Sulfur-Doped Carbon Nanotemplates for Sodium Metal Anodes
journal contributionposted on 08.05.2018, 00:00 by Hyeon Ji Yoon, Seung Ki Hong, Min Eui Lee, Junyeon Hwang, Hyoung-Joon Jin, Young Soo Yun
Sodium metal is a good candidate as an anode for a large-scale energy storage device because of the abundance of sodium resources and its high theoretical capacity (∼1166 mA h g–1) in a low redox potential (−2.71 V versus the standard hydrogen electrode). In this study, we report effects of sulfur doping on highly efficient macroporous catalytic carbon nanotemplates (MC-CNTs) for a metal anode. MC-CNTs resulted in reversible and stable sodium metal deposition/stripping cycling over ∼200 cycles, with average Coulombic efficiency (CE) of ∼99.7%. After heat treatment with elemental sulfur, the sulfur-doped MC-CNTs (S-MC-CNTs) showed significantly improved cycling performances over 2400 cycles, with average CEs of ∼99.8%. In addition, very small nucleation overpotentials from ∼6 to ∼14 mV were achieved at current densities from 0.5 to 8 mA cm–2, indicating highly efficient catalytic effects for sodium metal nucleation and high rate performances of S-MC-CNTs. These results provide insight regarding a simple but feasible strategy based on bioabundant precursors and an easy process to design a high-performance metal anode.