Journal article

Nitrogen-enriched hierarchical porous carbon with enhanced performance in supercapacitors and lithium-sulfur batteries

Xiaoliang Yu, Jianfeng Zhao, Ruitao Lv, Qinghua Liang, Yu Bai, Zheng-Hong Huang, Wanci Shen, Feiyu Kang



It is quite desirable but challenging to prepare highly active materials for various energy storage applications at low cost. Here, an efficient strategy to produce nitrogen-enriched hierarchical porous carbon (N-HPC) is reported by facile pyrolysis of magnesium citrate and subsequent NH3 treatment. As-prepared N-HPC presents a developed hierarchical micro- and trimodal meso-porosity with a high specific surface area of 1290 m2 g-1 and pore volume of 3.04 cm3 g-1. It also shows an abundant nitrogen doping of 3.6%. When used for electrochemical electrodes in supercapacitors and lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, significantly enhanced performances have been obtained compared with commercially a..

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Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China

Awarded by 973 program of China

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51232005), 973 program of China (No. 2014CB932401) for the financial support.