Micro-spherical sulfur/graphene oxide composite via spray drying for high performance lithium sulfur batteries

Yuan Tian, Zhenghao Sun, Yongguang Zhang, Xin Wang, Zhumabay Bakenov, Fuxing Yin

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Abstract

An efficient, industry-accepted spray drying method was used to synthesize microspherical sulfur/graphene oxide (S/GO) composites as cathode materials within lithium sulfur batteries. The as-designed wrapping of the sulfur-nanoparticles, with wrinkled GO composites, was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The unique morphological design of this material enabled superior discharge capacity and cycling performance, demonstrating a high initial discharge capacity of 1400 mAh g–1 at 0.1 C. The discharge capacity remained at 828 mAh g–1 after 150 cycles. The superior electrochemical performance indicates that the S/GO composite improves electrical conductivity and alleviates the shuttle effect. This study represents the first time such a facile spray drying method has been adopted for lithium sulfur batteries and used in the fabrication of S/GO composites.

Original languageEnglish
Article number50
JournalNanomaterials
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 18 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Lithium sulfur batteries
  • Spray drying
  • Sulfur/graphene oxide (S/GO) composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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