DOI: 10.1063/5.0184529 ISSN: 0021-9606

Binder-free barium-implanted MnO2 nanosheets on carbon cloth for flexible zinc-ion batteries

Yueying Li, Na Li, Zhen Li, Jian-Gan Wang
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • General Physics and Astronomy

The intrinsically low electrical conductivity and poor structural fragility of MnO2 have significantly hampered the zinc storage performance. In this work, Ba2+-implanted δ-MnO2 nanosheets have been hydrothermally grown on a carbon cloth (Ba–MnO2@CC) as an extremely stable and efficient cathode material of aqueous zinc-ion batteries. The three-dimensionally porous architecture composed of interwoven thin MnO2 nanosheets effectively shortens the electron/ion transport distances, enlarges the electrode/electrolyte contact area, and increases the active sites for the electrochemical reaction. Meanwhile, Ba2+ could function as an interlayer pillar to stabilize the crystal structure of MnO2. Consequently, the as-optimized Ba–MnO2@CC exhibits remarkable Zn2+ storage capabilities, such as a high capacity (305 mAh g−1 at 0.2 A g−1), prolonged lifespan (95% retention after a 200-cycling test), and superb rate capability. The binder-free cathode is also applicable for flexible energy storage devices with attractive properties. The present investigation provides important insights into designing advanced cathode materials toward wearable electronics.

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