Decreasing the Overpotential of Aprotic Li-CO2 Batteries with the In-Plane Alloy Structure in Ultrathin 2D Ru-Based Nanosheets

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2202737
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Functional Materials
Publication statusOnline published - 4 May 2022

Abstract

The aprotic Li-CO2 battery is emerging as a promising energy storage technology with the capability of CO2 fixation and conversion. However, its practical applications are still impeded by the large overpotential. Herein, the general synthesis of a series of ultrathin 2D Ru-M (M = Co, Ni, and Cu) nanosheets by a facile one-pot solvothermal method is reported. As a proof-of-concept application, the representative RuCo nanosheets are used as the cathode catalysts for Li-CO2 batteries, which demonstrate a low charge voltage of 3.74 V, a small overpotential of 0.94 V, and hence a high energy efficiency of 75%. Ex/in situ studies and density functional theory calculations reveal that the excellent catalytic performance of RuCo nanosheets originates from the enhanced adsorption toward Li and CO2 during discharge as well as the elevated electron interaction with Li2CO3 during charge by the in-plane RuCo alloy structure. This work indicates the feasibility of boosting the electrochemical performance of Li-CO2 batteries by in-plane metal alloy sites of ultrathin 2D alloy nanomaterials.

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  • 2D materials, alloy nanosheets, CO2 conversion, electrocatalysis, Li-CO2 electrochemistry, ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS, CARBON-DIOXIDE, BINDER-FREE, NANOPARTICLES, CATHODE, NANOCRYSTALS, GRAPHENE

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Decreasing the Overpotential of Aprotic Li-CO2 Batteries with the In-Plane Alloy Structure in Ultrathin 2D Ru-Based Nanosheets. / Wang, Yunhao; Zhou, Jingwen; Lin, Chao; Chen, Bo; Guan, Zhiqiang; Ebrahim, Amani M.; Qian, Guannan; Ye, Chenliang; Chen, Lin; Ge, Yiyao; Yun, Qinbai; Wang, Xixi; Zhou, Xichen; Wang, Gang; Li, Kedi; Lu, Pengyi; Ma, Yangbo; Xiong, Yuecheng; Wang, Tianshuai; Zheng, Long; Chu, Shengqi; Chen, Ye; Wang, Bin; Lee, Chun-Sing; Liu, Yijin; Zhang, Qianfan; Fan, Zhanxi.

In: Advanced Functional Materials, 04.05.2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review