In-situ arc discharge-derived FeSn2/onion-like carbon nanocapsules as improved stannide-based electrocatalytic anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

Dandan Han, Amrita Chatterjee, Long Hin Man, Siu Wing Or

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Core/shell-structured FeSn2/onion-like carbon (FeSn2/OLC) nanocapsules of confined size range of sub-50 nm are synthesized via an in-situ arc-discharge process, and are evaluated in comparison with FeSn2 nanoparticles as an improved stannide-based electrocatalytic anode material for Li-ion batteries (LIBs). The in-situ arc-discharge process allows a facile one-pot procedure for forming crystalline FeSn2 stannide alloy nanoparticle cores coated by defective OLC thin shells in addition to a confined crystal growth of the FeSn2 nanoparticle cores. The LIB cells assembled using the FeSn2/OLC nanocapsules as the electrocatalytic anodes exhibit superior full specific discharge capacity of 519 mAh·g−1 and specific discharge capacity retention of ~62.1% after 100 charge-discharge cycles at 50 mA·g−1 specific current. The electrochemical stability of FeSn2/OLC nanocapsules is demonstrated from the good cycle stability of the LIBs with a high specific discharge capacity retention of 67.5% on a drastic change in specific current from 4000 to 50 mA·g−1. A formation mechanism is proposed to describe the confined crystal growth of the FeSn2 nanoparticle cores and the formation of the FeSn2/OLC core/shell structure. The observed electrochemical performance enhancement is ascribed to the synergetic effects of the enabling of a reversible lithiation process during charge-discharge of the LIB cells by the FeSn2 nanoparticle cores as well as the protection of the FeSn2 nanoparticle cores from volume change-induced pulverization and solid electrolyte interphase-induced passivation by the OLC shells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number950
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Core/shell-structured nanocapsules
  • Electrocatalytic
  • FeSn stannide alloys
  • In-situ arc-discharge process
  • Li-ion batteries
  • Onion-like carbon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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