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Synthesis and Electrochemical Performance of Novel Carbon Materials

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Carbon Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 February 2023) | Viewed by 2273

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Institute for Advanced Study, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China
Interests: 2D materials; batteries
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College of Mechatronics and Control Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China
Interests: battery; in-situ characterization; metal glass

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Dear Colleagues,

Over the past couple of decades, the study of carbon-based materials has advanced, especially regarding their application as electrode materials in electrochemical areas, such as energy storage (EES) devices, oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) electrocatalysts, and CO2 reduction devices, due to their low cost, wide potential window, relatively inert electrochemistry, and electrocatalytic activity for numerous redox reactions. However, their electrochemical performance has been significantly limited by their low volumetric performance because of their porous structure and the resulting low density. This Special Issue aims to investigate the electrochemical performance of novel carbon materials in energy storage, electrocatalysis, and CO2 conversion. To achieve this purpose, we will focus on three aspects: (1) improving new methods to produce carbon-based materials; (2) designing and preparing new nanostructures for carbon materials; and (3) investigating the reaction mechanisms occurring on carbon-based electrodes via advanced in situ characterization techniques.

We welcome original research, review, mini-review, and perspective articles. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Development of new techniques to synthesize carbon-based materials, including graphene, graphite, hard carbon, soft carbon, carbon nanotubes, and composite materials containing carbon;
  • Design of new strategies to obtain nanostructures (0D, 1D, and 2D) of carbon-based materials;
  • Improvement of the electrochemical performance of carbon-based electrode materials in energy storage devices (metal-based batteries, capacitors, fuel cells, metal-air batteries), electrocatalysts, and CO2 conversion reactions;
  • Preparation of lightweight, flexible, wearable electronic devices based on carbon materials;
  • Research of the reaction mechanisms of carbon-based electrode materials via advanced characterization techniques, such as in situ XRD, in situ SECM, in situ AFM, in situ Raman, etc.

Dr. Xingke Cai
Dr. Dongqing Liu
Guest Editors

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  • carbon-based materials
  • energy storage
  • electrocatalysts
  • CO2 conversion
  • nanostructures
  • in situ characterization

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Nano-Graphite Prepared by Rapid Pulverization as Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries
by Wei Liu, Kai Zong, Ying Li, Yonggui Deng, Arshad Hussain and Xingke Cai
Materials 2022, 15(15), 5148; - 25 Jul 2022
Cited by 6 | Viewed by 1863
Reducing the particle size of active material is an effective solution to the poor rate performance of the lithium-ion battery. In this study, we proposed a facile strategy for the preparation of nano-graphite as an anode for a lithium-ion battery via the rapid [...] Read more.
Reducing the particle size of active material is an effective solution to the poor rate performance of the lithium-ion battery. In this study, we proposed a facile strategy for the preparation of nano-graphite as an anode for a lithium-ion battery via the rapid mechanical pulverization method. It is the first time that diamond particle was selected as the medium to achieve high preparation efficiency and low energy consumption. The as-prepared nano-graphite with the size from 10 to 300 nm displays an intact structure and high specific surface area. The introduced oxygen atoms increased the wettability of nano-graphite electrode and lowered its polarization. The nano-graphite prepared from three hours of grinding shows an excellent reversible capacity of 191 mAh g−1, at a rate of 5 C, after 480 cycles, along with an increase of 86% in capacity, at 1 C, in comparison with pristine graphite. The highlight of this strategy is to optimize the current preparation method. The good electrochemical performance comes from the combined effect of nano-scale particle size, large specific surface area, and continuous mesopores. Full article
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