In situ hydrothermal synthesis of rGO-wrapped Fe1xS particles for lithium storage


Iron sulfides have attracted much interests for their potential as anode materials in energy storage devices in view of their low costs, and environmentally benign and high theoretical capacities. Among them, Fe1−xS is relatively rarely investigated. In this work, Fe1−xS@rGO has been synthesized using a facile in situ hydrothermal method. After wrapped by rGO, the morphology of Fe1−xS particles changes from hexagonal flakes to irregular particles with much smaller sizes. As the anode material for lithium ion batteries, Fe1−xS@rGO exhibits excellent lithium storage ability. It can deliver an initial discharge capacity of 1575.5 mA h/g in the potential window of 0.005–3 V, and a reversible capacity of 907.8 mA h/g can be maintained after 200 cycles at 100 mA/g. Its improved electrochemical performance can be attributed to the effect of enhanced contact area and shortened Li+ ion transport distance because of rGO’s contribution.

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support by the NSF of China (21673203 and 21771159), Qing Lan project from Yangzhou University, the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, and Top-notch Academic Programs Project of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions.

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Wang, MH., Xue, HG. & Guo, SP. In situ hydrothermal synthesis of rGO-wrapped Fe1xS particles for lithium storage. Journal of Materials Research 34, 3186–3194 (2019).

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