Free-standing and flexible organic cathode based on aromatic carbonyl compound/carbon nanotube composite for lithium and sodium organic batteries.J Colloid Interface Sci 2018; 517:72-79JC
Free-standing and flexible organic cathode based on aromatic carbonyl compound/carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has been successfully synthesized by a simple vacuum filtration strategy. The obtained flexible and free-standing film could be directly used as the binder-, additive- and current collector-free cathode for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) and sodium ion batteries (SIBs). Benefitting from the synergistic effect provided by the aromatic carbonyl compound and CNTs, the flexible organic cathode shows excellent lithium and sodium storage properties, including high reversible capacity (∼150 mAh g-1 at 50 mA g-1 for LIBs and 57.8 mAh g-1 at 25 mA g-1 for SIBs), excellent cycling stability (over 500 cycles for LIBs and 300 cycles for SIBs) and good rate capability (48 mAh g-1 even at 2000 mA g-1 for LIBs and 48 mAh g-1 even at 1000 mA g-1 for SIBs). In view of the simple preparation process and excellent performance, the proposed strategy might open new avenues for the design of high-performance flexible organic electrode for the application in energy storage and conversion.