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Microporous bamboo biochar for lithium-sulfur batteries

Abstract

Being simple, inexpensive, scalable and environmentally friendly, microporous biomass biochars have been attracting enthusiastic attention for application in lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Herein, porous bamboo biochar is activated via a KOH/annealing process that creates a microporous structure, boosts surface area and enhances electronic conductivity. The treated sample is used to encapsulate sulfur to prepare a microporous bamboo carbon-sulfur (BC-S) nanocomposite for use as the cathode for Li-S batteries for the first time. The BC-S nanocomposite with 50 wt.% sulfur content delivers a high initial capacity of 1,295 mA·h/g at a low discharge rate of 160 mA/g and high capacity retention of 550 mA·h/g after 150 cycles at a high discharge rate of 800 mA/g with excellent coulombic efficiency (⩾95%). This suggests that the BC-S nanocomposite could be a promising cathode material for Li-S batteries.

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Gu, X., Wang, Y., Lai, C. et al. Microporous bamboo biochar for lithium-sulfur batteries. Nano Res. 8, 129–139 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-014-0601-1

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Keywords

  • biochars
  • lithium-sulfur batteries
  • microporous structure
  • bamboo carbon-sulfur composites