Recent approaches for the direct use of elemental sulfur in the synthesis and processing of advanced materials

Jeewoo Lim, Jeffrey Pyun, Kookheon Char

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Abstract

Elemental sulfur is an abundant and inexpensive material obtained as a by-product of natural-gas and petroleum refining operations. Recently, the need for the development of new energy-storage systems brought into light the potential of sulfur as a high-capacity cathode material in secondary batteries. Sulfur-containing materials were also shown to have useful IR optical properties. These developments coupled with growing environmental concerns related to the global production of excess elemental sulfur have led to a keen interest in its utilization as a feedstock in materials applications. This Minireview focuses on the recent developments on physical and chemical methods for directly processing elemental sulfur to produce functional composites and polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3249-3258
Number of pages10
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume54
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 9 2015

Keywords

  • Composites
  • Elemental sulfur
  • Lithium-sulfur batteries
  • Materials science
  • Polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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