Strengthen Synergistic Effect of Soft Carbon and Hard Carbon Toward High-Performance Anode for K-Ion Battery

Boshi Cheng, Xing Li, Hongqiang Xu, Lin Zhu, Yuting Zhang, Bo Yin, Mingchan Ma, Yongbo Kuang, Haiyong He, Di Hu

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Synergistic effect of soft carbon and hard carbon has been proven to be useful for obtaining excellent anode materials for potassium ion battery, which is determined by the mixing degree of precursors. Inspired by the formation of proteins in biology, peptide bonds are used to connect the precursors of the two sort of carbon to prepare soft-hard hybrid carbons with stronger synergistic effects. The hard carbon domain with nanometer size is so highly distributed in the soft carbon that the synergistic effect between two sorts of carbon is significantly enhanced. After the optimization, the diffusion coefficient of as-prepared hybrid carbon (CSHC3-6-1200) is 10 times larger than that of corresponding carbon synthesized by physical method. Consequently, CSHC3-6-1200 can maintain a specific capacity of 71.6 mAh g-1at a high current density of 1600 mA g-1. It is believed that this new preparation route may bring a new perspective to the development of soft and hard composite carbon material anodes with high power density and ultralong service life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31879-31888
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2022


  • anode
  • peptide bond
  • potassium ion batteries
  • soft-hard carbon
  • synergistic effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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