MoS2-Mediated Epitaxial Plating of Zn Metal Anodes

Yizhou Wang, Xiangming Xu, Jian Yin, Gang Huang, Tianchao Guo, Zhengnan Tian, Rajeh Alsaadi, Yunpei Zhu, Husam N. Alshareef*

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Metal-based anodes (Li, Zn, etc.) are regarded as promising solutions for next-generation advanced batteries due to their high theoretical specific capacities. However, most of these metal anodes suffer from dendrite growth, which severely restricts their practical applications. Recently, epitaxial anode metal deposition by choosing a suitable substrate has received tremendous attention as an effective strategy to suppress dendrites. However, the epitaxial relationship between plated metal and the substrate has been a subject of debate. Herein, large-area, mono-orientated 2D material (MoS2) is used, for the first time, to electrodeposit truly epitaxial Zn anodes. The continuous (without edges) mono-orientated MoS2 films are shown to be an effective strategy for suppressing metal dendrites. In addition, the epitaxial nature of the electrodeposited Zn anode is proven by pole figure analysis, which provides the first demonstration of truly epitaxial Zn anode growth over large area as metal anode protection strategy through epitaxy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2208171
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 9 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Y.W., X.X., and J.Y. contributed equally to this work. The research reported in this publication is supported by King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Wiley-VCH GmbH.


  • crystal orientation
  • epitaxial growth
  • molybdenum disulfide
  • zinc dendrite
  • zinc metal anode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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