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See detailHydrothermal self-assembly of sodium manganese iron phosphate particles: Growth mechanism and electrochemical performance in lithium-ion battery
Karegeya, claude; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULiege et al

in Solid State Ionics (2017), 312

Na2Mn1.5Fe1.5(PO4)3 (NMFP) dandelion sphere-like particles were successfully synthesized via a hydrothermal route without addition of any templates or surfactants (laboratory and pilot scales). The ... [more ▼]

Na2Mn1.5Fe1.5(PO4)3 (NMFP) dandelion sphere-like particles were successfully synthesized via a hydrothermal route without addition of any templates or surfactants (laboratory and pilot scales). The hydrothermal reactor (pilot scale) is equipped with stirrer for continuous agitation of reagents during the reaction. The obtained materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy and Scanning electron microscopy. Results show that Na2Mn1.5Fe1.5(PO4)3 samples obtained from the reaction performed at laboratory scale have hierarchical dandelion sphere-like morphology and the dandelions consist of micro-/nano-rods. On the other hand, we obtained the self-assembly nano-rods morphology for the particles prepared using hydrothermal reactor. On the basis of the experimental results, a growth mechanism of Na2Mn1.5Fe1.5(PO4)3 self-assembly and dandelion sphere-like particles was proposed. Temperature and time of hydrothermal reaction are found to be crucial parameters in controlling the growth of Na2Mn1.5Fe1.5(PO4)3 particles. In addition, investigation of the effect of continuous stirring during the hydrothermal reaction shows that the reaction time can be optimized to obtain Na2Mn1.5Fe1.5(PO4)3 with small particles size. The influence of stirring on the NMFP morphology has been clearly evidenced. Indeed, the stirring leads to homogeneous particles. Cycling studies have shown that the synthesized Na2Mn1.5Fe1.5(PO4)3 dandelions materials exhibit specific discharge capacities of about 62 and 57 mAh g−1 equivalent to about 1.2 and 1.05 lithium ions de-intercalated at C/15 and C/10 current density respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrode materials for Li/Na-ion batteries: Improving electrochemical performance through carbon addition during synthesis
Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Karegeya, Claude; Eshraghi, Nicolas ULiege et al

Poster (2017, October 12)

Lithium-ion batteries have been widely applied as a power source for portable and stationary energy storage systems. Na-ion batteries are considered to be an alternative to Li-ion batteries owing to the ... [more ▼]

Lithium-ion batteries have been widely applied as a power source for portable and stationary energy storage systems. Na-ion batteries are considered to be an alternative to Li-ion batteries owing to the natural abundance of sodium. New electrode materials are required to increase the energy density of Li/Na-ion batteries. In this study, we show that the addition of the carbon sources during the synthesis leads to control the particles size and morphology and improve their conductivity properties that enhance the electrochemical performance [1-5]. In order to study the effect of the carbon on the structural, morphological and electrochemical properties of the prepared materials by a spray-drying [1-3] or hydrothermal methods [4, 5]. The crystal and local structure were analyzed by XRD and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The morphological properties were characterized by SEM and TEM. The carbon content was determined by TG/TDA and carbon analyzer. The electrochemical properties were studied by impedance spectroscopy and galvanostatic cycling in lithium cells. Finally, the reaction mechanism during cycling was investigated using operando XRD technique. 1- A. Mahmoud, S. Caes, M. Brisbois, R.P. Hermann, L. Berardo, A. Schrijnemakers, C. Malherbe, G. Eppe, R. Cloots, B. Vertruyen, F. Boschini, Spray-drying as a tool to disperse conductive carbon inside Na2FePO4F particles by addition of carbon black or carbon nanotubes to the precursor solution, J. Solid State Electrochem. (2017) 1–10. 2- N. Eshraghi, S. Caes, A. Mahmoud, R. Cloots, B. Vertruyen, F. Boschini, Sodium vanadium (III) fluorophosphate/carbon nanotubes composite (NVPF/CNT) prepared by spray-drying: good electrochemical performance thanks to well-dispersed CNT network within NVPF particles, Electrochim. Acta, 228 (2017) 319–324. 3- M. Brisbois, S. Caes, M-T. Sougrati, B. Vertruyen, A. Schrijnemakers, R. Cloots, N. Eshraghi, R-P. Hermann, A. Mahmoud, F. Boschini, Na2FePO4 F/multi-walled carbon nanotubes for lithium-ion batteries: Operando Mössbauer study of spray-dried composites, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 148 (2016) 67-72. 4- C. Karegeya, A. Mahmoud, B. Vertruyen, F. Hatert, R.P. Hermann, R. Cloots, F. Boschini, One-step hydrothermal synthesis and electrochemical performance of sodium-manganese-iron phosphate as cathode material for Li-ion batteries, J. Solid State Chem.253 (2017) 389–397. 5- C. Karegeya, A. Mahmoud, R. Cloots, B. Vertruyen, F. Boschini, Hydrothermal synthesis in presence of carbon black: Particle-size reduction of iron hydroxyl phosphate hydrate for Li-ion battery, Electrochimica Acta. Electrochim. Acta 250 (2017) 49–58. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of solution treatment on the fracture mechanisms of AlSi10Mg parts produced by Selective Laser Melting
Delahaye, Jocelyn ULiege; Mertens, Anne ULiege; Dedry, Olivier ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September 21)

Al alloy AlSi10Mg processed by Selective Laser Melting (SLM) displays high hardness and tensile strength due to its very fine eutectic microstructure [1]. However, as-built material exhibits low ductility ... [more ▼]

Al alloy AlSi10Mg processed by Selective Laser Melting (SLM) displays high hardness and tensile strength due to its very fine eutectic microstructure [1]. However, as-built material exhibits low ductility which is detrimental for applications where a high resilience is needed. To overcome this issue, solution heat treatment can be applied to soften and ductilize the material [2]. The very fine eutectic microstructure then turns into a dispersion of coarse globular Si precipitates. The distribution of Si precipitates seems to play a role in the fracture mechanism in as-built as well as solutionized tempers, but this effect is not yet fully understood [1,3]. Moreover, the lack of quantitative data makes it difficult to link precisely the fracture mechanisms to specific microstructural features. This study aims at investigating the role of the Si phase in the rupture mechanism, for both as-built and solutionized samples. It will focus more particularly on the heterogeneity of the distribution of Si precipitates where cracks are more likely to occur. Al cells size, along with the volume fraction and distribution of Si precipitates have been quantified by SEM image analysis. Al lattice parameter and Si crystallite size have been determined by X-ray diffraction/Rietveld analysis. For the image analysis, two types of specific zones have been observed i.e. the core and boundary of melt pools and Al grains, at different locations for representativity. These quantitative data have been compared with typical features observed on the fractured surface of tensile specimen. 1. D.-K. Kim et al. J. Alloys Compd. 686 (2016) 281. 2. W. Li et al., Mat. Sci. & Eng. A. 663 (2016) 116, 3. N.T. Aboulkhair et al. Mat. Sci. & Eng. A. 667 (2016) 139. [less ▲]

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See detailA SPRAY DRYING METHOD FOR THE PREPARATION OF Na2FePO4F/CB AND Na2FePO4F/CNT COMPOSITES CATHODE FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Berardo, Loris ULiege; Brisbois, Magali et al

Poster (2017, September 18)

Fluorophosphates are considered among the most interesting series of cathode material for Li/Na-ion batteries1. Na2FePO4F (space group Pbcn), with its layered structure and two-dimensional pathways for ... [more ▼]

Fluorophosphates are considered among the most interesting series of cathode material for Li/Na-ion batteries1. Na2FePO4F (space group Pbcn), with its layered structure and two-dimensional pathways for facile Na+/Li+ transport, exhibits minimal structural changes upon reduction/oxidation. The average working voltage is 3.3 V vs. Li/Li+. Intercalation/deintercalation results in a volume change of only 3.7%. However, one of the key drawbacks of Na2FePO4F electrodes is their low intrinsic electronic conductivity. In order to study the effect of the carbon black and carbon nanotubes on the electrochemical performance of Na2FePO4F cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, Na2FePO4F, Na2FePO4F/CB and Na2FePO4F/CNT were prepared by a spray-drying method with different ratios of CB and CNT (10 and 20%). The crystal and local structure were analyzed by XRD and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The electrochemical properties were studied by galvanostatic cycling in lithium cells. The electrochemical performance is markedly better in the case of Na2FePO4F/CNT (20 wt%), with specific capacities of about 100 mAh/g (Na2FePO4F/CNT) at C/4 rate2 vs. 50 mAh/g for Na2FePO4F/CB. The characterization of Na2FePO4F/CB particles by electron microscopy revealed a carbon-poor surface and a good carbon dispersion for Na2FePO4F/CNT particles attributed to better diffusion of carbon nanotubes in the droplets during drying. References : 1-N. Eshraghi, S. Caes, A. Mahmoud, R. Cloots, B. Vertruyen, F. Boschini, Electrochim. Acta, 228 (2017) 319–324. 2-M. Brisbois, S. Caes, M-T. Sougrati, B. Vertruyen, A. Schrijnemakers, R. Cloots, N. Eshraghi, R-P. Hermann, A. Mahmoud, F. Boschini, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 148 (2015) 67-72. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the electrochemical performance of Li4Ti5O12 spinel as negative electrodes for lithium-ion batteries prepared by sol gel and spray drying methods
Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Piffet, Caroline ULiege; Berardo, Loris ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September 05)

Energy is considered as the lifeblood of modern society. Rechargeable batteries are the most promising to meet the human needs concerning the energy storage thanks their high energy density and high ... [more ▼]

Energy is considered as the lifeblood of modern society. Rechargeable batteries are the most promising to meet the human needs concerning the energy storage thanks their high energy density and high energy efficiency. Most difficult challenges of the development of promising rechargeable batteries concern the electrode materials. Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) is one the most promising anode materials for Li-ion batteries, as it demonstrates very stable cycling stability and excellent safety. Its high operating potential (~1.5 V) allows to avoid the formation of SEI during the first cycle. The three-dimensional structure offers LTO excellent reversibility due to the near zero volume strain during the Li+ ion intercalation and deintercalation cycling. The main objective of this study on LTO samples was to evidence the effect of synthesis method and thermal conditions on their structural, morphological and electrochemical properties [1, 2]. The results demonstrate the strong influence of the synthesis route (Sol-Gel and spray-drying methods) and the thermal treatment on the capacity, cyclability and rate capability of the LTO spinel in Li-half-cell and Li-ion full-cell (see Figure 1). References [1] A. Mahmoud, J. M. Amarilla, K. Lasri, I. Saadoune, Electrochim. Acta 93 (2013) 163-172. [2] A. Mahmoud, J. M. Amarilla, I. Saadoune, Electrochim. Acta 163 (2015) 213-222. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrasonic spray deposition of electrochromic oxide films
Maho, Anthony ULiege; Manceriu, Laura ULiege; Colson, Pierre ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September)

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See detailUp-scalable spray-drying synthesis of Na2Ti3O7
Piffet, Caroline ULiege; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULiege; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September)

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See detailPreparation and characterization of Silicon-carbon composite powders using recycled Silicon from solar cells as anode material in Li-ion batteries
Eshraghi, Nicolas ULiege; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Berardo, Loris ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September)

Currently, silicon (Si) coming from the recycling of solar cells is a non-valued fraction. The principal aim of this work is the development of silicon recovered during the dismantling of solar panels as ... [more ▼]

Currently, silicon (Si) coming from the recycling of solar cells is a non-valued fraction. The principal aim of this work is the development of silicon recovered during the dismantling of solar panels as electrode material for Li-ion batteries. The main technological challenge associated with the use of silicon in this type of application is to control the volume expansion during charge/discharge cycles. This drawback could be avoided through the formation of Silicon/carbon composites in which the size of the silicon particles and their dispersion must be controlled. In this research, we develop a carbon matrix consisting of graphene or carbon nanotubes (CNT) that allow the incorporation of silicon particles coated with a carbon layer (Si@C/C). The process is divided in two main steps : I) the grinding of leached Si wafer pieces in order to extract pure Si powder and then a mixed aqueous suspension of this recycled Si and an organic carbon source (Acetic acid, Ascorbic acid or Lactose) is spray-dried followed by heat treatment to generate the coating of silicon particles with carbon (Si@C). Then, II) aqueous suspension of Si@C and graphene/CNT is spray dried and calcined to obtain the final composite structure (Si@C/C). The morphology of composite materials is analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Electrochemical performance of Si@C/C composites are characterized by galvanostatic charge-discharge cycling and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). [less ▲]

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See detailRecycling of silicon used in solar cells to prepare silicon-carbon composite powders as anode material in li-ion batteries
Eshraghi, Nicolas ULiege; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Berardo, Loris ULiege et al

Poster (2017, September)

Currently, silicon (Si) coming from the recycling of solar cells is a non-valued fraction. The principal aim of this work is the development of silicon recovered during the dismantling of solar panels as ... [more ▼]

Currently, silicon (Si) coming from the recycling of solar cells is a non-valued fraction. The principal aim of this work is the development of silicon recovered during the dismantling of solar panels as an electrode material for lithium or sodium batteries. The main technological challenge associated with the use of silicon in this type of application is to control the volume expansion during charge/discharge cycles. This problem could be solved through the synthesis of Silicon/carbon composites in which the size of the silicon particles and their dispersion must be controlled [1–4]. We develop a carbon matrix consisting of graphene or carbon nanotubes (CNT) that allow the incorporation of silicon particles coated with a carbon layer (Si@C/C). The process is divided in two main steps. In the first step, Si wafer pieces are ground to prepare Si powder and then a mixed suspension of Si and an organic carbon source (Acetic acid, Ascorbic acid or Lactose) is spray-dried followed by heat treatment to generate the coverage of silicon particles with carbon (Si@C). In the second step, aqueous suspension of Si@C and graphene/CNT is spray dried and heat treated to obtain the final composite structure. The morphology of composite materials is analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Electrochemical performance of Si@C/C composites are characterized by galvanostatic charge-discharge cycling and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). [less ▲]

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See detailHydrothermal synthesis in presence of carbon black: Particle-size reduction of iron hydroxyl phosphate hydrate for Li-ion battery
Karegeya, Claude ULiege; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Cloots, Rudi ULiege et al

in Electrochimica Acta (2017), 250

Iron hydroxyl phosphate hydrate Fe1.19(PO4)(OH)0.57(H2O)0.43 (FPHH) was obtained by hydrothermal synthesis at 220 °C for 6 hours. Addition of carbon black to the solution before hydrothermal treatment led ... [more ▼]

Iron hydroxyl phosphate hydrate Fe1.19(PO4)(OH)0.57(H2O)0.43 (FPHH) was obtained by hydrothermal synthesis at 220 °C for 6 hours. Addition of carbon black to the solution before hydrothermal treatment led to a reduction of the FPHH particle size from ∼10 μm in the carbon-free compound to ∼300–500 nm in the FPHH-10%C and FPHH-20%C composite with a good dispersion of conducting carbon black. X-ray diffraction, 57Fe Mossbauer spectroscopy and a thermal decomposition study showed that the addition of carbon black did not interfere with the formation of the FPHH phase. Thanks to its favorable microstructural characteristics, the FPHH-10%C and FPHH-20%C material exhibited good performance as positive electrode for Li-ion battery, with high initial discharge capacities of 150, 128 and 112 mAh g−1 at 0.25C, 0.5C and 1C rates respectively and 99% capacity retention after 150 cycles at 2C. These results show that addition of solid carbon directly into the solution prior to hydrothermal treatment is a simple and effective way to reduce particle size and also to improve electronic conductivity by dispersing conductive carbon around the active material. This approach is easily transferable to other compounds prepared by hydrothermal synthesis, in order to control particle size while retaining the advantage of crystallization at low temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailSpray-drying as a tool to disperse conductive carbon inside Na2FePO4F particles by addition of carbon black or carbon nanotubes to the precursor solution
Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Caes, Sebastien; Brisbois, Magali et al

in Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry (2017)

In this work, Na2FePO4F-carbon composite powders were prepared by spray-drying a solution of inorganic precursors with 10 and 20 wt% added carbon black (CB) or carbon nanotubes (CNTs). In order to compare ... [more ▼]

In this work, Na2FePO4F-carbon composite powders were prepared by spray-drying a solution of inorganic precursors with 10 and 20 wt% added carbon black (CB) or carbon nanotubes (CNTs). In order to compare the effect of CB and CNTwhen added to the precursor solutions, the structural, electrochemical, and morphological properties of the synthesized Na2FePO4F-xCB and Na2FePO4F-xCNT samples were systematically investigated. In both cases, X-ray diffraction shows that calcination at 600 °C in argon leads to the formation of Na2FePO4F as the major inorganic phase. 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy was used as complementary technique to probe the oxidation states, local environment, and identify the composition of the iron-containing phases. The electrochemical performance is markedly better in the case of Na2FePO4F-CNT (20 wt%), with specific capacities of about 100 mAh/g (Na2FePO4F-CNT) at C/4 rate vs. 50 mAh/g for Na2FePO4F-CB (20 wt%). SEM characterization of Na2FePO4F-CB particles revealed different particle morphologies for the Na2FePO4F-CNT and Na2FePO4F-CB powders. The carbon-poor surface observed for Na2FePO4FCB could be due to a slow diffusion of carbon in the droplets during drying. On the contrary, Na2FePO4F-CNT shows a better CNT dispersion inside and at the surface of the NFPF particles that improves the electrochemical performance. [less ▲]

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See detailOne-step hydrothermal synthesis and electrochemical performance of sodium-manganese-iron phosphate as cathode material for Li-ion batteries
Karegeya, Claude ULiege; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULiege et al

in Journal of Solid State Chemistry (2017), 253

The sodium-manganese-iron phosphate Na2Mn1.5Fe1.5(PO4)3 (NMFP) with alluaudite structure was obtained by a one-step hydrothermal synthesis route. The physical properties and structure of this material ... [more ▼]

The sodium-manganese-iron phosphate Na2Mn1.5Fe1.5(PO4)3 (NMFP) with alluaudite structure was obtained by a one-step hydrothermal synthesis route. The physical properties and structure of this material were obtained through XRD and Mössbauer analyses. X-ray diffraction Rietveld refinements confirm a cationic distribution of Na+ and presence of vacancies in A(2)’, Na+ and small amounts of Mn2+ in A(1), Mn2+ in M(1) , 0.5 Mn2+ and Fe cations (Mn2+,Fe2+ and Fe3+) in M(2), leading to the structural formula Na2Mn(Mn0.5Fe1.5)(PO4)3. The particles morphology was investigated by SEM. Several reactions with different hydrothermal reaction times were attempted to design a suitable synthesis protocol of NMFP compound. The time of reaction was varied from 6 to 48 hours at 220°C. The pure phase of NMFP particles was firstly obtained when the hydrothermal reaction of NMFP precursors mixture was maintained at 220°C for 6 hours. When the reaction time was increased from 6 to 12, 24 and 48 hours, the dandelion structure was destroyed in favor of NMFP micro-rods. The combination of NMFP (NMFP-6H, NMFP-12H, NMFP-24H and NMFP-48H) structure refinement and Mössbauer characterizations shows that the increase of the reaction time leads to the progressive increment of Fe(III) and the decrease of the crystal size. The electrochemical tests indicated that NMFP is a 3 V sodium intercalating cathode. The comparison of the discharge capacity evolution of studied NMFP electrode materials at C/5 current density shows different capacities of 48, 40, 34 and 34 mAhg-1 for NMFP-6H, NMFP-12H, NMFP-24H and NMFP-48H respectively. Interestingly, all samples show excellent capacity retention of about 99 % during 50 cycles. [less ▲]

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See detailPreferred Orientation Contribution to the Anisotropic Normal State Resistivity in Superconducting Melt-Cast Processed Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ
Dellicour, Aline ULiege; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULiege; Rikel, M O et al

in Materials (2017), 10

We describe how the contribution of crystallographic texture to the anisotropy of the resistivity of polycrystalline samples can be estimated by averaging over crystallographic orientations through a ... [more ▼]

We describe how the contribution of crystallographic texture to the anisotropy of the resistivity of polycrystalline samples can be estimated by averaging over crystallographic orientations through a geometric mean approach. The calculation takes into account the orientation distribution refined from neutron diffraction data and literature values for the single crystal resistivity tensor. The example discussed here is a melt-cast processed Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+ (Bi-2212) polycrystalline tube in which the main texture component is a <010> fiber texture with relatively low texture strength. Experimentally-measured resistivities along the longitudinal, radial, and tangential directions of the Bi-2212 tube were compared to calculated values and found to be of the same order of magnitude. Calculations for this example and additional simulations for various texture strengths and single crystal resistivity anisotropies confirm that in the case of highly anisotropic phases such as Bi-2212, even low texture strengths have a significant effect on the anisotropy of the resistivity in polycrystalline samples. [less ▲]

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See detailSpray Drying-­Assisted Synthesis of Na2FePO4F/CB and Na2FePO4F/CNT Composite Cathodes for Lithium Ion Battery
Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege; Brisbois; Caes, sebastien et al

Conference (2017, May 08)

Fluorophosphates are considered among the most interesting series of cathode materials for Li/Na-ion batteries. Na2FePO4F, with layered structure and two-dimensional pathways for facile Na+/Li+ transport ... [more ▼]

Fluorophosphates are considered among the most interesting series of cathode materials for Li/Na-ion batteries. Na2FePO4F, with layered structure and two-dimensional pathways for facile Na+/Li+ transport [1], exhibits minimal structural changes (3.7%) upon reduction/oxidation. The average working voltage is 3.3 V versus Li+/Li. However, one of the key drawbacks of Na2FePO4F electrodes is their low intrinsic electronic conductivity. In this work, we report on the synthesis of Na2FePO4F by spray-drying, a technique which is easily scaled-up from the lab- to the industrial-scale and ensures a good homogeneity of all precursors. We are investigating the replacement of the grinding step by the addition of conductive carbon (carbon black and carbon nanotubes) to the solution containing the inorganic precursors of the Na2FePO4F phase in order to prepare Na2FePO4F/CB and Na2FePO4F/CNT with different ratios of CB and CNT (10 and 20%) and enhanced conductivity. The electrochemical performance shows that the addition of CNT improves remarkably the capacity of the NFPF electrode material thanks to better CNT dispersion inside and at the surface of the NFPF particles which enhances the electronic conductivity. Acknowledgements: The authors thank the Walloon Region for support under the “PE Plan Marshall 2.vert” program (BATWAL -1318146). A. Mahmoud is grateful to the Walloon region for a Beware Fellowship Academia 2015-1, RESIBAT n° 1510399. References [1] M. Brisbois, S. Caes, M-T. Sougrati, B. Vertruyen, A. Schrijnemakers, R. Cloots, N. Eshraghi, R-P. Hermann, A. Mahmoud, F. Boschini, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells 148 (2015) 11-19. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of hierarchical N-doped porous carbon structure/nanospheres Fe2O3 composites and its application in lithium-ion battery as lithium-ion anodes
Alkarmo, Walid ULiege; Ouhib, Farid ULiege; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULiege et al

Poster (2017, May 04)

Nitrogen-doped porous carbons are of special interest, because their unique physical properties such as high surface area, multidimensional electron transport pathways and good mechanical strength, and ... [more ▼]

Nitrogen-doped porous carbons are of special interest, because their unique physical properties such as high surface area, multidimensional electron transport pathways and good mechanical strength, and are thus very important for applications in the fields of catalysis, environment techniques and energy generation and storage. Moreover, nitrogen-doping can be further amplified in a porous structure that bears a high surface area to increases their materials performance in electrochemical devices, such as double layer capacitors and lithium-ion batteries. In addition, nitrogen-doping can enhance the lithium insertion, between the nitrogen-doped carbon material and lithium. And it can create a large number of defects in the porous configuration and offer more active sites for lithium insertion. Toward this goal, a hierarchically structured macro- and mesoporous N-doped carbon with dispersed Fe2O3 nanoparticles (NDC@Fe2O3) is prepared by thermal treatment of a novel composite composed by PMMA particles decorated by graphene oxide (GO), PPy and iron salts. The NDC@Fe2O3 composite exhibited high surface area with a hierarchical pores structure. Integrated as a lithium ion battery anode, NDC@Fe2O3 exhibited high reversible capacity of 930 mA h/g over 200 cycles. The combination of Fe2O3 nanoparticles with nitrogen-doped porous carbons to form hybrid anode has been an efficient way to maintain the electronic integrity of the whole electrode since the carbon acts as a buffer layer to accommodate the volume variation and to provide multidimensional electron transport pathways during the charge/discharge process. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrasonic spray coating of electrochromic nanomaterials
Maho, Anthony ULiege; Manceriu, Laura ULiege; Colson, Pierre ULiege et al

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See detailSodium vanadium (III) fluorophosphate/carbon nanotubes composite (NVPF/CNT) prepared by spray-drying: good electrochemical performance thanks to well-dispersed CNT network within NVPF particles
Eshraghi, Nicolas ULiege; Caes, Sebastien; Mahmoud, Abdelfattah ULiege et al

in Electrochimica Acta (2017), 228

We successfully prepared NASICON-type Na3V2(PO4)2F3 (NVPF) and a Na3V2(PO4)2F3/carbon nanotubes (CNT) composite by spray-drying followed by heat treatment in argon for 2 hours at 600 °C. The addition of ... [more ▼]

We successfully prepared NASICON-type Na3V2(PO4)2F3 (NVPF) and a Na3V2(PO4)2F3/carbon nanotubes (CNT) composite by spray-drying followed by heat treatment in argon for 2 hours at 600 °C. The addition of CNT in the spray-drying solution creates a CNT network within the NVPF particles. After grinding, the smaller NVPF particles remain linked by CNT. Thanks to this conducting network, the composite powder displays competitive electrochemical performance when cycled against lithium in hybrid-ion batteries (2–4.6 V vs. Li+/Li) with specific capacities of 125 mAh.g−1 at C/10, 103 mAh.g−1 at 1C and 91 mAh.g−1 at 4C, together with 97.5% capacity retention at 1C over 100 cycles with coulombic efficiency of 99.4%. These results demonstrate that sodium vanadium (III) fluorophosphate electrode material can be obtained in a time-efficient way using the easily up-scalable spray-drying method. [less ▲]

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