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Title: Hard carbon coated nano-Si/graphite composite as a high performance anode for Li-ion batteries

With the ever increasing demands on Li-ion batteries with higher energy densities, alternative anode with higher reversible capacity is required to replace the conventional graphite anode. Here, we demonstrate a cost-effective hydrothermal-carbonization approach to prepare the hard carbon coated nano-Si/graphite (HC-nSi/G) composite as a high performance anode for Li-ion batteries. In this hierarchical structured composite, the hard carbon coating layer not only provides an efficient pathway for electron transfer, but also alleviates the volume variation of silicon during charge/discharge processes. The HC-nSi/G composite electrode shows excellent electrochemical performances including a high specific capacity of 878.6 mAh g-1 based on the total weight of composite, good rate performance and a decent cycling stability, which is promising for practical applications.
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Journal ID: ISSN 0378-7753; 48877; 48379; VT1201000
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Journal of Power Sources; Journal Volume: 329
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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United States
Si/graphite composite; hard carbon coating; cycling performance; rate capability; lithium ion batteries; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory