Monolayer C5N: A Promising Building Block for the Anode of K-Ion Batteries

Junjie Jin, Geetanjali Baliram Deokar, Pedro M. F. J. Da Costa, Udo Schwingenschlögl

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Intercalation-type batteries based on the alkali metal K, an earth-abundant element, are attracting increasing attention as alternatives to Li-ion batteries. However, the lack of a high-performance anode limits the success of K-ion batteries. Here, we study the performance of monolayer C$_5$N as a potential building block for the anode. Our theoretical data show that the metallic monolayer can accommodate 2.25 K atoms per formula unit, which corresponds to a specific capacity of 814 mA h g$^−1$, and provides a low diffusion barrier of only 0.11 eV. The volume change of bulk C$_5$N (47%) is found to be smaller than that of graphite (61%; commercial anode material). These predictions will serve the design of future anode materials for K-ion batteries.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 22 2022

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-03-24
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this publication was supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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