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Xiang Deng, Wenxiang Shi, Jaka Sunarso, Meilin Liu, Zongping Shao
Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are considered one of the most promising alternatives for large-scale energy storage due largely to the abundance and low cost of sodium. However, the lack of high-performance cathode materials at low cost represents a major obstacle towards broad commercialization of SIB technology. In this work, we report a green route strategy that allows cost-effective fabricaiton of carbon-coated Na2FePO4F cathode for SIBs. By using vitamin C as a green organic carbon source and environment-friendly water-based polyacrylic latex as the binder, we have demonstrated that the Na2FePO4F phase in the as-derived Na2FePO4F/C electrode shows a high reversible capacity of 117 mAh g-1 at a cycling rate of 0...
April 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xuemin Li, Faith E Kersey-Bronec, John Ke, Jacqueline E Cloud, Yonglong Wang, Chilan Ngo, Svitlana Pylypenko, Yongan Yang
The development of high-performance silicon (Si) anodes for the next generation of lithium ion batteries (LIBs) evokes increasing interest in studying its lithiated counterpart - lithium silicide (LixSi). This article reports a systematic study of three thermodynamically-stable phases of LixSi (x = 4.4, 3.75, and 2.33) plus nitride-protected Li4.4Si, which are synthesized via the high-energy ball milling technique. All three LixSi phases show improved performance over unmodified Si, where Li4.4Si demonstrates optimum performance with discharging capacity of 3306 mAh/g initially and maintained above 2100 mAh/g for over 30 cycles and above 1200 mAh/g for over 60 cycles at the current density of 358 mA/g-Si...
April 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yu Li, Xingzhen Zhou, Ying Bai, Guanghai Chen, Zhaohua Wang, Hui Li, Feng Wu, Chuan Wu
As a typical multi-electron cathode material for lithium ion batteries, iron fluoride (FeF3) and its analogues suffer from poor electronic conductivity and low actual specific capacity. Herein, we introduce Ag nanoparticles by silver mirror reaction into the FeF3·0.33H2O cathode to build the electronic bridge between the solid (active materials) and liquid (electrolyte) interface. The crystal structures of as-prepared samples are characterized by XRD and Rietveld refinement. Moreover, the density of states (DOS) of FeF3·0...
April 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Naresh K Jena, Rafael B Araujo, Vivekanand Shukla, Rajeev Ahuja
Borophene, single atomic-layer sheet of boron (Science, 2015, 350, 1513), is a rather new entrant into the burgeoning class of 2D materials. Borophene exhibits anisotropic metallic properties whereas its hydrogenated counterpart borophane is reported to be a gapless Dirac material lying on the same bench with the celebrated graphene. Interestingly, this transition of borophane also rendered stability to it considering the fact that borophene was synthesized under ultra-high vacuum conditions on a metallic (Ag) substrate...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yu-Fei Song, Jun Hu, Hongling Diao, Wenjing Luo
The development of advanced anode materials is of significance for the next generation of lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Herein, the imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) was covalently grafted on the surface of graphene oxides (GO) via the carboxyl-amino bond,providing a loading hotbed for the Dawson-type POM of (NH4)6P2Mo18O62 (denoted as P2Mo18). The as-prepared GO-IL-P2Mo18 nanocomposite was characterized by FT-IR, Raman, TGA, SEM, TEM and XPS. When the nanocomposite was used as the anode material for lithium ion batteries (LIBs), it showed a high reversible capacity of 903...
April 25, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Hui Wang, Masaki Matsui, Hiroko Kuwata, Hidetoshi Sonoki, Yasuaki Matsuda, Xuefu Shang, Yasuo Takeda, Osamu Yamamoto, Nobuyuki Imanishi
Reversible dendrite-free low-areal-capacity lithium metal electrodes have recently been revived, because of their pivotal role in developing beyond lithium ion batteries. However, there have been no reports of reversible dendrite-free high-areal-capacity lithium metal electrodes. Here we report on a strategy to realize unprecedented stable cycling of lithium electrodeposition/stripping with a highly desirable areal-capacity (12 mAh cm(-2)) and exceptional Coulombic efficiency (>99.98%) at high current densities (>5 mA cm(-2)) and ambient temperature using a diluted solvate ionic liquid...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
David Fisher, Karen J Coleman, David E Arterburn, Heidi Fischer, Ayae Yamamoto, Deborah R Young, Nancy E Sherwood, Connie Mah Trinacty, Kristina H Lewis
OBJECTIVE: To compare bariatric surgery outcomes according to preoperative mental illness category. METHODS: Electronic health record data from several US healthcare systems were used to compare outcomes of four groups of patients who underwent bariatric surgery in 2012 and 2013. These included the following: people with (1) no mental illness, (2) mild-to-moderate depression or anxiety, (3) severe depression or anxiety, and (4) bipolar, psychosis, or schizophrenia spectrum disorders...
May 2017: Obesity
Zhihong Lei, Jiulin Wang, Jun Yang, Yanna Nuli, Zifeng Ma
Nano/micro-hierarchical-structured LiMn0.85Fe0.15PO4/C cathode materials were prepared by solvothermal synthesis combined with spray pyrolysis. XRD patterns and HRTEM images indicate that the LiMn0.85Fe0.15PO4/C are well crystallized and no impurity is observed. The as-prepared LiMn0.85Fe0.15PO4/C porous spherical (0.5-11 m) are accumulated by primary nanoparticles (~50 nm in width, 50-250 m in length). Adopting the sucrose as a carbon source, the cathode delivers a reversible discharge capacity of 171...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Weiwei Zhou, Dong Wang, Limin Zhao, Chunyan Ding, Xingtao Jia, Yu Du, Guangwu Wen, Huatao Wang
We rationally designed a facile two-step approach to synthesize ZnMn2O4@G composite anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), involving a template-free fabrication of ZnMn2O4 nanorings and subsequent coating of graphene sheets. Notably, it is the first time that ring-like ZnMn2O4 nanostructure is reported. Moreover, our system has been demonstrated to be quite powerful in producing ZnMn2O4 nanorings regardless of the types of Zn and Mn-containging metal salts reactants. The well-known inside-out Ostwald ripening process is tentatively proposed to clarify the formation mechanism of the hollow nanorings...
April 24, 2017: Nanotechnology
Yongjin Fang, Xin-Yao Yu, Xiong Wen David Lou
Layered metal oxides have attracted increasing attention as cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). However, the application of such cathode materials is still hindered by their poor rate capability and cycling stability. Here, a facile self-templated strategy is developed to synthesize uniform P2-Na0.7 CoO2 microspheres. Due to the unique microsphere structure, the contact area of the active material with electrolyte is minimized. As expected, the P2-Na0.7 CoO2 microspheres exhibit enhanced electrochemical performance for sodium storage in terms of high reversible capacity (125 mAh g(-1) at 5 mA g(-1) ), superior rate capability and long cycle life (86 % capacity retention over 300 cycles)...
April 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Tyler B Schon, Andrew J Tilley, Emily L Kynaston, Dwight S Seferos
Lithium-ion batteries are the best commercial technology to satisfy the energy storage needs of current and emerging applications. However, the use of transition metal-based cathodes precludes them from being low cost, sustainable, and environmentally benign, even with recycling programs in place. In this study, we report a highly stable organic material that can be used in place of the transition metal cathodes. By creating a three-dimensional framework based on triptycene and perylene diimide (PDI), a cathode can be constructed that mitigates stability issues that organic electrodes typically suffer from...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yang Liu, Yongzhen Yang, Xuzhen Wang, Yanfeng Dong, Yongchao Tang, Zhengfa Yu, Zongbin Zhao, Jieshan Qiu
Ultrafine SnS2 nanocrystals/reduced graphene oxide nanoribbon paper (SnS2/RGONRP) has been created by a well-designed process including in situ reduction, evaporation induced self-assembly and sulfuration. The as formed SnS2 nanocrystals possess an average diameter of 2.3 nm and disperse on the surface of RGONRs uniformly. The strong capillary force formed during evaporation leads to a compact assembly of RGONRs to give flexible paper structure with high density of 0.94 g cm-3. The as-prepared SnS2/RGONRP composite could be directly used as free-standing electrode for sodium ion batteries...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yusheng Ye, Feng Wu, Yuting Liu, Teng Zhao, Ji Qian, Yi Xing, Wanlong Li, Jiaqi Huang, Li Li, Qianming Huang, Xuedong Bai, Renjie Chen
The modular assembly of microstructures from simple nanoparticles offers a powerful strategy for creating materials with new functionalities. Such microstructures have unique physicochemical properties originating from confinement effects. Here, the modular assembly of scattered ketjen black nanoparticles into an oval-like microstructure via double "Fischer esterification," which is a form of surface engineering used to fine-tune the materials surface characteristics, is presented. After carbonization, the oval-like carbon microstructure shows promise as a candidate sulfur host for the fabrication of thick sulfur electrodes...
April 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Wujie Dong, Jijian Xu, Chao Wang, Yue Lu, Xiangye Liu, Xin Wang, Xiaotao Yuan, Zhe Wang, Tianquan Lin, Manling Sui, I-Wei Chen, Fuqiang Huang
SnO2 -based lithium-ion batteries have low cost and high energy density, but their capacity fades rapidly during lithiation/delithiation due to phase aggregation and cracking. These problems can be mitigated by using highly conducting black SnO2-x , which homogenizes the redox reactions and stabilizes fine, fracture-resistant Sn precipitates in the Li2 O matrix. Such fine Sn precipitates and their ample contact with Li2 O proliferate the reversible Sn → Li x Sn → Sn → SnO2 /SnO2-x cycle during charging/discharging...
April 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Farhad Mohazabrad, Fangzhou Wang, Xianglin Li
This study experimentally investigates and numerically simulates the influence of the cathode electrode open ratio (ratio of oxygen-opening area to the total electrode surface area) on the performance of Li-O2 batteries at various discharge current densities. At the current density of 0.1 mA/cm(2), the maximum discharge capacity is achieved at 25% open ratio among the tested open ratios (0-100%). As the open ratio increases from 25% to 100%, the specific discharge capacity decreases from 995 to 397 mA h/gcarbon...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yu Zhang, Yanshan Huang, Guanhui Yang, Fanxing Bu, Ke Li, Imran Shakir, Yuxi Xu
Polymer cathode materials are promising alternatives to inorganic counterparts for both lithium ion batteries (LIBs) and sodium ion batteries (SIBs) due to their high theoretical capacity, adjustable molecular structure and strong adaptability to different counter-ions in batteries, etc. However, they suffer from poor practical capacity and low rate capability because of their intrinsically poor conductivity. Herein, we report the synthesis of self-assembled graphene/poly(anthraquinonyl sufide) (PAQS) composite aerogel (GPA) with efficient integration of three-dimensional (3D) graphene framework with electroactive PAQS particles via a novel dispersion-assembly strategy, which can be used as a free-standing flexible cathode upon mechanical pressing...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xinwei Dou, Ivana Hasa, Maral Hekmatfar, Thomas Diemant, R Juergen Behm, Daniel Buchholz, Stefano Passerini
Hard carbons are currently the most widely used negative electrode materials in Na-ion batteries. This is due to their promising electrochemical performance with capacities of 200-300 mAh g-1 and stable long-term cycling. However, an abundant and cheap carbon source is necessary in order to comply with the low-cost philosophy of the Na-ion technology. As a matter of fact, many biologic or waste materials have been used to synthesize hard carbons but the impact of the precursors on the final properties of the anode material is not fully understood...
April 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
Changling Li, Chueh Liu, Wei Wang, Zafer Mutlu, Jeffrey Bell, Kazi Ahmed, Rachel Ye, Mihrimah Ozkan, Cengiz S Ozkan
Every year many tons of waste glass end up in landfills without proper recycling, which aggravates the burden of waste disposal in landfill. The conversion from un-recycled glass to favorable materials is of great significance for sustainable strategies. Recently, silicon has been an exceptional anode material towards large-scale energy storage applications, due to its extraordinary lithiation capacity of 3579 mAh g(-1) at ambient temperature. Compared with other quartz sources obtained from pre-leaching processes which apply toxic acids and high energy-consuming annealing, an interconnected silicon network is directly derived from glass bottles via magnesiothermic reduction...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ying Wu, Yu Jiang, Jinan Shi, Lin Gu, Yan Yu
TiO2 as an anode for sodium-ion batteries (NIBs) has attracted much recent attention, but poor cyclability and rate performance remain problematic owing to the intrinsic electronic conductivity and the sluggish diffusivity of Na ions in the TiO2 matrix. Herein, a simple process is demonstrated to improve the sodium storage performance of TiO2 by fabricating a 1D, multichannel, porous binary-phase anatase-TiO2 -rutile-TiO2 composite with oxygen-deficient and high grain-boundary density (denoted as a-TiO2-x /r-TiO2-x ) via electrospinning and subsequent vacuum treatment...
April 18, 2017: Small
Huiqi Xie, Min Chen, Limin Wu
A self-templated strategy is developed to fabricate hierarchical TiO2 /SnO2 hollow spheres coated with graphitized carbon (HTSO/GC-HSs) by combined sol-gel processes with hydrothermal treatment and calcination. The as-prepared mesoporous HTSO/GC-HSs present an approximate yolk-double-shell structure, with high specific area and small nanocrystals of TiO2 and SnO2 , and thus exhibit superior electrochemical reactivity and stability when used as anode materials for Li-ion batteries. A high reversible specific capacity of about 310 mAh g(-1) at a high current density of 5 A g(-1) can be achieved over 500 cycles indicating very good cycle stability and rate performance...
April 18, 2017: Small
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