Iron sulfides with dopamine-derived carbon coating as superior performance anodes for sodium-ion batteries

  • Aihua Jin
  • Seung-Ho Yu
  • Jae-Hyuk Park
  • Seok Mun Kang
  • Mi-Ju Kim
  • Tae-Yeol Jeon
  • Junyoung MunEmail author
  • Yung-Eun SungEmail author
Research Article


High energy ball-milled iron sulfides with thin carbon layer coating (BM-FeS/C composites) were prepared by the simple and economical process. Ball-milled process, followed by carbon coating, reduced the particle size and increased the electrical conductivity. When employed as sodium-ion battery anodes, BM-FeS/C composites showed extremely high electrochemical performance with reversible specific capacity of 589.8 mAh·g−1 after 100 cycles at a current density of 100 mA·g−1. They also exhibited superior rate capabilities of 375.9 mAh·g−1 even at 3.2 A·g−1 and 423.6 mAh·g−1 at 1.5 A·g−1. X-ray absorption near edge structure analysis confirmed the electrochemical pathway for conversion reaction of BM-FeS/C composites.


sodium-ion batteries iron sulfides high energy ball-milling dopamine X-ray absorption near edge structure 


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This work is based upon research conducted at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in Republic of Korea and Y. E. S. acknowledges the financial support by IBS-R006-A2.

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Iron sulfides with dopamine-derived carbon coating as superior performance anodes for sodium-ion batteries


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aihua Jin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Seung-Ho Yu
    • 3
  • Jae-Hyuk Park
    • 1
    • 2
  • Seok Mun Kang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mi-Ju Kim
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tae-Yeol Jeon
    • 4
  • Junyoung Mun
    • 5
    Email author
  • Yung-Eun Sung
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Nanoparticle ResearchInstitute for Basic Science (IBS)SeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.School of Chemical and Biological EngineeringSeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Chemical and Biological EngineeringKorea UniversitySeongbuk-gu, SeoulRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Beamline DepartmentPohang Accelerator Laboratory (PAL)PohangRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Department of Energy and Chemical EngineeringIncheon National UniversityIncheonRepublic of Korea

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