Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 53, Issue 8, pp 6135–6146 | Cite as

Continuous-porous N-doped carbon network as high-performance electrode for lithium-ion batteries

  • Walid Alkarmo
  • Farid Ouhib
  • Abdelhafid Aqil
  • Jean-Michel Thomassin
  • Bénédicte Vertruyen
  • Marie-Laure Piedboeuf
  • Nathalie Job
  • Christophe Detrembleur
  • Christine Jérôme
Energy materials


Hierarchical porous N-doped carbon (NPC) is prepared by pyrolysis of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) particles decorated by graphene oxide (GO) and polypyrrole (PPy) as precursors and used as anode for lithium-ion batteries. The composite precursors with different diameter and composition (PMMA/GO/PPy-A and B) were conveniently prepared by dispersion polymerization of methyl methacrylate in the presence of graphene oxide as stabilizer in aqueous medium, followed by addition of pyrrole and its oxidative polymerization. After pyrolysis, the resulting NPC composites with hierarchically structured macro- and mesopores exhibit high surface area (289–398 m2/g) and different N-doping levels (7.46 and 4.22 wt% of nitrogen content). The NPC with the highest N-doping level (7.46 wt%) shows high reversible capacities of 831 mAh/g at 74.4 mA/g (C/5) after 50 cycles and excellent rate performances.



CERM is much indebted to BELSPO Interuniversity Attraction Poles (IAP-7/5-FS2) for financial support in the frame of “Functional Supramolecular Systems” project. C. D. is Research Director by the FRS-FNRS.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM), CESAM-RUUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium
  2. 2.GREENMAT-LCIS, CESAM-RU, Chemistry DepartmentUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Chemical Engineering – Nanomaterials, Catalysis, ElectrochemistryUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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