Nano Research

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Mesoporous Mn-Sn bimetallic oxide nanocubes as long cycle life anodes for Li-ion half/full cells and sulfur hosts for Li-S batteries


mesoporous nanocube structure, ex situ XRD, Li-ion full cell, long cycle life, sulfur host


ABSTRACT Mesoporous Mn-Sn bimetallic oxide (BO) nanocubes with sizes of 15–30 nm show outstanding stable and reversible capacities in lithium ion batteries (LIBs), reaching 856.8 mAh·g–1 after 400 cycles at 500 mA·g–1 and 506 mAh·g–1 after 850 cycles at 1,000 mA·g–1. The preliminary investigation of the reaction mechanism, based on X-ray diffraction measurements, indicates the occurrence of both conversion and alloying–dealloying reactions in the Mn-Sn bimetallic oxide electrode. Moreover, Mn-Sn BO//LiCoO2 Li-ion full cells were successfully assembled for the first time, and found to deliver a relatively high energy density of 176.25 Wh·kg–1 at 16.35 W·kg–1 (based on the total weight of anode and cathode materials). The superior long-term stability of these materials might be attributed to their nanoscale size and unique mesoporous nanocubic structure, which provide short Li+ diffusion pathways and a high contact area between electrolyte and active material. In addition, the Mn-Sn BOs could be used as advanced sulfur hosts for lithium-sulfur batteries, owing to their adequate mesoporous structure and relatively strong chemisorption of lithium polysulfide. The present results thus highlight the promising potential of mesoporous Mn-Sn bimetallic oxides for application in Li-ion and Li-S batteries.

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Tsinghua University Press