Carbon with Expanded and Well-Developed Graphene Planes Derived Directly from Condensed Lignin as a High-Performance Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries

Title
Carbon with Expanded and Well-Developed Graphene Planes Derived Directly from Condensed Lignin as a High-Performance Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries
Authors
장원영윤도현황지은김재훈
Keywords
sodium ion batteries; carbon; lignin; micropore; defect
Issue Date
2018-01
Publisher
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Citation
VOL 10, NO 1-581
Abstract
In this study, we demonstrate that lignin, which constitutes 30-40 wt % of the terrestrial lignocellulosic biomass and is produced from second generation biofuel plants as a cheap byproduct, is an excellent precursor material for sodium-ion battery (NIB) anodes. Because it is rich in aromatic monomers that are highly cross-linked by ether and condensed bonds, the lignin material carbonized at 1300 degrees C (C-1300) in this study has small graphitic domains with well-developed graphene layers, a large interlayer spacing (0.403 nm), and a high micropore surface area (207.5 m(2) g(-1)). When tested as an anode in an NIB, C-1300 exhibited an initial Coulombic efficiency of 68% and a high reversible capacity of 297 mA h g(-1) at 50 mA g(-1) after 50 cycles. The high capacity of 199 mA h g(-1) at less than 0.1 V with a flat voltage profile and an extremely low charge discharge voltage hysteresis (< 0.03 V) make C-1300 a promising energy-dense electrode material. In addition, C-1300 exhibited an excellent high-rate performance of 116 mA h g(-1) at 2.5 A g(-1) and showed stable cycling retention (0.2% capacity decay per cycle after 500 cycles). By comparing the properties of the lignin-derived carbon with oak sawdust-derived and sugar-derived carbons and a low-temperature carbonized sample (900 degrees C), the reasons for the excellent performance of C-1300 were determined to result from facilitated Na+-ion transport to the graphitic layer and the microporous regions that penetrate through the less defective and enlarged interlayer spacings.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/68043
ISSN
1944-8244
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