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Ligui Li, Shuaibo Zeng, Lihong Xie, Dengke Zhao, Nan Wang, Shaowei Chen
Low electrical conductivity and lack of chemical confinement are two major factors that limit the rate performance and cycling stability of cathode materials in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Herein, sulfur is copolymerized with poly(m-aminothiophenol) (PMAT) nanoplates via inverse vulcanization, leading to a highly crosslinked copolymer cp(S-PMAT) in which about 80 wt% of the feeding sulfur is chemically bonded with the thiol groups of PMAT. The cp(S-PMAT)/C based cathode exhibits a high discharge capacity of 1240 mAh g-1 at 0...
July 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
Ruocun Wang, Ching-Chang Chung, Yang Liu, Jacob L Jones, Veronica Augustyn
The reversible intercalation of multivalent cations, especially Mg(2+), into a solid-state electrode is an attractive mechanism for next-generation energy storage devices. These reactions typically exhibit poor kinetics due to a high activation energy for interfacial charge-transfer and slow solid-state diffusion. Interlayer water in V2O5 and MnO2 has been shown to improve Mg(2+) intercalation kinetics in non-aqueous electrolytes. Here, the effect of structural water on Mg(2+) intercalation in non-aqueous electrolytes is examined in crystalline WO3 and the related hydrated and layered WO3·nH2O (n = 1, 2)...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Liang Zhang, Dan Sun, Jun Feng, Elton J Cairns, Jinghua Guo
Lithium sulfide (Li2S) is a promising cathode material for lithium/sulfur (Li/S) cells due to its high theoretical specific capacity (1166 mAh g(-1)) and capability to pair with non-metallic lithium anodes to avoid potential safety issues. However, when used as the cathode a high charging voltage (~ 4 V vs. Li+/Li) is always necessary to activate Li2S in the first charge process, and the voltage profile becomes similar to that of a common sulfur electrode in the following charge processes. In this report, we have prepared an electrode of nano-sphere Li2S particles and investigated its charging mechanism of the initial two charge processes by in-situ and operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy...
July 21, 2017: Nano Letters
Marco Agostini, Du Hyun Lim, Matthew Sadd, Fasciani Chiara, Maria Assunta Navarra, Stefania Panero, Sergio Brutti, Aleksandar Matic, Bruno Scrosati
Increased pollution and the consequent increasing in global warming are drawing attention to the larger use of renewable energy sources such as solar or wind. However, the production of energy from most renewable sources is intermittent and thus relies on the availability of electrical energy storage systems with high capacity and at competitive cost. Lithium-sulfur batteries are among the most promising technologies in this respect due to a very high theoretical energy density (1675 mAh g-1) and that the active material, S, is abundant and cheap...
July 21, 2017: ChemSusChem
Wangjia Tang, Dong Xie, Tong Shen, Xiuli Wang, Donghuang Wang, Xuqing Zhang, Xinhui Xia, Jianbo Wu, Jiangping Tu
Exploring advanced anode materials with highly reversible capacity have gained great interests for large-scale lithium storage. Herein, a facile two-step method is developed to synthesize nitrogen-doped carbon coated MoSe2 microspheres via hydrothermal plus thermal polymerization. The MoSe2 microspheres composed of interconnected nanoflakes are homogeneously coated by thin nitrogen-doped carbon (N-C) layer. As an anode for lithium ion batteries, the MoSe2/N-C composite shows better reversibility, smaller polarization and higher electrochemical reactivity as compared to the unmodified MoSe2 microspheres...
July 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Fitri Nur Indah Sari, Jyh-Ming Ting
Direct growth of MoS2 nanowalls on vapor grown carbon nanofibers (VGCNFs) has been achieved using a microwave-assisted hydrothermal (MAH) method under an acidic condition. The acidic condition was obtained through the addition of an HCl aqueous solution. We demonstrate that the HCl not only modifies the pH value for limiting the growth rate but also leads to the formation of NaCl, which is the key for the direct and unique growth of MoS2 on the VGCNF surface. A growth mechanism is therefore proposed. The growth of MoS2 onto the high electrically conducting VGCNF creates a unique structure that not only reduces the aggregation of MoS2 but also improves the electrical conductivity of the resulting composite electrode...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
Monireh Bakhshpour, Emel Tamahkar, Müge Andaç, Adil Denizli
There is a significant need for the development of the novel adsorbents in the field of protein purification. In this study, thin hemoglobin imprinted film (MIP) was fabricated onto the bacterial cellulose nanofibers' (BCNFs) by surface imprinting method using metal ion coordination interactions with N-methacryloyl-(L)-histidinemethylester (MAH) and copper ions. The hemoglobin surface imprinted bacterial cellulose nanofibers (MIP-BCNFs) was applied to selective recognition of hemoglobin and purification from hemolysate...
July 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Yan Zhao, Zhengjun Liu, Yongguang Zhang, Almagul Mentbayeva, Xin Wang, M Yu Maximov, Baoxi Liu, Zhumabay Bakenov, Fuxing Yin
Carbon-coated silica nanoparticles anchored on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (SiO2@C/MWNT composite) were synthesized via a simple and facile sol-gel method followed by heat treatment. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) studies confirmed densely anchoring the carbon-coated SiO2 nanoparticles onto a flexible MWNT conductive network, which facilitated fast electron and lithium-ion transport and improved structural stability of the composite. As prepared, ternary composite anode showed superior cyclability and rate capability compared to a carbon-coated silica counterpart without MWNT (SiO2@C)...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Lei Zou, Yanqing Lai, Hongxing Hu, Mengran Wang, Kai Zhang, Peng Zhang, Jing Fang, Jie Li
A facile and scalable method has been realized for the in-situ synthesis of N/S co-doping 3D porous carbon nanosheet networks (NSPCNN) as sodium-ion battery anode material. During the synthesis, NaCl is used for a template to prepare porous carbon nanosheet networks. In the resultant architecture, the unique 3D porous architecture ensures large specific surface area and fast diffusion path of both electrons and ions. Meanwhile, the import of N/S produces abundant defects, increased interlayer space, more active sites and high electronic conductivity...
July 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Tianjing Wu, Hongshuai Hou, Chenyang Zhang, Peng Ge, Zhaodong Huang, Mingjun Jing, Xiaoqing Qiu, Xiaobo Ji
Antimony represents a class of unique functional materials in sodium-ion batteries with high theoretical capacity (660 mAh g-1). The utilization of carbonaceous materials as buffer layer has been considered as an effective approach to alleviate rapid capacity fading. Herein, the antimony/nitrogen-doping porous carbon (Sb/NPC) composite with polyaniline nanosheets as carbon source has been successfully achieved. And, our strategy involves three processes-tunable organic polyreaction, thermal annealing process and cost-effective reduction reaction...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ruochen Xu, Zhang Wu, Shenzhao Zhang, Xiuli Wang, Yan Xia, Xinhui Xia, Xiaohua Huang, Jiangping Tu
Herein we report an effective way for construction of all-solid-state lithium-sulfur batteries (LSBs) with sulfur/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and Li9.54Si1.74P1.44S11.7Cl0.3 solid electrolyte. In the composite cathode, the Li9.54Si1.74P1.44S11.7Cl0.3 powder is homogeneously mixed with the S/rGO composite to enhance the ionic conductivity. Coupled with metallic Li anode and solid electrolyte, the designed S/rGO-Li9.54Si1.74P1.44S11.7Cl0.3 composite cathode exhibits a high specific capacity and good cyclic stability...
July 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Guanglin Xia, Qili Gao, Dalin Sun, Xuebin Yu
Fe2 O3 is regarded as a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) due to its high specific capacity. The large volume change during discharge and charge processes, however, induces significant cracking of the Fe2 O3 anodes, leading to rapid fading of the capacity. Herein, a novel peapod-like nanostructured material, consisting of Fe2 O3 nanoparticles homogeneously encapsulated in the hollow interior of N-doped porous carbon nanofibers, as a high-performance anode material is reported...
July 19, 2017: Small
Guanhui Yang, Fanxing Bu, Yanshan Huang, Yu Zhang, Imran Shakir, Yuxi Xu
Small conjugated carbonyl compounds are intriguing candidates of organic electrode materials because of their abundance, high theoretical capacity and adjustable molecular structure. However, their dissolution in aprotic electrolytes and poor conductivity eclipse them in terms of practical capacity, cycle life and rate capability. Herein, we report a foldable and binder-free nanocomposite electrode consisting of 2-aminoanthraquinone (AAQ) nanowires wrapping within three-dimensional (3D) graphene framework, which is prepared through antisolvent crystallization followed by a facile chemical reduction and self-assembly process...
July 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
Yanyan He, Aihua Li, Caifu Dong, Chuanchuan Li, Liqiang Xu
The large volume variations of tin-based oxides hinder their extensive applications in the field of lithium ion batteries (LIBs). In this study, structure design, hybrid fabrication and carbon coating approaches have been simultaneously adopted to relieve these weaknesses. Therefore, uniform mesoporous NiO/SnO2@rGO, Ni-Sn oxide@rGO and SnO2@rGO nanosphere composites have been selectively fabricated. Among them, the obtained NiO/SnO2@rGO composite exhibits high capacity 800 mAh g-1 at 1000 mA g-1 after 400 cycles...
July 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Shivani Singh, Anish K Raj, Raja Sen, Priya Johari, Sagar Mitra
Safe and high capacity cathode materials are a long quest for commercial lithium-ion battery development. Among various searched cathode materials, Li2FeSiO4 has taken the attention due to optimal working voltage, high elemental abundance, and low toxicity. However, as per our understanding and observation, the electrochemical performance of this material is significantly limited by the intrinsic low electronic conductivity and slow lithium-ion diffusion, which limits the practical capacity (theoretical ~ 330 mAh g-1)...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xian-Jun Mah, Vikas Gupta, Srey Neth Loch, Golo Ahlenstiel, David van de Poorten
Failure of first line and subsequent Helicobacter pylori therapy is a significant problem, as alternate treatments are cumbersome and difficult to access. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a compounded levofloxacin triple therapy in clinical practice as a second or third-line salvage regimen for Helicobacter pylori. Patients referred after first or subsequent treatment failures were prescribed compounded levofloxacin 500 mg, amoxicillin 1 g, and esomeprazole 40 mg, all twice daily for 10 days...
July 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
Balakumar Kalimuthu, Kalaiselvi Nallathamby
Nitrogen containing carbon spheres with hollow core and mesoporous shell (NHCS), capable of confining Se as high as 72 wt.% has been demonstrated to exhibit appreciable electrochemical behaviour with 52 and 61 wt.% Se loading. In particular, 52 wt.% Se confined NHCS cathode exhibits 265 mAh/g at 10C rate and retains 75% of initial capacity at 2C rate up to 10000 cycles with an insignificant decay of 0.0025% per cycle, which is an ever first report on the extended cycle life of Li-Se batteries. Due to the negligible difference found between the transport kinetics of Se and that of Li2Se, irrespective of the cycling rate, 52 wt...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jae-Sang Park, Jae Hyeon Jo, Hitoshi Yashiro, Sung-Soo Kim, Sun-Jae Kim, Yang-Kook Sun, Seung-Taek Myung
Unlike SnO2, few studies have reported on the use of SnC2O4 as an anode material for rechargeable lithium batteries. Here, we first introduce a SnC2O4-reduced graphene oxide composite produced via hydrothermal reactions followed by a layer-by-layer self-assembly process. The addition of rGO increased the electric conductivity up to ~10-3 S cm-1. As a result, the SnC2O4-reduced graphene oxide electrode exhibited a high charge (oxidation) capacity of ~1166 mAh g-1 at a current of 100 mA g-1 (0.1 C-rate) with a good retention delivering approximately 620 mAh g-1 at the 200th cycle...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yihao Xie, Yu Chen, Lei Liu, Peng Tao, Mouping Fan, Na Xu, Xiaowei Shen, Chenglin Yan
An ultrahigh pyridinic N-content-doped porous carbon monolith is reported, and the content of pyridinic N reaches up to 10.1% in overall material (53.4 ± 0.9% out of 18.9 ± 0.4% N content), being higher than most of previously reported N-doping carbonaceous materials, which exhibit greatly improved electrochemical performance for potassium storage, especially in term of the high reversible capacity. Remarkably, the pyridinic N-doped porous carbon monolith (PNCM) electrode exhibits high initial charge capacity of 487 mAh g(-1) at a current density of 20 mA g(-1) , which is one of the highest reversible capacities among all carbonaceous anodes for K-ion batteries...
July 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
Hao-Fan Wang, Cheng Tang, Bin Wang, Bo-Quan Li, Qiang Zhang
Bifunctional electrocatalysis for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) constitutes the bottleneck of various sustainable energy devices and systems like rechargeable metal-air batteries. Emerging catalyst materials are strongly requested toward superior electrocatalytic activities and practical applications. In this study, transition metal hydroxysulfides are presented as bifunctional OER/ORR electrocatalysts for Zn-air batteries. By simply immersing Co-based hydroxide precursor into solution with high-concentration S(2-) , transition metal hydroxides convert to hydroxysulfides with excellent morphology preservation at room temperature...
July 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
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