Cobalt doping stabilizes the expanded structure of layered double hydroxide cathodes for application in fast charging Ni–Zn batteries

Madhusudana Gopannagari, Vedi Kuyil Azhagan Muniraj, Ki Young Kwon, Yujin Kim, D. Amaranatha Reddy, Tae Kyu Kim, Hyun Deog Yoo

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Improving the reversible capacity, fast chargeability, and cyclability of cathode materials are the primary challenges in the development of advanced rechargeable batteries. Herein, we discover the synergetic effects of cobalt ions in achieving a capacity that is approximately equivalent to the theoretical capacity, a highly stable cyclability, and a superior rate capability of Co-doped nickel layered double hydroxides (Ni1−xCox-LDH). The cobalt dopants stabilize the α-phase LDH with an expanded interlayer distance, drawing the redox potential within the voltage stability window and enabling the maximum charging of the cathode. In addition, cobalt doping provides robust nanostructures with a highly porous morphology, which is highly suitable for enhanced rate capability. The optimized Ni0.9Co0.1-LDH material exhibits a high specific capacity of 310 mAh g−1 with excellent cycle retention and fast chargeability, indicating a superior rate capability compared to conventional Ni(OH)2. Consequently, the full cell of the Ni0.9Co0.1-LDH cathode and Zn metal anode exhibits maximum energy and power densities of 288 Wh kg‒1 and 1973 W kg‒1, respectively. The enhanced performance of Ni1−xCox-LDH indicates its excellent potential as a cathode material with high energy and power densities for safe and sustainable energy storage devices. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1449-1458
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Electrochemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by a 2-Year Research Grant of Pusan National University.

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© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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