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The molecular-layer deposition of a flexible coating onto Si electrodes produces high-capacity Si nanocomposite anodes. Using a reaction cascade based on inorganic trimethylaluminum and organic glycerol precursors, conventional nano-Si electrodes undergo surface modifications, resulting in anodes that can be cycled over 100 times with capacities of nearly… (More)
We are currently in the midst of a race to discover and develop new battery materials capable of providing high energy-density at low cost. By combining a high-performance Si electrode architecture with a room temperature ionic liquid electrolyte, here we demonstrate a highly energy-dense lithium-ion cell with an impressively long cycling life, maintaining… (More)
High-energy-density FeS2 cathodes en-abled by a bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (TFSI-) anion-based room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) electrolyte are demonstrated. A TFSI-based ionic liquid (IL) significantly mitigates polysulfide dissolution, and therefore the parasitic redox shuttle mechanism, that plagues sulfur-based electrode chemistries. FeS2… (More)
A tunable hierarchical porous framework is fabricated to house the volumetric changes outputted by Si. The nSi@cPAN/cPAN electrodes only expand by 14.3% at full initial lithiation and remain within 23% expansion from its uncycled state after 20 cycles with remarkable cycling stability and high coulombic efficiencies in excess of 99.5%.
In the foreseeable future, there will be a sharp increase in the demand for flexible Li-ion batteries. One of the most important components of such batteries will be a freestanding electrode, because the traditional electrodes are easily damaged by repeated deformations. The mechanical sustainability of carbon-based freestanding electrodes subjected to… (More)
Optimized performance of silicon-ionic- liquid lithium-ion batteries through the implementation of a new electrode-microgeometry. The incorporation of 1D silicon nanowires into the cyclized-polyacrylonitrile-based electrode-architecture allows for greatly improved active material utilization, higher rate capabilities, and reduced interfacial reactions.
The thermal stability of ZnS nanowires grown in a Au/Pd-mediated vapor-liquid-solid manner was studied by using an X-ray diffractrometer equipped with an in-situ heating system. Using an in-situ heating X-ray system, we monitored the structural degradation of ZnS nanowires in the temperature range from 25 ◦C to 900 ◦C. From the X-ray diffraction data… (More)
We report self-assembly of highly aligned GeTe nanowires epitaxially grown on octahedral GeTe microcrystals in two well-defined directions by using one-step vapor transport process. The epitaxial relationship of nanowires with underlying microcrystals along with the growth orientations of nanowires were investigated in detail by electron microscopy combined… (More)
Nature designs circulatory systems with hierarchically organized networks of gradually tapered channels ranging from micrometer to nanometer in diameter. In most hard tissues in biological systems, fluid, gases, nutrients and wastes are constantly exchanged through such networks. Here, we developed a biologically inspired, hierarchically organized structure… (More)
We demonstrate a general approach for growing vertically aligned, single-crystalline nanowires of any material on arbitrary substrates by using plasma-sputtered Au/Pd thin films as a catalyst through the vapor-liquid-solid process. The high-energy sputtered Au/Pd atoms form a reactive interface with the substrate forming nanoclusters which get embedded in… (More)