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Synthesis And Electrochemical Performance Of The Na3V2(PO4)3 Cathode For Sodium-Ion Batteries

Nguyen Van Nghia, Samuel Jafian, I-Ming Hung
Published 2016 · Chemistry
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Rhombohedral Na3V2(PO4)3 with a Na+ superionic conductor structure was synthesized using a solid-state reaction method. Citric acid was used as a carbon resource for carbon-thermal reduction reaction to reduce the oxidation state of vanadium. The shape of Na3V2(PO4)3 particles is irregular and its average diameter is in the range 30–50 nm. The Na3V2(PO4)3 exhibits a superior cycling ability and rate capability. The discharge capacity retains 74.3% of the discharge capacity of its first cycle with coulombic efficiency of 99.3% after 100 cycles. The discharge capacity of Na3V2(PO4)3 at 10 C is 48.87 mAh g−1, which is 58.4% of the cell cycled at 0.1 C. Furthermore, the structure of Na3V2(PO4)3 is stable for a considerable amount of Na+ ions (2 mol of Na+ ions) insertion and extraction with only 0.42% difference of unit-cell volume between fully charged and discharged states. Na3V2(PO4)3 is a potential cathode material for sodium-ion battery applications.

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