Facile synthesis and electrochemical sodium storage of CoS2 micro/nano-structures


We report the synthesis and electrochemical sodium storage of cobalt disulfide (CoS2) with various micro/nano-structures. CoS2 with microscale sizes are either assembled by nanoparticles (P-CoS2) via a facile solvothermal route or nanooctahedrons constructed solid (O-CoS2) and hollow microstructures (H-CoS2) fabricated by hydrothermal methods. Among three morphologies, H-CoS2 exhibits the largest discharge capacities and best rate performance as anode of sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). Furthermore, H-CoS2 delivers a capacity of 690 mA·h·g−1 at 1 A·g−1 after 100 cycles in a potential range of 0.1–3.0 V, and ∼240 mA·h·g−1 over 800 cycles in the potential window of 1.0–3.0 V. This cycling difference mainly lies in the two discharge plateaus observed in 0.1–3.0 V and one discharge plateau in 1.0–3.0 V. To interpret the reactions, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are applied. The results show that at the first plateau around 1.4 V, the insertion reaction (CoS2 + xNa+ + xe → Na x CoS2) occurs; while at the second plateau around 0.6 V, the conversion reaction (Na x CoS2 + (4 − x) Na+ + (4 − x)e → Co + 2Na2S) takes place. This provides insights for electrochemical sodium storage of CoS2 as the anode of SIBs.

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Liu, X., Zhang, K., Lei, K. et al. Facile synthesis and electrochemical sodium storage of CoS2 micro/nano-structures. Nano Res. 9, 198–206 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12274-016-0981-5

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  • cobalt disulfide
  • micro/nano-structures
  • sodium storage mechanism
  • cycling stability