A Graphene-like Oxygenated Carbon Nitride Material for Improved Cycle-Life Lithium/Sulfur Batteries

J. Liu, W. Li, L. Duan, X. Li, L. Ji, Z. Geng, K. Huang, L. Lu, L. Zhou, Z. Liu, Wei Chen, L. Liu, S. Feng, Y. Zhang

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© 2015 American Chemical Society. Novel sulfur (S) anchoring materials and the corresponding mechanisms for suppressing capacity fading are urgently needed to advance the performance of Li/S batteries. Here, we designed and synthesized a graphene-like oxygenated carbon nitride (OCN) host material that contains tens of micrometer scaled two-dimensional (2D) rippled sheets, micromesopores, and oxygen heteroatoms. N content can reach as high as 20.49 wt %. A sustainable approach of one-step self-supporting solid-state pyrolysis (OSSP) was developed for the low-cost and large-scale production of OCN. The urea in solid sources not only provides self-supporting atmospheres but also produces graphitic carbon nitride (g-C<inf>3</inf>N<inf>4</inf>) working as 2D layered templates. The S/OCN cathode can deliver a high specific capacity of 1407.6 mA h g<sup>-1</sup> at C/20 rate with 84% S utilization and retain improved reversible capacity during long-term cycles at high current density. The increasing micropores, graphitic N, ether, and carboxylic O at the large sized OCN sheet favor S utilization and trapping for polysulfides.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5137-5142
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • cycle life
  • lithium/sulfur batteries
  • Oxygenated carbon nitride (OCN)
  • sulfur host

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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