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Uniform Nano-Sn/C Composite Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23282084     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Nano-Sn/C composites are ideal anode materials for high energy and power density Li-ion batteries. However, because of the low melting point of Sn and the tendency of grain growth, especially during high temperature carbonization, it has been a significant challenge to create well-dispersed ultra-small Sn nano-particles within a carbon matrix. In this paper, we demonstrate an aerosol spray pyrolysis technique, as a facile and scalable method, to synthesize a nano-Sn/C composite with uniformly dispersed 10 nm nano-Sn within a spherical carbon matrix. The discharge capacity of nano-Sn/C composite sphere anodes maintains the initial capacity of 710 mAh/g after 130 cycles at 0.25 C. The nano-Sn/C composite sphere anodes can provide ~600 mAh/g even at a high rate of 20 C. To the best of our knowledge, such high rate performance for Sn anodes has not been reported previously. The exceptional performance of the nano-Sn/C composite is attributed to the unique nano-Sn/C structure: 1) carbon matrix offers mechanical support to accommodate the stress associated with the large volume change of nano-Sn, thus alleviating pulverization; 2) the carbon matrix prevents Sn nano-particle agglomeration upon prolonged cycling; 3) carbon network provides continuous path for Li ions and electrons inside the nano-Sn/C composite spheres.
Authors:
Chunsheng Wang; Yunhua Xu; Qing Liu; Yujie Zhu; Yihang Liu; Alex Langrock; Michael R Zachariah
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nano letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1530-6992     ISO Abbreviation:  Nano Lett.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101088070     Medline TA:  Nano Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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