Conformal Polymeric Multilayer Coatings on Sulfur Cathodes via the Layer-by-Layer Deposition for High Capacity Retention in Li-S Batteries

Eui Tae Kim, Jungjin Park, Chunjoong Kim, Adam G. Simmonds, Yung Eun Sung, Dong-Chul Pyun, Kookheon Char

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We report on the conformal coating of thickness-tunable multilayers directly onto the sulfur (S8) cathodes by the layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition for the significant improvement in the performances of Li-S batteries even without key additives (LiNO3) in the electrolyte. Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) multilayers on a single poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH)/PAA priming bilayer, deposited on the S8 cathodes, effectively protected from the polysulfide leakage, while providing a Li+ ion diffusion channel. As a result, PAH/PAA/(PEO/PAA)3 multilayer-coated cathodes exhibited the highest capacity retention (806 mAh g-1) after 100 cycles at 0.5 C, as well as the high C-rate capability up to 2.0 C. Furthermore, the multilayer coating effectively mitigated the polysulfide shuttle effect in the absent of LiNO3 additives in the electrolyte.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-475
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 19 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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