Free-standing lithiophilic Ag-nanoparticle-decorated 3D porous carbon nanotube films for enhanced lithium storage

Fang WU, Heng QUAN, Jiang HAN, Xiaoli PENG, Zongkai YAN, Xiaokun ZHANG, Yong XIANG*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Lithium metal batteries are promising candidates for next generation high energy batteries. However, an undesirable dendrite growth hinders their practical applications. Herein, a three-dimensional (3D) porous carbon nanotube film decorated with Ag nanoparticles (CNT/Ag) has been synthesized via the thermal decomposition reaction of AgNO3 into Ag nanoparticles, and then is transformed into a 3D porous CNT/Ag/Li film via thermal infusion to obtain a high-performance free-standing lithium host. This as-formed 3D CNT/Ag/Li host can effectively restrain the dendrite growth by guiding Li deposition via the highly lithiophilic Ag nanoparticle seeds and lowering local current density of the highly conductive matrix. The as-prepared CNT/Ag/Li electrode exhibits long-term cycling stability over 200 cycles at a current density of 1 mA cm-2 with an areal capacity of 1.0 mA h cm-2. Moreover, the full cell paired with a sulfur/C cathode shows good cycling stability. Therefore, the 3D porous CNT/Ag/Li film formed via a facile three-step fabrication process can enlarge the cycle lifetime of a lithium metal anode.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30880-30886
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number51
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the financial support from the startup funds from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (Y030202059018003).


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