Nano Research

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 426–436 | Cite as

Boron-doped microporous nano carbon as cathode material for high-performance Li-S batteries

  • Feng Wu
  • Ji Qian
  • Weiping Wu
  • Yusheng Ye
  • Zhiguo Sun
  • Bin Xu
  • Xiaoguang Yang
  • Yuhong Xu
  • Jiatao Zhang
  • Renjie ChenEmail author
Research Article


In this study, a boron-doped microporous carbon (BMC)/sulfur nanocomposite is synthesized and applied as a novel cathode material for advanced Li-S batteries. The cell with this cathode exhibits an ultrahigh cycling stability and rate capability. After activation, a capacity of 749.5 mAh/g was obtained on the 54th cycle at a discharge current of 3.2 A/g. After 500 cycles, capacity of 561.8 mAh/g remained (74.96% retention), with only a very small average capacity decay of 0.056%. The excellent reversibility and stability of the novel sulfur cathode can be attributed to the ability of the boron-doped microporous carbon host to both physically confine polysulfides and chemically bind these species on the host surface. Theoretical calculations confirm that boron-doped carbon is capable of significantly stronger interactions with the polysulfide species than undoped carbon, most likely as a result of the lower electronegativity of boron. We believe that this doping strategy can be extended to other metal-air batteries and fuel cells, and that it has promising potential for many different applications.


boron-doping microporous carbon binding energy Li-S batteries 


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This work was supported by the National Key Research and Development Program “New Energy Project for Electric Vehicle” (No. 2016YFB0100204), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21373028), Major achievements Transformation Project for Central University in Beijing, Beijing Science and Technology Project (No. D151100003015001) and the Ford University Research Program (URP) project. W. P. W. acknowledges support from George Daniels Educational Trust.

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Boron-doped microporous nano carbon as cathode material for high-performance Li-S batteries


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Feng Wu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ji Qian
    • 1
  • Weiping Wu
    • 3
  • Yusheng Ye
    • 1
  • Zhiguo Sun
    • 1
  • Bin Xu
    • 4
  • Xiaoguang Yang
    • 5
  • Yuhong Xu
    • 6
  • Jiatao Zhang
    • 7
  • Renjie Chen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Beijing Key Laboratory of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Material Science and EngineeringBeijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingChina
  2. 2.Collaborative Innovation Center of Electric Vehicles in BeijingBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering, CityUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing Key Laboratory of Electrochemical Process and Technology for MaterialsBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingChina
  5. 5.Research and Advanced EngineeringFord Motor CompanyDearbornUSA
  6. 6.Electrified Powertrain EngineeringFord Motor Research and Engineering (Nanjing) Co., Ltd.NanjingChina
  7. 7.Beijing Key Laboratory of Construction-Tailorable Advanced Functional Materials and Green Applications, School of Material Science and EngineeringBeijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingChina

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