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SnSe2 Nanoparticles Chemically Embedded in a Carbon Shell for High-Rate Sodium-Ion Storage

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posted on 06.01.2020, 12:42 by Fen Zhang, Yu Shen, Meng Shao, Yongcai Zhang, Bing Zheng, Jiansheng Wu, Weina Zhang, Aiping Zhu, Fengwei Huo, Sheng Li
The development of advanced anode materials is crucial to enhance the performance of sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). In this study, SnSe2 nanoparticles chemically embedded in a carbon shell (SnSe2@C) were fabricated from Sn–organic frameworks and evaluated as an anode material for SIBs. The structural characterization demonstrated that there existed C–Sn chemical bonds between the SnSe2 nanoparticles and carbon shell, which could strongly anchor SnSe2 nanoparticles to the carbon shell. Such a structure can not only facilitate charge transfer but also ensure the structural stability of the SnSe2@C electrode. In addition, the carbon shell also helped in the dispersion of SnSe2 nanoparticles, thus offering more redox-active sites for Na+ storage. The as-prepared SnSe2@C nanocomposite could deliver good cycling stability and a superior rate capability of 324 mA h g–1 at 2 A g–1 for SIBs.