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A high performance Li/S cell cathode with hierarchical architecture composed of ketjenblack@mesoporous carbon/sulfur hybrid

  • Yilun Hong
  • Xiaoxi Zhang
  • Junwei Hao
  • Yonghua Wan
  • Yao Chen
  • Jianwei Cong
  • Jiangnan Chen
  • Xiaomin LiuEmail author
  • Hui Yang
Original Paper


A ketjenblack@mesoporous carbon (KB@Meso-C) hybrid with hierarchical architecture was prepared by carbonizing the ketjenblack@metal-organic framework hybrid (KB@MOF-5). Meso-C with large pore volume can host a large amount of sulfur and alleviate the dissolution and migration of the lithium polysulfides, while the highly conductive KB uniformly distributed within the hybrid matrix can provide fast electron transportation pathways and high specific surface area. When 62 wt% of sulfur is encapsulated, KB@Meso-C/S cathode shows the initial discharge capacity of 997 mA h g−1, and retains 665 mA h g−1 after 300 cycles at 1 C, with 0.13% capacity decay per cycle and 97.70% Coulombic efficiency. In addition, KB@Meso-C/S cathode presents a remarkable rate capability, reaching 518 mA h g−1 at 2 C. The hierarchical KB@Meso-C/S presents comparable performance to other complicated composites. The pore size distribution plays a major role to confine polysulfide and alleviate the shuttle effect for KB@Meso-C/S cathode.


Ketjenblack@metal-organic framework Ketjenblack@mesoporous carbon Hybrid nanocomposites cathode 


Funding information

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant nos. 21573109 and 21206069), the Research Innovation Program for College Graduates of Jiangsu Province in 2016 (Grant no. KYLX16_0590), and the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (PAPD).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yilun Hong
    • 1
  • Xiaoxi Zhang
    • 1
  • Junwei Hao
    • 1
  • Yonghua Wan
    • 1
  • Yao Chen
    • 1
  • Jianwei Cong
    • 1
  • Jiangnan Chen
    • 1
  • Xiaomin Liu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hui Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Materials Science and EngineeringNanjing Tech UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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