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Ruijia Liu, Na Li, Enyue Zhao, Jinkui Zhao, Lingxu Yang, Wenjun Wang, Huijun Liu, Chaoliu Zeng. Facile molten salt synthesis of carbon-anchored TiN nanoparticles for durable high-rate lithium-ion battery anodes[J]. Materials Futures, 2022, 1(4): 045102. doi: 10.1088/2752-5724/ac9cf7
Citation: Ruijia Liu, Na Li, Enyue Zhao, Jinkui Zhao, Lingxu Yang, Wenjun Wang, Huijun Liu, Chaoliu Zeng. Facile molten salt synthesis of carbon-anchored TiN nanoparticles for durable high-rate lithium-ion battery anodes[J]. Materials Futures, 2022, 1(4): 045102. doi: 10.1088/2752-5724/ac9cf7
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Facile molten salt synthesis of carbon-anchored TiN nanoparticles for durable high-rate lithium-ion battery anodes

© 2022 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd on behalf of the Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory
Materials Futures, Volume 1, Number 4
  • Received Date: 2022-09-22
  • Accepted Date: 2022-10-23
  • Rev Recd Date: 2022-10-13
  • Publish Date: 2022-11-04
  • Transition metal nitrides (TMNs), including titanium nitride (TiN), exhibit remarkable application prospects as anodes for durable high-rate lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Regrettably, the absence of simple synthesis methods restricts their further development. Herein, a facile and low-cost molten salt synthesis strategy was proposed to prepare carbon-anchored TiN nanoparticles as an advanced anode material for LIBs with high rate capabilities. This nanosized TiN obtained is 5 nm in size and well-distributed onto carbon plates, which could release a reversible capacity of 381.5 mAh g-1 at 0.1 A g-1 after 250 cycles and 141.5 mAh g-1 at 1.0 A g-1 after 1000 cycles. Furthermore, it was confirmed that the conversion reaction between TiN and Li-ions happened during the electrochemical reaction process, resulting in the formation of Li3N and Ti. This unique microstructure attributed from TiN nanoparticles anchored by carbon could support the structural volume during cycling. This work highlights the method superiority of TiN prepared via a molten salt synthesis strategy as an anode for LIBs with impressive rate performances.
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  • Author contributions

    Ruijia Liu: experiments, data processing and analyses, and writing original manuscript. Na Li: investigations, and assisted experiments. Enyue Zhao: investigations, review & editing, and data analyses. Jinkui Zhao: review & editing. Wenjun Wang: characterizations and data analyses. Lingxu Yang: characterizations and data analyses. Huijun Liu: review & editing, and characterizations. Chaoliu Zeng: supervision and funding acquisition.

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    No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.

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