Porous spherical polyacrylonitrile-carbon nanocomposite with high loading of sulfur for lithium-sulfur batteries

Hiesang Sohn, Mikhail L. Gordin, Michael Regula, Dong Hyeon Kim, Yoon Seok Jung, Jiangxuan Song, Donghai Wang

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Pyrolyzed porous spherical composites of polyacrylonitrile-Ketjenblack carbon and sulfur (pPAN-KB/S) with a high sulfur content (ca. 72%) and enhanced conductivity and porosity (pore volume: 1.42 cm3/g; BET surface area: 727 m2/g) were prepared by an aerosol-assisted process and applied as cathode for lithium-sulfur batteries. Electrochemical tests showed that the pPAN-KB/S composite exhibited a high capacity of 866 mAh/g (based on sulfur) after 100 cycles at 0.5C (1C = 1.68 A/g) and a good rate performance at high current density (431 mAh/g at 5C). In addition, a pPAN-KB/S composite electrode with high sulfur loading (ca. 4.4 mg-S/cm2) exhibited impressive electrochemical performance with a reversible capacity of 513 mAh/g and 576 mAh/cm3 (based on sulfur) and a coulombic efficiency >99% after 100 cycles at 0.5C.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21796
Pages (from-to)70-78
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 20

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Office of Vehicle Technologies of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-EE0005475 (D. Wang) and by the Energy Efficiency and Resources Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Korea government Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (No. 20112010100150 ) (Y. Jung). Appendix A

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© 2015 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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