polysulfides through a nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes/ultrathin MoS2 nanosheet core–shell architecture for lithium–sulfur batteries

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Submitted
26 Mar 2019
Accepted
30 Apr 2019
First published
02 May 2019

J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019,7, 13103-13112
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Enabling immobilization and conversion of polysulfides through a nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes/ultrathin MoS2 nanosheet core–shell architecture for lithium–sulfur batteries

W. Yang, W. Yang, L. Dong, X. Gao, G. Wang and G. Shao, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2019, 7, 13103
DOI: 10.1039/C9TA03227D

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