Title

TiO2@Chlorella-Based Biomass Carbon Modified Separator for High-Rate Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Publication Name

Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research

Abstract

The lithium-sulfur battery (Li-S battery) has attracted extensive attention because of its high energy density, but a series of disadvantages caused by sulfur insulation and the shuttle effect hinder the large-scale application of the Li-S battery. The conductive skeleton with strong adsorption on lithium polysulfide can effectively build the electron transmission path and inhibit the shuttle effect. In this study, a new type of chlorella-based biomass carbon skeleton carrying TiO2 metal sites (TiO2@CBBC) is designed and synthesized, and it was used as a functional separator modification material for the lithium sulfur battery. The biomass carbon skeleton has a unique three-dimensional skeleton and a unique specific surface, which can carry uniform titanium active sites and rich oxygen negative ions, so as to build a functional network of electron conduction, adsorbing polysulfide intermediates and promoting the dynamics of the sulfur conversion reaction. The Li-S battery equipped with a functional TiO2@CBBC separator shows excellent rate performance and cycle performance. The initial capacity of the lithium sulfur battery is up to 1011 mAh g-1 at 2C and can maintain 92% of the specific capacity after 100 cycles. At a stricter rate of 3C, the battery can still operate stably, and the coulomb efficiency remains above 95% throughout the entire process. This work represents a promising approach for developing the stability of lithium-sulfur batteries at a high rate.

Open Access Status

This publication is not available as open access

Funding Number

2019YFC1906402

Funding Sponsor

National Key Research and Development Program of China

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.1c04510