Yu Han, Shuang-yu Liu, Lei Cui, Li Xu, Jian Xie, Xue-Ke Xia, Wen-Kui Hao, Bo Wang, Hui Li, and Jie Gao, Graphene-immobilized flower-like Ni3S2 nanoflakes as a stable binder-free anode material for sodium-ion batteries, Int. J. Miner. Metall. Mater., 25(2018), No. 1, pp. 88-93. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12613-018-1550-6
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Yu Han, Shuang-yu Liu, Lei Cui, Li Xu, Jian Xie, Xue-Ke Xia, Wen-Kui Hao, Bo Wang, Hui Li, and Jie Gao, Graphene-immobilized flower-like Ni3S2 nanoflakes as a stable binder-free anode material for sodium-ion batteries, Int. J. Miner. Metall. Mater., 25(2018), No. 1, pp. 88-93. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12613-018-1550-6
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Graphene-immobilized flower-like Ni3S2 nanoflakes as a stable binder-free anode material for sodium-ion batteries

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    Jian Xie    E-mail: xiejian1977@zju.edu.cn

  • Received: 8 May 2017Revised: 15 June 2017Accepted: 21 June 2017
  • A binder-free Ni3S2 electrode was prepared directly on a graphene-coated Ni foam (G/Ni) substrate through surface sulfiding of substrate using thiourea as the sulfur source in this work. The Ni3S2 showed a flower-like morphology and was uniformly distributed on the G/Ni surface. The flower-like Ni3S2 was composed of cross-arrayed nanoflakes with a diameter and a thickness of 1-2 μm and~50 nm, respectively. The free space in the flowers and the thin feature of Ni3S2 buffered the volume changes and relieved mechanical strain during repeated cycling. The intimate contact with the Ni substrate and the fixing effect of graphene maintained the structural stability of the Ni3S2 electrode during cycling. The G/Ni-supported Ni3S2 maintained a reversible capacity of 250 mAh·g-1 after 100 cycles at 50 mA·g-1, demonstrating the good cycling stability as a result of the unique microstructure of this electrode material.
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