Hydrogen-Type Binding Sites in Carbonaceous Electrodes for Rapid Lithium Insertion

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Direct pyrolysis of coronene at 800 °C produces low-surface-area, nanocrystalline graphitic carbon containing a uniquely high content of a class of lithium binding sites referred to herein as “hydrogen-type” sites. Correspondingly, this material exhibits a distinct redox couple under electrochemical lithiation that is characterized as intermediate-strength, capacitive lithium binding, centered at ∼0.5 V vs Li/Li+. Lithiation of hydrogen-type sites is reversible and electrochemically distinct from capacitive lithium adsorption and from intercalation-type binding between graphitic layers. Hydrogen-type site lithiation can be fully retained even up to ultrafast current rates (e.g., 15 A g–1, ∼40 C) where intercalation is severely hampered by ion desolvation kinetics; at the same time, the bulk nature of these sites does not require a large surface area, and only minimal electrolyte decomposition occurs during the first charge/discharge cycle, making coronene-derived carbon an exceptional candidate for high-energy-density battery applications.


This document is the unedited Author’s version of a Submitted Work that was subsequently accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, copyright © American Chemical Society after peer review. To access the final edited and published work see https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.3c05047


graphitic, carbon, lithium-ion,, anode, pseudocapacitive, insertion mechanism, rapid charging, energy storage


McGlamery, D., McDaniel, C., Xu, W., & Stadie, N. P. (2023). Hydrogen-Type Binding Sites in Carbonaceous Electrodes for Rapid Lithium Insertion. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
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