Cage-Type Highly Graphitic Porous Carbon-Co3O4 Polyhedron as the Cathode of Lithium-Oxygen Batteries

Jing Tang, Shichao Wu, Tao Wang, Hao Gong, Huabin Zhang, Saad M. Alshehri, Tansir Ahamad, Haoshen Zhou, Yusuke Yamauchi

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A novel cage-type highly graphitic porous carbon-Co3O4 (GPC-Co3O4) polyhedron was designed and successfully prepared for the first time by executing a two-step annealing of core-shell structured metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The low graphitic carbon cores were selectively removed during the secondary annealing in air atmospheres, leaving the interior voids due to their lower thermal stability compared with the graphitic carbon shells. Inspired by the unique properties of the cage-type GPC-Co3O4 polyhedron, GPC-Co3O4 was assembled as an oxygen electrode for a rechargeable Li-O2 battery without the additional conductive agent. The efficient generation of Li2O2 during discharging and the reversible decomposition of Li2O2 during charging were clearly observed by XRD patterns and SEM images. The GPC-Co3O4 polyhedron integrates the beneficial properties, including high electronic conductivity, the rigid cage-type structure consisting of the mesoporous walls and interior void space, as well as the uniformly embedded catalytically active Co3O4 nanoparticles. As a result, the GPC-Co3O4 cathode displays a low charge overpotential of 0.58 V, a good rate capability, and a long cycle life in a Li-O2 battery.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2796-2804
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 3 2016
Externally publishedYes

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