A porous nitrogen and phosphorous dual doped graphene blocking layer for high performance Li-S batteries
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Conductive confinement of sulfur and polysulfide via carbonaceous blocking layers can simultaneously address the low conductivity, volume expansion of sulfur during charge/discharge process and polysulfides shuttling effect in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Herein, conductive and porous nitrogen and phosphorus dual doped graphene (p-NP-G) blocking layer is prepared via a thermal annealing and subsequent hydrothermal reaction route. The doping levels of N and P in p-NP-G measured by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are ca. 4.38% and ca. 1.93 %, respectively. The dual doped blocking layer exhibits higher conductivity than N or P single doped blocking layer. More importantly, the density function theory (DFT) calculation demonstrates that P atoms and -P-O groups in the p-NP-G layer offer stronger adsorption to polysulfides than the N species. The electrochemical evaluation results illustrate that the p-NP-G blocking layer could deliver superior initial capacity (1158.3 mA h/g at the current density of 1 C), excellent rate capability (633.7 mA h/g at 2 C), and satisfactory cycling stability (ca. 0.09% capacity decay per cycle), which are better than the N or P single doped graphene. This work suggests that this synergetic combination of conductive and adsorptive confinement strategies induced by the multi-heteroatoms doping scheme is a promising approach for developing high performance Li-S batteries.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A
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Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering