Fabrication and understanding of Cu 3 Si-Si@carbon@graphene nanocomposites as high-performance anodes for lithium-ion batteries

Zhiming Zheng, Hong Hui Wu, Huixin Chen, Yong Cheng, Qiaobao Zhang, Qingshui Xie, Laisen Wang, Kaili Zhang, Ming Sheng Wang, Dong Liang Peng, Xiao C Zeng

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Besides silicon's low electronic conductivity, another critical issue for using silicon as the anode for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) is the dramatic volume variation (>300%) during lithiation/delithiation processes, which can lead to rapid capacity fading and poor rate capability, thereby hampering silicon's practical applications in batteries. To mitigate these issues, herein, we report our findings on the design and understanding of a self-supported Cu 3 Si-Si@carbon@graphene (Cu 3 Si-SCG) nanocomposite anode. The nanocomposite is composed of Cu 3 Si-Si core and carbon shell with core/shell particles uniformly encapsulated by graphene nanosheets anchored directly on a Cu foil. In this design, the carbon shell, the highly elastic graphene nanosheet, and the formed conductive and inactive Cu 3 Si phase in Si serve as buffer media to suppress volume variation of Si during lithiation/delithiation processes and to facilitate the formation of a stable solid electrolyte interface (SEI) layer as well as to enable good transport kinetics. Chemomechanical simulation results quantitatively coincide with the in situ TEM observations of volume expansion and provide process details not seen in experiments. The optimized Cu 3 Si-SCG nanocomposite anode exhibits good rate performance and delivers reversible capacity of 483 mA h g -1 (based on the total weight of Cu 3 Si-SCG) after 500 cycles with capacity retention of about 80% at high current density of 4 A g -1 , rendering the nanocomposite a desirable anode candidate for high-performance LIBs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22203-22214
Number of pages12
JournalNanoscale
Volume10
Issue number47
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StatePublished - Dec 21 2018

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Fabrication and understanding of Cu 3 Si-Si@carbon@graphene nanocomposites as high-performance anodes for lithium-ion batteries . / Zheng, Zhiming; Wu, Hong Hui; Chen, Huixin; Cheng, Yong; Zhang, Qiaobao; Xie, Qingshui; Wang, Laisen; Zhang, Kaili; Wang, Ming Sheng; Peng, Dong Liang; Zeng, Xiao C.

In: Nanoscale, Vol. 10, No. 47, 21.12.2018, p. 22203-22214.

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Zheng, Z, Wu, HH, Chen, H, Cheng, Y, Zhang, Q, Xie, Q, Wang, L, Zhang, K, Wang, MS, Peng, DL & Zeng, XC 2018, ' Fabrication and understanding of Cu 3 Si-Si@carbon@graphene nanocomposites as high-performance anodes for lithium-ion batteries ', Nanoscale, vol. 10, no. 47, pp. 22203-22214. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8nr07207h
Zheng, Zhiming ; Wu, Hong Hui ; Chen, Huixin ; Cheng, Yong ; Zhang, Qiaobao ; Xie, Qingshui ; Wang, Laisen ; Zhang, Kaili ; Wang, Ming Sheng ; Peng, Dong Liang ; Zeng, Xiao C. / Fabrication and understanding of Cu 3 Si-Si@carbon@graphene nanocomposites as high-performance anodes for lithium-ion batteries In: Nanoscale. 2018 ; Vol. 10, No. 47. pp. 22203-22214.
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