Cyclability of sulfur/dehydrogenated polyacrylonitrile composite cathode in lithium-sulfur batteries

The Nam Long Doan, Mahmoudreza Ghaznavi, Aishuak Konarov, Yongguang Zhang, P. Chen

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Sulfur/dehydrogenated polyacrylonitrile composite has been studied as cathode material for lithium-sulfur rechargeable batteries. Nonetheless, capacity fading has been a challenge for the commercialization of batteries. In this study, characterization techniques of scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, elemental analysis, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy are used to investigate the change of cathode properties with charge-discharge cycles. Elemental analysis reveals that sulfur accumulates on the surface of the composite at the end of charge, and the sulfur formation decreases with cycle number. Scanning electron microscopy observations indicate that cathode surface morphology changes significantly after several cycles. By modeling the electrochemical impedance spectra of the cell in different discharge states, we suggest that capacity fading arises mainly from the formation and accumulation of irreversible Li2S (and Li2S2) on the cathode surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Solid State Electrochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Cathode
  • Cyclability
  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  • Lithium sulfur battery
  • Sulfur content

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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