Conversion Reaction Mechanism of Ultrafine Bimetallic Co-Fe Selenides Embedded in Hollow Mesoporous Carbon Nanospheres and Their Excellent K-Ion Storage Performance

Su Hyun Yang, Seung Keun Park, Gi Dae Park, Jong Heun Lee, Yun Chan Kang

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Abstract

Potassium-ion batteries (KIBs) are considered as promising alternatives to lithium-ion batteries owing to the abundance and affordability of potassium. However, the development of suitable electrode materials that can stably store large-sized K ions remains a challenge. This study proposes a facile impregnation method for synthesizing ultrafine cobalt–iron bimetallic selenides embedded in hollow mesoporous carbon nanospheres (HMCSs) as superior anodes for KIBs. This involves loading metal precursors into HMCS templates using a repeated “drop and drying” process followed by selenization at various temperatures, facilitating not only the preparation of bimetallic selenide/carbon composites but also controlling their structures. HMCSs serve as structural skeletons, conductive templates, and vehicles to restrain the overgrowth of bimetallic selenide particles during thermal treatment. Various analysis strategies are employed to investigate the charge–discharge mechanism of the new bimetallic selenide anodes. This unique-structured composite exhibits a high discharge capacity (485 mA h g−1 at 0.1 A g−1 after 200 cycles) and enhanced rate capability (272 mA h g−1 at 2.0 A g−1) as a promising anode material for KIBs. Furthermore, the electrochemical properties of various nanostructures, from hollow to frog egg-like structures, obtained by adjusting the selenization temperature, are compared.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2002345
JournalSmall
Volume16
Issue number33
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 1

Keywords

  • bimetallic selenides
  • carbon nanospheres
  • electrode materials
  • potassium-ion batteries
  • templated methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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