A pomegranate-structured sulfur cathode material with triple confinement of lithium polysulfides for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries

Yingying Mi, Wen Liu, Qian Wang, Jianbing Jiang, Gary W Brudvig, Henghui Zhou, Hailiang Wang

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High-performance lithium-sulfur batteries are widely and intensively pursued, owing to their projected high energy density and low cost. However, realizing the stable cycling of a sulfur cathode with good discharging/charging rate capability under high sulfur content and high sulfur loading conditions remains a major challenge. Confining the dissolvable lithium polysulfide intermediates while addressing the intrinsic low electrical conductivity of sulfur is a key approach toward solving the problem. This work presents the design of a pomegranate-structured sulfur cathode material with high electrochemical performance. To synthesize the material, mesoporous carbon particles with ferrocene decoration are infiltrated with sulfur and then wrapped into secondary particles by dendrimer-linked graphene oxide. In the designed structure, the mesoporous carbon serves as a conductive matrix and porous host for sulfur species; ferrocene provides polar sites to bind lithium polysulfides chemically; the dendrimer-linked graphene oxide encapsulation layers further confine leaching of polysulfides and ferrocene into the electrolyte. With the three components providing triple confinement of the polysulfides, the material with a high sulfur content of 75.7 wt% exhibits excellent cycling stability and good rate capability. A capacity of 826 mA h g-1 can be delivered at 1.0C with an average decay of only 0.010% per cycle over 1200 cycles. With a high S mass loading of 4 mg cm-2, the cathode can still be cycled at 0.5C for 300 cycles with a capacity decay as low as 0.038% per cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11788-11793
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Volume5
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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A pomegranate-structured sulfur cathode material with triple confinement of lithium polysulfides for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries. / Mi, Yingying; Liu, Wen; Wang, Qian; Jiang, Jianbing; Brudvig, Gary W; Zhou, Henghui; Wang, Hailiang.

In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol. 5, No. 23, 2017, p. 11788-11793.

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Mi, Yingying ; Liu, Wen ; Wang, Qian ; Jiang, Jianbing ; Brudvig, Gary W ; Zhou, Henghui ; Wang, Hailiang. / A pomegranate-structured sulfur cathode material with triple confinement of lithium polysulfides for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries. In: Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2017 ; Vol. 5, No. 23. pp. 11788-11793.
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