Open Framework Allotropes of Silicon: Potential Anode Materials for Na and Li-ion Batteries Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. We report a computational investigation of the potential of new open-framework allotropes of silicon as Na and Li-ion batteries. Most anode materials used in energy storage systems are characterized by a very high capacity but are very sensitive to the charge/discharge cycling. It is hence appealing to design a material with at the same time a good capacity and maintaining crystalline morphology upon multiple battery operation cycles. We investigated using electronic structure the capacity of a recently synthesized framework of silicon c-Si24 as an anode material and showed that the breaking of some Si-Si bonds leads to the formation of two new more flexible allotropes. We demonstrate that the major advantage of these allotropes is their reversible stable capacity that would sustain after several battery charge-discharge cycles.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Marzouk, A., Balbuena, P. B., & El-Mellouhi, F.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Marzouk, Asma||Balbuena, Perla B||El-Mellouhi, Fedwa

publication date

  • January 2016