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Title: Hard carbon nanoparticles as high-capacity, high-stability anodic materials for Na-ion batteries

Hard carbon nanoparticles (HCNP) were synthesized by the pyrolysis of a polyaniline precursor. The measured Na+ cation diffusion coefficient (10 -13-10 -15cm 2s -1) in the HCNP obtained at 1150 °C is two orders of magnitude lower than that of Li+ in graphite (10 -10-13 -15cm 2s -1), indicating that reducing the carbon particle size is very important for improving electrochemical performance. These measurements also enable a clear visualization of the stepwise reaction phases and rate changes which occur throughout the insertion/extraction processes in HCNP, The electrochemical measurements also show that the nano-sized HCNP obtained at 1150 °C exhibited higher practical capacity at voltages lower than 1.2 V (vs. Na/Na⁺), as well as a prolonged cycling stability, which is attributed to an optimum spacing of 0.366 nm between the graphitic layers and the nano particular size resulting in a low-barrier Na+ cation insertion. These results suggest that HCNP is a very promising high-capacity/stability anode for low cost sodium-ion batteries (SIBs).
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Journal ID: ISSN 2211-2855; KC0203020
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Journal Name: Nano Energy; Journal Volume: 19
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States