|Si/Ag/C Nanohybrids with in Situ Incorporation of Super-Small Silver Nanoparticles: Tiny Amount, Huge Impact|
|Yin, Shanshan; Zhao, Dong; Ji, Qing; Xia, Yonggao; Xia, Senlin; Wang, Xinming; Wang, Meimei; Ban, Jianzhen; Zhang, Yi; Metwalli, Ezzeldin; Wang, Xiaoyan; Xiao, Ying; Zuo, Xiuxia; Xie, Shuang; Fang, Kai; Liang, Suzhe; Zheng, Luyao; Qiu, Bao; Yang, Zhaohui; Lin, Yichao; Chen, Liang; Wang, Cundong; Liu, Zhaoping; Zhu, Jin; Mueller-Buschbaum, Peter; Cheng, Ya-Jun
|Source Publication||ACS NANO
|Abstract||Silicon (Si) has been regarded as one of the most promising anodes for next-generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) due to its exceptional capacity, appropriate voltage profile, and reliable operation safety. However, poor cyclic stability and moderate rate performance have been critical drawbacks to hamper the practical application of Si-based anodes. It has been one of the central issues to develop new strategies to improve the cyclic and rate performance of the Si-based lithium-ion battery anodes. In this work, super-small metal nanoparticles (2.9 nm in diameter) are in situ synthesized and homogeneously embedded in the in situ formed nitrogen-doped carbon matrix, as demonstrated by the Si/Ag/C nanohybrid, where epoxy resin monomers are used as solvent and carbon source. With tiny amount of silver (2.59% by mass), the Si/Ag/C nanohybrid exhibits superior rate performance compared to the bare Si/C sample. Systematic structure characterization and electrochemical performance tests of the Si/Ag/C nanohybrids have been performed. The mechanism for the enhanced rate performance is investigated and elaborated. The temperature-dependent I-V behavior of the Si/Ag/C nanohybrids with tuned silver contents is measured. Based on the model, it is found that the super-small silver nanoparticles mainly increase charge carrier mobility instead of the charge carrier density in the Si/Ag/C nanohybrids. The evaluation of the total electron transportation length provided by the silver nanoparticles within the electrode also suggests significantly enhanced charge carrier mobility. The existence of tremendous amounts of super-small silver nanoparticles with excellent mechanical properties also contributes to the slightly improved cyclic stability compared to that of simple Si/C anodes.|
Performance Anode Materials
Facile Scalable Synthesis
Excellent Electrochemical Performance
|Subject Area||Polymer Science
Yin, Shanshan,Zhao, Dong,Ji, Qing,et al. Si/Ag/C Nanohybrids with in Situ Incorporation of Super-Small Silver Nanoparticles: Tiny Amount, Huge Impact[J]. ACS NANO,2018,12(1):861-875.
Yin, Shanshan.,Zhao, Dong.,Ji, Qing.,Xia, Yonggao.,Xia, Senlin.,...&Cheng, Ya-Jun.(2018).Si/Ag/C Nanohybrids with in Situ Incorporation of Super-Small Silver Nanoparticles: Tiny Amount, Huge Impact.ACS NANO,12(1),861-875.
Yin, Shanshan,et al."Si/Ag/C Nanohybrids with in Situ Incorporation of Super-Small Silver Nanoparticles: Tiny Amount, Huge Impact".ACS NANO 12.1(2018):861-875.
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