One-pot synthesis of highly conductive nickel-rich phosphide/CNTs hybrid as a polar sulfur host for high-rate and long-cycle Li-S battery

  • Xiao-Fei Yu
  • Dong-Xu Tian
  • Wen-Cui Li
  • Bin He
  • Yu Zhang
  • Zhi-Yuan Chen
  • An-Hui LuEmail author
Research Article


Lithium sulfur battery has been identified as a promising candidate for next storage devices attributing to ultrahigh energy density. However, non-conductive nature of sulfur and shuttling effect of soluble lithium polysulfides are intractable remaining problems. Herein, we develop a highly conductive nickel-rich Ni12P5/CNTs hybrid with high specific surface area as sulfur host to address these issues. The polar nature of Ni12P5/CNTs can significantly relieve the shuttle effect by means of a strong affinity towards lithium polysulfides and enhance kinetics of polysulfides redox reactions. In addition, the Ni12P5/CNTs with a superior conductivity (500 S·m−1) and high surface area of 395 m2·g−1 enables the effective electron transfer and expedited interfacial reaction. As a result, Ni12P5/CNTs hosted sulfur cathode exhibits high rate capability (784 mAh·g−1 at 4 C) and stable cycling performance with a negligible capacity fading of 0.057 % per cycle over 1,000 cycles at 0.5 C. This work paves an alternative way for designing high performance sulfur cathodes involved metal-rich phosphides.


Ni-rich phosphides carbon nanotube high conductivity catalytic effect lithium sulfur battery 


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The authors are grateful to the financial support by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21776041 and 21875028), and Cheung Kong Scholars Programme of China (No. T2015036).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao-Fei Yu
    • 1
  • Dong-Xu Tian
    • 1
  • Wen-Cui Li
    • 1
  • Bin He
    • 1
  • Yu Zhang
    • 1
  • Zhi-Yuan Chen
    • 1
  • An-Hui Lu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, School of Chemical EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina

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