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Na2 + 2xFe2-x (SO4)3@rice husks carbon composite as a high-performance cathode material for sodium-ion batteries

  • Huifang Di
  • Huijuan YueEmail author
  • Hui Qi
  • Dong ZhangEmail author
  • Gang Chen
Original Paper


Na2 + 2xFe2-x (SO4)3 (NFS) holds great promise as the cathode material for room-temperature sodium-ion batteries. However, large-scale application of NFS is highly impeded by its low electrical conductivity, which leads to poor cyclability and rate capability. To address these issues, we introduce rice husk-derived carbon with engineered porosity and structure as carrier to load active material NFS. The resultant hybrid material delivers extremely high specific charge capacity of 113.4 mAh g−1 at 0.1 C (1 C = 120 mA g−1), and a large reversible capacity of 81.2 mAh g−1 is retained after 100 cycles with a high retention rate of about 83.9%. The capacity of the composite can reach 60 mAh g−1 even at the current density 5 C. These excellent electrochemical performances are attributed to a favorable combination of the interpenetrating conductive carbon framework and ordered mesoporous structure that maintain well-balanced ionic and electronic conductivities throughout the electrode.


Sodium-ion batteries Na2 + 2xFe2-x (SO4)3 Rice husk carbon Cathode 


Funding information

This work was supported by funding from “973” project (No. 2015CB251103), National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21771086), S&T Development Program of Jilin Province (Nos. 20160101320JC, 20180101293JC), and Jilin Provincial Department of Education “13th Five-Year” scientific research project (No. JJKH20180116KJ).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Physics and Technology for Advance Batteries (Ministry of Education), College of PhysicsJilin UniversityChangchunPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry, College of ChemistryJilin UniversityChangchunPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.The Second Hospital of Jilin UniversityChangchunPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Superhard MaterialsJilin UniversityChangchunPeople’s Republic of China

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