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Just Published in Advanced Functional Materials- Foley et al Copper Sulfide (CuxS) Nanowire‐in‐Carbon Composites Formed from Direct Sulfurization of the Metal‐Organic Framework HKUST‐1 and Their Use as Li‐Ion Battery Cathodes



First published: 24 March 2018


Li‐ion batteries containing cost‐effective, environmentally benign cathode materials with high specific capacities are in critical demand to deliver the energy density requirements of electric vehicles and next‐generation electronic devices. Here, the phase‐controlled synthesis of copper sulfide (CuxS) composites by the temperature‐controlled sulfurization of a prototypal Cu metal‐organic framework (MOF), HKUST‐1 is reported. The tunable formation of different CuxS phases within a carbon network represents a simple method for the production of effective composite cathode materials for Li‐ion batteries. A direct link between the sulfurization temperature of the MOF and the resultant CuxS phase formed with more Cu‐rich phases favored at higher temperatures is further shown. The CuxS/C samples are characterized through X‐ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X‐ray spectroscopy (EDX) in addition to testing as Li‐ion cathodes. It is shown that the performance is dependent on both the CuxS phase and the crystal morphology with the Cu1.8S/C‐500 material as a nanowire composite exhibiting the best performance, showing a specific capacity of 220 mAh g−1 after 200 charge/discharge cycles.