, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 1117–1122 | Cite as

N-doped mesoporous-carbon polyhedron as an effective sulfur host for lithium–sulfur batteries

  • Linsen ZhangEmail author
  • Shanshan Zhu
  • Xiaofeng Li
  • Hua Fang
  • Aiqing Zhang
  • Haili Gao
  • Yanhua Song
Original Paper


An effective sulfur host material of N-doped mesoporous-carbon polyhedron (NMCP) was derived from zeolitic imidazolate framework-8. We prepared an NMCP/S composite by sublimating sulfur into NMCP. As a Li–S battery cathode, the NMCP/S composite delivers a high initial capacity of 1308 mAh·g−1 at 50 mA·g−1, a stable reversible capacity of 496.3 mAh·g−1 after 150 cycles at 400 mA·g−1, and an excellent rate capacity of 639 mAh·g−1 at 800 mA·g−1. The excellent electrochemical performance is ascribed to the unique 3D carbon matrix. The mesoporous-carbon polyhedron structure ensures fast electron/ion diffusion and provides large free space for volumetric expansion of sulfur during repeated charge/discharge. Furthermore, nitrogen doping enhances conductivity and interaction between carbon host and polysulfide guest via chemical binding, which can suppress the shuttle of polysulfides to a certain extent.


Li–S batteries Nitrogen-doped Mesoporous-carbon polyhedron Sulfur host 


Funding information

This work is supported by the foundation of Henan Provincial Natural Science Foundation (No. 162300410315), foundation for young teachers of 2012 Henan Province colleges and universities (GGJS-116), foundation of Zhengzhou science and technology (No. 20150441), and scientific research foundation of Zhengzhou University of Light Industry in 2015 (No.2015XJJZ036).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linsen Zhang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shanshan Zhu
    • 1
  • Xiaofeng Li
    • 1
  • Hua Fang
    • 1
  • Aiqing Zhang
    • 1
  • Haili Gao
    • 1
  • Yanhua Song
    • 1
  1. 1.Henan Provincial Key Laboratory of Surface & Interface Science, School of Material and Chemical EngineeringZhengzhouUniversity of Light IndustryZhengzhouChina

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