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High Performance and Flexible Aqueous Zinc Batteries Using N-Containing Organic Cathodes

submitted on 30.01.2020, 12:01 and posted on 31.01.2020, 06:14 by Guangchi Sun, Baozhu Yang, Gui Yin, Hanping Zhang, Qi Liu
Aqueous zinc batteries are considered as one of the most promising energy storage systems for large-scale energy storage and wearable electronics, owing to their low cost and intrinsic safety. However, cathode materials that can reversibly host Zn2+ are still less. Here, we demonstrate that two N-containing organic compounds, hexamethoxy hexaazatrinaphthylene (HMHATN) and hexaazatrinaphthylene (HATN), used as cathodes can exhibit excellent reversible Zn2+ storage capability with fast kinetics and the high capacity of 542 and 963 mA h g-1, respectively. The Zn//HMHATN and Zn//HATN full batteries display the high energy density of 160 and 221.6 W h kg-1, respectively, and long-term cycling stability. Further, we investigate the mechanism of Zn2+ storage in the cathodes. More importantly, the flexible aqueous Zn//HMHATN and Zn//HATN batteries fabricated also have high capacity, long-term cycling life and impressive energy density, displaying its application prospect in wearable electronics. Our work opens a new system for finding organic cathode materials used in aqueous zinc batteries.


Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21975034)


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Changzhou University



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The authors declare no competing financial interests