"Graphene-Wrapped Sulfur Particles as a Rechargeable Lithium–Sulfur Battery Cathode Material with High Capacity and Cycling Stability"

Hailiang Wang: Yuan Yang, Yongye Liang, Joshua Tucker Robinson, Yanguang Li, Ariel Jackson, Yi Cui and Hongjie Dai ; Nano Letters, 06/24/11.

Additional Authors: Yuan Yang, Yongye Liang, Joshua Tucker Robinson, Yanguang Li, Ariel Jackson, Yi Cui and Hongjie Dai

Abstract:

We report the synthesis of a graphene–sulfur composite material by wrapping poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) coated submicrometer sulfur particles with mildly oxidized graphene oxide sheets decorated by carbon black nanoparticles. The PEG and graphene coating layers are important to accommodating volume expansion of the coated sulfur particles during discharge, trapping soluble polysulfide intermediates, and rendering the sulfur particles electrically conducting. The resulting graphene–sulfur composite showed high and stable specific capacities up to 600 mAh/g over more than 100 cycles, representing a promising cathode material for rechargeable lithium batteries with high energy density.