Covalent Assembly of Two-Dimensional COF-on-MXene Heterostructures Enables Fast Charging Lithium Hosts

Dong Guo, Fangwang Ming, Digambar Shinde, Li Cao, Gang Huang, Chunyang Li, Zhen Li, Youyou Yuan, Mohamed N. Hedhili, Husam N. Alshareef, Zhiping Lai

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2D heterostructured materials combining ultrathin nanosheet morphology, defined pore configuration, and stable hybrid compositions, have attracted increasing attention for fast mass transport and charge transfer, which are highly desirable features for efficient energy storage. Here, the chemical space of 2D–2D heterostructures is extended by covalently assembling covalent organic frameworks (COFs) on MXene nanosheets. Unlike most COFs, which are generally produced as solid powders, ultrathin 2D COF-LZU1 grows in situ on aminated Ti3C2Tx nanosheets with covalent bonding, producing a robust MXene@COF heterostructure with high crystallinity, hierarchical porosity, and conductive frameworks. When used as lithium hosts in Li metal batteries, lithium storage and charge transport are significantly improved. Both spectroelectrochemical and theoretical analyses demonstrate that lithiated COF channels are important as fast Li+ transport layers, by which Li ions can be precisely nucleated. This affords dendrite-free and fast-charging anodes, which would be difficult to achieve using individual components.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2101194
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
StatePublished - Apr 16 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-04-21
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): BAS/1/1375
Acknowledgements: D.G. and F.M. contributed equally to this work. This work was supported by the KAUST Baseline BAS/1/1375-01 and KAUST competitive research grant URF/1/3769-01.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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