Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2018, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (4): 377-390.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201709001

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Development of Graphene-based Materials for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Ke CHEN1,2,Zhenhua SUN1,Ruopian FANG1,Feng LI1,*(),Huiming CHENG1,3,*()   

  1. 1 Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016, P. R. China
    2 School of Physical Science and Technology, Shanghai Tech University, Shanghai 201210, P. R. China
    3 Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055, Guangdong Province, P. R. China
  • Received:2017-07-24 Published:2018-01-02
  • Contact: Feng LI,Huiming CHENG;
  • Supported by:
    the National Key R & D Program of China(2016YFA0200102);the National Key R & D Program of China(2016YFB0100100);the National Key R & D Program of China(2014CB932402);the National Natural Science Foundation of China(51525206);the National Natural Science Foundation of China(51521091);the National Natural Science Foundation of China(51372253);the National Natural Science Foundation of China(U1401243);the "Strategic Priority Research Program" of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(XDA09010104);the Key Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(KGZD-EW-T06);the Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(2015150);the Natural Science Foundation of Liaoning Province, China(2015021012);the Institute of Metal Research(2015-PY03);the CAS/SAFEA International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams


Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries are promising electrochemical energy storage systems because of their high theoretical energy density, natural abundance, and environmental benignity. However, several problems such as the insulating nature of sulfur, high solubility of polysulfides, large volume variation of the sulfur cathode, and safety concerns regarding the lithium anode hinder the commercialization of Li-S batteries. Graphene-based materials, with advantages such as high conductivity and good flexibility, have shown effectiveness in realizing Li-S batteries with high energy density and high stability. These materials can be used as the cathode matrix, separator coating layer, and anode protection layer. In this review, the recent progress of graphene-based materials used in Li-S batteries, including graphene, functionalized graphene, heteroatom-doped graphene, and graphene-based composites, has been summarized. And perspectives regarding the development trend of graphene-based materials for Li-S batteries have been discussed.

Key words: Lithium sulfur battery, Graphene, Doping, Functionalization, Composites


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