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Title: Simultaneous immobilization and conversion of polysulfides on Co3O4–CoN heterostructured mediators toward high-performance lithium–sulfur batteries
Authors: Wang, Jin
Xiao, Kuikui
Ouyang, Bo
Zhang, Lili
Yang, Hao
Liu, Jilei
Liang, Pei
Rawat, Rajdeep Singh
Shen, Zexiang
Keywords: Science::Physics
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Wang, J., Xiao, K., Ouyang, B., Zhang, L., Yang, H., Liu, J., . . . Shen, Z. (2019). Simultaneous Immobilization and Conversion of Polysulfides on Co3O4–CoN Heterostructured Mediators toward High-Performance Lithium–Sulfur Batteries. ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2(4), 2570–2578. doi:10.1021/acsaem.8b02196
Journal: ACS Applied Energy Materials 
Abstract: Lithium–sulfur (Li–S) batteries exhibit great potential as a next-generation rechargeable battery system due to their high energy density, natural abundance, and nontoxicity. Nevertheless, the insulated nature of S and Li2S and the electrochemical instability of intermediate lithium polysulfides (LiPS) obstruct the commercialization of Li–S technologies. Herein, a heterophase Co3O4–CoN sulfur host combined with the merits of efficient polysulfide anchoring (Co3O4) and high conductivity (CoN) is reported to boost Li–S battery performance. Such porous Co3O4–CoN heterostructures endow the intermediate LiPS with the instantaneous immobilization–diffusion–conversion process, thus accelerating redox kinetics and alleviating the polysulfide shuttling. The assembled cathode based on the Co3O4–CoN/CC electrode exhibits a high initial capacity of 1225 mAh g–1 at 0.5 C with excellent rate performance (887 mAh g–1 at 3 C), and the specific capacity can be well maintained to 627 mAh g–1 even after 500 cycles at 3 C. Our work provides an efficient strategy for the rational design of comprehensive host materials enabling simultaneous LiPS immobilization and conversion and will give further impetus to the practical use of Li–S batteries.
ISSN: 2574-0962
DOI: 10.1021/acsaem.8b02196
Rights: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in ACS Applied Energy Materials, copyright © American Chemical Society after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
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