Synergistically boosting the anchoring effect and catalytic activity of MXenes as bifunctional electrocatalysts for sodium-sulfur batteries by single-atom catalyst engineering

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Author(s)

  • Na Li
  • Yulu Zhan
  • Haishun Wu
  • Jun Fan
  • Jianfeng Jia

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2747-2755
Journal / PublicationNanoscale
Volume15
Issue number6
Online published26 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2023

Abstract

MXene based sulfur hosts have attracted enormous attention in room temperature sodium-sulfur (RT Na-S) batteries due to their strong affinity towards soluble sodium polysulfides (NaPSs). However, their electrocatalytic performance needs further improvement. Here, a series of single non-noble transition metal (TM = Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) atoms anchored on Ti2CS2 (TM@Ti2CS2) were proposed as bifunctional sulfur hosts for Na-S batteries. The results testify that the introduction of TMs dramatically enhanced the chemical interaction between sulfur-containing species and Ti2CS2, which is attributed to the co-formation of TM-S and Na-S covalent bonds. Importantly, compared with pristine Ti2CS2, the sulfur reduction reaction (SRR) is thermodynamically more favorable on TM@Ti2CS2. In addition, the incorporation of Fe, Co, and Ni atoms is also conducive to promoting the dissociation of Na2S. The density of states (DOS) results suggest that TM@Ti2CS2 maintains metallic conductivity during the whole charge and discharge process. Overall, constructing single atom catalysts is an effective strategy to further improve the electrochemical performance of MXene based sulfur hosts for Na-S batteries.

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Research Area(s)

  • ELECTRICAL ENERGY-STORAGE, ELASTIC BAND METHOD, NA-S BATTERIES, DESIGN PRINCIPLES, ELECTROLYTES, INTERFACES

Citation Format(s)

Synergistically boosting the anchoring effect and catalytic activity of MXenes as bifunctional electrocatalysts for sodium-sulfur batteries by single-atom catalyst engineering. / Li, Na; Zhan, Yulu; Wu, Haishun et al.
In: Nanoscale, Vol. 15, No. 6, 14.02.2023, p. 2747-2755.

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