A Ti3C2Tx-Based Composite as Separator Coating for Stable Li-S Batteries

Ruowei Yi, Yinchao Zhao, Chenguang Liu, Yi Sun, Chun Zhao, Yinqing Li, Li Yang*, Cezhou Zhao*

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The nitrogen-doped MXene carbon nanosheet-nickel (N-M@CNi) powder was successfully prepared by a combined process of electrostatic attraction and annealing strategy, and then applied as the separator coating in lithium–sulfur batteries. The morphology and structure of the N-M@CNi were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectrum, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and nitrogen adsorption–desorption method. The strong LiPS adsorption ability and high conductivity are associated with the N-doped carbon nanosheet-Ni modified surface. The modified separator offers the cathode of Li–S cell with greater sulfur utilization, better high-rate adaptability, and more stable cycling performance compared with the pristine separator. At 0.2 C the cell with N-M@CNi separator delivers an initial capacity of 1309 mAh g−1. More importantly, the N-M@CNi separator is able to handle a cathode with 3.18 mg cm−2 sulfur loading, delivering a capacity decay rate of 0.043% with a high capacity retention of 95.8%. Therefore, this work may provide a feasible approach to separator modification materials towards improved Li-S cells with improved stability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3770
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


  • carbon nanosheets
  • lithium–sulfur batteries
  • modified separator
  • MXene


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