Lithium-Pretreated Hard Carbon as High-Performance Sodium-Ion Battery Anodes Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim Hard carbon (HC) is the state-of-the-art anode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). However, its performance has been plagued by the limited initial Coulombic efficiency (ICE) and mediocre rate performance. Here, experimental and theoretical studies are combined to demonstrate the application of lithium-pretreated HC (LPHC) as high-performance anode materials for SIBs by manipulating the solid electrolyte interphase in tetraglyme (TEGDME)-based electrolyte. The LPHC in TEGDME can 1) deliver > 92% ICE and 220 mAh g 1 specific capacity, twice of the capacity (100 mAh g 1 ) in carbonate electrolyte; 2) achieve > 85% capacity retention over 1000 cycles at 1000 mA g 1 current density (4 C rate, 1 C = 250 mA g 1 ) with a specific capacity of 150 mAh g 1 , 15 times of the capacity (10 mAh g 1 ) in carbonate. The full cell of Na 3 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 -LPHC in TEGDME demonstrated close to theoretical specific capacity of 98 mAh g 1 based on Na 3 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 cathode, 2.5 times of the value (40 mAh g 1 ) with nontreated HC. This work provides new perception on the anode development for SIBs.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Xiao, B., Soto, F. A., Gu, M., Han, K. S., Song, J., Wang, H., ... Li, X.

complete list of authors

  • Xiao, Biwei||Soto, Fernando A||Gu, Meng||Han, Kee Sung||Song, Junhua||Wang, Hui||Engelhard, Mark H||Murugesan, Vijayakumar||Mueller, Karl T||Reed, David||Sprenkle, Vincent L||Balbuena, Perla B||Li, Xiaolin

publication date

  • January 1, 2018 11:11 AM