Flexible N doped carbon/bubble-like MoS2 core/sheath framework: Buffering volume expansion for potassium ion batteries.J Colloid Interface Sci. 2020 Apr 15; 566:427-433.JC
Suitable anode materials for potassium ion batteries (KIBs) with high capacity, good reversibility and stable cycling performances are still in large demand. Here, flexible N doped carbon/bubble-like MoS2 core/sheath framework (MoS2/NCS) is prepared as an anode material for potassium ion batteries. The N doped carbon sponge (NCS) skeleton with good conductivity and high surface area guarantees superior rate capability and high stability of MoS2/NCS anode. The chemical bonds (CMo) firmly bridge MoS2 and NCS together, which further ensures MoS2/NCS stable cycling performance. More importantly, volume expansion is greatly buffered during cycling by this unique structure: the voids between bubble-like MoS2 sheath and NCS core can effectively buffer volume expansion generated during potassium intercalation/deintercalation; the enlarged interlayer spacing contribute more space to buffer volume change; the ultrathin nanosheets can shorten the charge diffusion distance and buffer volume change. As a consequence, MoS2/NCS delivers a capacity of 374 mAh g-1 over 200 cycles at 50 mA g-1. Even at 1000 mA g-1, a capacity of 212 mAh g-1 can still be obtained over 1000 cycles. We believe this MoS2/NCS structure will highlight the potential of MoS2 in practical KIBs applications.