Elastic-Carbon Encapsulation: A Strategy Toward High-Performance Iron Pyrite (FeS2) Cathodes in Lithium Ion Battery Cathodes
In this presentation, we will outline our strategy to address all of the above challenges for FeS2 through the encapsulation of FeS2 nanoparticles in an elastic carbon (EC) matrix. Two carbon sources are explored to produce an ideal EC matrix, which is chemically and mechanically stable, elastic, and conductive. These unique properties allow accommodation of the volume fluctuation, enhance the charge transfer, and protect the FeS2 from damaging chemical reactions. The obtained FeS2@EC composites present significantly improved cyclability over bare FeS2 nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and cyclability studies are utilized to confirm the structure-performance relationship.